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Journal Writing Project: Easter in a nutshell


By Alexis Jorgensen

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

What does Easter mean to you? For many people, Easter is a well-known holiday that most people recognize as an overabundance of Easter eggs, candy, and of course, the Easter bunny. But, what is the true meaning of Easter? And what does a long-eared, cotton tailed creature that hides eggs have to do with this holiday? Questions like these come to mind when thinking about the complexity of this holiday.

The traditions of Easter have been and will always continue to change. In medieval Europe, eggs were forbidden during the time of Lent. Since no one could eat the eggs, any eggs that were laid during the time of Lent were boiled or preserved. Once Lent was over, eggs had become so stockpiled that everyone began eating them around the time of Easter. In addition, eggs were also a sign of both fertility and new life. Because of their symbols for new life and fertility, eggs were often said to be used in by the Ancient Romans, Persians, and Egyptians for their spring festivals. The Germans painted eggs green and hung them out on trees as gifts, Austrians used to place around eggs and then boil them, and Armenians often painted their eggs red and filled them with pictures of Christ or the Virgin Mary. Thus, the egg became a very well-known symbol of both spring and Easter. Rabbits are also a symbol of fertility. The first thought of the Easter bunny actually came from a German custom. The Germans used to tell stories to their children about an “Easter hare” who would lay eggs for the children to find. The Germans also baked cakes in shapes of rabbits, and are said to be the first ones to make chocolate bunnies. When German immigrants came to America, they brought their traditions to us.

To me, Easter seemed to always be a holiday filled with random symbols. However, little did I know symbols such as Easter eggs and the Easter bunny have a larger meaning behind them than what I initially thought.

Journal Writing Project: Herbs

By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Bt Sara Vettleson-Trutza Think about this: a woman has a chronic illness. She takes a conventional medication and has been doing so for a long time. The medication works sometimes and does an okay job, but the ailment never seems to be working. Her ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Herbs

By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

Think about this: a woman has a chronic illness. She takes a conventional medication and has been doing so for a long time. The medication works sometimes and does an okay job, but the ailment never seems to be working. Her doctor tells her to keep ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Do animals deserve rights?

By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

We all see the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States sad animal commercials on the television. They show sad and abused animals to spread the word about animal cruelty. There are thirty or more groups around the United States that suppor ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Do animals deserve rights?

By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

We all see the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States sad animal commercials on the television. They show sad and abused animals to spread the word about animal cruelty. There are thirty or more groups around the United States that suppor ..... 
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Standardizing the World

By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

For years schools all over the world have been requiring students to take a standardized test to gauge their knowledge levels. I don’t believe that it should be a requirement for people to take the tests. By using standardized tests, the gover ..... 
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Standardizing the World

By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

For years schools all over the world have been requiring students to take a standardized test to gauge their knowledge levels. I don’t believe that it should be a requirement for people to take the tests. By using standardized tests, the governm ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Star Trek in today’s culture

By Jeremiah Munson

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Journal Student Writing Project

On Friday, February 27, 2015, the world lost a cultural icon. Leonard Nimoy, the actor who portrayed Spock in Star Trek, died at the age of 83. Some people might argue that Spock was not a large cultural icon, but many people would disagree. Wheth ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Star Trek in today’s culture

By Jeremiah Munson


On Friday, February 27, 2015, the world lost a cultural icon. Leonard Nimoy, the actor who portrayed Spock in Star Trek, died at the age of 83. Some people might argue that Spock was not a large cultural icon, but many people would disagree. Wheth ..... 
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