Daily Update: Saturday, April 11th, 2015


Alleluia! Today is Easter Saturday, the Seventh Day of the Octave of Easter. Today is the Memorial of Saint Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr (died 1079).

Born in 1030 in Szczepanów, Poland, today’s Saint was of the Polish nobility and raised in a pious family. He was educated at Gnesen, Poland, and may have studied at Paris, France. When his parents died he distributed his inheritance to the poor. He became parish priest at Czembocz, Poland, a canon and preacher, and later vicar-general at the Cracow cathedral; he was a noted spiritual director. In 1072 he reluctantly became Bishop of Cracow, and soon became known for his preaching against sinful living, regardless of the sinner’s class in society. After Stanislaus excommunicated King Boleslaus the Cruel for war crimes and his attempted theft of land from the Church, the King sent his men to execute the Bishop without trial; when they dared not touch the Bishop, King Boleslaus killed Stanislaus with his own hands while the Bishop was celebrating Mass. The resulting reaction against Boleslaus was so great that he fled the country, never to return; his guilt led him to become a monk. Stanislaus is the Patron Saint of Poland, of Kraków, and of moral order, and has become a symbol of Polish patriotism and nationalism.

Last night our New Orleans Pelicans won their game with the Phoenix Suns by the score of 90 to 75, and our #3 ranked LSU Baseball team beat Auburn in the first game of their three-game series by the score of 3 to 2.

Today Richard’s earliest call-in dropped off of the calendar; his next call-in comes off on August 12th (pending having call-ins taken off with the current Table Games Loyalty program). I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading, and on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading and said the Ninth and Last Day of my Divine Mercy Novena. After the Pre-Shift Meeting, Richard was the Relief Dealer for Mississippi Stud, Three Card Poker, and Let It Ride. I started the day on the second Pai Gow table, and when that table closed half-way through our shift I became the Relief Dealer for Mini Baccarat and Pai Gow. On my breaks I continued reading The Incrementalists by Steven Brust and Skylar White.

Once home from work I read the morning paper while Richard paid bills; I then set up my medications for next week (I have two prescriptions to renew on Monday) and wrote out my checks for the weekly contribution to our church and to turn in my CRS Rice Bowl money to the church (some $92.00)). Richard then went to the store while I went to the Adoration Chapel for my Weekly Hour of Eucharistic Adoration; Richard also went to Oil Express and got the oil changed on the truck. After my Hour I finished reading The Incrementalists by Steven Brust and Skylar White. I was quite tired, so I opted to come home and take a nap (and not go to the 4:00 pm Mass). Richard joined me in my nap, and I woke up at about 6:00 pm. I plugged the bills Richard had paid into my PocketMoney program; Richard was quite upset that I had written a check out to the church for my CRS Rice Bowl donation. I did my Book Review for this Weblog and for my Goodreads and Facebook accounts for The Incrementalists by Steven Brust and Skylar White, then did today’s Daily Update. Our #3 ranked LSU Baseball team is currently playing the second game of their three-game home series with Auburn; I will report the score in tomorrow’s Daily Update. And the Last Quarter Moon will arrive at 10:45 pm.

Tomorrow is the Second Sunday of Easter (Alleluia!), the Eighth Day of the Octave of Easter, and (since 2000) Divine Mercy Sunday. Richard and I will head to the casino, and on my breaks I will endeavor to get caught up on my magazine reading. After lunch I will make lunch salads for Monday and Tuesday. Our #3 ranked LSU Baseball team will play the third game of the three-game home series with Auburn tomorrow afternoon. I will go to the 6:00 pm Mass at the church, and our New Orleans Pelicans will play an away game with the Houston Rockets tomorrow evening.

Our Parting Quote this Easter Saturday (Alleluia!) afternoon comes to us from Jesse Winchester, American singer and songwriter. Born as James Ridout Winchester in 1944 in Bossier City, Louisiana (at Barksdale Army Air Field), he was raised in northern Mississippi and the city of Memphis, Tennessee. Known to his classmates as Jimmy, he received several honors while attending high school; graduating in 1962, he was a merit finalist, National Honor Society member and the salutatorian of the graduating class. He attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, graduating in 1966. Winchester had begun playing guitar in bands while still a high school student. He also played in Germany during college study abroad and after graduation. Upon receiving his draft notice in 1967, Winchester moved to Montreal, Canada, to avoid military service. He went on up to Quebec and joined a local band, Les Astronautes. At this time he also began writing songs that he performed as a solo artist at the Montreal Folk Workshop and numerous other coffee houses throughout eastern Canada, adding impetus to a revival in folk music that was taking place across Canada. Under the auspices of The Band’s Robbie Robertson, another Canadian, Winchester began his recording career in 1970 with his self-titled album Jesse Winchester, released on the Ampex label. He released several albums during the 1970s, but due to his status as a draft resister, he was unable to tour in the United States. As a result, he became recognized primarily as a songwriter. His best known songs included “Yankee Lady”, “The Brand New Tennessee Waltz”, “Mississippi, You’re on My Mind”, “A Showman’s Life”, and “Biloxi”. These and others have been recorded by numerous artists, including Jerry Jeff Walker, George Strait, Gary Allan, Patti Page, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, Joan Baez, Anne Murray, Reba McEntire, The Everly Brothers, Wynona Judd, The Weather Girls, New Grass Revival, Fairport Convention, Tim Hardin, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Hawkins, Nicolette Larsen, Ted Hawkins, Ian Matthews, Colleen Peterson, Tom Rush, Brewer & Shipley, Raffi, Skydiggers and Wilson Pickett. In 1974 Winchester often performed at the Hotel Le Chatelet in Morin Heights, Quebec, run by several Tennesseans who had come to Canada in 1972. David “Butch” McDade and Jeff “Stick” Davis moved to Quebec to become part of Jesse Winchester and the Rhythm Aces. Winchester was the first to record the songs “Third Rate Romance” and “The End is Not in Sight”, both written by Russell Smith. Smith traveled to Montreal to assist in the recording of the 1974 Learn to Love It album at Studio Six. Later Smith, Davis and McDade became the original members of The Amazing Rhythm Aces. Meanwhile in the United States, upon his election in 1976, President Jimmy Carter declared he would grant amnesty to draft evaders, except those who had deserted or had become citizens of another country. Winchester had by this time become a Canadian citizen, but Barry Bozeman, his manager at the time, was able to convince Carter on Winchester’s behalf to broaden the amnesty. Winchester’s first appearance in the United States thereafter was a sold out performance in Burlington, Vermont, on April 21, 1977. Rolling Stone magazine covered the event, coining the phrase “the Greatest Voice of the Decade” to describe Winchester’s vocal style. He continued to put out albums every couple of years through the 2000’s. He was nominated for the Best Country Male Vocalist award at the Juno Awards of 1990. In 2002 Winchester moved back to the United States, settling in Virginia. He played “Sundown” on the 2003 Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot album. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in 2007. Winchester has continued to record and perform throughout the United States and Canada, releasing his tenth studio album, Love Filling Station, in 2009. In 2011 Winchester was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus and underwent treatment for the next couple of months. He was later given a clean bill of health from his doctor and resumed his tour. Quiet About It, a tribute record to Winchester, was released in 2012, featuring James Taylor, Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams and Rosanne Cash. His final album, A Reasonable Amount Of Trouble (2014), was released some five months after his death was released, with liner notes from his friend Jimmy Buffett. Rolling Stone called it “a gentle collection of playful songs about love, memory and gratitude that amounts to one of the most moving, triumphant albums of Winchester’s 45 year career” (died 2014): “People say, ‘Coming to Canada, that must have been a hard decision.’ But that really was the easy part. The hard part comes later, when you start trying to live your life in line with that decision. That’s when it gets complicated.”

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