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The dogwood is in bloom this Easter

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Across the Midwest, the dogwood is in bloom this Easter. Along the highways, the white flowers glisten in the sun. In St. Louis, where I live, my street is alive with brightness. Years and years ago I planted a pencil-sized Arbor Day dogwood tree. It had grown two stories high, covered in white flowers each spring and red berries each fall, food for the mockingbird family that nests there each spring and flies away in the fall.

God and Moses with Google

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Need something to lighten up your Holy Week? AISH.com (home of "Ask the Rabbi" and Jewlarious) has this really funny take on what the Exodus would have been like if God and Moses had Google. I know Holy Week is solemn, and Holy Thursday's commemoration of Jesus' Last Supper -- which three of the four Gospels infer was a Passover Seder although some folks argue it wasn't -- is serious business. Still, I think there's room for laughter this week. Take a tiny break from work and prayer to chuckle about how the Exodus would have been different if God, Moses and the Pharaoh had Google.

God and Moses with Google

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Need something to lighten up your Holy Week? AISH.com (home of "Ask the Rabbi" and Jewlarious) has this really funny take on what the Exodus would have been like if God and Moses had Google. I know Holy Week is solemn, and Holy Thursday's commemoration of Jesus' Last Supper -- which three of the four Gospels infer was a Passover Seder although some folks argue it wasn't -- is serious business. Still, I think there's room for laughter this week. Take a tiny break from work and prayer to chuckle about how the Exodus would have been different if God, Moses and the Pharaoh had Google.

Remembering my mother

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On April 2, my mother died. That, plus recent travel, has prevented me from my blog writing. I want to say something about my mother's death.

She, Alma Garc'a Araiza, was 90 years old and in declining health. Five years ago, she was diagnosed with dementia. It affected her short-term memory, but she could remember the past very well. Fortunately, shortly after this diagnosis, I videotaped her talking about her history. Some years earlier, I had also audio taped her memories. I would encourage those who have not done the same with parents or grandparents to do so soon. It is important to pass on the memories and history of our family members for us and for future generations.

Echoes of the Exodus

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On this week’s Interfaith Voices, Rabbi Capers C. Funnye (one of the few black rabbis in the United States) and Diann Neu, a co-director of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER), reflect on the role of the Exodus motif in freedom struggles through the ages. These include the journeys of African Americans, women and people in the Middle East today.

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