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THE CANADIAN RECORD
THURSDAY 28 MARCH ZC13
AN EARL EA ER is almost always a chilly affair. This year Easter falls at the end of
a March that has been textbook Texas “yo-yo” weather. Summerlike temperatures
give way to a week of record freezing temperatures. The heat and the cold have shriv-
eled my bluebonnets and frozen my apricot blossoms. The irises are holding their
own, and the lilacs know better than to bloom just yet during a Texas “yo-yo” spring.
Easter will be cold, but the week after Easter will be hot. If you go to a sunrise ser-
vice, you will have to bundle up in your winter best complete with warm hat, gloves,
scarf, down jacket, and boots. If you prefer a formal church service, chances are you
will still be wearing a winter outfit instead of spring togs.
A chilly Texas Easter is a powerful reminder that renewal is born of hardship. A
cold, crisp Easter makes coming together with a group of people seeking warmth and
inspiration even more pleasurable to the spirit. Easter is the season of renewal and
rebirth. It’s not as commercial as Christmas, thank goodness. The crucifixion aspect
of the holy day discourages silly products, decorations, and marketing of the holiday.
I used to think that Easter had kept its dignity as a religious holiday more than
any other. Last weekend, however, my Sunday paper was full of ads for toys and gadg-
ets parents could buy their kids for Easter. We’re not talking stuffed animals or giant
chocolate bunnies here. Wal-Mart and Target were hawking Barbie dolls, robots, and
bicycles. The kids who get Easter presents must have HUGE baskets. I hope for the
sake of Easter, the push to turn the holiday into another commercial gift-giving af-
fair falls flat. Eggs and candy are quite enough. Plus, many parents still buy their
children new clothes to wear on Easter. Let’s drawthe line at purple Peeps and pastel
An online search brought to my attention another change regarding Easter. An
excellent website for poetry is www.poetryfoundation.org. To my surprise modern
poets don’t write Easter poems anymore. There were lots of poems on the website
that were more than a hundred years old, but not much new Pascal verse. Modern po-
ets are writing about Ramadan, Kwanza, Passover, Yom Kipper, and Cinco de Mayo,
but Easter? Not so much. Maybe that’s a good thing. If Easter is kept to a simple,
basic celebration, maybe it won’t turn into a garish, spring version of Christmas or
As I scanned the poets and poems online, I was struck by how many American
poets are from cold climates. Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and John Greenleaf Whit-
tier were all New Englanders. Walt Whitman was a New Yorker. Carl Sandburg was
from Chicago. All of them must have known cold Easters. Contemporary poets still
write about winter1 turning into spring, but rarely mention Easter. Maybe that’s a
good thing too. We need a religious holiday that is left alone to be quiet and spiritually
A cold Easter is a wonderful opportunity—an excuse NOT to buy spring clothes
for one thing. It’s also an excuse to downplay the commercialism and simplify the
celebration. On this cold Easter some of us will attend a church service or stay home
to enjoy an Easter egg hunt with kids followed by a family dinner. A cold Easter can
make fellowship even more convivial and lively. A cold Easter can also etch a memory
that will last a lifetime: hunting Easter eggs while wearing mittens! Brrr! Happy
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Project Graduation seeking community support
The Canadian High School Class of 2013 is preparing for Project Graduation. To
make donations of cash or prizes to the event, contact Nicole Layton at 255.5928; Tana
Thompson at 323.2951; Kathy Osterson at 323.3134; or Amy Albin at 217.1090. Dona-
tions may also be mailed to Project Graduation, Texas AgriLife Extension, 10865 Ex-
hibition Road, Canadian, TX 79014. #13
□SD announces snow day make-up dates
CISD Superintendent Kyle Lynch announced this week that the snow days that
were used in February must be made up on scheduled school dates. As a result, a full
day of classes will be held on both March 29 and April 29. #13
FEMA seeks applicants for Youth Preparedness Council
WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking nominations for participants in the
Agency’s Youth Preparedness Council (YPC). The Youth Preparedness Council pro-
vides an opportunity for young leaders to serve as a member of a distinguished national
council; to complete a youth preparedness project of their choosing; to learn about youth
disaster preparedness from the leadership at FEMA and other national organizations
dedicated to youth preparedness; to voice their opinions, experiences, and share inno-
vative ideas and solutions; and to participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Sum-
mit where the council meets with emergency management leadership to discuss steps
to strengthen the nation’s resiliency against all types of disasters. Participants are ex-
pected to represent the youth perspective on emergency preparedness and relay infor-
mation within their communities. Anyone between the ages of 12 and 17 who is engaged
in individual and community preparedness is encouraged to apply or be nominated to
serve on the Council. An individual may apply on his/her own behalf, or can be nominat-
ed by an adult familiar with his/her youth preparedness activities. Specific information
about completing and submitting the application and attachments can be found on the
application which is available online at www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness. #13
Thursday, March 28
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Open Communion Service will be observed
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