Daily Update: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Minor Rogation Day and 05-23 - New York Public Libary

Today is the second of three Minor Rogation Days in the Catholic Church. With no Saints to honor, we note that on this date in 1911 the New York Public Library was dedicated. Continue reading

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13 Things that Don’t Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time by Michael Brooks (Ebook)

13 Things that Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time by Michael Brooks

I finished reading this non-fiction book today via Kindle on my tablet; it is a very readable exploration of things that science both can and cannot prove or disprove, and I very much enjoyed reading this book. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Minor Rogation Day and Rita of Cascia

Today is the first of three Minor Rogation Days in the Catholic Church and the Optional Memorial of Saint Rita of Cascia, Religious (died 1457). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Rogation Sunday and Eugene de Mazenod and Cristóbal Magallanes Jara

Alleluia! Today is the Sixth Sunday of Easter, known as Rogation Sunday. Today is also the Optional Memorial of Saint Eugene de Mazenod, Bishop (died 1861), the Optional Memorial of Saint Cristóbal Magallanes Jara, Priest and Martyr, and Companions, Martyrs (died 1927), and the Optional Memorial of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, Layman and Martyr (died 1943). It is also the birthday of my Internet friend Denise in North Carolina (1954) and of Kyran, one of the Assembled (1985). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Bernardine of Siena and Armed Forces Day and Preakness Stakes 2017

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Bernardine of Siena, Priest (died 1444). We note that today is Armed Forces Day and the day on which the Preakness Stakes is run. (Will this year give us another Triple Crown in horse racing?)  Continue reading

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Daily Update: Friday, May 19th, 2017

05-19 - Execution of Queen Anne Boelyn

With no Saints to honor today, we note that on this date in 1536 the second wife of King Henry the Eighth, Anne Boleyn, was executed. (Being Henry’s Queen was a high-risk occupation; in 1542 he had his fifth wife, Catherine Howard (Anne’s first cousin), executed as well.) Continue reading

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Daily Update: Thursday, May 18th, 2017

John I

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint John I, Pope and Martyr (died 526). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

05-17 - Brown and Graduation

With no Saints to honor this Tuesday, we note that on this date in 1954 the United States Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, and that on this date in 1976 (forty-one ago, back when a web site was where the spiders hung out) I graduated from Salmen High School in Slidell, Louisiana (Go Spartans!). Today is also the birthday of my Aunt Diane in Connecticut and of one of my co-workers at the casino, Tracey, who works on the day shift at the casino (1969). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

05-16 - Louis-Auguste, Dauphin of France, and Marie Antoinette

We have no Saints to honor this Tuesday, but on this date in 1770 the fifthteen-year-old Louis Auguste de France, Duc de Berry, married the fourteen-year-old Archduchess Maria Antonia, a union that ended rather badly in 1793. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Monday, May 15th, 2017

Isadore the Farmer and Edward Joseph Flanagan and 05-15 - Peace Officers Memorial Day and 05-15 - Louisiana Department of Revenue

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Isidore the Farmer (died 1130) and the Remembrance of Servant of God Edward Joseph Flanagan, Priest (died 1948). Today is Peace Officers Memorial Day, the day when one’s Louisiana Income Tax returns for 2016 are due, and today is the birthday of my Internet friend Gail (1948). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Cantate Sunday and Matthias and Mother's Day

Alleluia! Today is the Fifth Sunday of Easter (Cantate Sunday), and the Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle (died 80). Today is also Mother’s Day. Richard’s brother Butch in Baton Rouge has his birthday today (1941), as does Logan, one of the Assembled (1984). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Julian of Norwich and Our Lady of Fátima and 05-13 - Renaissance

On this date we have the Optional Memorial of Blessed Julian of Norwich, Anchoress (died c. 1423), the Optional Memorial of Our Lady of Fatíma. Today is also the anniversary of the Renaissance of my marital relationship with Richard in 1997. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Friday, May 12th, 2017

Nereus and Achilleus, and Pancras

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Nereus and Saint Achilleus, Martyrs (died 98), and the Optional Memorial of Saint Pancras, Martyr (died 98). And today is the second birthday of my granddaughter, the daughter of my son Matthew and my daughter in law Callie (2015). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Matteo Ricci

Today is the Remembrance of Servant of God Matteo Ricci (died 1610). Continue reading

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The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot by Jonathan Witt and Jay W. Richards

The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot by Jonathan Witt and Jay W. Richards

This non-fiction book is an exploration of the politics of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Oxford philologist and don, as expressed in The Hobbit and in The Lord of the Rings (and, very occasionally, to The Silmarillion and other writings of Tolkien); the authors also refer from time to time to Peter Jackson’s three-movie epic based on The Lord of the Rings (2001 – 2003, which I do not care for).  Having said that, this is a very entertaining book, and a must-read for those who love Tolkien and for those interested in how Tolkien’s opinions in favor of economic freedom and small government. Continue reading

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