Happy Easter, You Anklebiting Jackals

As always, the Easter tradition of posting my sister’s dearly departed Irie and the Easter Bunny:

This is really one of my favorite pictures in the world. When I think back about Irie, I think I love him more and more now that I have been around so many more dogs. He was such a good boy. Dumb as a sack of hammers, but so sweet.

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    eemom says:

    Happy Palm Sunday.

    /traumatized for life Greek kid

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    zhena gogolia says:

    Irie looks adorable.

    Khristos voskrese!

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    NotMax says:


    A week late(r) but not a drachma short.


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    satby says:

    It was a gorgeous day and I basically lounged around and accomplished nothing more strenuous than sitting with the dogs in the sun. Perfect holiday in other words.
    I’ll probably pay for it tomorrow with an endless to-do list.

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    JPL says:

    I hope everyone had an enjoyable day..

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    JPL says:

    BTW Does the bunny remind anyone else of Spicer.

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    Mel says:

    @satby: Sounds like a wonderful day! I’m doing the feline version: book in hand, cats on lap.

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    NotMax says:


    Striving to work up the energy and the gumption to go out and mow the incipient jungle. So far, not winning that battle.

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    gene108 says:



    I couldn’t think where else I had seen scary bunnies before, but Spicer is one of them

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Any of the other Broadway fans watching “Fosse/Verdon”? I was skeptical, but we’re enjoying it more than we thought we would. The time-shifted way they’re telling the story is working for me, despite the makeup.

    I’m celebrating the resurrection of Jesus by staying in my pajamas all day and eating junk food. It seems to be working out so far.

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    Spent a wonderful afternoon in the park with our younger daughter, her husband, her in laws and the grand kids. Very doggie neighborhood so I met a few pups, including one big cheerful black-furred guy of indeterminate breed who left me covered with slobber head to toe.

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    NotMax says:


    You might find Ellin Stein‘s factchecks on the series of some interest.

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    LivinginExile says:

    @NotMax: Don’t worry, it will still be there.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Mnemosyne: Hey now. That’s Easter junk food – deelicous chocolate eggs (Reese’s, Cadbury’s, etc).

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    satby says:

    @NotMax: yeah, I dozed off again this morning and at about noon I just surrendered to the lazy. I needed the rest.

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    dmsilev says:

    @JPL: Nobody at work has spilled anything massively corrosive on the floor today (yet), so we’re so far head-and-shoulders above yesterday.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Mnemosyne: Remember, if you start by biting off the head of the chocolate bunny, its suffering is over quickly.

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    “Bohemian Rhapsody” is playing in my building’s theater tonight. We haven’t seen it yet, so I think we’ll go.

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    Nicole says:

    Just got back from Central Park, where a group of us set up an Easter Egg hunt for our kids. I asked the 8-year-old if he still wanted to do an Easter Egg hunt next year and he said, “The problem is, I don’t really like much of the candy inside the eggs. If you could maybe put like, 2 dollar bills in them next time?”

    I told him that would make for a fucking expensive Easter Egg hunt. I think I remembered to say, “awfully” in place of “fucking,” but I’m not 100% sure.

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    eemom says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    Hey, the Russians are on MY side. Khristos voskrese NEXT Sunday.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Nicole: One of my neighbors had a bunch of “eggs” set out on their lawn. Judging by their size, they were left by the Easter Ostrich or in some cases possibly the Easter Roc.

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    Raven says:

    The girl loves this stuff so she pulled out all the stops including her bunny stuff and the China. https://flic.kr/p/2fBLfd6

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    eemom says:

    On a lighter note, my SIL, who like her brother, aka my husband, is half Jewish, was reminiscing today that when her kids were little they got Easter baskets from “Bernie the Jewish Bunny.”

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    Sab says:

    When we had many large dogs we used to have an Easter egg hunt in the backyard. Hard-boiled eggs, peeled.It was hilarious. The only problem is that the winning dog usually ended up with an upset stomach from eating too many eggs.

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    laura says:

    Lunch is over and the dishwasher is humming away. Husband delivered a to go plate to one of the old boys, and I’ve got a freshly walked dog, a Sunday Times, a cool beer and an almost new Chet Baker from last weekends record store day. It is a nice peaceful rest. I hope all are enjoying this day about the jackalsphere.

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    NotMax says:


    Open casting call for Harvey.


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    zhena gogolia says:


    You’re right! I’m mixing my holiday with theirs.

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    Harbison says:


    My parents always told me that Santa and the Easter Bunny wereJewish since they didn’t want a Christian to work on their holy days.

    Made sense to me.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor:

    The biography parts are not at all accurate, but it’s an entertaining film and the musical numbers are all great. Keep an eye out for the real Roger Deacon and Brian May as stagehands sitting in the scaffolding during the Live Aid sequence.


    As I suspected, “Fosse/Verdon” is quite accurate. Even her quibble about whether the “Damn Yankees” audition was their “first meeting” isn’t quite true, because they never say they’ve never met before, only that they haven’t worked together before. Verdon even says, “You mean the guy with the hat?” referring to one of their earlier meetings.

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    gene108 says:

    I feel better, from these posts, that I am not the only one being lazy today.

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    NotMax says:

    Minor blink-and-you-missed-it movie watched on Prime, Dogpound Shuffle, which I had completely forgotten ever existed. Decent enough diversion to have playing while puttering around on other tasks. Instantly exudes a made in the 1970s look and feel (which it was). Heck, so drenched in the 70s it co-stars David Soul. Pleasantly surprising to re-discover how lithe a dancer Ron Moody was. BTW, the dog Spot will pin the needle on your trusty cute-o-meter.

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    The Fat Kate Middleton says:

    Sitting on the deck of our little acreage about 200 miles from our “real home.” Our young neighbor texted to ask if we could take care of Baby Girl tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. so Baby Girl #2 could be born. Ahhg. So wanted to, but just can’t. It’s OK – Mom has other options. But still …

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    debbie says:


    If all you like are the ears

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    Nicole says:

    @dmsilev: Was there stuff in the eggs, or were they purely decorative?

    A few years back, my son was ADDICTED to Hobby Kids TV, a Youtube channel, that started with a mom stuffing toys and whatever into huge surprise eggs for her small children to open while being filmed. From what I gather, they’ve parlayed that into a multi-million dollar empire. And, thanks to my kid watching those videos over, and over, and over, I get the twitches around any plastic egg larger than a chicken’s.

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    debbie says:


    How about filling eggs with chore slips? //

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    Yutsano says:

    @The Fat Kate Middleton: A preemptive MAZEL TOV to them!

    I have also done almost nothing today. Nephews collected candy eggs and we now have a pile to rival Halloween in there. Unfortunately it was warm enough that most of the chocolate things melted but that shouldn’t be an issue by now.

    Plus tomorrow I get paid. And it’s Cheap Chocolate Day.

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    NotMax says:

    One year – and one year only – blew out several dozen eggs, filled the shells with various colors of Jell-O and when set carefully peeled them.

    Eye pleasing as the resulting display was, never again.

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    satby says:

    @NotMax: wow. So you’re the one who taught Martha Stewart everything she knows!

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    Barbara says:

    @The Fat Kate Middleton: Been a while. I hope all is going well.

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    Catherine D. says:


    I love the way they have filmed the dance numbers.

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    piratedan says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: my sinuses have informed me that the Palo Verde trees are blooming…

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    geg6 says:

    Went to a local place with the family for their Easter buffet. Ate way too much. Went back to my sister’s for a drink or two and ended up watching The Breakfast Club for the first time in many, many years. Teenagers haven’t changed much in thirty years or so. Still think it’s the best teen movie ever made.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Nicole: Decorative, I think. They were just strewn across the lawn, nobody out there or anything.

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    JPL says:

    @Raven: No one walked away hungry that’s for sure.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Catherine D.:

    It’s made by a bunch of Broadway musical people, including Tommy Kail as the primary director and LMM as an executive producer, so they know what they’re doing. 😘

    I would have to look it up, but I think one of the directors of a later episode is going to direct the upcoming feature film version of In the Heights..

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    NotMax says:


    No can see unless I sign up.

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    Juju says:

    I think I’d have the same look on my face if I had to sit on that Easter Bunny’s lap.

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    CaseyL says:

    Did my PAWS shift today (I work in the foster room, a way station – weigh station? – for kitties on their way to or from foster homes).

    We have two batches of kittens, a brother-sister pair trying to get over chronic diarrhea and a new lot of five (!) set to go to foster. The brother-sister are amazingly energetic for babies with severe diarrhea. We let them out of their kennel and they were running, leaping, exploring all over the foster room. Pick one up, and he or she will climb onto your shoulder or your head. Really darling babies, and I hope they do recover.

    I also got to meet a bunch of puppies coming in to be weighed and given flea treatment. They’re part dachshund and part a lot of other stuff. One has the coloring and general body shape of a Bernese Mountain dog (though small) and I’m madly curious what he’ll look like when he’s grown.

    Yesterday I got a lot of house chores done so today I can revert to my natural state of laziness :)

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    raven says:

    @NotMax: My flickr is borked because I tried to change email. I have 20,000+ photos in their so I’m hoping it gets fixed.

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    chopper says:

    my kid was pretty confused a light all the bunny stuff regarding easter. i told her that’s because easter celebrates the death and resurrection of the easter bunny.

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    NotMax says:


    Until I read more closely, thought you were going for a Chico Marx shtick by using the nym ravellini.


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    As promised, it is raining nicely after a brief thunder storm. The ducks are loving it and I managed to get everything fertilized yesterday in anticipation of today’s showers.

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    raven says:

    Atsa funny, I gotta haddock too. . .

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    Barbara says:

    If you are looking for some hope and uplift you might want to read the article profiling the work of Ruth Gilmore in the NYT Magazine. She is an anti-incarceration activist. It is written by Rachel Kushner. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/17/magazine/prison-abolition-ruth-wilson-gilmore.html

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    Shana says:

    @Mnemosyne: I saw the first episode and enjoyed it, Hubby not so much. I’m DVRing it but haven’t seen Ep. 2 yet.

    We’re huge fans of musicals in our house. Not sure why he isn’t enjoying it as much as I am, perhaps because he doesn’t care for the guy playing Fosse.

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    Aleta says:

    No one gets the bunny. Just as miserable but has to paste on a frozen smile lest he lose another job. At home, insomnia interrupted only by nightmares of lap dogs who turn on him without warning.

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    raven says:

    @Shana: Les Miserables comin up!

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @JPL: Sean Spicer? Yes. Creepy and unattractive.

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    MelissaM says:

    Smart dogs can be great. We had a doxie who had a bunch of tricks, but was also many times too smart for her humans. I never want a dog that has mastered the art of opening the fridge. <>

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    Emerald says:

    @NotMax: OMG. Memories!

    I saw Jimmy Stewart himself star in “Harvey” in London in 1975.

    The play was, of course, not great. But Stewart was transcendent and made the play seem magical.

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    JPL says:

    Tears are flowing from the latest Call the Midwife episode. I don’t know if I want to watch Les Mis tonight.

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    NotMax says:


    Wow. A night to remember.

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    Shana says:

    @raven: Meh. Or maybe that’s just because I didn’t like the musical. Haven’t read the book though.

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    Suzanne says:


    my sinuses have informed me that the Palo Verde trees are blooming…

    No kidding. Yellow tree droppings EVERYWHERE.

    We went to church this morning, which was lovely. Some of the Easter hymns are real bangers. Younger Spawn did an egg hunt, and now we are all relaxing indoors. It’s too hot to be outdoors.

    Going to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior this evening by watching Tits and Dragons.

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    Emerald says:

    @NotMax: Indeed! I was 24, old enough to appreciate it.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Sam Rockwell is no Roy Scheider, but I think he’s pretty good. I feel like the show has done a pretty good job of not making Verdon into a victim or Fosse into a monster.

    And of course there are a lot of references to All That Jazz because it’s hard to come up with something that flagellates Fosse harder than his own cinema à clef.

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    Suzanne says:

    In unrelated news, Spawn the Younger is watching one of the Winnie the Pooh cartoons, and I am realizing how god-awful Eeyore is. Like, dude, stop being so damn passive-aggressive.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @JPL: Thanks for the reminder. This adaptation looks pretty good. Loved the novel.

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    joel hanes says:

    My job is to buy the candy, and get up early and prepare brunch.
    Can’t just do a big ham any more because we have a vegetarian.

    Settled on eggs Florentine, a small ham roast, a big teriyaki salmon roast, cold boiled shrimp, filled pastries, English muffins with cream cheese and lox, crispy hash browns, bacon, mixed cut fruit, orange juice.

    I hadn’t done eggs Florentine in many years, and now I don’t know why: they’re easy, they can be made in large batches, and my peeps love them. Next year I’ll make more.

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    Ken says:


    I get the twitches around any plastic egg larger than a chicken’s.

    Twas Alien did it for me.

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    Nicole says:


    How about filling eggs with chore slips? //

    That’s actually a brilliant way to ensure the kids share the eggs with each other.

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    Ruckus says:

    Sounds to me like you are winning.

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    Finished up the Ashland weekend seeing “Between Two Knees,” which made its debut there. A hella funny and biting look at the mistreatment of Native Americans that uses humor to both punch up and educate — it starts out with a game show-style “Wheel of Indian Massacres.” One of roles my friend Rach plays is merciless takedown of New Age appropriation— a scene inspired by the playwrights checking out some of the shops in town.

    Which is a bit much for some white folks — pretty every show they’ve had people walk out.

    Definitely worth seeing if you’re here for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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    NotMax says:


    Actually, went out to perform a fast chore at landlady’s house and within five minutes outside was completely drenched with sweat. Positively oppressive out there and not so much as a breeze. That pretty much settled the debate for today, methinks.

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    dmsilev says:


    Twas Alien did it for me.

    Children all around the world eagerly await the annual visit from the Easter Xenomorph.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @Sister Golden Bear:

    Which is a bit much for some white folks

    And ought to be required viewing in history classes. I have very strong opinions about how indigenous people here have been treated since the arrival of people from the other side of the Atlantic and it continues today.
    #Free Leonard Peltier.

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    Barbara says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: I think it is uniquely difficult for Americans to comprehend the problem with cultural appropriation. Pretty much our whole culture involves taking bits and pieces from whatever we like best about the panoply of customs of people that have arrived or existed in our midst. I would think the average person might get how Native American cultures might be different, but being willfully obtuse seems to be common enough.

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    raven says:

    @Shana: I’m sure the musical had something to do with the story but I sure don’t remember it. Dominic West and David Oyelowo are really good as is Lilly Collins. It’s, well, fucking miserable, but extremely well done.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Sister Golden Bear:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they have at least a few performances in LA — the Autry does a lot of new Native American theater.

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    catclub says:

    @Ceci n est pas mon nym:

    who left me covered with slobber head to toe.

    part newfy?

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    ola azul says:

    @Sister Golden Bear:

    … Which is a bit much for some white folks — pretty much every show they’ve had people walk out …

    Gotta lotta native friends up my way (Tlingit). Re: wypipo’s reax

    Art pushes both boundaries and consciousness. For me, art is one of the most constructive, enlightened, organic ways society progresses. (And some peeps desperately need that push.)

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    J R in WV says:

    @Ceci n est pas mon nym:

    “…covered with slobber head to toe.”

    So, like being saved by the holy communion, then? I understand and agree totally!

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