Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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With a last name like O’D— well, you know the rest — how could I not post an entry on this, the day that honors Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland? Although he was born in coastal Britain and enslaved for much of his early life by Romans, Patrick became one of the first Christian missionaries in Ireland. He established schools and monastaries throughout the country and converted a great many of the pagans to Christianity using, most notably, the shamrock (a three-leaved clover) to symbolize the concept of the Trinity in his teachings. But even in pre-Christian ancient Ireland, the Celtic people had held the shamrock in high regard as a sacred plant because it symbolized the rebirth of spring.

Unlike its American counterpart, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland has primarily remained a religious festival — with nary a drop of green beer to be found in any self-respecting pub. But whether you’re Irish or just wish you were, here’s hoping you’ll have a great St. Patty’s Day!

Our 2nd Blogiverssary

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Today marks the second anniversary of our blogging here on 2Dolphins.   It’s hard to believe another year has passed…   While we certainly weren’t on the leading edge of the blogging fad, we did jump in at a pivotal point — blogging has gone mainstream in a big way over the course of the past couple of years.

Blog search sites like Technorati, BlogPulse, IceRocket Blog Search, and Google’s still-in-beta Blogsearch have surfaced to make finding specific blog content a breeze.   And blog aggregator sites like FortyFaces and Megite have also opened doors to blogs that you might otherwise have never stumbled across.

Anyway, Dede & I continue to be thankful for all of you who visit our site and we hope you find some of our posts interesting or entertaining.   We love feedback, so leave us a comment, why doncha?

Dolphins Get Connected

Vodafone, Ireland’s leading mobile phone service provider has teamed up with the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation on Soundwaves, an innovative project that is establishing a hydrophone system in the Shannon Estuary. The Shannon Estuary is Ireland’s first marine Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and home to nearly 150 resident bottlenose dolphins.

SDWF’s Soundwaves system will transmit the underwater vocalizations of dolphins in the estuary, via cellular phone network, to a land station and will significantly enhance the current boat-based monitoring performed by dolphin conservationists.

Wonder if those Irish dolphins have to worry about “Anytime Minutes?” Dede has this vision of that annoying Verizon guy gurgling, “Can you hear me now?” underwater.

Plumpy’nut to the Rescue

Plumpynut to the rescue!

Given that March is National Peanut Month, I can think of no better tribute to the lovable legume than to tell you about Plumpy’nut, a remarkable product I originally read about at bookofjoe.com.   Plumpy’nut, which comes in a silvery foil package the size of two grasping baby-size hands, is 500 calories of fortified peanut butter with a consistency similar to mashed potatoes.

What’s so amazing about Plumpy’nut is that this simple beige paste is saving lives!

According to info found on the worldchanging website, Plumpy’nut overcomes most of the obstacles other aid food products have encountered since it doesn’t require preparation and is therefore not dependent upon a clean water source.   The World Health Organization formally recognized the incredible utility of this therapeutic food product for famine relief in third-world countries.   Plumpy’nut has been used in several regions of Africa and during recent tsunami relief efforts.   A 4-week supply (costing only about $20) can literally bring a malnourished child back from the brink of death.

Nutriset, the commendable developer of Plumpy’nut, is a French company whose products are only available to aid organizations & relief agencies.   The company is 100% dedicated to specific food products for humanitarian relief and all profits go to further research & development.

Its National Peanut Month!

March is National Peanut Month, a time to celebrate one of America’s favorite foods! National Peanut Month had its beginnings as National Peanut Week in 1941, then expanded to a month-long celebration in 1974.

Coincidentally, March is also National Nutrition Month, making this an ideal time to recognize the nutritional value of peanuts. Peanuts are a cholesterol-free source of protein, magnesium, vitamin E, and an array of other heart-friendly nutrients. What’s more, peanuts rival the antioxidant content of many vegetables & fruits. And they’re a good source of folate, which reduces the risk of certain birth defects in the brain & spinal cord.

For even more scoop on this lovable legume, including recipes, allergy facts, and nutritional info, you can visit the website of the National Peanut Board, a research and advocacy committee that works on behalf of the 25,000 USA peanut farmers, or Planter’s NutNutrition.com site.