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March 21, 2008


Kathleen Bouvier

I am late weighing in on this as I’ve just come in from the four day holiday we enjoy in those nations where The People are still enjoying the lingering effects of the once potent influences of The Church. We’ve observed Good Friday and Easter Monday. In essence they are observed by indulgence in assorted leisure activity having nothing to do with history or religion or Jesus. Of course it is inescapable that they do pay homage to the change of season. And here, we enter the delightful terrain of the Pagan.

The remark about Christianity and chocolate rabbits brought me flashbacks of Alfred Molina melting down in the window of a chocolaterie in France in the film ‘Chocolat’. I’ve just re-viewed it and am pleased to report that it is indeed a splendid study of the battle between the forces of Church and Nature. I had questioned my memory as I might have confused the film with the book that preceded it. The written version was a truly wicked treatment of the subject.

As to patterns and scavenging; here in the great, still white and subzero north we are desperately searching for signs of Spring. For a newly arrived like me, it feels very much like looking for things in unlikely places. The growing daylight is the one justification for feeling optimistic about what the future might hold

While it seems an absurd activity it does makes all the sense in the world because nothing reassures more than pattern and few patterns are more dependable than the seasons. They bow out and reappear with a rhythm that is tied to our own biology…at least, they are supposed to. But that is another subject.

Happy Springtime. Get warm and celebrate life.


Audrey Kallander

Hi - Eggs are symbols of renewed life and rabbits are fertility symbols, both woven into and representative of the rights of spring (happy solstice by the way!). A common argument is that early Christianity often accepted or incorporated elements of earlier, pagan rituals into their holidays in order to have the religion more readily accepted by the local populace. There might also be an element of commonality in what people hold sacred that shows up coincidentally across various spiritual practices.

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