Over the River and through the Woods, to Grandma’s House We Go

Finally, life is returning to normal.  But today I’ll skip the rants about why it isn’t.  I’ll celebrate life instead.  Camera Girl is cooking a spoon roast and humming and even singing slightly as she goes through the rituals that precede the magical food that will appear on time on the dining room table today.  There are potatoes and asparagus and corn and mushrooms and gravy and buttered rolls and of course the roast.  And pies and cakes have been baked and I know there will be ice cream to go along with that pie.  And of course there will be chocolate for the little girl who will be old enough this year to really know what’s going on.

And today is sunny and it will be warm enough to go outside and walk around and look for bugs and flowers and birds and look at the trees and the sky and play catch with a ball and pet the rabbit (alias bunny-hop-hop or Petey).  And we can sit around and talk about the barbecue that will be happening in May once it’s warm enough for the tables to be outside and the pool will be opened and we can have the rest of the family with us too.  That will be another milestone.

But today is for enjoying today.  New England forgot to provide one last, end of March, nor’easter snowstorm so the ground is pretty dry now and fit for walking and running and having a catch so today is a wonderful opportunity to declare the world is open for living again.

And as Kazantzakis said through his character Zorba this Easter dinner can’t be wasted,

“We ate and drank for some time in silence. The wind carried up to us, like the droning of bees, the distant, passionate notes of the lyre. Christ was being reborn again on the village terraces. The paschal lamb and the Easter cakes were being transformed into love-songs.

When Zorba had eaten and drunk quite copiously, he put his hand to his big hairy ear. “The lyre … ‘he murmured. “They’re dancing in the village.’ He stood up suddenly. The wine had gone to his head.

‘What ever are we doing here, all alone, like a pair of cuckoos? Let’s go and dance! Aren’t you sorry for the lamb we’ve been eating? Are you going to let it fizzle out into nothing, like that? Come on! Turn it into song and dance! Zorba is reborn!’ ‘Wait a minute, Zorba, you idiot, are you crazy?’

‘Honestly, boss, I don’t care! But I’m sorry for the lamb, and I’m sorry for the red eggs, the Easter cakes and the cream cheese! If I’d just scoffed a few bits of bread and some olives, I’d say: “Oh, let’s go to sleep; I don’t need to go celebrating!” Olives and bread are nothing, are they? What can you expect from them? But, let me tell you, it’s a sin to waste food like that! Come on, let’s celebrate the Resurrection, boss!’ ‘I don’t feel like it today. You go – you can dance for me as well.’ Zorba took my arm and pulled me up.

‘Christ is reborn, my friend! Ah! if only I was as young as you! I’d throw myself headlong into everything! Headlong into work, wine, love – everything, and I’d fear neither God nor devil! That’s youth for you!’

‘It’s the lamb talking, Zorba! It’s turned wild inside you, changed into a wolf!’

“The lamb’s changed into Zorba, that’s all, and Zorba’s talking to you!”

 

So I’ll take Zorba’s advice and put the Easter feast to good use.  I’ll celebrate the Resurrection and spring and new life and old life and I’ll put off Biden and woke ignoramuses and even the dissident right for another day.

Happy Easter.

04APR2021 – Easter Sunday – Doubting Thomas

John 20 / 24-29

Now Thomas (also known as Didymus ), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Happy Easter Christians.  Find some joy today.  The madness is just static.  Ignore it for the sake of the day.

02APR2021 – OCF Update – Good Friday

John Chapter 19

19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put [it] on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.

20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, [and] Greek, [and] Latin.

21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.

22 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.

 

I hope everyone has a happy Easter Sunday.  I’m having over family and that is as good as it gets.  Posting may be a bit spotty because of the festivities but I’ll do the best I can.

Enjoy.

12APR2020 – OCF Update – Happy Easter

Good Morning to everyone out there.  It’s a bright sunny day and the wind has died down, although not completely so some of my focus stack pictures I took today of some flowers are probably a mess.  There was frost on the flowers this morning which is to be expected in this weird little stretch of the world I live in.

Camera Girl and I are going to have a video family gathering later and that should somewhat assuage the isolation and she’s making a few treats to make up for the ham or lamb or turkey that could have been.

I hope all of you will have a good day and enjoy whatever company, real or virtual you may have.  And for the Christians have a very Happy Easter.

A Reading for Easter

A quote for the Faithful Few

 

John Chapter 20

1 The first [day] of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.

2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.

4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.

5 And he stooping down, [and looking in], saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.

6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,

7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.

9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.

11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, [and looked] into the sepulchre,

12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and [to] my God, and your God.

18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and [that] he had spoken these things unto her.

 

 

Easter 2019 – OCF Update

Good Morning to all of you out there.  Today is a day for family here, as it always has been for me.  We’ll have a meal with the kids and grandkids, some in-laws and even some family coming up from New York.  It should be nice.  The weather has been rainy the last few days but the forecast says it will stop and the sun may even appear.  The first daffodils have bloomed in the yard (we’re always about two weeks behind the rest of the world here in the “Land of the Lost”).  Turkeys have been walking around in the woods and even stopping by Camera Girl’s bird feeders.  The Mallards have retuned from Capistrano (or wherever they go) and are eating whatever goo they find in the puddle.  Still no sign of the beaver yet (smart money is that the coyotes got him).  To quote from that memorable philosopher George Costanza, “Spring. Rejuvenation. Rebirth. Everything’s Blooming. All That Crap.”

For photos I’ve got to get some new stuff together.  Even I’m butterflied out (or is it butterflown?).  I have some flower stuff that is appropriate but I’ll need to do some shooting soon.  Maybe I’ll look for something old that will be interesting.

On the politics side things are definitely looking interesting.  Now is the time for the President to strike while the iron is hot as they say.  A two-pronged strategy to set the Justice Department on the perpetrators of the Russia hoax and at the same time advancing his immigration policy would be the best idea from my point of view.  The important thing is to be seen to make progress.  That rallies the troops and frightens the bad guys.

With respect to reviews, I’ve enjoyed the Twilight Zone project and have decided that after it’s done, I’m going to embark on a review of the original Star Trek series.  Mocking Bill Shatner will be a labor of love for me and certain to raise the spirits of all readers.  I’ve got a review of the movie, “The Natural,” coming up tomorrow morning and I’d like to pick out some other older films to highlight that people still have a choice of watching something entertaining even while Hollywood is still dominated by the insane death cult ensconced there.

To all Christians out there Happy Easter.  To all Jewish readers have a Happy Passover.  To everyone else, enjoy the chocolate eggs.

Scenes from a Holy Saturday Dinner

My extended family has recently taken to getting together on both Saturday and Sunday of Easter weekend.  So last night I was over a sibling’s house for round one.  Amazing food and drink was everywhere and everyone was talkative.  Winter was evaporating and spring was in everyone’s blood.  What a perfect time to talk politics.

We’re more than a year into the Trumpian Era and clear progress into a new world is evident all around.  At the gathering yesterday of family and some friends a different perspective on what can be said and what was common knowledge was apparent.  Those who had formerly been frightened or confused had gotten used to the new normal.  Deference to the neo-con and NeverTrump “orthodoxy” had melted away.  Contempt for the politically correct was loudly declared and anger at the left was sulfurous.  Many were obviously overjoyed at the ability of Trump to confound his enemies and were openly scornful of the dangers of the Stormy Daniels scandal to damage the President’s agenda or presidency.

One amusing incident was a conversation in which a visiting son of the Cloud People tried to explain why White Privilege was a legitimate concept.  The blowback was heated and quite entertaining.  My own statement was that if someone asks me to check my white privilege my response is “Thanks, I just checked it before and it’s doing splendidly.  How’s yours?”  Discussions abounded on the best way for the Attorney General to arrest the Mayor of Oakland and whether treason was the correct crime to assign to a state official interfering with the duties of a federal immigration enforcement officer.

I was especially gratified that the usual suspects entirely abandoned the attempt to provide the “Narrative.”  We seem to have completely shrugged off the Bush/Obama era of right-wing paralysis.  We can say what we want and we don’t have to care who hears it or what they think about it.

Probably a good part of the change is actually internal to me.  I’ve finally figured out which arguments and which pundits are a waste of time.  I don’t even waste time talking or even thinking about them.  I just deprive them of oxygen and spend my time on what I want to talk about and what I want to happen.  Once in a while we’ll make fun of the neo-cons or the Bushes or Romney.  But that’s strictly for laughs.  We are a very irreverent group.

And I would say the most important change of all is we laughed a lot.  We were happy to be living in a place where there are jobs for our grown kids and even more hope for the future.  And we especially hoped to roll back some of the progressive assaults in the near future.  We talked about the Supreme Court and the Draining of the Swamp.  And we laughed at our insane ridiculous President who beds porn stars one week and tweaks the noses of psychopathic dictators the next.  It’s as if the “Most Interesting Man in the World” were suddenly living in the White House.  And the insanity that circles around him like the rings that surround Saturn are part of the gaudy, nonsensical adventure.  And the roller coaster gee force is no longer frightening, just fun.

1APR2018 – Quote of the Day

John 20:1-29 KJV

1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.

2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.

4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun* Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.

5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.

6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,

7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself*.

8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.

9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.

11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,

12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

15 Jesus saith unto her,Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing* him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

16 Jesus saith unto her,Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

17 Jesus saith unto her,Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them,Peace be unto you.

20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them,Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said,Peace be unto you.

27 Then saith he to Thomas,Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

29 Jesus saith unto him,Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

31MAR2018 – Quote of the Day

The Holy Bible King James Version

The Gospel According to Saint Matthew

Matthew 27

27:1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and

elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:

 

27:2 And when they had bound him, they led him away,

and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.

 

27:3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned,

repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

 

27:4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.

And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

 

27:5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple,

and departed, and went and hanged himself.

 

27:6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said,

It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.

 

27:7 And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.

 

27:8 Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.

 

27:9 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet,

saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him

that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value;

 

27:10 And gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me.

 

27:11 And Jesus stood before the governor:

and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews?

And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.

 

27:12 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.

 

27:13 Then said Pilate unto him,

Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?

 

27:14 And he answered him to never a word;

insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.

 

27:15 Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.

 

27:16 And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.

 

27:17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them,

Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?

 

27:18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

 

27:19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying,

Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have

suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.

 

27:20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude

that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

 

27:21 The governor answered and said unto them,

Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you?

They said, Barabbas.

 

27:22 Pilate saith unto them,

What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?

They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.

 

27:23 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done?

But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.

 

27:24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made,

he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying,

I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.

 

27:25 Then answered all the people, and said,

His blood be on us, and on our children.

 

27:26 Then released he Barabbas unto them:

and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

 

27:27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall,

and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.

 

27:28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.

 

27:29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head,

and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him,

saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

 

27:30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.

 

27:31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him,

and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

 

27:32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene,

Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.

 

27:33 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,

 

27:34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall:

and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.

 

27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots:

that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet,

They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

 

27:36 And sitting down they watched him there;

 

27:37 And set up over his head his accusation written,

THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

 

27:38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him,

one on the right hand, and another on the left.

 

27:39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,

 

27:40 And saying,

Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days,

save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.

 

27:41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,

 

27:42 He saved others; himself he cannot save.

If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.

 

27:43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him:

for he said, I am the Son of God.

 

27:44 The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.

 

27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.

 

27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying,

Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

 

27:47 Some of them that stood there,

when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.

 

27:48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge,

and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.

 

27:49 The rest said,

Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.

 

27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

 

27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom;

and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

 

27:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

 

27:53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection,

and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

 

27:54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him,

watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done,

they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

 

27:55 And many women were there beholding afar off,

which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:

 

27:56 Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses,

and the mother of Zebedees children.

 

27:57 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph,

who also himself was Jesus’ disciple:

 

27:58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.

Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.

 

27:59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,

 

27:60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock:

and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.

 

27:61 And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.

 

27:62 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation,

the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,

 

27:63 Saying,

Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.

 

27:64 Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day,

lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people,

He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.

 

27:65 Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.

 

27:66 So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.