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The Shadow in Blue
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0 posted 05-31-2008 11:45 PM       View Profile for The Shadow in Blue   Email The Shadow in Blue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit The Shadow in Blue's Home Page   View IP for The Shadow in Blue

I, being the curious minx I am, was wondering what the heritage is of pipTalk's diverse populous.

I myself am German, Polish, and Slovakian (all rolled up within a skinny Michiganian Girl). ^_^

~Jill

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"I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you."-WW

Larry C
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1 posted 06-01-2008 02:00 AM       View Profile for Larry C   Email Larry C   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Larry C's Home Page   View IP for Larry C

I thought you were Michigander.

My heritage is too numerous to mention. It's more like a Heinz57. But my surname is English.

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

The Shadow in Blue
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2 posted 06-01-2008 05:36 PM       View Profile for The Shadow in Blue   Email The Shadow in Blue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit The Shadow in Blue's Home Page   View IP for The Shadow in Blue

I never really considered myself a gander, goose, or canuck. That honor is bestowed to my neighbors from the north...and east. Although, we Michiganians like to mix it up sometimes, today I'm not a gander.

If your heritage is essentially Heinz57 then mine is a hotdog stand-varying slightly, but only with the toppings, yet still under the Slavic/Eastern European family.

*Do you mind if I ask if your origonally from the states, Larry?*



JNS

"I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you."-WW

Marilyn
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3 posted 06-02-2008 01:17 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

I am proud to be a Canadian. I am first generation and my parents both immigrated from Holland. I can find my family firmly implanted in Dutch soil for some time b4 they came to Canada.

M
Susan Caldwell
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4 posted 06-02-2008 02:26 PM       View Profile for Susan Caldwell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Susan Caldwell

I know my fathers family originally came from Scotland.
My mothers from France, Spain and England.
My great-grandmother was Native American.  

That is what I have been told.

"too bad ignorance isn't painful"
~Unknown~
Sunshine
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5 posted 06-02-2008 03:24 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Well, I was told a long time ago by my Grandmother that it would probably be best if I didn't ask, as she was pretty sure there was a pirate or two within the mix, but generally speaking on my mother's side, a mix of English, Irish and about five generations ago, some Native American Indian; on my father's side, German with some Native American Indian about four generations back. So, like Larry, I presume to be pretty much an All-American Heinz 57.

But it is always interesting to go back and explore they why's and wherefore's of who we are...and why we act the way we do.
Larry C
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6 posted 06-02-2008 06:10 PM       View Profile for Larry C   Email Larry C   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Larry C's Home Page   View IP for Larry C

Well having some pretty good Michigan roots myself as well as my wife, we agreed you're a Michigander. And it was my great Grandfather that immigrated and I have yet to visit his home.

My maternal great grandmother did much geneology work and she lists 16 different nationalities by fractions. Almost all were European. And it is a topic of interest for sure.

Karilea, are you saying I like to camp because my maternal great, great, great, great grandma was an Indian?

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

Ringo
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7 posted 06-02-2008 08:42 PM       View Profile for Ringo   Email Ringo   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ringo

British Isles all the way... with a bit of the rebellious Irish... well, there is a rumor that there might be a bit of German; however, that is not proven.

What would you attempt to do...if you knew you could not fail?.
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Edward Grim
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8 posted 06-02-2008 11:44 PM       View Profile for Edward Grim   Email Edward Grim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Edward Grim's Home Page   View IP for Edward Grim

German, Irish and Scottish.

And thanks to my heritage, I have the incredible talent of being able to play the bagpipes while eating a knackwurst.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." Albert E.

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9 posted 06-03-2008 02:27 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

I am a Canadian, of Irish, and Scottish heritage.
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Cajun French with legends of mixed Mohawk, with British, Irish, and Comanche from my father's lineage.

But with all the Irish, it's hard to tell.



We have ...legends. And lots of arguments.

Fewer now though. There's less of us.
Balladeer
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11 posted 06-03-2008 03:19 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

I never ask anyone their heritage because, if they are Irish they would have already told me and, if they're not, there's no reason to embarrass them!
The Shadow in Blue
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12 posted 06-03-2008 04:25 PM       View Profile for The Shadow in Blue   Email The Shadow in Blue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit The Shadow in Blue's Home Page   View IP for The Shadow in Blue

Nice Balladeer nice...  *rolls eyes*  

To quote Monty Python "I blow my nose at you, so-called Arthur King,you and all your silly English K-nig-hts."



**Although I must say the Irish are rather amusing characters ^_^

~Jill
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13 posted 06-04-2008 12:01 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Who else could get millions of foreigners to stand in line to kiss a stone?
The Shadow in Blue
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14 posted 06-04-2008 02:53 PM       View Profile for The Shadow in Blue   Email The Shadow in Blue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit The Shadow in Blue's Home Page   View IP for The Shadow in Blue

Too True Monsieur Deer, too true. LOL.

By the way, How exactly did you convince us non-Irish types to kiss the barmy (?) stone because I don't really get that...tradition? I must admit it vexes me so.

Thoroughly knackered,
Jill

Oh, and Larry, I'm not yet convinced that I'm a (full fledged) gander. *cheeky grin*
Although ganders sure don't mind waddling after me on the rare occassion I cross their path. But then again that's what happens when your neighbor raises them. Quite the delightful creature, I must say.

JNS

"I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you."-WW

Roniece Dawson-Bruce
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15 posted 06-06-2008 05:44 AM       View Profile for Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Email Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Roniece Dawson-Bruce

me? I'm just a little ol' Kiwi girl from English/Tasmanian heritage... with a little bit of scottish thrown in for good measure...

Be kind at heart....for everyone you meet has their own battle to fight.........

Essorant
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I don't know my "heritage",  but unless I became attached in my own life to a special culture or country that my ancestors were attached to,  I doubt I would call myself "Scottish", "English", "Danish" et cetera just because my ancestors were part of such.  That would be like calling myself a vegetarian just because my parents were, even though I sit down with bacon and eggs for breakfast.   Since I actually live in Canada and Canadian culture, therefore, I think being called a "Canadian" is the only appropriate cultural/national name for myself.  But most of all, I would rather just be called Human.

The Shadow in Blue
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17 posted 06-06-2008 01:34 PM       View Profile for The Shadow in Blue   Email The Shadow in Blue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit The Shadow in Blue's Home Page   View IP for The Shadow in Blue

As always you are correct Essorant-Human we all are. I was just curious about my fellow pipsters backgrounds.

Although I must say that I'm more attached to my heritage because I'm only a...third generation American/Michiganian/Michigander <-- *rolls eyes* . I guess my family has just kept their heritage alive through our music (polka... *shudders*), cooking (yay for rohickie/kolache), etc. What can I say my family is pretty Slovak through and through.

On a related, yet random, note if you are born into a full blooded, traditional Polish family (such as my grandmother) you will inevitably get the longest name in the history of the Earth. Seriously, she had like 30 names not including her surname. Those Polish priests sure were serious about the naming rituals. And this was in Michigan.

Oh...and RDB I have one word to say...Braveheart ^_-



JNS

"I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you."-WW

RedNail
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18 posted 06-06-2008 08:52 PM       View Profile for RedNail   Email RedNail   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RedNail

I am the fifth generation from Stockholm, I know nothing else about my family's history, other than that my last name is Finnish and from the mid 17th century.

Also, there's some part wallons in the family.

Life is a rollercoster, live for the ride.

Falling rain
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19 posted 06-11-2008 03:32 PM       View Profile for Falling rain   Email Falling rain   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Falling rain's Home Page   View IP for Falling rain

My Mom's side is Full Cuban But my Dad's side is Sweedish... But my Dad's relitives come form all around Europe so it shard for me to say what I acctaully am. lol


"It might be easy to fall for someone but it's also easy to break a heart." - Zach Booker.

Bob K
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20 posted 06-11-2008 09:45 PM       View Profile for Bob K   Email Bob K   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bob K

Dear Ms. Blue,

                 One of the most lovely poems in English is by Theodore Roethke ( RHETT key) and it's called, "I Knew A Woman Lovely in Her Bones".

     One of the reasons I mention it, beyond the fact that it's one of the most beautiful lyrics in English and every poet should have a chance to make friends with it and it's funny and filled with bad puns is one of the lines that this thread has reminded me of when the word "gander" keeps coming up.  The line is,

"Love likes a gander and adores a goose"

and the pun is exactly what you think it is.  

     Ancestry here is Ashkenazi.  The last name is a shortening of a name from the Hebrew, which I'm told is rare, and none of the translations make much sense to me.  The closest I think anybody came was, "That guy who can't remember where he left his passport!;"  or maybe "That fool with the horrible sinus allergy and the tendency to say 'Oy' a lot;" or lastly, "Applesauce! Applesauce! it's good for you! "

Sincerely Yours,
BobK.
    
Bob K
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21 posted 06-11-2008 09:56 PM       View Profile for Bob K   Email Bob K   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bob K




Dear  Ms. Blue,

            Here's a link to a free  e-book of Roethke's poetry, including "I Knew a Woman, Lovely in Her Bones"

http://www.poemhunter.com/i/ebooks/pdf/theodore_roethke_2004_9.pdf


     I hope everybody, and your nice self, has fun with it.

     BobK.
XOx Uriah xOX
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Welsh    German   Swedish   Cherokee

Pure bred American Mongrel
time prophet
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23 posted 06-23-2008 07:37 PM       View Profile for time prophet   Email time prophet   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for time prophet

Hmmmmmm!

Where does one start, English, Irish, Scottish, Danish, Spanish Gypsy, Indian, Maori.

A bit of a barsteward, of which several of my ancestors definitely were.
A Romantic Heart
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24 posted 07-03-2008 08:58 AM       View Profile for A Romantic Heart   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for A Romantic Heart

My family heritage comes from my  grandfathers side~Irish, British, Scottish , and my great great grandmother was a full-blood cherokee.

So with Indian and Irish, it is no wonder I am stubborn, feisty, etc. lol
 
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