HAPPY EASTER AND EARTH DAY
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. First of all, we would like to wish our Christian readers Happy Easter. I got to explain to a three year old from another culture that the bunny of said holiday does not actually lay the eggs but delivers them for Easter chickens who prefer to donate anonymously.
In Australia, they have an Easter platypus that both lays and delivers the eggs. But in North America, only delivery. The US has the Easter bunny and in Canada, of course, the Easter beaver makes the rounds.
I think it is cool to have so many traditions behind one of the greatest miracles our species has ever witnessed.
Apparently the American commander in chief exercised a tactical prerogative with some historical precedence. Apparently the largest non-nuclear bomb in their arsenal was used against ISIS in Afghanistan with predictable results. That’s what you do if you want to win a war. Apparently that’s the goal here. There’s a new sheriff in town and this one notches his six guns.
it was kind of a rough week for presidential spokesmen, wasn’t it? In all fairness, I knew what Spicer meant with the comparison between Hitler and Assad. Poison gas, so lethal in the First World War, was not used in combat during the Second. Everybody knows what Hitler used it for.
Sometimes the press reminds me of a flock of vultures waiting for the mules of a July desert wagon train to drop. Or hungry alligators in a Florida swamp waiting for a canoe to tip over. I am absolutely not a Spicer fan but I am fond of fairness. And when a pack jumps on a single individual for what was obviously a mistake and not a pronouncement, that’s bullying. And it doesn’t matter who does it, it is just not cool.
And to wrap it up, Happy Earth Day to everyone on the planet. It falls on Saturday, April 22. For more about how it got started and how people celebrate it around the world and in your community, go to the official Earth Day homepage at www.earthday.org
And on that note, folks, have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.
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Thank you, Mishka, for sharing quite interesting traditions of Western Easter. This year, as it rarely does, Orthodox/Eastern Easter is in on the same day. For me, it is symbolic maybe as I mentioned before, once I got rescued on Easter when it was the same day in the east and the west.
The more I travel, the more think we all are more alike than different.
To talk about Orthodox Easter traditions many of us would fast for about 40 days before. On Thursday this week was the day for cooking Paskas, an Easter bread, as well as painting eggs.
The simplest recipe for the latter is just let eggs boil in onion skins. This will give a nice, somewhat pinky color to the eggs. But of course creativity of all sorts could be expected, making Easter basket very bright, with colorful eggs and Paskas to take to church on Easter morning to be consecrated.
No fairy animals in Eastern tradition in my part of the world although I find very cute this children-friendly side of Western traditions including chocolate eggs hunt. Probably with time this will come to our celebrations too.
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Stay safe, cousin mine, and have a nice Sunday
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