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Rites of Spring

So many to choose from....

For us, Easter wasn't one of them.  At virtually the very moment of our church's consecration of the Eucharistic Elements on the highest of holy days on the Christian calendar, I was hosing down bird poop from our bathroom window.

The stories weren't all that different. Life ends, and then begins again. Sometimes with rather gross things in the middle.

Nature itself contributed its own version of the story, beyond both the Savior and the Shitter.  I put the screens in the front and back doors today- a dangerous step in Buffalo most years, but Easter was warm, sunny and springlike this year and we'll take our chances.

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Our evening music was from a DVD we've had for years and never before watched- of a Dar Williams concert performance.  "Christians and the Pagans" was specific to Christmas/Solstice, but it works just as well for Easter/Equinox:

"But we love trees, we love the snow
The friends we have, the world we share
And you find magic from your God
And we find magic everywhere"

So the Christians and the pagans
Sat together at the table
Finding faith and common ground
The best that they were able

And where does magic come from?
I think magic's in the learning
'Cause now when Christians sit with pagans
Only pumpkin pies are burning


Or Peeps, if you're into that sort of thing;)

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The final ritual for me, at least, is the return of baseball.  Games will begin next weekend, the Mets soon after that on the road- ironically against their World Series opponents of 2015- but it's the Home Opener that counts for us far more.  Friends return, the gates welcome us back after a shorter-than-usual winter off, and this year, a pennant is raised and last year's participants celebrated.

For the first time ever, in this my 50th season of following this team, I will be there.

There'd been some talk late last post-season about getting together a group to be assured of tickets to this hotter-than-usual event. Something inspired me to inquire of one of the people in that discussion, and as a result I secured the last of the available April 8 tickets among the usual blogger friends.  I will leave from my sister's that Friday morning (she doesn't know this until she reads this), join in on the Famous Chapman Tailgate, then raise my glass and spirits to the 2016 version of this impossible team.

After that, as with Easter, it's just a matter of awaiting the Ascension;)

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yesididit2 From: yesididit2 Date: March 28th, 2016 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)
its good that christians arent burning pagans anymore.
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