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Friday, February 01, 2013

Friday Five: Almost Groundhog Day Edition

I have to admit: I never thought much about Groundhog Day.

Then I saw that movie. And an odd holiday that seems to be a remnant of an obscure Pennsylvania German custom took on all sorts of new meaning.

So, in honor of the movie and the day, I present you with this Almost Groundhog Day Edition of the Friday Five!

1. The Holiday:  On a scale of 1-5 (with 1 representing, "Hey! Stop hating on the most awesome season ever!" and 5 representing, "Green. NOW."), how much are you hankering for spring? And what is, to you, a true sign that it is actually on its way?

2. The Film: Seen it? If yes, Love it? Hate it? Meh?

3. The Meaning: If you could relive one day of your life, what one would it be?

4. The Meaning, Part 2: If you had to relive one day of your life over and over until you got something right (a la the Bill Murray character in the film), what day would that be?

5. The Meaning, Part 3: If you had to design a life-changing experience for a fairly despicable human being (as is, for example, the Bill Murray character at the film's start), what would it be? How, given all sorts of unlikely powers to bend time and take control of another person's personal growth, would you do it?

Let us know if you played! Here's the place where you can learn how to leave us a link...

Happy (Almost) Groundhog Day!


  1. Here's my blog post, though I'm reflecting in a slightly different way on the movie. TGIF!

  2. I played! And I'm not the first! :-)

    Here it is!

    I look forward to hearing from you all!

  3. And... I can't get the link to work. :-(

    Here it is for those willing to copy and paste.

  4. Hey, Revgals! What Americans call "Groundhog Day" is really a subtle remnant of a much older Northern European/Celtic celebration that honors women, fire, poetry, metalcraft, and midwifery! There are lots of fun traditions to explore around St. Brigid / Candlemas / Imbolc. In fact, the whole "groundhog" thing actually came about when European immigrants to North America wanted to keep the folk custom of guessing winter's length by watching badgers emerge from their burrows at this time of year. They couldn't find any badgers, so they settled on groundhogs as a convenient replacement!

    1. Awesome MaineCelt! I wondered whether there was a connection with Brigid/ Imbolc... Fantastic!

    2. (That's as close to playing as I can get-- can't do a full blog post because I have to get back to sermon-writing and doing my taxes and starting seeds in the greenhouse!)

  5. I played quickly before a busy day (aren't they all?).

  6. I played here, but took it in a little bit different direction. Thanks for the prompt, Pat.

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    1. Ignore this link -- it doesn't work -- I don't do Friday Fives very often and always forget to include the http the first time.

  8. I have played this week, because the movie is the reason for Major Partying around here--I feel compelled to do any memes associated with it. ;-)

  9. Can't say I remember much about ground hog day growing up in Edmonton(pretty much always 6 more weeks of winter...) but then I married a Pennsylvanian, who is also a gardener!


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