Most of us have grown up celebrating St. Patrick's Day every March 17, whether we are Irish or not! I know I love to wear green, see the parade when I can, and pretend to be Irish for the day. Also, the day is not complete without one of my favorite ethnic dishes--the obligatory corned beef and cabbage with Irish soda bread. Yum! I'm hungry just thinking about it, but I digress...
In an attempt to ward against identity theft, the Missouri Department of Health (MDH) has adopted new guidelines for obtaining vital records. Beginning March 1, 2011, you will need to present a photo ID when requesting a copy of a birth, death, marriage, or divorce record. Requests submitted by mail must be notarized by a notary public. Fees are unchanged, and more information is available at the MDH website.
Once upon a time, there was a very magical day. It fell every year on the twenty sixth day of the second month, and was devoted entirely to the telling of tales. Not just any type of tale mind you, but fairy tales.
These stories were told to enchant and entertain, to teach lessons and morals, and most of all, to make children of all ages happier with their "fairy tale endings."
The story takes place on a Montana ranch. A paleontologist and his two assistants arrive with a BLM authorization to dig up dinosaur bones. Unbeknownst to the owner of the ranch who has grudgingly given her permission to allow the dig, there is a filmmaker from California who has plans and the connections to sell the bones on the black market. It's a complex story with a multitude of characters. The descriptions and events are superbly written.