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  1. Linda Von De Bur commented on Rose is Rose about 10 hours ago

    Lillian Jackson Braun passed away last year. I miss those books…

  2. Linda Von De Bur commented on Grand Avenue 4 days ago

    The original Easter bunny was probably associated with the Pagan equinox festival that predated Easter. The Saxons devoted the month of April to celebrating their goddess of spring and fertility, who was, not coincidentally, named Eastre. Eastre’s sacred animal was the hare – not surprising since the rabbit is one of the most common symbols of fertility and rebirth.

    The colored eggs carried by today’s Easter bunnies have another, even more ancient origin. Eggs have long been associated with fertility and springtime festivals – for so long, in fact, that the precise roots of the association are unknown. Ancient Romans and Greeks utilized eggs in festivals celebrating resurrected gods. The egg also featured prominently in the Jewish rituals of Passover – and still today the roasted egg has prominence on the seder table as an essential symbol of springtime and rebirth.

    Scholars believe that the pairing of the hare and the egg together in Easter may also have Pagan roots. During springtime, when days and nights were equal length, the hare was identified with the moon goddess and the egg with the sun god. Pairing the two together offered a kind of ying and yang to spring equinox celebrations.

    The next historical entry under Bunny & Egg is found fifteen hundred years later in Germany. There, children would eagerly await the arrival of the Oschter Haws, a rabbit who delighted children on Easter morning by laying colored eggs in nests. This was also the first known time that the rabbit and egg were iconoclastically linked together.

    The German tradition of the Oschter Haws migrated to America in the 1800s, likely accompanying German immigrants, many of whom settled in Pennsylvania. Over the past 200 years, the Oschter Haws or Easter Bunny has become the most commercially recognized symbol of Easter.

    Today American children squeal with delight when they see the bunny-whether he’s headlining their neighborhood Easter egg hunt or greeting visitors at the local mall. The Easter bunny and his ubiquitous basket of eggs has surely become the most adored and recognized symbol of the Easter season.

    AS you can see Radar, it is a tradition that has nothing to do with the Christian celebration of the Risen Christ. Just because many Christian also adopted the secular tradition for children doesn’t make it a lie associated with Jesus. Your attempt to denigrate one over the other is self-serving and sad.

  3. Linda Von De Bur commented on Luann 24 days ago

    I wanted small, hubby wanted big. He wanted the big party, the bride in the wedding dress, (I wanted a nice tea length), all the fru-fru. Then he got deployed to Alaska for 2 months, which turned into 3 months. Who had to make all the decisions without his input?? Who came home a month before the wedding, then left again for 2 weeks for an Air Force conference?? Who came home the week before, just in time to get the license, attend the last counseling session at our church, etc., etc. All the fun stuff. Don’t believe everything you hear! 7th anniversary, coming up in May, oh yeah, he picked the day because it was close to His birthday…so he wouldn’t forget the date. LOL!!!

  4. Linda Von De Bur commented on One Big Happy 27 days ago

    He’s not fat, he’s just FLUFFY!!!!

  5. Linda Von De Bur commented on Nick Anderson about 1 month ago

    God doesn’t hate. Ever. But He does mete out justice, and offers redemption and salvation. Mr. Phelps has much to answer for. May God have mercy on his soul.

  6. Linda Von De Bur commented on Dog Eat Doug 2 months ago

    Zoom, zooommmmm!

  7. Linda Von De Bur commented on Strange Brew 4 months ago

    Speech therapy???

  8. Linda Von De Bur commented on Luann 4 months ago

    Helloooo, Luann, its a University, for students. The simplest solution? Attend the Mooney Uni, and you can see Quill all the time…… put your thinking cap on, girlfriend!!!!

  9. Linda Von De Bur commented on Luann 5 months ago

    You took the words right out of my mouth!!! Nothing wrong with good manners!

  10. Linda Von De Bur commented on Chan Lowe 5 months ago

    Perhaps you should spend a week with a priest, to see just how full his day is. A priest is on call 24/7. He ministers to the sick, the dying, the families. He runs the charitable events, like food drive, mittens for the kids, he visits the handicapped and elderly who can no longer get to church, he says Mass nearly every day and on weekends, while you are “playing” he is at his busiest. Our church barely collects enough to pay the bills, some weeks coming up short, since the church relys solely on the congregations generosity. And that generosity is affected by the state of our economy. And when the people in the congregation suffer, they turn first to the church. The church charges no admission fee, it is a free-will offering.

    Really, you need to spend time with a priest, just to see how much work they do in a day, a week, a year. Oh, and when was the last time the church actually used scare tactics or threats to acquire land and gold from someone. Not since medieval times. You should stop listening to cliches and mainstream media, and look into it for yourself. Happy Thanksgiving, from someone who attended Mass this morning….in gratitude for the freedom to do so.