Daily Update: Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Earth Hour Day and Election Day

No Saints today. Today is Earth Hour Day, a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF).

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Daily Update: Friday, March 27th, 2015

03-27 - Mary Mallon

We have no Saints today, but today is a Friday in Lent, so it is a Day of Abstinence from Meat for the Faithful. We note that it was on this day in 1915 (one hundred years ago today) that Mary Mallon, known as Typhoid Mary, was confined for the rest of her life at a clinic on North Brother Island in the Bronx as a preventive public health measure.

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Daily Update: Thursday, March 26th, 2015

US Rice Mideast

With no Saints to honor today, we note that on this date in 1979 the Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty was signed in Washington, DC by President Anwar al-Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin, with American President Jimmy Carter witnessing the signing, following the 1978 Camp David Accords.

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How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowland

How the White Trash Zombie Got her Groove Back by Diana Rowland

This wonderful little novel, published in 2014, is the fourth book in this series, preceded by My Life As a White Trash Zombie (2011), Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues (2012), and White Trash Zombie Apocalypse (2013). It is a worthy addition to the series; I love these books, because I knew people just like Angel Crawford while going to high school in the Florida Parishes of Louisiana (without the zombie part, of course, but one can’t really be sure).

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Daily Update: Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner and Destruction of the One Ring at Mount Doom

Today we have the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. In the world of Middle-Earth, this is the date in 3019 (Third Age), when the One Ring perished after it went into the Cracks of Doom on Mount Doom.

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Daily Update: Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

SALVADORAN ARCHBISHOP OSCAR ROMERO

Today is the Remembrance of Venerable Óscar Romero, Bishop (died 1980).

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Daily Update: Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Turbius de Mongrovejo

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Turbius de Mongrovejo, Bishop (died 1606). Today is also the birthday of Richard’s brother Michael (aka Slug) here in town (1943).

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Daily Update: Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

03-22 - Emerald Buddha

Today is the Fifth Sunday of Lent, with no Saints to honor today, but on this date in 1784 the Emerald Buddha was moved with great ceremony to its current place in Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand.

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Daily Update: Saturday, March 21st, 2015

03-21 - Napoleonic Code

With no Saints to honor on this Saturday, we will note instead that it is the anniversary of when the Code Napoléon was established in France in 1804.

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The Last Precinct by Patricia Cornwell

The Last Precinct by Patricia Cornwell

This is the eleventh book in the murder mystery series starring Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Officer for the Commonwealth of Virginia. This book brings us to the start of the Twenty-First century, and is a very good addition to the series.

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Daily Update: Friday, March 20th, 2015

Vernal (Spring) Equinox and 03-20 - Uncle Tom's Cabin

With no Saints to honor (although today is a Friday in Lent, thus a Day of Abstinence from Meat for the Faithful), we note that the Vernal Equinox occurs today, which makes today the First Day of Spring. On this date in 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe published Uncle Tom’s Cabin, or, Life Among the Lowly, an Abolishment tract that helped make the abolishment of slavery a key cause (in the eyes of the public) for the Civil War.

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