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Chess Master
Topic: Trying (Futilely) To Keep Up
Posted by Everyman - 11:35:08 EDT

And . . .

Checkmate.

Again.

pawns

Meanwhile, in another room, Hillary and Kerry are learning the intricacies of checkers, each one hoping to figure out how to get kinged.

Sigh.

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But Then Again . . .
Topic: Trying (Futilely) To Keep Up
Posted by Everyman - 11:26:43 EDT

Too few to mention.

ramirez

And so, the MSM . . .

Doesn't.

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Isn't That Special?
Topic: Just When You Thought It Could Not Get Worse
Posted by Everyman - 12:48:01 EDT

No doubt the Church Lady of SNL's Gone By would soulfully agree.

Doodle Earth Day

But, Google notwithstanding (which is where I would put it) - you may or may not have noticed that there was no cutesy Doodle in place for Easter, although major Muslim Holidays get a turn on the Google Search page when they roll around each year - you may be interested to know that a search of "environmentalism as a religion" turns up about 2,380,000 results, which I find wholly unsurprising.

I'll deal with this further once Earth Day is back under the dirt for another year, but in the meantime, consider this:

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion . . .

And wonder why the current establishment by state and federal governments of environmentalism as a religion, with countless laws, rules and regulations, passes constitutional muster, while the placement of a random cross or two on public hilltops does not.

More in Part Two, on the morrow, I promise . . .

Sort of.

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Gummy
Topic: Why Does It Matter?
Posted by Everyman - 10:49:59 EDT

Have you ever considered eating jelly beans with a tablespoon?

No; me neither.

jelly beans

When Ronald Reagan was president, the Oval Office was never without a full jar of jelly beans. With a hard candy shell covering a gummy interior, the somewhat-egg-shaped candies have been an Easter-time favorite since early in the 20th century. It takes somewhere between a week and 10 days to manufacture the confection. Jelly beans are low in fat and about 2 tablespoons will add on the order of 150 calories to your daily intake.

I didn't know that, and I didn't even know that I didn't know that. I was - still am, for that matter - a handfuls sort of guy, without apology. That apparently says something about me, about who I am or what I am.

Quote: "You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by the way he eats jelly beans." — Ronald Reagan

My mother, long gone past the end of her days, no doubt would have been able to say that, as a child - maybe even as an adult - I was a "handful" in a lot of ways that only a mother could own.

April 22 is National Jelly Bean Day.

Why it comes a full two days after Weed Day I cannot fathom, because as little partaking of Mary Jane as I did so many years ago, I have no doubt that my jelly bean intake would have gone through the roof with a bit of altered reality behind it.

Still, happy day, Jelly Beans.

This one's for you.

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Too Many Stories
Topic: Trying (Futilely) To Keep Up
Posted by Everyman - 10:29:57 EDT

You probably had to be - have to be - here, or at least have a little Boston in your soul, to appreciate the countless post-marathon stories today.

marafront

You would find it worth your while to search for some of them, even to Google them, to get an idea of the event, not just for us, but for an appreciable number of the world's citizens.

An extraordinary day.

You would have to look no further for inspiration to get you through whatever your day holds for you.

Of that I am quite certain.

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On The Run
Topic: Why Does It Matter?
Posted by Everyman - 12:18:39 EDT

It is, far and away, our big story.

marathon

The mettle of those who run has been tested, time-and-time again, and is tested still today in so many ways.

Boston Strong they are . . .

Still.

marathon

Four women set new course records, and, mirabilé dictu . . .

An American man won.

A very special race indeed.

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Easter
Topic: Why Does It Matter?
Posted by Everyman - 17:00:07 EDT

He is risen.

easter

John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

I missed hearing this earlier in the day.

But it's not too late.

He is risen, indeed.

easter painting

Tucked away in a central Parisian museum that was once a railway station, there hangs an Easter painting quite unlike any Gospel masterpiece created before or after it. It is not painted by a Rembrandt or a Rubens or the patron saint of artists, Fra Angelico. The painting is the work of a little-known Swiss painter. For those who make a trip to see it, viewing the canvas is a special spiritual experience in their lives.

The work does not even show the risen Jesus. It merely portrays two witnesses, Jesus’ oldest and youngest apostle. The youngest who was the only man brave enough to stay by Jesus’ cross and the only one who did not die a martyr’s death as a result of it. The oldest apostle who first denied Jesus in fear, yet ultimately chose to be crucified upside down by the Roman authorities rather than deny Christ’s resurrection.

In "The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Sepulchre on the Morning of the Resurrection" by Eugène Burnand, John clasps his hand in prayer while Peter holds his hand over his heart. The viewer feels the rush as their hair and cloaks fly back with the wind. They are sprinting towards discovery of the moment that forever altered heaven and earth.

As you look at it, engage for a moment in what the Catholic blogger Bill Donaghy calls "the visual equivalent of Lectio Divina." As Donaghy notes, "This Resurrection scene does not put us before still figures near a stagnant stone, or figures standing with stony faces in a contrived, plastic posture, pointing to an empty tomb. This scene is dynamic; we are in motion."

A moment foretold.

A moment come to pass.

Hallelujah!

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Holy Saturday
Topic: Why Does It Matter?
Posted by Everyman - 12:08:58 EDT

The world awaits.

holy saturday

And marks the time with song.

Christ came, he died for our sins, he arose from the dead.

Hallelujah.

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The Swans Return
Topic: Why Does It Matter?
Posted by Everyman - 10:08:15 EDT

It is not, of course, a feature of Holy Week, but the feelings engendered by the event do have a sacred feel to them because they are so much a part of a tradition of our living hereabouts.

swan boats

Another Winter survived, another Spring begun.

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