Daily Update: Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Immaculate Conception by Francisco Zurbarán

Today is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a Holy Day of Obligation. Today is also the birthday of Richard’s niece Mary, the youngest of the three daughters of his Sister Nita in Georgia (1994).

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Daily Update: Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Ambrose and 12-07 - Pearl Harbor Day

Today is the Memorial of Saint Ambrose of Milan, Bishop and Doctor (died 397). It is also National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (1941).

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Daily Update: Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Nicholas

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Nicholas, Bishop (died 347).

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Daily Update: Monday, December 5th, 2016

12-05 - Repeal of 18th Amendment

With no Saints to honor today, we turn back to 1933, when Prohibition in the United States ended when Utah became the 36th state to ratify the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution, thus establishing the required 75% of states needed to enact the amendment. (This overturned the 18th Amendment which had made the manufacture, sale, or transportation of alcohol illegal in the United States.)

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Daily Update: Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Second Sunday of Advent and Barbara and John Damascene

Today is the Second Sunday of Advent, and the Optional Memorial of Saint Barbara (died late third or early fourth century), and the Optional Memorial of Saint John of Damascus, Priest, Religious, and Doctor (died 749).

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Daily Update: Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

First Saturday - Immaculate Heart of Mary and Francis Xavier

Today is the First Saturday of the month, dedicated to devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest (died 1552). Today is also the anniversary of my second hire date at the casino (2001). Early Voting ends today for the Louisiana Open Election and Congressional Election on December 10th.

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Daily Update: Friday, December 2nd, 2016

First Friday - Sacred Heart of Jesus and 12-10 - International Human Rights Day

Today is the First Friday of the month, dedicated to devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. With no Saints to honor, we note that today is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. Early Voting continues today for the Louisiana Open Election and Congressional Election on December 10th.

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Daily Update: Thursday, December 1st, 2016

12-01 - Sweet Baby James Day

With no Saints to honor today, we note that today is Sweet Baby James Day. Early Voting continues today for the Louisiana Open Election and Congressional Election on December 10th.

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Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking is Undermining America by Barbara Ehrenreich

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This is a non-fiction book that I picked up at the Tattered Cover in Denver earlier this month; it is about how the relentless emphasis on being positive is just as bad as being relentlessly negative (if not worse), and I very much enjoyed reading this book.

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Daily Update: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Andrew and 11-30 - Hurricane Season Ends

Today is the Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle (died mid- to late 1st century), and today is the last day of the annual six-month Hurricane Season. Early Voting continues today for the Louisiana Open Election and Congressional Election on December 10th.

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Daily Update: Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Dorothy Day and Giving Tuesday

Today is the Remembrance of Servant of God Dorothy Day (died 1980). And since today is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, today is Giving Tuesday. Early Voting continues today for the Louisiana Open Election and Congressional Election on December 10th.

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Daily Update: Monday, November 28th, 2016

Catherine Laboure

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Catherine Labouré, Religious (died 1876). And Early Voting continues today for the Louisiana Open Election and Congressional Election on December 10th. .

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Daily Update: Sunday, November 27th, 2016

First Sunday of Advent

Today is the First Sunday of Advent, the first day of the Catholic Church year. We do not have Early Voting today for the Louisiana Open Election and Congressional Election on December 10th, since today is a Sunday.

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