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Kiss me, I’m… not sure

St. Patrick’s Day was last week. And even though I definitely have some Irish ancestry, I don’t particularly identify as Irish. Or as anything, really, other than American. I’m always fascinated by people who can self-identify as a certain nationality… people who can say “I’m Irish on my mom’s side and Italian on my dad’s”...

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No such country

My great-great-grandfather, Young Ewing Allison II (1853-1932), was a somewhat well-known writer, journalist and editor at the end of the 19th and start of the 20th centuries. I’ve been reading some of his short stories lately and I came across this passage in one of them (from about 1894)

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