Posted by: DG MARYOGA | 04/04/2015

Two Easters under One Faith …


 «Easter 2015 » & Religious Tolerance …

Does it really Matter if it’s on the 5th or the 12th ?

«Ο Θεός αγάπη εστίν»  God is Love …

Written in Greek on a stele in Mount Nebo in Jordan :

What Does it Say ?

What Does it Say ?

«Ο Θεός αγάπη εστίν»  God is Love …

And,“If a man can arrange his religion so that it perfectly satisfies his conscience,it is not incumbent on him to care whether the arrangement is satisfactory to anyone else or not ” , Mark Twain ~

The Innocents Abroad …

Jordan Easter 2015

Jordan Easter 2015

Happy Easter

Happy Easter or if you don’t celebrate it – Happy Spring …

Does it really Matter if it’s on the 5th or the 12th ?

In most years Western Christian churches and Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate Easter on different dates. In 2015, Easter will be celebrated on April 5 by Western churches and April 12 by Orthodox churches. But in 2014, the two celebrations occurred on the same date, April 20.

The first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox,is identical for both Western and Orthodox Easters, but the churches base the dates on different calendars. Western churches use the Gregorian calendar,the standard calendar for much of the world, and Orthodox churches use the older,Julian calendrar.I’m still confused …

Orthodox,Unorthodox,Paradox … It doesn’t really matter. «Ο Θεός αγάπη εστίν» …

And when is a Full moon Full ?

When is a Full Moon Full ?

When is a Full Moon Full ?

I read about Ecclesiastical moons and paschal full moons,about astronomical equinox,and fixed equinox and two different calendars,and the different Dates,but still my Faith,my Beliefs are not influenced,I am not dogmatic at all.Because God is Love and Love is God …

What Does it Say ?

God is Love …

Petra-Jordan

Petra-Jordan

Easter 2015 -Petra Jordan

Easter 2015 -Petra Jordan

Jordan-Easter 2015

Jordan-Easter 2015

Jordan-Easter 2015

Jordan-Easter 2015

Does it matter if it’s on the 5th or 12th? Or,if you don’t celebrate it ? …

Happy Easter when it comes for you ! Or,Happy Spring !

Easter Lilac Blossoms

Easter Lilac Blossoms

And if you like tradition,here are some Easter cookies and Red Easter Eggs for you …

Easter Cookies

Easter Cookies

Tradition says that we dye the eggs red because it is the colour of life as well as a representation of the blood of Christ. From ancient times, the egg has been a symbol of the renewal of life, and the message of the red eggs is victory over death.

Well, “If a man can arrange his religion so that it perfectly satisfies his conscience,it is not incumbent on him to care whether the arrangement is satisfactory to anyone else or not ” , Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad  …

~ Happy Easter when it comes to you or Have a Wonderful Spring Weekend ~

~The Cookies and the Red Eggs are for everybody …

~ You All Have my Love ~

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  1. Faith is the operative word, not science. That allows for a certain amount of leeway. Thanks for the photos.

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    • So wisely stated!Besides,that was the concept of my post.Thank you Draco 🙂

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  2. What a lovely post! I agree with you, Doda, differences don’t matter. Tolerance and ‘God is Love’ is what matters. The photos are magnificent.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and liking so many posts as this brought me to your wonderful blog. Cheers 🙂 Irina

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    • Thanks a million times over for dropping by and for your warm comments!When I read your Artemis poem in Aquileana’s related post,I was stunned and enchanted,I rushed to your blog to see more and I never regretted it!Sending you spring smiles and hugs 🙂 ❤ xxx

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      • My pleasure, Doda. I love your posts and I’m so glad we’ve connected on WordPress. Thank you very much for visiting my blog and for your very kind comments. I’m sending you sunny autumn smiles and warm hugs ❤ xoxo

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        • It is mutual Irina Dear!I consider myself lucky I have met you and I’ll gladly come by your posts and enjoy your inspitarional work!
          Many thanks for your kindness and your generous comments!
          Enjoy the Blessings of Autumn,I love the moodiness of this season.Sending Love & lots of Friendship your way 🙂 ❤ xxx

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  3. This is a beautiful post, dear Doda. I hope you had a blessed Easter. How wonderful it would be to have a world ruled by love and tolerance! Each must find their own way. You have such a beautiful, loving spirit. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise! love and hugs! ❤

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    • Thank you so very much my sweet friend Linda for your pithy comment on my Easter post!Sage yours words,blessed those,who find the real essence behind our Lord’s sacrifice… I suppose,there is not any space for dogmas here … Much Love & Hugs back to you Linda Dear 🙂 ❤ xxx ~ (◠‿◠✿) ♡ ~ xxx

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  4. Dearest Doda, thank you for such an open, loving embrace of this much-loved holiday. Beautiful photos, kind and warm words. I trust you are fully enjoying this delightful season. ❤️❤️

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    • Hi my good friend Jet!Can’t thank you enough for coming by and for enjoying my Easter post!Still on holidays and gathering spring colours.Hope you’re keeping well ~ Happy Sunday my lovely friend 🙂 ❤ xxx

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  5. I’m Late, I’m Late for a very important Date!…

    Missed the 5th but hope I am here in time for the 12th Doda.. LOL.. Loved your post full of info and entwined with beautiful Photo’s And I hope you had a Great Easter my friend..

    Right now I am off to disappear back down the Rabbit Hole… 😀 xxxx Enjoy your week Hugs to you xxx Sue xxx

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    • No,you are not late my kindest and sweetest friend Sue!Easter is celebrated everyday by people like you!You have only gentle feelings and loving care to share with people around you!Please get out of the Rabbit Hole,I’m coming by your place and I want to see you … LOL
      Thanks kindly for always remembering me,Sue Dear!
      Happy Sunday!Sending you my Love & Spring Hugs 🙂 ❤ xxx

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      • 🙂 so pleased to see you.. I hope your holiday is fantastic. Its been two years now since I went abroad.. but then everyday is a holiday if we allow it.. I jumped out of the Rabbit hole.. And was delighted to see you had jumped into my rabbit warren :-)… No rush about reading.. Plenty of catch up time.. Happy Sunday to you also 🙂 Hugs xxx ❤

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        • Right now I saw your wonderful comment my dear friend Sue!I’ m so sorry I missed it!What a lovely approach to holidays!Yes,if we are happy and content,every day makes a perfect holiday for us my kindest one!Hope you had a wonderful time with the princess today!Love & very big hugs to you 🙂 ❤ xoxoxxox
          PS:Too late,now,your comment doesn’t show nextto my page,and I don’t have a “Like” button to show you that I appreciated and liked your comment.Sorry about it my sweet friend 🙂

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          • Please do not worry about that… You can add the like button though in your settings page.. 🙂 And never worry about missing a comment.. I know I have missed a fare few in my time… Unintentionally then felt retched about it.. We have to remind ourselves we are only human LOL.. And I know I am far from Perfect! 🙂 As my recent experience in posting about Einstein proved to be.. What a night mare I had after someone shared it on FB.. But the momentum has now died down.. Lots of hateful people out there.. I am so pleased to be just here among friends on WP.. The Biggest Hugs to you Doda.. Love Sue ❤

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            • Thanks ever so much for your kind and encouraging reply my sweetest Sue!I’ve added the like button in my settings,but it never appeared under the comment box,I will go through again and if it’s not fixed,I will ask for some help in the WP Forum,it’s so practical !!! I have never kept a FB account,I am a bit reserved … WP is such a friendly and reliable platform,rarely bloggers face such behaviour.Have a wonderful week ahead!
              Love & hugs:) ❤ Doda xxx

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  6. Hi Doda! You make a great point here that it’s not so much WHEN we celebrate Easter or even IF we celebrate the occasion, as it is much more about our hearts being loving and giving to others. I send you much love for your kind heart!! I am also loving those photos you shared with us, my friend ❤ 🙂

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    • Such a warm and meaningful comment Christy Dear!Thank you my kind and wonderful friend 🙂 ❤ xxx

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  7. some really nice pictures 🙂

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    • Thank you so much dear Joshi!Have a splendid day 🙂

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  8. I don’t subscribe to any particular religion (but I respect everybody else’s)… but I think people get too hung up on dates and holidays (holy days) when we should all be practising our beliefs EVERY day.

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    • Isn’t it your comment the right answer to everybody Roslyn Dear?How much nicer to say holy days instead of holidays and to pracise our beliefs every day!Thank you for your visit and your insightful attitude!

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  9. Happy Easter, my friend!

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    • Thank you so much Stef Dear!Hope you had a wonderful Easter Sunday;looking forward to your new poems 🙂 ❤ xxx

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  10. absolutely inspiring and wonderful post!! I hope your Easter was blessed!! Kristos Anesti!

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    • PS I really don’t relate to fundamentalism of any kind or those who claim to understand scripture in absolutism. But the basic message I believe is what is important.

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      • OM,om!God sent you here to defend me …
        We share excactly the same ideas,I am not dogmatic at all and always respect persons of different beliefs and backgrounds.
        Besides,as you said,it’s the strong message that all religions convey to the world … Thanks Cybele for noticing my religious tolerence.I am always open to receive anything new,I reject fanaticism and never wear blinkers or blinders,whatever you call them … Enjoy your day 🙂 xxx

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    • Oh,my sweet Cybele,ask Nickolas about mine … it’s on the 12th,but it doesn’t really matter as I so clearly stated in my post,however some WP visitors didn’t notice … Any how,Alithos Anesti!<3 xxx

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      • lol yes I missed that which is so silly of me!! Of course, mind you Niko celebrates it now with us!!! I wish you a glorious Easter – I remember how beautiful the celebration was when I was there!

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        • No wonder,Niko has been away for such a long time and he had to re-arrange everything … Thanks a million times over for your Easter wishes Cybele Dear 🙂 xxx
          PS:Especially if you happened to be on a Greek island,or in the countryside and away from big cities … ❤

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          • the Easter I remembered was in Delfi!!

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            • What an inspirational place to be Cybele Dear!Nothng better than the Delphic landscape with the remaining columns of the Temple of Apollo,the ancient theatre and of course the Museum.
              Bet you enjoyed the Easter celebrations in a nearby town such as Arachova or Desfina.
              My Easter Holidays are over and all is back to normal at the moment.Leave you with a broad smile and off I am to come by your place and enjoy your new work 🙂 ❤ xxx

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              • oh yes and Arachova bread is famous!! I hope to get back there!! Glad to see you back and that you enjoyed your holiday Doda!!

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                • Yes,it is famous Cybele,but most famous is the bread made with Zea flour,if you know what it is … There is a long story behind it …
                  If you ever come to Greece again,you have to taste it,it’s like the food of the Olympian Gods,”ambrosia … ”
                  I am glad too, I re-connected with you!Happy Tuesday:) xxx

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  11. Mark Twain DG MARYOGA, although I don’t judge his eternal destiny was a member of the Freemason Cult, he also rejected the Scriptures as God’s inspired words which they have proven to be and his statement you shared contradicts what God tells us we are to do, (see below) which is to agree on His Truth but when needed to bring our differences to Him. He is a God of Unity not division, so it does matter when Jesus died and rose, as it matters concerning other events in Scripture such as Creation, Christmas, the Rapture, etc. The Holy Spirit does not say one thing to one person and something different to another when they contradict, if we have the mind of Christ we will be in agreement -1Corinthians 2:9-16

    1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

    Philippians 3:14-16 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, where to we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

    The reason we have so many different Denominations, House Churches and even Cults is because people although they claimed to agree to disagree they really didn’t and so it ended in division. If Heresy is being taught and they do not accept correction, we are told to leave but this has to be confirmed by God’s Truth as revealed by The Holy Spirit with the confirmation of the Scriptures not just by our own agenda. Division was happening in the early Church and Paul warned against it, he said we follow Jesus not man.

    2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in Peace; and the God of Love and Peace shall be with you.

    1 Peter 3:7-9 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, Love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

    Philippians 2:4-6 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

    Philippians 2:1-3 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of Love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same Love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

    Christian Love in Christ Jesus – Anne

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    • Thank you for taking the time to preach to me and my WP friends Anne,but you didn’t really notice my religious tolerance and my respect to contrary opinions and beliefs.If you really believe in God and His Love for every Living being,you should not be dogmatic and try to indoctrinate me with your personal ideals,which I respect.
      Mark Twain’s quote really represented me and served my intentions when I wrote this post.I don’t bother about the Freemasonry connections he might had,as you personally say,at least,he knew how to respect others …
      Please have a look at other WP friends’ comments to see their dispassionate view of my post. Doda x

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      • You visited our Blog DJ if you not interested in a Christian focus why did you bother?

        Be assured I don’t take any notice of what a man or a woman claims when they are contradicting what God tells us in Scripture regardless of how many agree with the wrong they propagate.

        I stand up for God’s Truth because He does Love everyone and hates to see them deceived by false teaching, which in the end pollutes all that is good in them.

        Red , white, green, yellow, blue Eggs mean nothing, if they are hard boiled because they will never hatch and bring new Life! and nor will those whose hearts are hard find Eternal New Life.

        To know when Jesus was Born and Crucified, seek God not Carnal man.

        I will pray for you and your followers – Christian Love – Anne.

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  12. Thank you for explaining this Doda; it really is as simple as using different calendars! Of course, here it is autumn, so while I’m wishing all ny northern hemisphere friends a happy spring, I am enjoying the cooler golden days of autumn. Best wishes to you always. xx Su

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    • Then,Happy Autumn my lovely friend Su ❤ !Your recent rose posts with the rain droplets show that you do enjoy autumn and its blessings Down Under… Thank you so much for your warm wishes and for coming by my place in this wonderful world!Hugs & more 🙂 Doda xxx

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      • Thank you Doda. Hugs and best wishes to you xx

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  13. Happy cookies and red eggs to you Doda. Beautiful photos.

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    • Thank you so much Gretchen Dear!Enjoy whatever you love more and Happy Spring!If a painter like you appreciated my photos,believe me,I need nothing more … Btw,I found your recent paintings so beautiful and inspiring!There is always lovely philosophy behind them!
      Have a brilliant day 🙂 ❤ xxx

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  14. I didn`t know that about Orthodox Easter, learning new things from you all the time, dear Doda.
    It does not matter at all if one celebrates Easter, people of all religions are equal to me.
    Beautiful pictures and I didn`t know that you were in Jordan now. Hugs ❤ 🙂

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    • I am learning from you too,Aditix Dear,and you never stop showing me the beauty of nature in the Northern parts of our wonderful world!
      Thanks for noticing the real essence of my post and my religious tolerance.I couldn’t have agreed more with you my friend!All religions teach Love and Respect to one another.If everybody could understand it,we would never experience wars and hatred …
      Have a brilliant day!Hugs & kisses ❤ ~

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  15. Dear Doda, we are kindred spirits! I think it is a good thing that there are different religions and traditions to express one feelings for God and Creations…to me that is the same as expressing Love for the world and trying to be a good person. It is such an old message but Love and Peace is the true answer! Happy Easter, enjoy your Red Eggs and I enjoy my boiled eggs and smoked salmon for Easter Breakfast, as is my tradition and we both believe in Love and Peace and New Life and New beginnings. xo Johanna

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    • So much wisdom in your insightful comment my sweet friend Johanna!
      Your nice and heartwarming words really touched me and I’ll keep them for my Easter Sunday,which is on the 12th.Your Easter Breakfast sounds delicious and so good for you.Hope you enjoyed your Easter Celebrations with your lovely family and of course with your princess!Soon,I am leaving again and I’ll check out my inbox to see if you have any new posts.All my love to you & spring hugs for the day:) ❤ xxx

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  16. The timing of Easter is a curious matter. Jesus was only crucified once I think?

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    • Thanks for noticing the key words in the post and my religious tolerance,Andrew Dear!Truly,an Orthodox,Unorthodox or Paradox situation? I never look at the “manmade” surface of the curious matter and try to focus on the real essence,which is hidden behind it.
      Besides,you said it all laconically,but so sagely!
      Hope you enjoy the Blessings of Spring 🙂 xxx

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  17. My dear friend Happy Easter to you !
    May this Easter blessed with love , joy and happiness.
    With love Maxima

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    • Thanks for coming back again dear Maxima and for your Easter wishes!I hadn’t seen you around for some time,and was wondering what was wrong … Have a wonderful day my dear friend 🙂 xxx

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  18. Beautiful post

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    • Thank you Jake for your approving comment!I wish I could add more splendour and animation like you 🙂 xxx

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  19. What a beautiful post my dear Doda… As far as I know we celebrate Easter here the first sunday of April…. Hmmm Does it fit your calendar somehow… It would be April 5th…
    I ove your post, so touching and full of beautiful winks… The sculptures are powerful and the spring pics, lovely… You have done well to include a message for those bloggers who don´t celebrate Easter… Broad minded indeed.
    Big hugs and much love to you! Happy Easter. Aquileana ⭐

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    • I am so happy Aquileana Dear that you are here to defend me too,and overjoyed you noticed my religious tolerance and my respect to persons of different beliefs and backgrounds.It’s sad though that some WP visitors arrived and didn’t really notice the real concept of my post …
      Anyway,my lovely friend from Argentina,thank you so much for your astute comment and your heartfelt wishes,which arrived in good time for me … I’m afraid,it’s too late to wish you a Joyous Easter,but never too late to wish you Happiness in every wonderful season!
      You have my Love & huge Hugs as always!Doda 🙂 ❤

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      • Thanks for the wishes that go beyond Easter my dear Doda…. I wish you the same… Plus I am sending you hugs and love. Aquileana ⭐

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        • Can’t thank you enough my lovely friend Aquileana for your friendly response and for being a constant supporter!Soon,I’ll be away again and I’ll do my best to check out my inbox to see my WP friends’ new work.Sending back hugs,love and friendship 🙂 Doda 🙂 xxx

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  20. Happy Easter, Doda! Hugs and love, N 🙂 ❤

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    • Thank you,it’s on the 12th for me!Probably,too late for Easter wishes to you,my lovely friend Natalie,but never too late to wish you every happiness in this very special season!Love & Hugs, Doda 🙂 ❤ xxx
      PS:If the real essence of Christmas and Easter is Love,then every single day or Sunday,we must celebrate them.Besides,that's what you do with your inspiring posts!Thank you for what you share with us!

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      • You are so right. Easter and Christmas should be a year round celebration! Thank you, as always, Doda for all your lovely comments. Hugs and love, N 🙂 ❤ xoxox

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        • Thank you too,my wonderful friend Natalie for being appreciative and for the Divine Beauty you have in your heart.Love & warm spring hugs for the day, Doda 🙂 ❤ xxx

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  21. Wow, Jordan! Thank you for sharing these precious, amazing photos.Thank you for Mark Twain’s quote. So much wisdom in this post, Doda dear! Happy Easter and Happy Spring to you! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • I have just come back from a tour around Pei’s architectural masterpieces and your great tribute.Thank you for that Amy Dear!
      Glad you enjoyed my Jordan connections with Easter,I wanted to write something that had to do with the confusing Easter dates.Hope they change it some day.Happy Easter to you if you celebrate it,enjoy your weekend 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤ xxx

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      • I’m educated, as always. Great post! Thank you, my dearest friend! ❤ xxx

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    • Thanks my sweet friend Amy!I’m too by your remarkable posts and many thanks for the extra Pei post you suggested!
      Colossal constructions badly affect the surrounding area,but he had so much concern for nature that he finally created this masterpiece of architecture in absolute harmony with the enviroment! ❤ xxx

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      • I’m always educated with Greek history here. Thank you so much, dearest Doda! Pei really did a unbelievable work to preserve the beautiful nature, yet was able to accomplish the Museum architecture. Thank you so much for reading. ❤ xxx

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        • First of all thank you so much for your encouraging words and your kindness,and then,for your Pei posts,which set off his contribution to Modern Architecture and his respect to nature!
          I always take under consideration whatever you suggest and I never regret it!Enjoy your day my sweet friend Amy 🙂 ❤ xxx

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          • Thank you for taking time to read. It’s an enormous design. I think only Pei can make this happen. Have a great week, Doda Dear! 🙂 ❤

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            • I did it with great pleasure and gained so much knowledge my dearest Amy!Thank you for everything!Have a great week too 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤

              PS:I have just seen your F… comment under Anne's Easter photo and your new account : Sounds of nature,but I have no access,it must be rather private.I only saw some of my older F …
              posts in your favourites where I have access.Nevertheless,your Wondering Nature account is still there and I have complete access to it.I'm so sorry about all this inconvinience.That's absolutely rediculous.Isn't it ? Anne is facing again some tech problems … I don't want to think of that … It's so unfair …
              Please be patient and if you find the chance to ask an IT.they might help you.And please go to the Forums Help and write your problem,there are brilliant members there,who always help you ❤

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              • Thank you, Doda! I created Sounds of N first, but I could access it at home, so I created Wondering Nature afterwards from my home iMac. It works for a while, a few weeks it stopped giving me the access at home. I’m afraid to create another one, knowing it will mess up again. BTW, I did contact the Team for the problem, no response yet…. ❤ xxx

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                • So much trouble Amy Dear!I feel really worried when I come to your shoes.So much loveliness to get lost … Do whatever you think so as we can have your exceptional work on F.
                  Have a peaceful evening 🙂 ❤ xxx

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