With no Saints today, we note that today is the Second Day of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity; the overall theme for 2015 is “Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink’” (John 4:7), and today we meditate on “Tired of the journey, Jesus sat down facing the well” (John 4:6). Today is also Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a Federal Holiday celebrated on the third Monday in January to mark the observed date of Dr. King’s birthday (which occurred on January 15, 1929).
Our Meditation on this Second Day of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is “Tired of the journey, Jesus sat down facing the well” (John 4:6); we pray, “Gracious God, often our churches are led to choose the logic of competition. Forgive our sin of presumption. We are weary from this need to be first. Allow us to rest at the well. Refresh us with the water of unity drawn from our common prayer. May your Spirit who hovered over the waters of chaos bring unity from our diversity. Amen.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement in the United States in the 1960s, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. He was assassinated in 1968; the campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed in 1986. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000. (And about time, too.)
With the completion of the AFC and NFC Championship games on Sunday, Super Bowl XLIX on February 1st will feature the Seattle Seahawks against the New England Patriots.
Upon waking up I printed out my January 2015 Blood Pressure Sheets, posted to Facebook that it was Martin Luther King Day, did my Bathroom Devotional Reading, and put the flag out in honor of the day. Richard put the trash can out on the curb, and we headed off to work. I brought my Blood Pressure Sheets with us, did my Internet Devotional Reading, and did my Meditation for the Second Day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Once at the casino I called the Pharmacy and renewed prescriptions. When we clocked in Richard was on Pai Gow; I was the Relief Dealer for Mini Baccarat and Pai Gow, and on my first rotation I also broke the Macau Mini Baccarat table. On my breaks I continued re-reading The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins.
After work we went over to the Clinic. I picked up my prescriptions at the Pharmacy, and had my appointment with my Nurse Practitioner. He was not happy with my renal function readings (neither was my oncologist, on my last appointment), and he set me up to see the Renal Specialist at the Clinic on January 29th. When we got home I read the morning paper, then finished re-reading The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. I then took a nap, which lasted for the rest of the day. Richard went to the funeral home, as the father of one of his old friends had died; at the funeral home he saw Callie’s mother Lisa, who said that Callie will be down in March for a baby shower. And I did not do my Daily Update.
Tomorrow is the Optional Memorial of Saint Fabian, Pope and Martyr, the Optional Memorial of Saint Sebastian, Martyr, and the Eve of Saint Agnes. It is also the Third Day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. On my breaks at work I will do my Book Review for The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins via WordPress for Android, and post my Book Review to my Goodreads and Facebook accounts, then I will do my Daily Update for Monday, January 19th, 2015 via WordPress for Android. After lunch I will take a nap, and after Jeopardy! I will head to Lafayette to Barnes and Noble for the Third Tuesday Book Club meeting discussion of The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. And our LSU Men’s Basketball team will be playing an away game with Florida.
This Monday Afternoon our Parting Quote comes to us from Suzanne Pleshette, American actress. Born in 1937 in Brooklyn Heights, New York City, she graduated from Manhattan’s High School of Performing Arts and then attended Syracuse University for one semester before transferring to Finch College. She began her career as a stage actress, making her Broadway debut in Meyer Levin’s 1957 play Compulsion, adapted from his 1956 novel inspired by the Leopold and Loeb kidnapping and murder case. Two years later she was featured in the comedy Golden Fleecing starring Tom Poston, who much later would become her third husband. That same year, she was one of two finalists for the role of Louise/Gypsy in the original production of Gypsy. In February 1961, she replaced Anne Bancroft opposite 14-year-old Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker. Pleshette’s first television role was in the episode “Night Rescue” (December 5, 1957) of the CBS adventure/drama series Harbourmaster, starring Barry Sullivan and Paul Burke. Her movie credits include The Geisha Boy, Rome Adventure (the lead actor was Troy Donahue, who became her first husband in 1964, for eight months), Fate Is the Hunter, and Youngblood Hawke, but she was most recognized at that time for her role of schoolteacher Annie Hayworth opposite Tippi Hedren in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic suspense film The Birds. Her early television appearances included Playhouse 90, Have Gun – Will Travel, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Channing, Ben Casey, Naked City, Wagon Train, and Dr. Kildare, for which she was nominated for her first Emmy Award. She guest-starred more than once as different characters in Route 66, The Fugitive, The Invaders, The F.B.I., and The Name of the Game. In 1968 she married Texas oilman Tom Gallagher. Pleshette was one of the stars of the popular CBS sitcom The Bob Newhart Show (1972–1978) for all six seasons, and was nominated twice for the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She reprised her role of Emily Hartley in the memorable final episode of a subsequent comedy series, Newhart (which had Tom Poston as a main character), in which viewers discovered that the entire series had been a dream of Bob Newhart’s when he awakens next to Pleshette in the bedroom set from The Bob Newhart Show. Her 1984 situation comedy, Suzanne Pleshette is Maggie Briggs, was canceled after seven episodes. In 1989 she played the role of Christine Broderick in the NBC drama Nightingales, which only lasted one season. In 1990 Pleshette portrayed Manhattan hotelier Leona Helmsley in the television movie Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean, which garnered her Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations. In addition, she starred opposite Hal Linden in the 1994 sitcom The Boys Are Back. Her second husband died in 2000, and in 2001, she married Tom Poston. She had a recurring role in Good Morning, Miami, as Mark Feuerstein’s grandmother Claire Arnold, played the mother of Katey Sagal’s character in the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter following John Ritter’s death, and appeared as the estranged mother of Megan Mullally’s character Karen Walker in three episodes of Will & Grace., which was her last role. On August 11, 2006, her agent announced that Pleshette was being treated for lung cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She was later hospitalized for a pulmonary infection and developed pneumonia, causing her to be hospitalized for an extended period. She received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television on January 31, 2008, on what would have been her 71st birthday (died 2008): “I don’t sit around and wait for great parts. I’m an actress, and I love being one, and I’ll probably be doing it till I’m 72, standing around the back lot doing Gunsmoke.”
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