Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Scenes and Thoughts

Google as Cultural Index?

You might have noticed that on Good Friday, Google, which several times a year dresses up their home page to mark some occasion - like the birthday of Darwin - had a tribute to Hans Christian Anderson, whose birthday it was.

In this day and age you expect a business - and make no mistake Google is a business, not some altruistic social service - to have a bias toward the secular. Yet the fact that it marked neither Good Friday nor Easter seemed to do what a business really should not do, make its bias so obvious as to disingratiate part of its clientele. Google is a computer business and so it would be decidedly secular humanistic. So that means marking certain days significant to that mentality: Darwin's birthday, the day of Darwin's death, the day he became fully potty-trained, the first time he had spaghetti, etc., but not, you know, some arbitrary date like Easter, a day significant to a mere billion or so people on this planet. Mind you, it's no Earth Day, the day we get to turn the lights off for an hour to commemorate the day Edison brought about the beginning of the cataclysmic demise of planet Earth with his invention of the light bulb. Oh yea, paradoxically, Google also marks Edison's birthday.

And how do you think Hans Christian Anderson would have felt about supplanting Good Friday with his birthday?

As a late addendum: I would be amiss not to mention that April 2nd is also the Feast Day of John Paul II.

Scenes of Friendly Beatitude

Palm Sunday with the Afelskies

What goes around comes around for consummate blogger, Elena. This is her and her husband, Dave, who had prepared a lovely meal for us.

And their lovely children (plus mine). And, yes, we do what all adults do who want to have an adult conversation with kids around: turn on the TV:

Easter Day

An Easter grin. Joy is a five year old on Easter Day.

Easter Dinner at the Nicholsons'.

It is always with joy that we get to share these special times with good friends.

I call this one Romeo and Juliette. My Stephen was trying to get up to Genevieve Nicholson's balcony.

Yes, the Nicholsons' furniture is a little rustic. Cut backs and all. Isaiah and Sarah-Grace don't seem to mind. That Erin Nicholson is some cook!

I'm leaving you, Stephen, and I'm taking the children.

Yes, there were adults at this get-together. Sorry for not taking any pictures of you, O offended adults. We had two students join us: Chris Roderick and Margaret Campbell, as well as the Freeburns.


  1. I love your Earth Day rants. Thank you. They were excellent.
    I loved even more the who's-who photos of our beloved Barry's Bay. But please, quit making me homesick.

  2. I hope you are having a joyful octave. I won't stop making you homsesick until you move back here.

  3. soon we will be able to place six degrees of separation with is a small blog world in deed. Happy Easter!!!

  4. It's the first question I always ask strangers: Do you know Elena?

  5. Elena is now chiming in: What a horrible picture you chose to put up of me and my lovely husband. Husband is lovely; Elena is feeding her baby. And the kids on the couch: why are Joe and Ben so offended by the presence of other children on their couch? Hello to Sr. Teresa. And, Colin, I also ask strangers if they know Elena.

  6. I was thinking the same thing about their looks - hilarious. But it is their couch!