Daily Update: Friday, March 6th, 2015

03-06 - Battle of the Alamo

With no Saints for us to honor, today is the First Friday of the month, dedicated to devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. And since it is a Friday in Lent, today is a day of Abstinence from Meat. In the secular world, we Remember the Alamo! which fell on this day in 1836 in San Antonio, Texas.

The First Friday of each month is dedicated to devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. And, this being a Friday in Lent, the faithful abstain from the eating of meat. Turning to the Alamo, After a thirteen day siege, Republic of Mexico General Antonio López de Santa Anna, with an army of 2,400 men, overran some two hundred Republic of Texas defenders under the command of co-commanders James Bowie and William B. Travis at the Alamo, killing all of the Texans within the Alamo. Buoyed by a desire for revenge, the Texans defeated the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836, ending the Texas Revolution in favor of the Republic of Texas. In San Antonio de Béxar, the largely Tejano population viewed the Alamo complex as more than just a battlesite; it represented decades of assistance as a mission, a hospital, or a military post.  As the English-speaking population increased, however, the complex became best known for the battle. Focus has centered primarily on the Texan defenders, with little emphasis given to the role of the Tejano soldiers who served in the Texan army or the actions of the Mexican army. In the early 20th century the Texas Legislature purchased the property and appointed the Daughters of the Republic of Texas as permanent caretakers of what is now an official state shrine. In front of the church, in the center of Alamo Plaza, stands a cenotaph, designed by Pompeo Coppini in 1939, which commemorates the Texans and Tejanos who died during the battle. According to Bill Groneman’s Battlefields of Texas, the Alamo has become “the most popular tourist site in Texas”. Within Mexico, the battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War of 1846–48.

On Thursday evening Michelle came by and picked up the gift card for Callie from Massage Envy.

I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading, and on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. I also requested A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Salazar (our next Third Tuesday Book Club book) from the Lafayette Public Library. I do not have high hopes of getting it on Tuesday; they have only one copy, and it’s already checked out. Since the book is unavailable through Overdrive or through my local library, I may have to purchase the book for my Nook. When we got to work we found that our co-worker Deborah had made us Amish Friendship Bread. Once we clocked in, Richard was on Four Card Poker all day, and I was on Mini Baccarat, where I had a no-hitter – I had not a single guest during our eight hour shift. On my breaks I continued reading The Arrivals by Melissa Marr. We also got our yearly Bonus Checks from the casino; Richard’s was for $310, and mine was for $301. (The difference is because, according to the casino’s reckoning, Richard has been employed since 2000, and I have been employed since 2001. My personal accounting is that I started in 1999, was diagnosed with cancer in 2001, was out long enough to be terminated, and was re-hired in 2001.)

After work I took my new prescriptions from my psychiatrist’s office to the Pharmacy, and had one of them filled (the only one that needed to be filled right now). When we came into our town we went to Wal-Mart, where Richard got some groceries. We then went to the bank to deposit our Bonus Checks and the check from Michelle, less cash for Richard and for me. We dropped off the in-town bill payments, then headed home. I read the morning paper and ate some Amish Friendship Bread, and I got a package from my friend CJ in Nevada containing a gift for Callie’s baby shower. I then took a nap for the rest of the day, and thus did not do any First Friday devotions. Our LSU Women’s Basketball team beat Texas A&M in the SEC Tournament by the score of 71 to 65, our New Orleans Pelicans lost to the Boston Celtics by the score of 98 to 104, and our #4 ranked LSU Baseball team beat #12 ranked Houston by the score of 4 to 2. And I did not do my Daily Update.

Tomorrow is the First Saturday of the month, dedicated to devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is also the Memorial of  Saint Perpetua and Saint Felicity, Martyrs. I will drive to the casino in my car (and Richard in the truck) and sign the Early Out list. On my breaks at work I will do my Daily Update via WordPress for Android, and if I get out early, I will go to Callie’s baby shower at 11:00 am. If I go to the baby shower Richard will do my Weekly Hour of Adoration for me. Our LSU Men’s Basketball team will play #18 ranked Arkansas in an away game (their last regular season game), our #4 ranked LSU Baseball team will play an Away game with Baylor, our LSU Women’s Basketball team will play a semifinal game in the SEC Tournament with #3 ranked South Carolina, and our New Orleans Pelicans will play a home game with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Our Parting Quote this Friday afternoon comes to us from Betty Millard, American writer, artist, political activist, philanthropist, and feminist. Born as Elizabeth Millard in 1911 in Highland Park, Illinois, to a wealthy, conservative family, she studied at Barnard College in New York City in 1932. There she discovered political activism when she marched against the United States’ support for fascist leader Francisco Franco during the Spanish Civil War. Alongside Nora Stanton Barney, Haley Douglass, and Susan B. Anthony, Millard was a member of the Congress of American Women (CAW), an affiliated group of the Women’s International Democratic Federation (WIDF). Millard worked to tie the CAW’s women’s rights agenda to the history of the women’s suffrage movement as well as to the women’s labor movement through her organizing efforts, writing, and educating. Millard was responsible for founding the Los Angeles chapter of the CAW. In Los Angeles, Millard began organizing and teaching classes on American women’s history and status. While working with the WIDF, Millard spent two years promoting feminism as well as women’s rights in Paris, France, following the Allied victory in World War II. In addition to advocating for women in France, Millard promoted the rights of women in Italy. In 1948, Millard produced the influential 24-page feminist pamphlet “Woman against Myth”, which analysed the inequality between the sexes. Published by International Publishers and appearing first in her own New Masses magazine, the work examined and explained the history of the women’s movement in the United States, in the socialist movement, and in the USSR. Along with editing New Masses for four years, Millard edited Latin America Today for five years during the mid-1950s. It was a monthly magazine devoted to social and political developments.She was a strong supporter of the campaign of Cheddi Jagan, said to have ties to the Soviet Union, for prime minister of British Guiana. Millard left the party towards the end of the 1950s. She nevertheless continued to be politically active through her efforts to gain the release from prison of David Siqueiros, Mexican Communist Party member and social realist painter and also through her efforts to end the Vietnam War. In the 1990s Millard became an advocate for gay and lesbian rights, and openly affirmed her own lesbianism. Around the same time Millard was drawn towards environmental issues. She became a philanthropist through her wealthy family inheritance and donated to progressive, LGBT, and environmental organizations (died 2010): “Rape is a violent expression of a pattern of male supremacy, an outgrowth of age-old economic, political and cultural exploitation of women by men.”

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