Category Archives: Seasons & Holidays

Springtime in Oregon

Lilacs are my favorite flower, but timing a visit to Oregon while they are blooming is problematic.  This past winter and spring have been very cold and rainy in Oregon, so most plants are a few weeks behind what they … Continue reading

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Happy Easter, Happy Spring!

Whether you celebrate Easter as the most religious of Christian holidays when Jesus rose from the dead, or celebrate the season as a pagan with the renewal of the earth (in the northern hemisphere) after a dormant winter and the … Continue reading

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A Pagan Looks at Christmas

Even though I do not consider myself a religious person, (spiritual but not religious), I do enjoy the Christmas season.  As are nearly all Scandinavians, I was baptized a Lutheran, and attended Sunday School as a child.  But today I … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas & God Jul

These Christmas post cards are from my great grandmother Hanna’s collection This next post card has the traditional Swedish Christmas hymn, “We Greet Thee Beautiful Morning”, sung in Lutheran Churches, or at least it used to be sung 100 years … Continue reading

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Colors of Christmas

 

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Happy Halloween

  My Mother’s hand drawn Halloween card this year.

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Happy Easter, Happy Spring

Easter is the most religious Christian holiday on the calendar, celebrating the resurrection of Christ.  It, like Christmas and Valentines Day, has been hijacked by commercial interests, so most of what you see are advertisements for plastic colored eggs, chocolate … Continue reading

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St. Valentines Day, Lupercalia, and Unrequited Love

Having just experienced an episode of unrequited love and a broken heart, I thought this a good time to explore the origins of Valentine’s Day, another holiday on our calendar that has been sanitized and commericialized to the point of … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is all about the celebration of a bountiful harvest, and giving thanks for the past year, either to your God or the earth for what has been provided.  In any case, it is a joyful gathering of people celebrating … Continue reading

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The Hunter’s Moon

Tonight is a full moon.  It is October, so that makes the full moon a “Hunter’s Moon.”  According to the website earthsky.org: The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. The Hunter’s Moon is the full … Continue reading

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