Bonnets Much Needed
Angel Topping Tree
Word Above Altar
It Must Be The Noodles!
Arrived in Texas!
Log House Now On The Yegua
She Drove The Buggy!
This article by Carlos Vidal Greth first appeared in the Lifestyles section of the Austin American-Statesman on Friday, May 26, 1989. it was a secondary story to The Way of the Wendish. Photos were done by Taylor Johnson.
The Wends, who moved to Texas in part to preserve their ethnic identity, hold dear the remaining folk practices:
• Easter-egg decoration – elevated to an art form – is practiced by craftsmen In East Germany and Central Texas (photo at right). The decorators inscribe elaborate designs on empty eggshells with a stylus dipped in hot beeswax. After the wax hardens, the eggs are boiled in dye. When the wax is scraped off, white designs are revealed on the brightly colored shells.
• Another tradition is the gathering of the “Easter water” by older girls in a community. Early in the morning of the holiday, they go silently to the creek and fill pails with water. At daybreak, they “baptize” the livestock and the sleeping household – often to angry yowls – to ensure good luck for the year.
• The birds’ wedding takes place Jan. 25, when children place empty saucers outside, often on fenceposts out of the reach of dogs and cats. When the children awaken the next morning, they find the dishes filled with candy supposedly left by birds. Parents say that the birds were celebrating their wedding and wanted to share their gifts with human neighbors.]]>
All Things End was written by Ray Spitzenberger on November 29, 2017. Marching to a Different Drummer was written on 21 December 2017.
TWO POEMS BY RAY SPITZENBERGER
ALL THINGS END
all things end
before they end
dum spiro spero
they wind down
it’s the winding down
that breaks my heart
things begin and end
it’s the in-between that smarts
especially the far end of in-between
eheu, fugaces labuntur anni
when you say goodbye to so much
it’s sad to face the truth of no more
ex nihilo nihil fit
except that the end is the beginning
in saecula saeculorum
MARCHING TO A DIFFERENT DRUMMER
“Judge not, that ye be not judged.”
“It is never too late to be what you might have been . . .”
“Every child is an artist.
The problem is
How to remain an artist once he grows up . . .”
“The music is not in the notes,
But in the silence between . . .”
Rat – – – – – – – tat-tat.
“Logic will get you from A to B.
Imagination will take you everywhere.”
“We don’t see things as they are,
We see them as we are . . . “
“Working in solitude every day
To write poetry makes me deliriously happy . . .”
Don’t ever condemn a person
For marching to a different drummer.]]>