Get creative and have a blast with these. Pile a million M&M's on top or make fancy patterns. Whatever puts a smile on your face. It's impossible to be in a bad mood while eating M&M Brownies!
A recent conversation with a woman at Starbucks reminds me of the laughter, the joy and, indeed, the hope that can be experienced when we are caught by surprise.
It's still dark when Mary ventures out to find the tomb. The graveyards around Jerusalem don't have much greenery today. The earth is mostly rock and stone, and it is far from easy to make a place to secure a body.
Krista Tippett reflects on the role of pain in the human journey.
Nothing says Easter quite like chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks and jelly beans so we're kidding ourselves if we think that the kids aren't totally psyched about loading up on sugar Eater morning.
To believe in the existence of God is to believe in a higher power and an intelligence higher than one's own. To choose to disbelieve in the existence of God is to believe also; it is to believe there is no living higher power, nor living intelligence higher than that of the human.
The Pope has retold the story of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4) to illustrate the human propensity to shirk responsibility for other people. The question "Am I my brother's keeper?" must be asked about climate refugees as they try to find a place to lay their heads.
Lost in this procession is one of the events of Holy Week that is most relevant to our modern age: the trial of Jesus and the role of the zealous prosecutor, Caiaphas, who pushed for his death.
During this sacred Passover/Easter celebratory time, let's remind ourselves that we are called to respect one another in peace and unity. Let's embrace these values of respect, peace and unity beginning within ourselves, radiating out to all.
Many Christians tend to glorify Jesus' death, as if somehow Jesus suffered in ways no one else does. Jesus' death does not distinguish him from the rest of humanity so much as it unites us with him. If we begin to argue that Jesus' death was somehow unique, we embarrass ourselves.
One of my lasting memories from college is celebrating Passover with Chelsea Clinton. We shared the Passover meal with several friends, and during it I asked her if she had ever celebrated Passover.
I don't think I've ever bought her an "Easter dress" in her life, mostly because I don't buy stuff unless we need it and I like to think of us as minimalists. Also because I'm cheap. But as my daughter organized her closet full of dresses, I realized we were far from minimalists.
Easter brunch is a longstanding tradition in many families, and for those who enjoy a truly decadent spread, there's nothing like letting someone else do the cooking.
That's what the bumpersticker declared on the back of the 1970's VW van covered with colorful paint. I'm not sure which was holding the hippie van together, the duck tape or the bumper stickers. Maybe they both were.
What does it say about love, caring and responsibility if you abandon your new pet to a shelter within a year? Living creatures are not disposable.