WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: SUNSET

The redness had seeped from the day and night was arranging herself around us. Cooling things down, staining and dyeing the evening purple and blue black.
– Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

toni 4/5/18

 

 

A MOVEABLE FEAST, ITALIAN-STYLE

 La settimana santa

 

In Italy, Holy Week, la settimana santa, means millioni parades and celebrations all leading up to Easter Sunday.

But, even better, is Easter Monday.  That’s Little Easter, or Pasquetta. It’s very Italian, an amen-astonishing day set aside to just revel in the spring weather. Cars are packed to the gunwales with food and Italians set out to go somewhere, anywhere.

 

They travel in packs, herds, and swarms, an extravaganza of carefree clans hit the road toting Easter leftovers.

 

 

East Monday is also known as Lunedì dell’Angelo, Monday of the Angel. It’s the day to remember Mary and Mary Magdalene at the sepulchre being comforted by an angel.

Since Monday is a secular holiday, no one goes to church. It’s the happiest of Italian Easter traditions. Even the Pope takes a day off!

 

 

There is a saying in Italian:

Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi

It means Christmas with your family, Easter with whoever you would like.  Oh, and treating yourself to the last piece of Easter pie, you know….for fuel.

Buona Pasqua a Tutti!

Toni 3/31/18

ps In the unlikely event there are leftover (chocolate) eggs, do this.

 Warning: addictive

 

 

 

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Marching kids give me hope, just like that yellow-spotted salamander slithering over snow to get to our vernal pool & his girl friends. (A 420 character 9-liner)

Marching.

Eloquent & sturdy kids are signs of hope.

A renewed energy for the moral & physical health of our country.

We need signs, just like the 1st Peoples who breathed a sigh of relief

when they heard Wood Frogs quack-quacking,

watched Mourning Cloaks flutter out from under the loose bark of the Hickory,

spied the bright red & yellow epaulets of returning Redwing Blackbirds:

signals that a tough winter was over.

Marching.

PATTY