Coffee time at the Tiny Russian Village…

Every morning Ralph the Raven follows us around as we walk the valley. This morning it was very dark, but Ralph was calling us from his perch on top the telephone pole. Boza was all excited, but as life has pits in it, he could not see Ralph. But Boza could hear him and started working his way to the pole. Boza is allowed to get right under the pole and Ralph stays put, but if I walk any closer than what I took the image at, he leaves. Boza is his buddy…

The bridge is getting a curve in one spot and that curve is where it is filling up with debris. Not gonna last much longer, but it is unusable now anyway. I suspect that the bridge will washout in the next few days…

Boza and I have walked three times this morning, the first at 3:30 a.m., then at 5:30 a.m. and just now at 6:30 a.m. This is our pattern and works good for us. Boza likes to do his doggy business early in the morning and he has better eyes, even in the dark, from having good sleep all night. I just did his eyes with his medication and now he will sleep for two or three hours and I do other things while he sleeps. Today, I will write this post and then go outside to start a fire and burn some rubbish. I have a lot of lean in the yard to do and I might as well start…

Later in the morning after Boza wakes up and is energized, we will walk our long walk. About two hours of exploring. Then we do three or four more short walks the rest of the day, until bedtime. Works for Boza and works for me…

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Kinda got sorta/maybe/definitely killed/murdered/assassinated for speaking against the wishes of the elite… Yes he did…..

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Freedom is not freedom, liberty is not liberty and justice is not justice for all, if what you do desecrates, destroys, demeans and hurts others as you do it. Some freedoms should be freedoms of silence and acceptance. For as you express your freedom and others die/wither/a fright/retreat/dread and simply despise what you are, you yourself have lost all your freedom, for your soul has been bound with liability and restriction…

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When you come to a river swollen with water. Your freedom has been curtailed? No, your freedom has been redirected and it is up to you to find the path again to that freedom…

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Kinda of a freedom sort of day in my head…

WtR

Russian Easter!

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I realize that Easter is 99% of the time, at a different time in the western world, but the Easter that I observe in my life now is different than the western Easter. This is an older article that explains Easter according to the Orthodox Church, that you are reading. I started it in 2008 and I found it interesting, thus add to it every year and still find myself learning the ways that are so different in the East compared to the West. Maybe it would be good for you to read this article and learn a different way at looking at things. There is a whole world out there and many things are very different from how you perceive them…

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Easter in Russia is celebrated according to the rituals laid down by the Eastern Orthodox Church. Apart from differences in rites and rituals, the bone of contention between Western Christians (Protestants and Roman Catholics) and the Eastern Orthodox Christians is the date of Easter celebration. In determining the vernal equinox, the Eastern Church uses the Julian calendar while the Western Church employs the Gregorian calendar…

Moreover, whereas Western Churches hold Easter sunrise services, in Russian Orthodox Church Easter services last all through Saturday night. The congregation gathers in the church or cathedral on Saturday evening and takes part in an Easter vigil commemorating the buried Christ…

Easter service is also held in a different way. Already on a Saturday night people put on their best clothes and come together in dark churches that symbolize a gloomy world without the light of faith…

The Holy Week is pretty much busy in most Russian homes. Once a spring cleaning is done, it’s time for baking Easter bread. The eggs are painted on Holy (“Clean”) Thursday and fresh Easter cakes (Paskha) are prepared on Saturday. It’s a tough time as Saturday is the strictest fasting day when orthodox Christians are almost not allowed to eat. Tasting food while cooking is also forbidden. But everyone is looking forward to the feast, and the cooks do their best. It is a tradition to bless Easter eggs and bread in the church. Fasting ends after the Easter Mass and feasting begins…

The Easter Day starts with a long family breakfast. The table is decorated with fresh flowers, pussy-willow branches and, of course, painted eggs. Besides Easter bread and Paskha that are only eaten on Easter, there is lots of other food on the table like sausages, bacon, cheese, milk, etc. – so basically everything that was prohibited during the Forty Day Fast. However, the feast starts with a piece of aromatic Easter bread…

easter1Sharing food on Easter has been a long tradition in Russia. That is why after breakfast people visit their friends and neighbors exchanging eggs and small Easter breads. If the first egg you get on Easter is a truly gift given from the heart, it will never go bad, says an old Russian wisdom…

It is also common practice to visit cemeteries and bring eggs, some bread and beer to the graves. In doing so, people let deceased loved ones enjoy the feast…

Strangely enough the weather on the Easter Day is usually very nice and sunny. “The sun plays”, say the Russians. It is an old custom to open the cages and let birds go free on Easter…

In the past, only men were allowed to ring church bells. Bell-ringing could be heard everywhere creating a joyful atmosphere. There was no Easter without swinging on a swing. It was great fun, especially for kids and girls…

It is still very popular to roll Easter eggs on the ground or down a hill. The aim of the game is to break the eggs of other players without damaging your own ones. Experienced players pay special attention to the form of the eggs and even make special gutters for the eggs to have a better roll. Farmers believe that rolling eggs keep the soil fertile…

Painted eggs are an international Easter symbol. In Russia Easter eggs are believed to possess magic powers. They are supposed to protect crops against hail damage, keep cattle healthy and ward off evil spirits. An Easter egg hidden in the foundation of a house would bring the owners happiness and prosperity. It should even be possible to make yourself look younger by rolling an Easter egg over the face. So it’s no wonder that painted and blessed Easter eggs used to be kept as lucky charms for a long time. One day someone started making and painting wooden eggs. Porcelain, golden, silver and gemstone eggs are very precious. The most exquisite ones are probably the Imperial Easter Eggs designed by the world-famous jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé’s for the Russian Royal Family…

Traditional Easter eggs are red. Of course, it is also possible to use other colors. In Russia eggs are often cooked together with onion skins or wrapped in colorful fabric remnants. Spinach dyes eggs green and beet root gives them a red tint. Easter eggs get a nice shine if rubbed with vegetable oil…

russia-food-easterAt midnight ringing church bells announce the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Priests come to the altar holding a crucifix and candles. Solemnly singing, they walk through the church and then around it. Everyone lights the candles and follow the procession. Churches and cathedrals are now full of singing voices and candle lights…

The Orthodox liturgical chant substitutes a Catholic organ and creates a very special atmosphere. The Mass goes on till dawn. Today, the president and other politicians also attend the Easter Mass…

As there are no bench rows in orthodox churches, some people find it difficult to stand the whole mass that goes on for hours. But the impressive ceremony is worth every effort. The Easter service ends early in the morning when the priests go around the crucifix. Numerous church bells start ringing, the singing gets louder, and finally the priests tell everybody to forgive each other and seal it with a hug and a kiss. Everyone happily follows this appeal. The traditional Easter greeting can be heard everywhere: “Christ is risen!” and the answer: “He is truly risen!”

WtR

The bridge is gonna go away at the Tiny Russian Village…

Going to go see if the bridge is still there this morning…. I will let you know…

It will be awhile before the new bridge gets built. I like this old one and hate to see it go. Been a good friend this last winter…

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I hear the huge pump running and like last year, they will burn it up. The water is not flowing and that will be the death of the pump. I am not sure why this is the normal, but it seems to be sorta unintelligent to me. Why burn up a pump every year? This will be the third year in a row if they do…

Last year they burned up a brand new pump motor. I guess they need better followup on the workers?

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Easter is almost here…

The Pussy Willows are in bloom and used at Easter time…

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