Thursday, May 5, 2016


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Lore has it that it's very unlucky to cut the hawthorn tree at any time other than when it is in bloom; however, during this time it is cut and decorated as the May Bush.
Commonly called Hawthorn, Thorn-apple, May-tree, White-thorn,or Hawberry, it's a large genus of shrubs and trees in the family Rosaceae, native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in Europe, Asia and North America.
​In Gaelic folklore it marks the entrance to the 'other-world' and Is strongly associated with the fairies.

Local Tragedy
Footage from the Serbian Orthodox cathedral in Manhattan shows huge flames and smoke billowing into the sky on Sunday. It took firefighters three hours to put out the flames which gutted the building and destroyed the interior and the roof.
The fire broke out just hours after worshipers celebrated Easter.
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Peggy Seeger updates "Union Maid"
Father Daniel Berrigan has died just short of his 95th birthday. He was a poet, pacifist, educator, social activist, playwright and lifelong resister to what he called "American military imperialism." Along with his late brother Phil, Dan Berrigan played an instrumental role in inspiring the antiwar and anti-draft movement during the late 1960s, as well as the movement against nuclear weapons. He was the first Catholic priest to land on the FBI’s most wanted list. In early 1968, he made international headlines when he traveled to North Vietnam with historian Howard Zinn to bring home three U.S. prisoners of war. Later that year he, his brother Phil and seven others took 378 draft files from the draft board in Catonsville, Maryland. Then, in the parking lot of the draft board office, they set the draft records on fire using homemade napalm to protest the Vietnam War. They became known as the Catonsville Nine and invigorated the antiwar movement by inspiring over 100 similar acts of protest. It also shook the foundation of the tradition-bound Catholic Church. Then, in 1980, the Berrigan brothers and six others began the Plowshares Movement when they broke into the General Electric nuclear missile facility in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, hammered nuclear warhead nose cones and poured blood onto documents and files. They were arrested and charged with over 10 different felony and misdemeanor counts, and became known as the Plowshares Eight.
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What can I say?
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the Spring of hope, it was the Winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us.  We were all going direct to heaven. we were all going the other way - In short, the period was so like the present period that some of it's noisiest authorities insisted on it's being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."
-A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens-
The battle for the Presidency of these dis-United States rages on.

May you be at peace.
May your heart remain open.
May you awaken to the light of your own true nature.
May you be healed.
May you be a source of healing to all beings.
The Buddhas Last Instructions
by Mary Oliver


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