Seriously, a Happy Easter to everyone of ya! Rejoice, for He has risen! And I hope you got the chocolate bunny you asked Santa for. [Don't worry, this is not blasphemy. This blog bit has the Jesus Christ seal of approval. Or did you not know that Jesus has a sense of humor, even on a glorious day such as this?]
It's been a part of my tradition since I was a child - a tradition started by Pa & Ma - to eat a chocolate bunny on Easter Sunday. (Proper etiquette dictates that you ALWAYS start with the ears and eat down to the big ol' floppy feet.) Of course I always make sure to buy my chocolate bunny before Easter Sunday because I refuse to conduct any commerce on this Holy Day. And that applies to Christmas also.
One year (1983?) I was in New York City on Easter Sunday. It took me FOREVER to find a chocolate bunny. And when I did, the guy wanted some outrageous price for it. I paid the price. Jesus paid "THE Price", but I paid "the price".
This year I bought me a "Whacky Wabbit"...
I want to share a couple songs and a photograph with y'all today. After which we will resume our regularly scheduled programming.
Let's start with "The Queen Of Gospel", shall we? Here's Mahalia Jackson singing 'My God Is Real (Yes, God Is Real)' - and you'd better believe He is, too!
Now here's a short song that I dedicate to my brother Napoleon (Nappy) whom I love. (John Wayne! John Wayne!) There's a little "inside joke" here but only Nappy can get it:
One of the most unusual and beautiful Gospel albums I've ever heard is 'LIVING WATER: The Surfer's Mass' by The Malibooz (including Walter Egan of 'Magnet And Steel' fame). You can hear the entire inspired album at YouTube by clicking HERE.
Alright, would anybody here like to see me, D-FensDogG, when I was just a little puppy? Thanks to my dear friend Nitro Wilbury Babskiddo who photographed this old photograph for me, I am able to post it on this Easter Sunday.
You are about to see my #1 all-time favorite photograph of my family. This was taken on March 29, 1964 in front of our house at 8551 Jennrich Avenue in Westminster (Orange County), California. We're all dressed up for church on Easter Sunday. [Sadly, my parents couldn't keep up with the payments and we lost that house. It broke my Ma's heart.]
This was the first photograph ever taken of the entire family, all 5 of us - my Ma, Pa, Sister Bonehead (who was just an infant), me (looking like I've been contemplating the meaning of life and didn't like what I found), and the crowning thing that really elevates this photograph to "Classic" status is my brother... just Nappy being Nappy! (Only God remembers what Nappy was pissed about that time.)
Let me leave you with something that sincerely inspires me every time I hear it:
Listen to the voice of Greer Garson when she quotes Jesus in saying "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God." It gives me chills every time and really makes me want to be pure in heart!
Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished. For He will be delivered to the Gentiles and will be mocked and insulted and spit upon. They will scourge Him and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.”
And, yes, He did! It was the greatest comeback in history!
Have a joyful Easter, all y'all!
~ Stephen T. McCarthy