The name, Monday, means day of the moon. It is celebrated in various ways among different religions and often gets added as US holidays to make extended weekends. Many people dislike Monday because it represents the beginning of their work week and terminates their wonderful weekend. “Monday Blues” can involve intense sadness, stress, and anxiety. It likely means you have job dissatisfaction. Being unsatisfied at work results from many things such as a toxic work environment, an overly critical boss, low pay, an insanely high workload, or lack of interest. There are many ways to work through these feelings before they cause serious health issues. Best cure—Tuesday!!

Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862. It is not the same as Mexican Independence Day.
In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more than in Mexico, thanks to advertising campaigns by beer and wine companies. As a result, Cinco de Mayo generates beer sales on par with the Super Bowl.

Kentucky Derby

46491F43-9173-4688-979D-35A57E1F916CMeriwether Lewis Clark, the grandson of William Clark (of Lewis and Clark) started the Kentucky Derby in 1875, making it the longest running sporting event in the US. His uncles John and Henry Churchill donated the land, hence Churchill Downs. In 1931, the Kentucky Derby was permanently moved to the first Saturday in May to position it well for the Triple Crown races. Its rich tradition has become an American icon.

M’aider Mayday Mayday

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“Mayday” (m’aider is French meaning ‘help me’) is a life-threatening emergency voice signal primarily used by aviators and mariners, but also used by law enforcement and firefighters. It is always given three times in a row to ensure the message is clear. It was selected by Frederick Stanley Mockford, a London based senior airport radio officer, in 1923. In 1927, it officially replaced the Morse code distress call, SOS.
It is unrelated to the May Day holiday.


734903F7-B5C2-4ABB-A75C-1392A7ACFBC6“Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without discretion.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭11:22‬ ‭ESV‬‬

As a nation, we are often focused on personal appearance. And certainly looking one’s best is important; but, deeper beauty comes from within one’s heart and soul. We should put as much time and effort into inner beauty as we do on external appearance. I believe that would change our culture far more positively than all the luster on the outside.

Jubilation Day

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‭‭Psalms‬ ‭68:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Jubilation Day
Most of us fear death. One of my patients this week expressed this fear very directly and solemnly. Even though I am an oncologist, hearing her caused me to pause and remember what is most important in life is Faith and knowing that indeed fear is not from God. Death for the righteous shall be Jubilation Day.



Iris comes from the Greek word for rainbow, perhaps because of the many colors of flowers in the species. (The Greek goddess of the rainbow is Iris)
It has been used in medicines and perfumes over the years and the fleur-de-lis, a stylized iris, which first occured in its modern use as the emblem of the House of Capet, is a featured emblem for many entities, including the New Orleans Saints. The Iris is the State flower of Tennessee and State Wild flower of Louisiana and Michigan.
Many famous artists, including my daughter, have featured them in paintings.