Good Friday

Good Friday commemorates the day the Lord rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, as prophecy had predicted. In Catholic and some Orthodox churches, Good Friday services begin at 3:00 because this is the time that Jesus is believed to have died on the Cross.

Today is a solemn day of prayer, repentance, and (in some traditions) fasting. Not everyone gets today off of work, but if you do, it’s a good time to spiff up the house before the family arrives on Sunday for the ham and scalloped potato dinner. This weekend, just as we do all year (if we’re doing it right), Christians celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. Don’t forget the chocolate bunnies, marshmallow Peeps, and bright speckled eggs. I like those Malted Milk robin’s eggs myself, and the orange creme Cadbury eggs used to be really good (now they don’t taste quite right–perhaps because Hershey’s owns the company now?)

Also, don’t forget to give a thought to the farmer who decided to play a trick on his wife. He sneaked a decorated Easter egg under one of the laying hens, expecting her to freak out when she collected the eggs in the morning. But the rooster saw it first–and rushed into the barnyard to try to kill the peacock.

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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