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April 2012 - Nr. 4
Happy Easter - Frohe Ostern
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, Editor-in-chief

Dear Reader

This year Easter is so early that I never expected to be able to hide Easter eggs outside in the garden, if I wanted to, this has happened only a couple of times in 44 years of our time in Canada. The norm was rather snow and ice on my birthday, which falls this year onto Easter, and long envious phone calls about the balmy weather overseas to my parents. But this year, if we survive the nasty cold that suddenly appeared today as I write this the night before we go to press, then we will be able to hide not only single eggs but whole baskets because spring has indeed Easter greetings from the front yardarrived. The Daffodils in my garden have proliferated themselves since last year to a triple amount from original planting. And the forsythias are in full bloom. I dared plant pansies in the window boxes and hope they are of the hardy variety.

The woodpecker has returned and so have the robins and other feathered friends and last week, while walking in a ravine park near Don Valley, I saw my first groundhog. Not only was he oblivious to the cars driving by but he also loved finding things in the grass enjoying the sunshine. He only dashed under a bush when people spoke too loudly, like a class of Groundhog spottingschool kids that came by on bicycles. It was glorious to sit on a bench, watching the water rush over uneven ground in the creek, glistening in the sun with a very balmy 26 degrees Celsius. What a difference a couple of days can make.

In the shopping malls fashion stores tempt with bright pastel colored garments and beauty counters offer new pallets of eye shadows and lipsticks. What woman can resist? I especially love Dior since I am a little girl and admired the original Dior look. It is all coming back in a modern version and I cannot resist at least buying some item that tickles my fancy. It is time to clean out the closet and the vanity and stock up with a few new items. My aunt used to say: “If you do not want a new dress as a woman then you are not truly alive.” She confessed to me that she really wanted to be a designer, but the war got in the way and she ended up being a teacher, yet her love for nice clothing remained.

What better time than spring and Easter to get something new. It used to be tradition to get a new dress, suit or at least a new bonnet, or hat to wear to church. It is a time for bright and new things, a new outlook and beginning, when we clean out the old and bring in the new, including a new attitude as to how to conduct our lives. We do not just clean house we also get rid or the cobwebs in our minds, make decisions upon review of what is important to us. Budgets are presented, boards are formed, agendas are worked out and unworkable methods are discarded. We prepare our taxes and pay our dues. And as long as we remember what Easter is about and we do not forget the spiritual nature of our existence we will do alright.

Here at Echo Germanica there are a few changes in the making. We are becoming more modern and are changing over to a new server that will allow us to employ modern communication methods. I think especially the younger generation will be pleased with the change. There will also be a new way to promote business that is far more reaching than mere paper printing.

Now, that I have put you in suspense I am wishing you a wonderful Easter, full of the joy it is meant to bring to all of us.

Happy Easter!
Frohe Ostern!

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister

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