Passover and Easter are aligned at the same time this year and are holidays of faith centering around rebirth and forgiveness and renewal. These holidays of faith do not have a huge Easter bunny stalking children with gifts of chocolate eggs, but large rabbits sort of give me the wiggums so it might just be me.
I do, however, like the idea of renewal and rejuvenation of the spirit. When I was a child, I was raised Presbyterian and when the pastor would talk about Good Friday and then Christ coming back, I would freak out. It’s a violent tale of death and then ghosts. When you are five-years-old, it’s sort of hard to figure it all out because it just sounds like a bad time all the way around. Alas, finding faith means you have to have … faith. Let’s also remember that I was very young when the parents took me to Night of the Living Dead, which they saw at a drive-in. When you are a kid, it’s hard to sort things out in your mind.
As a child, we would do Easter Egg hunts at my grandmother’s house. Of course being wahoo kids in a small town, usually because of our diligent and creatively morbid imaginations, they would become colorful grenades and we would throw them at each other. Cheefully, it always ended in tears and some kid having a wailing breakdown. Good times. I realize that’s not the spirit of the holiday, but it’s what we did. I always remember it being cold and rainy each year too, but apparently not this weekend.
We also had a mosquito truck in the summer that coughed up toxins throughout the streets but we never died. I have no idea what this has to do with Easter, but I’m feeling all nostalgic.
Ahh, religious holidays and your deep meanings that make me ponder this a.m., on to things like politics that don’t take as much of the gray matter to contemplate.
- Memphis, what the hell? Send your census in. MONEY COMES TO YOUR FAIR CITY FROM A CENSUS. (Sorry, I had all-caps even with one-word but this is important.) You only get one shot a decade for this so get busy. And the always wonderful Bob opines.
- Apparently Middle Tennessee is looking at a bunch of candidates going after incumbents due to political discord.
- Complaints on alleged ethics violations against the mayor of Creepytown, who we also begrudgingly call Rep. Zack Wamp.
- The politics of education. Jeff Woods breaks down what may be going on behind the scenes after Tennessee was rewarded the Race to the Top Money.
- Is Stephen Fincher the perfect Tea-Party candidate? Lest us not forget, my fine daffodils, that he does get about $200,000 a year in farm subsidies. That doesn’t seem to jive with the Teabagger credo, now does it? I have a feeling we are going to revisit this a lot in the coming months.
- If you are traveling in Tennessee this weekend, Interstate construction has been halted so that’s good news. Why, you ask. Because I’m traveling and I’m selfish.
- The photo above is from Sketchy Bunnies. I must say that the eye-holes have me wanting to drill mine out to wipe away the vision.
Alright kiddos, most light blogging today from the staff and management of STP which includes a couple of editors, a contributor, two cats and three dogs. I know you aren’t supposed to announce light blogging, but what the hell, I am a rule breaker.