Daily Update: Sunday, March 8th, 2015

John of God and Daylight Savings Time Begins

Today is the Third Sunday in Lent, and is also the Optional Memorial of Saint John of God, Religious (died 1550). And since today is the Second Sunday in March, today is also the day that Daylight Savings Time begins in most locations in these United States.

Born as Juan Ciudad in 1495 in Montemoro Novo, Evora, Portugal, today’s Saint grew up working as a shepherd in the Castile region of Spain. He led a wild and misspent youth, and traveled over much of Europe and north Africa as a soldier in the army of Charles V and as a mercenary. He fought through a brief period of insanity, then peddled religious books and pictures in Gibraltar, though without any religious conviction himself. In his 40’s he received a vision of the Infant Jesus who called him John of God. To make up for the misery he had caused as a soldier, he left the military, rented a house in Granada, Spain, and began caring for the sick, poor, homeless and unwanted. He gave what he had, begged for those who couldn’t, carried those who could not move on their own, and converted both his patients and those who saw him work with them. He founded the the Order of Hospitallers, now better known as the Brothers Hospitallers of St. John of God, who care for the sick in countries around the world. One mark of honor to his labors is that this order has been officially entrusted with the medical and dental care of the Pope. He is the Patron Saint of booksellers, hospitals, nurses, the mentally ill, and the dying. Turning to the secular world, we cannot praise (or blame) Benjamin Franklin for Daylight Savings Time; while he did write an anonymous essay to The Journal of Paris in 1784, his essay was satire, suggesting among other things that “Every morning, as soon as the sun rises, let all the bells in every church be set ringing; and if that is not sufficient?, let cannon be fired in every street, to wake the sluggards effectually, and make them open their eyes to see their true interest.” Historically, retailing, sports and tourism interests have favored daylight saving, while agricultural interests have opposed it, and its initial adoption has been prompted by energy crisis and war. Since 2007 daylight saving time starts on the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday of November, with all time changes taking place at 2:00 am local time, unless you are on the Graveyard Shift for Table Games at our casino, in which case you do not adjust your clocks or watches until after you clock in at 3:00 am.

Yesterday afternoon and evening, our #2 ranked (according to Baseball America) LSU Baseball team beat Baylor by the score of 4 to 2, our LSU Women’s Basketball team lost their game to #3 ranked South Carolina in the SEC Tournament Finals by the score of 54 to 74 (our Lady Tigers, with any luck, should be playing in the Women’s NCAA Tournament on March 20th), and our New Orleans Pelicans beat the Memphis Grizzlies by the score of 95 to 89.

I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading, and adjusted my watches and the kitchen clocks for Daylight Savings Time. We headed off to work, with me doing my Internet Devotional Reading. We clocked in at 3:00 am Central Standard Time. Richard spent the day dealing Three Card Poker, and I was the Relief Dealer for Mini Baccarat and Pai Gow (and broke Macau Mini Baccarat twice, until it was closed). On my breaks I continued reading The Arrivals by Melissa Marr. We clocked out at 11:00 am Central Daylight Time, which means we actually worked seven hours instead of eight hours. (I tell people it makes no difference to me if it is Central Standard Time or Central Daylight Time; either way, I still go to work in the dark.) Today was also notable at the casino; with Spring Break the next two weeks in Houston and San Antonio, it was fairly busy at the casino – and absolutely no one on the Early Out list got out. None of us can remember the last time that happened.

When we got home from work I ate the last of the Amish Friendship Bread and read the Sunday papers. I then decided to take a nap, telling Richard to wake me up if Callie came over. I had just gotten into bed when he told me Michelle had arrived, and that Callie would be over shortly; so I got up and got dressed. Callie came over with Amy, who is the friend who is staying with Matthew and Callie and who will be helping with the baby when it arrives; she is a very sweet girl, and she seems a very good fit in the household. Callie looks quite large and quite radiant; they visited through the afternoon, and we had a very good visit. (Callie and Amy return to Connecticut tomorrow.) On television we also watched our #2 LSU Baseball team beat Nebraska (our Tigers will play a home game with McNeese State on Wednesday). After the girls all left, Richard went to Taco Bell to bring back dinner, and I got on the computer to do today’s Daily Update; when Richard got back I ate my tacos.

Tomorrow is the Optional Memorial of Saint Frances of Rome, Religious. It is also the first day of the new two-week pay period at the casino. On my breaks at work I will finish reading The Arrivals by Melissa Marr. After work Richard has his appointment to see the nurse practitioner at the Clinic. In the afternoon I will be doing my Book Review for The Arrivals by Melissa Marr for this weblog and for my Goodreads and Facebook accounts. In the evening our New Orleans Pelicans will be playing an away game with the Milwaukee Bucks.

This Sunday afternoon our Parting Quote comes from Karen Morley, American actress. Born Mildred Linton in 1909 in Ottumwa, Iowa, she moved with her adoptive family to Los Angeles when she was thirteen and graduated in turn from Hollywood High School and UCLA. After working at the Pasadena Playhouse, she came to the attention of the director Clarence Brown when he was looking for an actress to stand-in for Greta Garbo in screen tests. This led to a contract with MGM and roles in such films as Mata Hari (1931), Scarface (1932), The Phantom of Crestwood (1932), The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932), Arsene Lupin (1933) and Dinner at Eight (1933). Morley was married to director Charles Vidor from 1932 until 1943. They met on the set of Man About Town (1932), in which she played the female lead and Vidor was co-director. In 1934 she left MGM after arguments about her roles and her private life. Her first film after leaving MGM was Our Daily Bread (1934) directed by King Vidor. She continued to work as a freelance performer, and appeared in Michael Curtiz’s Black Fury (1935) and The Littlest Rebel (1935) with Shirley Temple. Without the support of a studio, her roles became less frequent; however, she did play a supporting role in Pride and Prejudice (1940). Morley and Vidor were divorced in 1943, and later that year she married the actor Lloyd Gough. Her career came to an end in 1947, when she testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee and refused to answer questions about her alleged American Communist Party membership. After being blacklisted by the Hollywood studio bosses, she was never able to rebuild her acting career. She maintained her political activism for the rest of her life. In 1954, she ran unsuccessfully for Lieutenant Governor of New York on the American Labor Party ticket. In December 1999, at the age of 90, she appeared in the magazine Vanity Fair in an article about blacklist survivors (died 2003) “Nobody could imagine just how terrible McCarthyism would be. So many careers went down the toilet.”

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