Sunday, February 26, 2017
February 26: Oscar Night, Classic Saint Marty, "Easter Bread"
I am tired. Don't know if I'm going to be able to make it to the end of the Academy Awards this year. It's going to be a very long evening.
Saint Marty give thanks tonight for Wheat Thins and Easy Cheese.
February 24, 2013: Oscar Night, Party
Yes, tonight Hollywood celebrates itself in the year's biggest pageant of cinematic self-absorption. The dresses, the tuxedos, the jewelry, the hairdos. The limos and red carpet. And, of course, the burning question on everyone's mind: "Who are you wearing?"
I recognize the supreme shallowness of the Oscars. I know that, really, who wins Best Supporting Actor or Best Actress isn't going to bring about peace in the Middle East. I also know that, tomorrow morning, when the Oscar parties on the West Coast are winding down and all the stars are stumbling back to their hotel rooms, my life will be the same. Same job. Same money problems. Same worries.
Yet, for one night, I can be selfish and catty and vapid. I can imagine my life revolves around whether Lincoln or Argo wins Best Picture. I will be at an Oscar party. There will be cheese and crackers and rotelle dip. I will compete against my siblings and parents and children and in-laws for the honor of taking home a mock-Oscar statuette. It will be cut-throat. We will tease and taunt and humiliate each other. It's one of my favorite nights of the year.
Yes, the Saint Marty clan takes its Oscars seriously.
A poem for tonight about bread . . .
by: Martin Achatz
My mother made it on Holy Saturday
In her bowl as green as Easter grass.
She'd mix water, salt, sugar, flour,
Shortening and yeast, fold it
With her hands, over and over,
Until dough took shape, white
As my winter skin. Then she kneaded,
Pushed and pounded, picked it up,
Slammed it down on the kitchen table,
Made the room shake with violence,
Sounds like sledges and spikes,
Holy, Easter sounds. After she was done,
My mother left the bowl on the counter,
Draped with a towel. She waited
For the dough to leaven, the yeast
To work like prayer, make the dough
Rise higher and higher, swell, stretch
Like a pregnant womb. My mother
Returned, kneaded, punched
It into submission, broke
Its will, began the process anew.
As night fell, the dough rose and rose.
Some time after I went to bed,
My mother sliced loaves, and baked.
On Easter morning, I woke
To the aroma of fresh bread.
Resurrection, sweet and warm
As the wren.