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Finally Spring

Dr. Linda Hancock Easter Holidays Home and Family New Articles The Sixteenth Year

The past few weeks I have taken great joy in the fact that I can open my bedroom window and patio door!  There’s nothing like the wonderful breeze that floats into my condo bringing with it the change of seasons. I hear the chirping of baby birds and the sound of boats attempting their first journey on the river.  The soft voices and laughter of individuals who are out for a walk float into the room. Someone is creating an amazing smell on their barbecue and I try to guess who the chef is and what is the menu. I...

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What do you Believe?

Dr. Linda Hancock Easter Holidays Home and Family New Articles The Sixteenth Year

Well, we are entering Easter week – a time when Christians throughout the world celebrate!   But there are many different perspectives and practices for those who claim to be Christian. Here are some of versions that I have heard when individuals were asked if there is a God in their life: Absolutely not! Some people believe that all we have is today and there is no afterlife.   Responsibility for one’s success and failures therefore lie within each person who makes choices and then, when it is time to die, they just go to sleep. I have the denomination of my...

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Spring Fling

Dr. Linda Hancock Easter Holidays Home and Family New Articles The Sixteenth Year

In 1933 Irving Berlin wrote and published the song “Easter Parade”.   Fifteen years later Judy Garland starred in a movie of the same name.   The themes of these involved dressing up in a fancy frilled bonnet and being part of a procession in the streets to celebrate! I remember in my childhood how spring, Easter and bonnets were all tied together.   Church was a very important part of every week as this is where we had rummage sales, CGIT, choir practice, cooking lessons and a number of other community activities in addition to Sunday School and church services. Many of...

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Easter Blessings

Dr. Linda Hancock Easter Holidays Home and Family The Thirteenth Year

We are all standing on the threshold of one of the most recognized Christian celebrations of the year. For some people, Easter is merely a long weekend. Schools, on the other hand, usually plan a week-long break for the children. For still others Easter observance spans for several weeks with specific parts including Lent, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Pentecost. Devoted Christians view Easter as one part of a life-long faith walk. Not everyone who attends church is a Christian and many who are Christian do not attend organized religious services. Reginald Bibby, who is known for research he did...

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A New Month

Dr. Linda Hancock Easter Holidays Home and Family The Twelfth Year

I always like starting a new month. Each offers four weeks of interesting opportunities that are just waiting for your involvement. April is even more exciting than most months for a number of reasons: 1. Weather - After months of cold and snow, we finally can wear a lighter jacket to go outdoors. Birds are singing and buds in the trees are opening. The sound of gentle rain that encourages growth can be so relaxing. There are more hours of warm sunshine and a fresh smell in the air that signals a transition in the seasons. 2. Accomplishments - College...

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The Easter Lily

Dr. Linda Hancock Easter Holidays Home and Family

In 1777 an explorer named Carl Peter Thunberg discovered the Lillium longiflorum which is native to the Ryukyu islands but the plant that we now call the Easter Lily did not arrive in England until 1819. Until the 1940s North America imported the bulbs from these islands near Japan. Then the bombing of Pearl Harbour occurred and because the supply stopped, both bulbs and plants became very valuable. Louis Houghton who was a soldier in the war brought a suitcase full of lily bulbs to North America for his friends and that is how the area along the Oregon-California border...

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Easter - Life After Death

Dr. Linda Hancock Easter Holidays Home and Family The Eighth Year

I don't know if it's because I am getting older or if there are just a lot more people who are dying. In February, two therapists who I knew died on the same day! And their deaths, along with a movie that I recently watched, helped me to think about death in an entirely new way. "Taking Chance" is a 2009 historical that was nominated for 24 awards including 9 Emmy Awards. It won 6 of these, including the Best Actor award which was presented to Kevin Bacon for his portrayal of Lt. Col. Michael R. Stroble. Every night Col....

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New Beginnings

Dr. Linda Hancock Easter Holidays Home and Family The Seventh Year

I treasure something that my boss of many years ago once said to me. I was wearing a new dress and jewelry at the time and had taken care to apply a little makeup. He began with "I don't want to be rude or have you take this the wrong way, but you are absolutely beautiful". Who on earth would have taken that as rudeness? I was thrilled! My reply was simple. "The outside is just an indication of what has been happening on the inside". That's really what spring and Easter are all about. They represent changes that have...

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Holidays - What is Easter?

Dr. Linda Hancock Easter Holidays Home and Family

It's Easter Sunday morning and people are passing messages to each other in person, by telephone and over the internet.  Some speak of the Easter bunny.  Others prepare or make coloured eggs.  Still others have celebrations with family or friends where they share specially-prepared breads and foods.  And underneath it all is the question "What is Easter?" When I was a child Easter began with hunting for the Easter eggs that were hidden for us.  The sweetness came in different shapes and packaging and a medium-sized chocolate rabbit would be carefully savoured for more than a day.  Following this, we...

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