Daily Update: Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Rose of Lima and 08-23 - International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Rose of Lima (died 1617). And today is the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Queenship of Mary (Velaquez - Coronation of the Virgin)

Today is the Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the octave day of her Assumption into Heaven on August 15th. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Monday, August 21st, 2017

Pius X and Solar Eclipse

Today is the Memorial of Saint Pius X, Pope (died 1914). And the Total Solar Eclipse will make its path across the continental United States today. (For us in SouthWestCentral Louisiana, it’s an 80% Partial Solar Eclipse.) Continue reading

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Daily Update: Sunday, August 20th, 2017

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time and Bernard

On this day is the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time and the Memorial of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot (died 1153). And today is the birthday of John, our Graveyard Shift manager at the Casino (1964) and of my kids’ friend Josh, one of the Assembled (1977). Continue reading

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The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems…and Create More by Luke Dormehl (Ebook)

The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems...and Create More by Luke Dormelh

I finished reading this non-fiction book about algorithms last night. It is about how algorithms are now being used for all kinds of uses, and how some of those uses are very problematical, and I very much enjoyed reading the book. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Saturday, August 19th, 2017

John Eudes and 08-19 - National Aviation Day

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint John Eudes, Priest (died 1680). And today is National Aviation Day. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Friday, August 18th, 2017

08-18 - Virginia Dare's Birthday (1587)

We have no Saints to honor today, but on this date in 1587 Virginia Dare became the first child in the Americas born to English parents. It was also on this date three years later, in 1590, that she (and the rest of the colonists in the Roanoke Colony in what is now North Carolina) were found to be missing.  Continue reading

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Daily Update: Thursday, August 17th, 2017

08-17 - Hurricane Camille and 08-17 - Black Cat Appreciation Day

With no Saints to honor today, we turn to the worst hurricane (before 2005) to ever hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast, namely, Hurricane Camille in 1969. Today is also Black Cat Appreciation Day. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Stephen of Hungary

Today is the Optional Memorial of  Saint Stephen of Hungary, King (died 1038). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Assumption and 08-15 - National Day of the Acadians

Today is the great Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (a Holy Day of Obligation), and today is also the National Day of the Acadians. And today is the birthday of my first cousin Susan in Pennsylvania (1956). Continue reading

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The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout

The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout

This nonfiction book by a clinical psychologist is about sociopaths, those one out of twenty-five people (on average) who have no sense of conscience. In a larger sense, it also covers why the rest of us do have consciences, and I very much enjoyed reading this book. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Monday, August 14th, 2017

Michael J. McGivney and Maximillian Mary Kolbe

Today is the Remembrance of Venerable Michael J. McGivney, Priest (died 1890) and the Optional Memorial of Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe, Priest and Martyr (died 1941). Continue reading

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

This book is one that I have always loved, although the last time I read it was before I started keeping my Books Read lists in 1999. I finished re-reading the book ahead of our Third Tuesday Book Club meeting tomorrow night (August 15th, 2017) to discuss the book; it is a novel that centers around a notorious murder, but it is more about bullying and isolation than about the murder. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Sunday, August 13th, 2017

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time and Pontian & Hippolytus and Perseid Meteor Shower and 08-13 - International Lefthanders Day

Today is the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time and the Optional Memorial of Saint Pontian, Pope and Martyr (died 235) and the Optional Memorial of his onetime opponent, Saint Hippolytus, Priest and Martyr (died 235 or 236). The Perseid Meteor Shower ends, and today is International Left Handers Day. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Saturday, August 12th, 2017

Jane Frances de Chantal and Perseid Meteor Shower and 08-12 - World Elephant Day

Today is the Memorial of Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, Religious (died 1641), and the Perseid Meteor shower is near or at its peak. And today is World Elephant Day. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Friday, August 11th, 2017

Clare and Charlene Richard and Perseid Meteor Shower

Today is the Memorial of Saint Clare, Virgin (died 1253) and I personally honor Charlene Richard, our unofficial Cajun Saint (died 1959). The Perseid Meteor Shower continues, and today is the birthday of my friend CJ in Nevada (1957) and of Murphy, one of Richard’s grand-nephews here in town, the grandson of his brother Slug (1995). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Lawrence and Perseid Meteor Shower

Today is the Feast of Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr (died 258). The Perseid Meteor Shower continues (weather and moonlight permitting), and today is also the birthday of Richard’s friend Steve in Baton Rouge (1956). Continue reading

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