Daily Update: Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

07-27 - Korean War Memorial in the Snow and 2016 Democratic National Convention

With no Saints to honor today, we turn to the events of this day in 1995, when the Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C., on the 42nd anniversary of the of the armistice that ended the war. And the 2016 National Democratic Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, continues.

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Daily Update: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Joachim and Anne and 2016 Democratic National Convention

Today is the Memorial of Saint Joachim (died first century B.C.) and Saint Anne (died first century A.D.), the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was conceived without sin (the Immaculate Conception). The 2016 National Democratic Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, continues, and today is also the birthday of my first cousin Richard in California (1953).

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Daily Update: Monday, July 25th, 2016

James the Greater (Rembrandt) and Christopher (Titian) and 2016 Democratic National Convention

Today is the Feast of Saint James the Greater, Apostle (died 44) and the Optional Memorial of Saint Christopher, Martyr (died about 251). The 2016 Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania begins today, and today is the birthday of Richard’s cousin Lele here in town (1947).

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Daily Update: Sunday, July 24th, 2016

Charbel Makhlouf

Today is the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time and the Optional Memorial of Saint Charbel Makhlouf, Priest (died 1898). It is also the birthday of my Internet friend Jillian in Maryland (1981).

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Daily Update: Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Bridget of Sweden

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Bridget of Sweden, Religious (died 1373), and we note that today is the birthday of my Internet friend Mike in Arkansas, who is married to my Internet friend Rosa (1971).

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Daily Update: Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Mary Magdalen

Today is the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene (died first century).

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Daily Update: Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Laurence of Brindisi and 2016 Republican National Convention

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Lawrence of Brindisi, Priest and Doctor (died 1619), and the 2016 Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio concludes. And today is the birthday of Richard’s friend Jack (known as Chookie) here in town.

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Daily Update: Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Apollinaris and 07-20 - Apollo 11 and 2016 Republican National Convention

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Apollinaris, Bishop and Martyr (died c. 79), and today is also the anniversary of when Apollo 11, the first manned lunar mission, landed on the moon in 1969. The 2016 Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio continues, and today is also the birthday of one of the Assembled, another Matthew (1983).

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Daily Update: Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

07-19 - Seneca Falls Convention and 2016 Republican National Convention

We have no Saints to honor, but on this date in 1848 the two day Women’s Rights Convention opened in Seneca Falls, New York. And the Republican National Convention for 2016 continues in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Daily Update: Monday, July 18th, 2016

Camillus de Lellis and 2016 Republican National Convention

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Camillus de Lellis, Priest (died 1614) (in the Universal Church his feast is July 14th, but in the American church that date is the Memorial of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin (died 1680), so Saint Camillus de Lellis’s Optional Memorial in the United States is on July 17th). And the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio begins today.

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The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

This novel, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award for Fiction in 2013, is the book that we will be discussing tomorrow (July 19th, 2016) at my Third Tuesday Book Club meeting in Lafayette. It is a book that calls into question family relationships, asking, What does it mean to be a sibling? a son or daughter? a mother or a father? or an aunt or an uncle?, and it is a book that I enjoyed reading.

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Daily Update: Sunday, July 17th, 2016

07-17 - Water Music

Today is the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. With no Saints to honor today, we note that it was on this date in 1717 that composer George Frideric Handel’s Water Music premiered after King George I of Great Britain had requested a concert on the River Thames.

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