7The Passing of a Film Industry Icon, Director Agnès Varda. If you know your film history, you will know the name of this leading influencer of the French New Wave movement, from 1958 to the late 60s. Agnès Varda was the first female director to be awarded an honorary Oscar in 2017. Her last documentary, Beaches, was nominated for an Oscar this past year, making her the oldest person nominated for a competitive award. I actually spied this icon on television sitting in the audience during the awards. Agnès transitioned on March 29th at the young age of ninety. Cancer was the cause of death. Despite her struggle with this disease, Agnès was still editing a film the week before she took her last breath. God bless, may we all live that long and keep our passion for the work we love doing. In Agnès Varda’s memory, please donate to Stand Up To Cancer.
8Why Is Easter So Late This Year? And even later if you are Eastern Orthodox. It has a lot to do with the calendar that is followed. The Roman Catholics and Protestants follow Pope Paul Gregory’s 1582 Gregorian lunar calendar, which celebrates Easter the Sunday of the first full moon on or before the start of spring, which is March 21st. The Eastern Orthodox church still follows Caesar’s 45 BC Julian solar calendar, which is thirteen days ahead. It is also timed to be a week after Passover. So, for those who celebrated Easter or Passover last weekend, and to those celebrating this weekend, I wish you much love and joy.
Also, for you history trivia buffs, here is a video on the origins of Easter eggs.
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy.
They are the charming gardeners who make
our souls bloom.”
~ Marcel Proust, 20th-century French novelist