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Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night. Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, And learn, too late, they grieve it on its way, Do not go gentle into that good night. Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light. ~~~~~~~~~ For, it ends in the blink of an eye. Carpe Diem (Seize the day)!

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Traditions of Beltane

Beltane is a Fire Festival. The word 'Beltane' originates from the Celtic God 'Bel', meaning 'the bright one' and the Gaelic word 'teine' meaning fire. Together they make 'Bright Fire', or 'Goodly Fire' and traditionally bonfires were lit to honour the Sun and encourage the support of Bel and the Sun's light to nurture the emerging future harvest and protect the community. Bel had to be won over through human effort. Traditionally all fires in the community were put out and a special fire was kindled for Beltane. "This was the Tein-eigen, the need fire. People jumped the fire to purify, cleanse and to bring fertility. Couples jumped the fire together to pledge themselves to each other. Cattle and other animals were driven through the smoke as a protection from disease and to bring fertility. At the end of the evening, the villagers would take some of the Teineigen to start their fires anew."

Repent Walpurgis by Procol Harum

Happy Beltane

Beltane April 30th - May 1st

Sunset to Sunset.

Beltane honors Life. It represents the peak of Spring and the beginning of Summer. Earth energies are at their strongest and most active. All of life is bursting with potent fertility and at this point in the Wheel of the Year, the potential becomes conception. On May Eve the sexuality of life and the earth is at its peak. Abundant fertility, on all levels, is the central theme. The Maiden goddess has reached her fullness. She is the manifestation of growth and renewal, Flora, the Goddess of Spring, the May Queen, the May Bride. The Young Oak King, as Jack-In-The-Green, as the Green Man, falls in love with her and wins her hand. The union is consummated and the May Queen becomes pregnant. Together the May Queen and the May King are symbols of the Sacred Marriage (or Heiros Gamos), the union of Earth and Sky, and this union has merrily been re-enacted by humans throughout the centuries. For this is the night of the Greenwood Marriage. It is about sexuality and sensuality, passion, vitality and joy. And about conception. A brilliant moment in the Wheel of the Year to bring ideas, hopes and dreams into action. And have some fun.....

Walkway Honors Frontline Workers With Bridge-Sized 'Thank You!'

The Walkway Over the Hudson was lit by more than 1,300 luminaries, spelling out a message of thanks to the frontline workers in the new coronavirus crisis. (Scott Snell Courtesy Zero Point Aerial)

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY To honor those on the front lines of the new coronavirus crisis, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park was recently lit by more than 1,300 luminaries spelling out "THANK YOU!" It transformed the Hudson Valley's iconic landmark into the community's largest display of gratitude.

According to organizers, the display of light spanned more than 200 feet on the world's longest elevated pedestrian bridge.

Elizabeth Waldstein, executive director of Friends of the Walkway, said the project salutes everyone going to exceptional lengths to keep people healthy and society functioning in the Hudson Valley and across the nation.

"We hope that through this grand display across the Walkway frontline workers know just how much we appreciate their tremendous efforts," she said.

"That includes our partners at New York State Parks and the Walkway park management team, all of whom have gone above-and-beyond to ensure the bridge can remain open for those needing an outdoor respite," Waldstein said.

In the coming days, photo prints of the temporary light installation will be presented to key agencies in the community places like emergency rooms, grocery stores, police stations and fire departments.

Beginning Saturday, which is I Love My Park Day, the public will be able to help extend the gratitude by purchasing prints and note cards at walkway.org to recognize those who have made a difference in their lives during the pandemic.

More at link ...


I feel like sleeping until Saturday.

I'm usually up before dawn. Yesterday I got up for coffee with my husband and promptly went back to bed till noon. I usually don't do that unless I'm sick.

They are still debating that one.


Coronavirus: Infant daughter of FDNY firefighter dies of COVID-19

Jay-Natalie La Santa, who died days before her 5-month-birthday, was baptized in isolation with her hospital nurses' help, an aunt said.

NEW YORK CITY -- The infant daughter of FDNY firefighter Jerel La Santa has died of coronavirus, according to the FDNY Hispanic Society.

Jay-Natalie La Santa was 5 months old.

"My baby girl was so beautiful," her mother, Lindsey La Santa, said.

The FDNY said La Santa was appointed to the title of firefighter less than a year ago, in November of 2019.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the La Santa family during this tragic time," the department said in a statement.


Short film clip at link

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" is a song written and recorded by American country music singer-songwriter Hank Williams in 1949. Williams wrote the song originally intending that the words be spoken, rather than sung, as he had done on several of his Luke the Drifter recordings. The song about loneliness was largely inspired by his troubled relationship with wife Audrey Sheppard. With evocative lyrics, such as the opening lines "Hear that lonesome whip-poor-will/He sounds too blue to fly," the song has been covered by a wide range of musicians, (Elvis' being the most well known). During his Aloha from Hawaii TV-Special, Elvis Presley introduced it by saying, "I'd like to sing a song that's...probably the saddest song I've ever heard."

Hear that lonesome whippoorwill
He sounds too blue to fly
The midnight train is whining low
I'm so lonesome I could cry

I've never seen a night so long
When time goes crawling by
The moon just went behind the clouds
To hide its face and cry

Did you ever see a robin weep
When leaves begin to die
That means he's lost the will to live
I'm so lonesome I could cry

The silence of a falling star
Lights up a purple sky
And as I wonder where you are
I'm so lonesome I could cry

Question: What will be done with the contaminated meats?

Smithfield and Tyson both have closed processing plants due to the number of workers testing positive for COVID-19.

IMHO: The meats (pork and chicken) should not be sold to the public.

LOCKDOWN PROTESTER should carry this:

Anyone willing to protest the stay in place or shelter at home order needs to carry this card. Dont expect the hospital to save your ass for being stupid!

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