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When I woke up this morning, I was assaulted by pastels and fluorescent lighting. St. Patrick’s Day had been a blur, and somehow I wound up in what seemed like Wal-Mart as portrayed by van Gogh. A thousand sugary eyes cast their dopey gazes at me.

“Easter,” I murmured, as I hobbled out of the candy aisle. “How exactly does one celebrate Easter? The Christian calendar leads up to it, for crying out loud. But what happens? You pop a few jelly beans, and then what?”

Trying to discover “the Easter spirit” is a foray into paths I consider rarely traveled. Without a doubt, it’s a search not terribly unlike research paper material. So, beloved college-goers, here are a few references to add to your Works Cited.

1. Rising from the dead after three days seems like a pretty happy ending, but by no means is the rest of the story a cheerful one. The persecution of Christ is riddled with violent conspirators and mob hysteria. To get a taste of that turbulent story, attend the premiere of Meredith Brammeier’s “The Passion According to Saint Mark” on Good Friday, April 6, at United Methodist Church in SLO. Dr. Brammeier, associate professor of music at Cal Poly, has written a piece full of dissonance. Paul Woodring directs a combined three-church choir as it spins the thrilling tale. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at 1515 Fredericks St., and is free.

2. Egg hunting isn’t nearly as popular among college students as it is among younger folks, but it still exists in various forms. Those who are up for an inventive game of hide-and-seek available all year round should get acquainted with the wonderful world of geocaching, an outdoor “treasure-hunting” game in which explorers use GPS-enabled devices to find cleverly hidden containers (geocaches) all over the world. These containers may contain small trinkets that may be taken by the finder in exchange for other small trinkets and boast a logbook to record each discovery. There are several caches in SLO alone, some found in relaxing public areas, others requiring hearty hikes. Outdoorsy types are bound to love this activity.

3. What is spring without flowers? The 17th annual Central Coast Orchid Show and Sale will happen on Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., respectively. This year’s theme, “Stepping Back in Time,” focuses on the celebration of history with orchid displays. The event costs $5 and can be found at Arroyo Grande’s South County Regional Center, 800 W. Branch St.

Whatever Easter path you choose, remember to pack your allergy medication. If love is in the air at Christmas, pollen is in the air at Easter.

Intern Chris White-Sanborn has the sniffles. Send tissues to

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