May Day WeekendMay 1, 2016
The earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times, with the festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, and the Walpurgis Night celebrations of the Germanic countries. It is also associated with the Gaelic Beltane. Many pagan celebrations were abandoned or Christianized during the process of conversion in Europe. A more secular version of May Day continues to be observed in Europe and America. In this form, May Day may be best known for its tradition of dancing the maypole dance and crowning of the Queen of the May. Various Neopagan groups celebrate reconstructed (to varying degrees) versions of these customs on May 1. The day was a traditional summer holiday in many pre-Christian European pagan cultures. In the Roman Catholic tradition, May is observed as Mary's month, and in these circles May Day is usually a celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Music Meditation on May Day
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The Met Gala, formally called the Costume Institute Gala and also known as the Met Ball, is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City. It marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute's annual fashion exhibit. Each year's event celebrates the theme of that year's Costume Institute exhibition, and the exhibition sets the tone for the formal dress of the night since guest are expected to choose their fashion to match the theme of the exhibit. Each year the event also has honorary celebrity event day chairpersons.
Friends on Facebook call it a Mercury Retrograde moment ... meaning delays.
Pop went the weasel and down went the Large Hadron Collider PhysOrg - April 29, 2016
The LHC suspended operations because a weasel, now dead, invaded a transformer that helps power the machine and set off an electrical outage. Authorities say the incident was one of several small glitches that will delay plans to restart the $4.4 billion collider by a few days.
Not again ... seems like yesterday ... they didn't come to Brooklyn 17 years ago so we shall see.
Noisy cicadas prepare to emerge after 17 years CNN - April 29, 2016
Billions of the critters will make themselves heard in Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia once the soil where they live warms up to 64°F.
If you follow the news you know this is getting serious especially for those who travel to certain south American countries.
First Zika virus-related death reported in U.S. in Puerto Rico - a 70 year old man Washington Post - April 29, 2016