It’s Palm Sunday!

Easter is Sunday, April 5th and Passover is Friday, April 3rd – Saturday, April 11th.  I was doing some research on the Passover Seder at the White House awhile ago and was surprised that Easter and Passover both served coconut desserts as cakes or macaroons.
In mentioning this to Cherrie Amour a friend of mine with roots from the Caribbean, coconuts had a wide variety of uses.
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During poetry month; Cherrie will be in New York April 8th and Detroit April 11th(Detroit Public Library Elmwood Park Branch) reading her poetry at these “Free”events  Click on link for more details.

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Tree of Life
The coconut palm is grown throughout the tropics for decoration, as well as for its many culinary and nonculinary uses; virtually every part of the coconut palm can be used by humans in some manner and has significant economic value.Coconuts’ versatility is sometimes noted in its naming. In Sanskrit, it is kalpa vriksha (“the tree which provides all the necessities of life”). In the Malay language, it is pokok seribu guna (“the tree of a thousand uses”). In the Philippines, the coconut is commonly called thetree of life”.
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​Tree of Life
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​Coffee with Coconut

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Buttermilk pound cake with toasted coconut​

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First Lady Michelle Obama lights a candle for 
Passover Seder while everyone reads the narrative 
of Haggadah at the White House_March 25, 2013
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The Seder is a ritual performed by a community or by multiple generations of a family, involving a retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites fromslavery in ancient Egypt.
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The Haggadah contains the narrative of the Israelite exodus from Egypt, special blessings and rituals, commentaries from the Talmud, and special Passover songs.
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J.K. Rowling reading Harry Potter 
White House Easter Egg Roll_Apr. 2013
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“If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”   ~J. K. Rowling
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