Easter Sunday Reads

6a00d83453b09469e20120a970ee3a970b-400wiHappy Easter!

Good morning, I guess this is the time of year when flowers are starting to wake up…birds are singing and leaves are just beginning to emerge.

I have many pretty images and easy stories for you this morning. Let us start with Easter: Why is it so early this year?

Thanks to rules set many centuries ago, Easter egg time is never later than 25 April

Every year we are faced with the same question: will Easter be early or late? When can we expect Easter eggs to appear on supermarket shelves? Earlier and earlier, it would seem.

Although the imagery of Easter may remain the same – luscious chocolate eggs, fragrant hot cross buns and newborn chicks – Easter itself is a moveable celebration, and can fall anywhere between 22 March and 25 April.

But the date in which the faithful celebrate Christ’s resurrection has been surrounded in controversy from early Christian times.

Read the rest of that BBC article, it is a long one.

For a bit more on Medieval Easter Traditions, take a look at this post from a medievalist errant:

Easter is full of odd traditions when you stop to think about them for a moment—why do chocolate eggs come from rabbits, and what do they have to do with the resurrection of Jesus?–and predictably, a good deal of that is just because they’re so old we long since stopped paying attention to where they come from. There are plenty of other places on the internet that will talk about eggs and ancient pre-Christian fertility rites, but I’m just going to focus on the Middle Ages for now because let’s face it, that’s where I live.

Okay, we got the Religious Easter link, the Medieval Easter link and now the Geek Easter link. 

Bunny_Trooper-365x600This fantastic Easter themed Star Wars meets Donnie Darko cosplayer is this week’s awesome-threads-wearing host (via fashionablygeek).

Yes, that is a Death Star Egg…

Now a few vintage Easter postcards, of course you may notice a theme among these:

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What can I say…little people get me every time.  LOL I think that takes care of the midget/dwarf Easter thing.

Here is a sweet animal story for you, Man Finds Baby Squirrel In Bag Of Mulch, Cares For It In Amazing Series Of PHOTOS

Zip, the baby squirrel, is happy, healthy and energetic. But five weeks ago, he was trapped inside a bag of mulch, fighting for his life.

This week, Reddit user Nadtacular posted an amazing series of photos documenting the moment he cut open a bag of mulch and found the tiny squirrel, curled up and nearly hairless.

You need to go to the link to see the pictures of Zip as he grows older…hairy and cute.

Another easy animal tale, but this is a video:

Elephants reunited after 20 years! | Facebook

This is a great story, but a bittersweet sad endearing one,  What ever happened to Shirley and Jenny?

In 2000, The Urban Elephant brought viewers the touching story of Shirley and Jenny, two crippled elephants reunited at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee after a 22-year separation. The bonding was immediate, intense and unforgettable between the two former circus elephants. But long after the cameras were turned off, the wondrous moments would continue.

The two were inseparable. Shirley quickly assumed the role of surrogate mother to Jenny, who, though now an adult, had been a baby when they first met at the circus. Their bond was so intense, it would forever change life at the sanctuary. As Carol Buckley, Executive Director of the Sanctuary describes it, ‘that was the love that started our elephant family.’ “After Shirley’s arrival, elephants who had previously been companions and friends were now sisters and aunts in the mother and daughter relationship of Shirley and Jenny. They gave the sanctuary its future,” says Carol. These strong bonds would soon be needed. Sadly, on October 17, 2006, ten years after arriving at the sanctuary, Jenny died.

It is so sad, but…

 

Carol says the bond between Shirley and Jenny was never more touching than in the last days of Jenny's life.
Carol says the bond between Shirley and Jenny was never more touching than in the last days of Jenny’s life.

Carol says the bond between Shirley and Jenny was never more touching than in the last days of Jenny’s life. “The day before she died, Jenny had been down and she wouldn’t get up. Shirley stood by her and insisted that Jenny get up. Jenny just couldn’t get up. Then Jenny stood up but she had to lean on Shirley to keep up. If you looked at Shirley’s face, you could see that she knew that Jenny was dying. Jenny dropped to the ground and Shirley walked into the woods.”

Jenny was on her deathbed when Shirley walked to the woods but she would give Carol and the sanctuary caregivers the privilege of one last incredible glimpse into the world of elephants before she died. “After Shirley left, Jenny started to make this rumbling noise. With each exhalation, she would rumble. It was almost like a singing. As Jenny did this, Bunny and Tara (two sanctuary elephants) came running over. We thought that was it and she was going to die. And then Bunny and Tara started trumpeting and rumbling. At a certain point, I turned to Scott (Director of The Elephant Sanctuary) and I asked him how long this was going on. He said 58 minutes! Well, she continued for another two hours. Jenny lived through the night and was even perky and silly. She passed in the morning. And when she died, she did a vocalization that I had never heard. It was like a trumpet. It was very low and got quieter and quieter. She passed very peacefully without straining or exerting herself. To experience this ritual was amazing. I had never seen anything like it.”

Shirley stayed in the woods until Jenny passed. She didn’t eat for two days. “It was very hard and especially hard on Shirley. Shirley’s whole life was about taking care of baby Jenny. It was like a mom losing her baby.”

Fortunately, Shirley has had some extended family members to lean on during the sad times. Shirley is very close with an elephant named Bunny — the two are like sisters. Bunny arrived to the sanctuary just two months after Shirley and they bonded instantly.

And that is your heartwarming Easter animal links. (Maybe I should say heartbreaking?)

I will end with a couple more vintage Easter Postcards…

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That is a funky looking Easter Fairy.

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When I first saw the card above, I thought the rooster was throwing the little chick towards the swinging bat…

but if you look closely, it is a little acorn.

However, take a look at the card below, yes…that is a few Easter Bunnies dressed as soldiers,

one of them is riding a chicken like a horse, complete with an English saddle BTW…

And yes, they are shooting Easter eggs out of a cannon.

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Happy Easter Everyone!


20 Comments on “Easter Sunday Reads”

  1. Saw this on facebook, it is a bit too big for the comment but go here to see it: https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/575919_10151529827028734_224062993_n.jpg

  2. ecocatwoman says:

    jj, thanks for posting so many animal stories this morning. I remember seeing the story of Shirley & Jenny’s first meeting at the sanctuary. Needless to say, I wept like a baby. Elephants have such a highly developed social structure, a matriarchal one. They are such amazing creatures, which makes it all the worse, imho, that they are valued mostly for their ivory tusks. The story of Shirley and Jenny reminded of the story of Tarra the elephant and Bella the dog at the Elephant Sanctuary. Sadly Bella was killed by coyotes a couple of years ago. If ya’ll haven’t seen the videos of them here’s a link from HuffPo: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57319021/tarra-and-bella-elephant-loses-mans-best-friend/

    Current elephant news, a man used a chainsaw to remove an ivory tusk from an elephant skeleton in Museum of Natural History in Paris: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xhg3K9wkaU The thief was caught and it’s expected the tusk can be reattached.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    I found some more pictures of the Mayan Moon goddess who gives birth to a bunny.

    http://mayanmagic.blog.com/

  4. bostonboomer says:

    The postcard of rabbits playing baseball is wonderful. I love the bunny in the catcher’s mask.

  5. Beata says:

    Those are some wonderful postcards, JJ. I have a small collection of vintage postcards but I don’t think any have “little people” in them. They must be rare. Very nice.

    For Sky Dancers who celebrate Easter, have a lovely day. Peace to everyone.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Hi Beata,

      I hope you have a wonderful day.

      Is Indiana starting to get green yet? The fall is beautiful there, but I love spring the best.

      • Beata says:

        BB, it has been rather cold here. We had snow a few days ago. The red, red robins are bob, bob, bobbin’ along, but nothing is in bloom yet; not even the daffodils.

  6. Delphyne says:

    Do you about Easter Witches? I didn’t until a couple of days ago.

    http://apairofrubyreds.blogspot.com/2013/03/easter-witch.html

    • bostonboomer says:

      Wonderful! I’ve never heard of Easter witches either.

    • ecocatwoman says:

      Loved the post, delphyne. Thanks for sharing. I wonder if the blessings were for children or a good planting season? That’s what spring is all about anyway – the rebirth/rejuvenation of the earth from winter’s “death” & the new wildlife babies. The more we learn about nature, it seems to me the more early natural religion practices make sense.

  7. bostonboomer says:

    Google is honoring Cesar Chavez’s birthday, and right wing bloggers are going nuts. Even worse, a lot of them think Google is celebrating Hugo Chavez.

    • HT says:

      Ignorance appears to be bliss for right wingers. Cannot believe that Google, the epitome of corporate greed, would celebrate Cesar. Guess I’ll have to slightly revise my opinion of them.

  8. HT says:

    This is what I’m hearing every morning for the past week – and I’m north of all of you.

    • Delphyne says:

      I love the call of the cardinal, HT – I started hearing them in NJ at the very end of January. Now, they’re singing like crazy and the mockingbirds are mimicking them like crazy, although the mockingbirds don’t quite have the cardinal song/call down completely.

      The robin’s song is so clear and beautiful. I’m waiting for the orioles to return; their song is wonderful and so clear, too! The redwing blackbirds are also making their presence known quite loudly – flocks of them everywhere!

      The woodpeckers are really drumming now, too, and loudly. I put this on my blog today about them – a video of a downy woodpecker and one of a hairy woodpecker where the sound has been slowed down. That one is pretty amazing.

      http://apairofrubyreds.blogspot.com/2013/03/spring-fling-and-haiku.html

      Spring is really a magical time!

      • bostonboomer says:

        I love cardinals too, but they stay here all year round. I guess that’s part of global warming.

      • HT says:

        BB they stayed here for the last two winters as well, but they don’t sing during the cold weather. They started warbling last week – beautiful sounds. Robins are still heading south but are returning in January. It’s costing a fortune to keep my bird friends in food in the winter these days.

    • Fannie says:

      Sorry, I was trying to get Phil Ochs “bracero”……………

      There is a whole lot to love about Cesar Chavez…………..the white republicans are scared of the little brown man………..how easy it is they forget that it was the California Franciscans Missions that started the fire by making the starving Native Indians, Mexicans and Spainards work at planting and harvesting on their land grants. I mean, just like the Chinese that came, and laid the tracks, and the Japanese that worked the fields, and the Mexicans, and the Filipino’s, and the Okies coming from the dust bowl, all of them half starving with wives and children. Forced to live in dilapidated labor camps, none of them able to escape proverty.
      Then this little brown man too the fight to the fields, to the government, to the banks, and marched right into our homes, asking for a 20 cent raise. How dare these “wetbacks” says
      Don Young of Alaska, how dare they organize and strike, and ask for more.

      “I PICKET THEREFORE I AM”………………….my mind goes back to Delano, to the tomatoe harvester I worked on (the same place Don Young hails from), and to the back breaking work of the fields, and to the loving peoples of the dark little man. Doreatha Lange’s photography speaks to the sickness of USA, and google remembers.