Editorial: Aug. 20, 2012

Jamestown Gazette Editor Walt Pickut

Eat, Drink and Be Glad

The ancient preacher said, “So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad.”

That’s a message for the ages…and for today.

Now, we all know that good advice can be taken too far, and it’s probable one or more of us have done that. But when it’s time to relax, it’s good to know where the party is.

This week the Jamestown Gazette offers you a front page invitation to a party called Ceilidh, pronounced Kay-Lee. It is a traditional Celtic or Gaelic gathering of clans, families and friends with the playing of folk music, the pipes and the drums, and food, drink and dancing. Discover the fun of Ceilidh at Mayville’s Lakeside Park on Friday evening. The Clans are gathering. They’ve invited you.

The Celtic traditions and cultures are said by some scholars to have set their roots 6,000 years in the past among people who eventually became Scots, Irish, Welsh, Cornish and a few other now lost nations of The British Isles and Europe. Their languages are now mostly gone too, but not Ceilidh.

But Celtic humor, wisdom and music live on. Consider the insights and wit in this old doggerel.

A Celtic Proverb

It is often that a person’s mouth broke his own nose

And often that a person’s tongue cut his own throat

But it is surely his good work that praises a man.

Celtic music, the unforgettable and never imitated bagpipe and drum, have also survived to become the icon of Celtic ways and songs. The 7th Annual Celtic Festival & Gathering of the Clans will be the place to be this weekend to… eat and drink and be glad. Ceilidh!

But just in case “someone you know” gets a little weary in merry-making and endangers his nose or throat, as the old Celtic proverb warns, remember we all make a mistake or two from time to time. So, as the golfers say it, take a mulligan and keep on going. Then stop by our Faith Matters column and have a chat with Pastor Shannon for more instructions on that mulligan…he’ll help you find a little gladness, even in the sand traps of life.

That ancient preacher finished his advice with a promise. “…then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 8:15)

Eat and drink and be glad, and as always, enjoy the read.

– Walt Pickut
The Jamestown Gazette

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Walt Pickut
Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.