Feeling, guilty, horny, ticked-off, twittered-out, put-upon, misunderstood, about to join the Tea Party or sell yourself into white slavery - take the easy way out. Retire to your flea-bitten couch with your favorite six-pack and read This is Your Brain on Shamrocks!!

-Larry Kirwan, lead singer of Black 47, author of "Green Suede Shoes" and "Rockin' the Bronx"

McMEDITATE

"INTERESTED?"

This was the text I got from my wife, along with a web link to a beginners' meditation class that our local parks and recreation branch was hosting. I read all about the benefits of meditation on the class website: clearer thinking and less emotional turmoil, lower blood pressure, greater intimacy with friends and family members, and a deeper sense of meaning and purpose. But was it for me?

Like most minds, your thought process is guided by that inner voice that judges and assesses everyone and everything. In fact, that voice might have just asked, what voice is he talking about?

Yup. It’s that voice.

But you’re an Irish-American born to Irish parents, which means your inner voice has a brogue that sounds remarkably like your mother’s. It’s that “Celtic consciousness” that gets to work as you’re sitting on the back deck of your house reading the Sunday New York Times just as the last Mass of the day begins.

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"MIKE FARRAGHER IS A REBEL, A POET, AND A TRAILBLAZER. HE IS YOUR BRAIN ON SHAMROCKS, AN IRISH KID FROM JERSEY WHO BLEEDS GREEN."

Niall O'Dowd
founding publisher of the Irish Voice and
IrishCentral.com

Renowned Irish culture vulture Mike Farragher turns a critical eye on himself in the pages of This Is Your Brain on Shamrocks and provides a funny, sweet, and certainly irreverent take on life, spirituality, parenting, music, and heritage. Turn the pages and take a whiplash ride through the Irish American psyche!