As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley

This is the seventh book in the series featuring Flavia de Luce, our favorite 1950’s twelve year old English amature murder detective and self-taught chemist. This book was more complicated than usual, and left a few loose ends, but I loved reading it.

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Daily Update: Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Thomas and Independence Day (Observed)

Today is the First Friday of the month, dedicated to devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Today is the Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle (died c.72), and today is the Observance of the Independence Day Holiday by the government of the United States.

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Daily Update: Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

07-02 - La Amistad

We have no Saints to honor today, at this half-way point of the civil year, but on this date in 1839, Sengbe Pieh (later known in the United States as Joseph Cinqué) led 56 fellow Africans (52 adults and 4 children) captives being transported aboard La Amistad from Havana to Guanaja in a revolt against their captors.

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Daily Update: Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Junipero Serra

Today is the Optional Memorial of Blessed Junípero Serra, Priest (died 1784) and today is the birthday of my daughter’s friend Kim (1986).

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Daily Update: Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

First Martyrs of the See of Rome - The Christian Martyrs Last Prayer by Leon Gerome

Today, on the day after the Solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul., we have the Optional Memorial of the First Martyrs of The Church of Rome.

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Daily Update: Monday, June 29th, 2015

Peter and Paul by El Greco

Today is the Solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles (both died 64).

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Daily Update: Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Irenaeus

Today is the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, and the Memorial of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr (died 202). And today is the only date each year where both the month and day are different perfect numbers.

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Forty Whacks: New Evidence in the Life and Legend of Lizzie Borden by David Kent

Forty Whacks: New Evidence in the Life and Legend of Lizzie Borden by David Kent

This non-fiction book was published in 1992, the centennial year of the Borden murders. The author (who died the same year) promised that this book would lay out all of the facts, without a presupposition of guilt or innocence on the part of the only person ever charged in the murders. I think he did a good job in his quest, and I very much enjoyed reading this book.

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Daily Update: Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Cyril of Alexandria, The Lottery, and Hurricane Audrey

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Cyril of Alexandria (died 444). We also note that today is Lottery Day, according to Shirley Jackson’s 1948 short story “The Lottery”, and that it was on this date in 1957 when Hurricane Audrey made landfall in Eastern Texas and Western Louisiana.

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Daily Update: Friday, June 26th, 2015

06-26 - Universal Product Code

We have no Saints this day to honor, but on this date in 1974 the Universal Product Code was used for the first time. Today is also the birthday of my Internet friend Lori in Wisconsin (1954).

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Daily Update: Thursday, June 25th, 2015

06-25 - Battle of Little Big Horn - Kicking Bear (Mato Wanartaka)

With no Saint to honor today, we note that today is the anniversary of the first day of the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876, and the date upon which my father died in 1998.

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