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chasing answers newsletter #4
“For winter's rains and ruins are over, And all the season of snows and sins; The days dividing lover and lover, The light that loses, the night that wins; And time remembered is grief forgotten, And frosts are slain and flowers begotten, And in green underwood and cover Blossom by blossom the spring begins.” - Algernon Charles Swinburne
Welcome to week four of the chasing answers newsletter! I’m not going to discuss subscribers this week because, frankly, it’s a little depressing. And it’s Easter Sunday, and spring is here. Where I live, that means trees are budding, flowers are popping up, and the sound of new life is everywhere.
I realize not everyone celebrates Easter, but for those of you who do, whether it’s because you believe it represents the resurrection of Jesus Christ or just because you like the idea of a giant fucking rabbit running around hiding shit in people’s yards, Happy Easter! For those of you who don’t buy into either one of those, Happy Sunday!
About mid-week this week, I had the thought that I should write an essay about the history of Easter. I was going to write about its role in Christianity, its Pagan origins, and when the hell hiding eggs came into the picture. I thought about it for approximately 15 minutes and realized I was setting myself up for more stress than I needed. I’m still catching up at work on everything I neglected while taking David Perell’s five-week writing course, Write of Passage, and I had a weekend of family get-togethers to look forward to.
So, I decided this was a good week to phone it in and skip the essay. I’ll save the Easter post for next year, which gives me almost an entire year to get it done.
That means I know exactly what I’ll be doing at 6:00 am on April 9th, 2023. Scrambling to get my Easter essay done.😉
No essay this week, but as always, I do want to shine the spotlight (however small it may be) on folks doing way more important things than writing this newsletter. Please check out the organizations below and consider donating if you feel generous this weekend.
easterseals - easterseals has been helping those with disabilities since 1919. They began as the National Society for Crippled Children but in 1945 expanded their services to adults and WWII veterans. Today they are America’s largest nonprofit healthcare organization.
K9s For Warriors - K9s For Warriors saves lives by providing highly trained service dogs to military veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and/or military sexual trauma. When a veteran is teamed up with a dog, they actually go through the K9s For Warriors program together to strengthen their bond. Most of the dogs are rescue dogs, so each veteran/dog team that graduates from the program potentially represents two saved lives.
No Kid Hungry - No Kid Hungry is a national campaign working to solve the problem of child hunger in the United States. The campaign is run by Share Our Strength, a nonprofit organization that has been working to solve hunger and poverty problems around the world for 25 years.
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