Messenger by Lois Lowry (Ebook)

Messenger by Lois Lowry (Ebook)

This young adult book (which I read on Overdrive via my tablet) is the third book in the Giver quartet, preceded by The Giver and Gathering Blue. This book was a great book, which I enjoyed reading. Continue reading

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

This post-apocalyptic novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2007 (I am reading these books in order), and was the Oprah Book Club selection announced on March 28th, 2007 (I am reading these books in order, so long as they do not conflict with the Pulitzer Prize books, which is why I have not read an Oprah Book Club book since 2007). This book is depressing, but hopeful, and it was a very good read. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Monday, March 27th, 2017

03-27 - Mary Mallon

We have no Saints today. We note that it was on this day in 1915 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. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Sunday, March 26th, 2017

4th Sunday of Lent and Laetare Sunday and 03-26 - Egyptian–Israeli Peace Treaty

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Lent (Lætare Sunday). 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. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Annunciation and Earth Hour, Election Day, and 03-25 - Destruction of the One Ring at Mount Doom and 03-25 -International Day of Remembrance

Today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. In the secular world, today is Earth Hour Day, a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF). Today is the date of the Municipal Primary Election in Louisiana. 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. And today is the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Friday, March 24th, 2017

Day of Abstinence and Oscar Romero

Today is a Friday in Lent, so today is a Day of Abstinence from Meat. And today is the Optional Memorial of Blessed Óscar Romero, Bishop (died 1980). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Half-Way Point of Lent and Turbius de Mongrovejo

Today is the Half-Way Point of Lent, and the Optional Memorial of Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo, Bishop (died 1606). Today is also the birthday of Richard’s brother Michael (aka Slug) here in town (1943). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

03-22 - Emerald Buddha

Today we again have no Saints to honor, but on this date in 1784 the Emerald Buddha was moved with great ceremony to its current place in Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

03-21 - Napoleonic Code

With no Saints to honor, we will note instead that today is the anniversary of when the Code Napoléon was established in France in 1804. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Monday, March 20th, 2017

Joseph and Vernal (Spring) Equinox

Today is the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary (died early first century) (moved from yesterday). We note that the Vernal Equinox occurs today, which makes today the First Day of Spring.

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Audrey’s Door by Sarah Langan (Ebook)

Audrey's Door by Sarah Langan

This is the book I read via Kindle for my Third Tuesday Book Club meeting tomorrow night (March 21st, 2017). It won the Bram Stoker Award for Novel in 2009, and was quite an interesting read, full of ghosts, demons, and demonic persons, which I enjoyed reading. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Sunday, March 19th, 2017

3rd Sunday of Lent and 03-19 - Return of the Swallows to San Juan Capistrano

Today is the Third Sunday of Lent. Today would be the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary (died early first century), but because today is a Sunday of Lent, that Solemnity will be celebrated tomorrow. And on this day the swallows traditionally return to the Mission of San Juan Capistrano in California (although they have not been returning as once they did).

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Daily Update: Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Cyril of Jerusalem

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop and Doctor (died 386). And Early Voting for the Municipal Primary Election on March 25th ends today.

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Daily Update: Friday, March 17th, 2017

Day of Abstinence and Patrick

Today is a Friday in Lent, so today is a Day of Abstinence from Meat. Today is also is the Optional Memorial of Saint Patrick, Bishop (died 493). Early Voting for the Municipal Primary Election on March 25th continues.

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Daily Update: Thursday, March 16th, 2017

03-16 - Samoset

Tomorrow we will have a Saint; in the meantime, we will consider how surprised the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony were on this day in 1621 (less than three months after their landing) when a Native American (whom the pilgrims termed a “savage”) walked out from the woods, entered the town, and exclaimed in English “Welcome, Englishmen! My name is Samoset.” Early Voting for the Municipal Primary Election on March 25th continues. And today is the birthday of my friend Ed, who was (and is) a friend of Richard’s nephews (the ones belonging to his Sister Bonnie in Texas).

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