WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: AWAKENING

What in your life is calling you,

when all the noise is silenced,

the meetings adjourned,

the lists laid aside,

and the wild iris blooms by itself

in the dark forest,

what still pulls on your soul?

~Rumi

 

Hike, Mt Etna

Toni 4/13/18

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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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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: MY FAVORITE PLACE

Paradise isn’t a place.

It’s a feeling.

E. L. Boyer
an outcropping of Anastasia limestone
Sunrise

Toni 3/25/18

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