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The season of Lent (the Christian season of  preparation before Easter) begins with Ash Wednesday on March 5. Ash Wednesday begins 40 days  prior to Easter (Sundays are not included in the count).

Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. You will see some delicious fish sandwiches appear on fast food menus during Lent that disappear after.

In the "good old days" most people ate fish on Fridays, and now many give up red meat for Lent. Whatever the reasons, I love the fish sandwiches and wish they would stay year-round.

I liken that eating craze to what has happened to macaroni and cheese. That was always a staple in our family when we could not afford meat. Now it is a gourmet item in restaurants all over the country! I wonder when Spam will become a gourmet item?

Arts in March is Sunday at the Fine Arts Building in Greenbrier. The Greenbrier High School Spring Musical will highlight performances from all the choirs in the district, the jazz band, drama department and art work displayed from each of the schools. This will be a fun event for all.

The GFUMC rummage sale on Saturday needs your donations. Just drop them at the church between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. or call 679-2452 if you would like to help.

The hours of the sale are 8-11 a.m., so you’d better get there early. While you’re in the mood to donate, bring along some food items for their pantry.

Last Wednesday was a record day with 10 families assisted! So far this year, 63 families have been helped (236 were helped in 2013). Everything except vegetables and canned beans are needed at this time; especially cold cereals, canned/powdered milk, fruit juices, Ramen, "Helpers," canned meats (tuna, spam, chicken), pancake/baking mix, cookies/desserts and peanut butter.

The hoopla called Mardi Gras takes off in New Orleans this week too. The big draw is the parade and the foods. Jambalaya is coveted everywhere. I will never forget that my first po-boy sandwich was devoured in New Orleans, and I have never had a better one since then. This old Yankee never even knew what it was until Mardi Gras. Hmmm, do you s’pose I need to go back this Mardi Gras?

As you can probably tell, I love photographing the kids in Greenbrier and am really looking forward to prom night when GHS students dress in their finest and look all grown up. That, and graduation, make my two favorite events to photograph.

Please send Greenbrier news, questions, comments, or suggestions to BJ Fox at or call 501-679-3690.