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Dear Friends of Judy Bloomgardener,

Thank you for visiting Judy’s Memorial Blog.  During the last  months of her life, Judy was absorbed in creating a large hanging collage, with photos of all the key icons and relationships of her life.  Her idea was  that every photo represented a jewel in Indra’s net, an ancient Hindu symbol of how everything and everybody is interconnected.  Each one of you is also one of those jewels.  The photo at the top of this page is of her collage, hanging from  a net.

We hope you can find your way around this blog easily.  The heart of the  blog is a page devoted to messages from all of you.  Just click ‘Messages‘ at the top of any page and you will be there.  We hope you will also want to add a message of your own.  If so, just click ‘How to Post‘ at the top of each page, and there will be simple instructions on how to do this.  We have posted Judy’s obituary on a page called ‘Judy’s Story‘.  We want to write a more elaborate version of her life story soon, so check back in a month or so.  And we also encourage you to go to Judy’s own blog, where there are articles she has written, and where we plan to post sections from her memoir.  We also hope you will visit the ‘Photos‘ page to see what we have collected, and also let us know if there are any photos you’d like the  blog gatekeepers ( Barbara, Elisabeth, Kate or Michelle) to post there for you. If you include photos with your messages you do not need to go through the gatekeepers.  Two mysterious events surrounding Judy’s death moved us all, and we have told the story of that on the page labeled ‘Noodles and a Moth‘.   Finally, if you want to check on what a specific person has said, check under ‘Authors‘.

We hope to see many of you at Judy’s memorial service on Saturday, February 4, at 3 p.m. at the Quaker Meeting House at 225 Rooney St.


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Eggs O’ Jesus



I’m not sure when the similarity between “exegesis” and “Eggs O’ Jesus” first struck my mom. No doubt it reminder her of the tradition of endlessly pondering the four passover questions (or whatever liberation/feminist/biodiverse/psychodynamic/cross-cultural equivalents she cooked up for a given year). Whatever sparked that first realization, our Jewish/Irish Catholic family heritage made it inevitable that Eggs O’ Jesus would become a regular part of our unorthodox easter festivities.

The principles of Eggs O’ Jesus are simple. Quotes and candy are hidden about the house or yard in bright plastic eggs. When the hunt is over, each person has to explain the sayings in the eggs they’ve found before digging into their Easter treats.  As per our family tradition, “if it’s not a hassle, it’s not a holiday”.

Getting ready for Eggs O’ Jesus this year, I ran across this excerpt from a draft of my mom’s memoir:

“Tomorrow, we are celebrating Easter with “eggs o’ Jesus,” colored plastic Easter eggs we fill with seasonal sayings requiring ex (eggs)–gesis (Jesus). I’ve been haunted by one quote from Jesus—the one about lilies—that neither spin nor weave—but are arranged in such finery that even Solomon in all his glory could never equal.”

I wonder who ended up finding that egg and how they intepreted that quote. From the perspective of a ballroom dancer, I’m pretty sure it means I should give up on learning to knit and just concentrate on finding sparkly eyelashes and plenty of rhinestones for my outfit.

Although the bible is the traditional subject of exegesis, holy scriptures for us encompassed Winnie the Pooh and the movie “What About Bob” along with the Torah and the Tao De Ching. My mom’s love of cross-culturalism ensured that phrases from around the world would also be included for exposition and analysis.

So if you want to play along this year, it’s fun and easy. Pick the scripture that speaks to you, find quotes that puzzle or perplex or amuse you, pop them in an egg with some jelly beans, and you’re good to go. To get you started, I’ve put together some Eggs O’ Jesus from around the world and arranged them by various themes for your convenience. Suggested rule: whoever finds the pair of quotes picks one to interpret, then inflicts the second quote on the person of their choice for an explanation. Want to play along? Simply print, cut, insert into eggs, and start exegizing!

Animal behavior:

eggs 8


eggs 4


eggs 10

Craniofacial nutrition:

eggs 3

Got some phrases to add? Please comment below!






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