Ben Folds Five:
Maybe because the National Enquirer is about to expose his alleged affair with a lobbyist?
A checklist of ideas for how to stay connected if you lose power from the storm.
In Ireland, this holy day is called Imbolc and begins at sunset on February 1 continuing through sunset February 2nd. There are several different derivations offered for the name Imbolc: from Ol-melc (ewe’s milk) because the ewes are lactating at this time, from Im-bolg (around the belly) in honor of the swelling belly of the earth goddess, and from folcaim (I wash) because of the rites of purification which took place at this time. All of these explanations capture the themes of this festival.
February 1st is the feast day of St. Brigid, who began her life as a pagan goddess and ended up a Christian saint. She was a fire and fertility goddess. In her temple at Kildare, vestal virgins tended an eternal fire. On her feast day, her statue was washed in the sea (purification) and then carried in a cart through the fields surrounded by candles.
The legends about the goddess, Brigid, gradually became associated with (the somewhat spurious) Saint Brigid who founded the first convent in Ireland (where else?) at Kildare.
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For once, it looks like the worst weather’s going to pass us by here in the little town of Philadelphia. A little bit of icing tonight, more in the morning but then it all turns to rain tomorrow afternoon.
On the other hand, Australia is screwed. A horrific cyclone is headed right at them, and the ground is already saturated from last month’s floods. Say a prayer for them
Just plain barking crazy. Now he’s scaring the hell out of the people who are dumb enough to believe a word he says.