“I long to accomplish a great and noble task,
but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks
as if they were great and noble.”
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Modern-day May Day blends multiple cultural and historical traditions…
image credit: Porter School Memphis 1950
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Traditional ‘maypole’ dances are associated with the
seasonal branch of May Day’s heritage and these
festivities remain popular, especially in Europe.
Beltaine, a Celtic celebration of rebirth and the
turning of the seasons, typically falls on or about May 1.
Beltaine’s celebrations mark joyful gratitude
for the onset of fertility and the growing season.
Animals can be turned out to pasture, flowers bloom,
and creative power stirs throughout the world.
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In the United States, May Day took another twist
in the late nineteenth century.
According to the Industrial Workers of the World,
“On May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers
in 13,000 businesses across the United States
walked off their jobs in the first May Day
celebration in history.”
Click here for an eye-opening historical perspective.
“The holy life cannot work without joy.
It’s as if it were yeast in bread.
Without joy the holy life cannot rise to its full height.
So enjoy every moment and especially the effort.”
Check out an intriguing list of guests for the coming season:
The program airs on the National Geographic channel at 11pm ET,
starting tonight 4/20 with George Takei, who turns 78 years old today.
fyi Star Talk Radio podcasts are available at SiriusXM, iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, and TuneIn.
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Read about the Lombard effect observed in our fellow species, as they adapt to our noisy selves.
image credit: Kyle T. Webster, The New Yorker
Skip the deforestation with your fries.
Shop where your dollars support conscientious corporate citizens.
Avoid supporting companies that exploit the planet.
Sounds good, right? How do we know which companies share our values?
The Union of Concerned Scientists has provided a helpful guide.
Their Palm Oil Scorecard rates fast-food restaurants, store brands, packaged foods, and personal care products according to how well the companies selling these products have committed to fight global climate change.
In this case, criteria include commitment to use only palm oil produced without deforestation. Progress from 2014 to 2015 is shown.
Some of the scores may be a surprise. If something we typically buy for our home or our family is available at more than one of the stores listed, and only one of them has made a strong commitment to acting more responsibly toward the climate, why not vote with our dollars by supporting the company that made that commitment? Educated consumers can make better choices.
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