• St. Patrick and the Snakes of California

    by  • March 17, 2010 • Community Sherpa, Freelance Writing Samples, Writing

    Of all the stories about Saint Patrick, the legend that he drove the snakes out of Ireland is perhaps the most popular. Of course, not everyone believes it. Scientists will tell you there haven’t been snakes in Ireland since the last Ice Age. And historians will tell you the snakes in the legend were probably symbolic of the Druids.

    But, it still makes for a good story.


    If the good Saint Patrick came to California, he’d find plenty of work to do. There are 33 species of snakes native to California, and only six of them are venomous. Most are completely harmless, and none of them will attack you without being provoked. They play an important role in the ecosystem by hunting rodents.

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    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.