Today is the Feast of Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel, and Saint Raphael, Archangels. Banned Books Week continues, and today is also the birthday of my brother-in-law Bob, the husband of Richard’s Sister Bonnie in Texas (1934).
Today is the Optional Memorial Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, the Optional Memorial of Saint Wenceslaus, King and Martyr (died 929 or 935), the Optional Memorial of Saint Lawrence Ruiz, Martyr, and Companions, Martyrs (died 1637), and the Remembrance of Servant of God John Paul I, Pope (died 1978). In other Catholic news, it is also the anniversary of my baptism into the Catholic Faith (as an infant) in 1958. Banned Books Week continues, and today is the birthday of my friend Annette in Virginia (1956) and of my friend Melissa in Virginia (1971).
Today is the Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest (died 1660). Banned Books Week continues.
This book is the third in the series starring Thursday Next, our favorite Literary Detectives operative in an odd alternative universe England, and apprentice JurisFiction agent inside of novels and other fiction (the JurisFiction offices are located inside of Mansfield Park (from Austin), and the Great Library where all the novels and other fiction ever written in English, published or not, exist is overseen by the Unitary Authority of Warrington Cat, who was the Cheshire Cat before they changed the county boundaries.) I loved this book, which had more plot twists than I remembered (having read the book twice before, once in July 2006 and again in March, 2011.
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian, Martyrs (died about 303) and the Optional Memorial of Blessed Paul VI, Pope (died 1978). Banned Books Week continues, and today is the birthday of Richard’s niece Leah, the daughter of his sister Susan in Iowa (1977).
This book is the sixteenth (and counting) in the series of books about the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, set in Gaborone, Botswana, and operated by traditionally built Mma Precious Ramotswe and her able associate detective Mma Grace Makutsi. This addition to the series is a very good one, with a few interesting plot twists.
Today is the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Since today is the Last Sunday of September, today is Gold Star Mothers Day. Also, today begins Banned Books Week (BBW), an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.
Today is the third of three Ember Days for this season. We have no Saints to honor, but today is National Punctuation Day, and we note that it was on this date in 2005 that Hurricane Rita (known as Hurricane Katrina’s Evil Little Sister) made its landfall between Sabine Pass, Texas, and Johnsons Bayou, Louisiana, as a Category 3 hurricane.
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, Priest, known to the faithful as Padre Pio (died 1968), and the second of three Ember Days for this season of the year. Today is also the date of the formation of the Republic of West Florida in 1810.
With no Saints to honor this date, we will note that today is the the Autumnal Equinox, and that in Middle Earth today is Hobbit Day, the joint birthday of Bilbo Baggins and of his nephew, Frodo Baggins, as related in J. R. R. Tolkien’s trilogy The Lord of the Rings. Today is the birthday of Aimee, Richard’s niece, the middle daughter of his sister Nita in Georgia, who is not a Hobbit (I think) (1989).
Today is the Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist (died first century), and the first of three Ember Days for this season of the year. Today is also the International Day of Peace, and today is Earth, Wind, & Fire Day.
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Eustace and Companions, Martyrs (died 118), and the Memorial of Saint Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest and Martyr (died 1846), Saint Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, Catechist and Martyr (died 1839), and their Companions, Martyrs (died 1839, 1846, and 1869).