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April 20, 2014
Salem News

Roses, well, today let's make it Easter lilies for all the groups sponsoring egg hunts and related activities. Salem Realife Church has created a template for staging such events on a grand scale. Last Sunday, 18,000-plus eggs were distributed to hundreds of children. Faith-based - and fun-based - activities were also held. Good, clean entertainment for children and their parents/grandparents/guardians. Nothing wrong with wholesome non-pushy interaction for kids. There's too much bad crap out there - think cyberspace - for kids to get into trouble with and misled. Didn't see a single kid among the hundreds last week clinging to a laptop or tablet. What a wonderful sight that was. Special lilies for the longest-standing egg hunt. The Salem UCT Hunt at Centennial Park was held yesterday and is well past its 50th year. Those of us of a certain age can vouch for partaking in those egg hunts a good half-century ago which suddenly makes us feel very old. Very, very old. Lilies for simple hard-boiled eggs and parents who take the time to color them with their kids. Lilies for those kids eating the ears off of chocolate bunnies first; those gushy marshmallow peeps that are as tasty as they are sticky; and, fake Easter basket grass that the pets usually try to eat. Lilies to all of those of faith or belief unified today during this holiest of days. Like Christmas, there is a singular reason for Easter. Let's not forget that today while we are carving up the ham and sneaking a bite of the kids' earless chocolate bunnies. And if you do not feel likewise, at least respect those who carry a strong faith. Not, of course, to be confused with the hypocrites out there of which there are aplenty.



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