Daily Update: Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Jubilate Sunday

Today is the Third Sunday of Easter (Alleluia!), known as Jubilate Sunday, and the anniversary of my good friends Nedra and Shelby (1977).

Jubilate Sunday is the third Sunday after Easter. It is called this because in the liturgy of the Catholic Church the first line of the introit for that day’s mass is “Jubilate Deo omnis terra” (“Shout with joy to God, all the earth”) from Psalm 66 (65). In the liturgy for this and the two following Sundays, the Church continues her song of rejoicing in the Resurrection. Throughout the whole of Paschaltide both Office and Mass are expressive of Easter joy, Alleluia! being added to every antiphon, responsory, and versicle, and repeated several times in the Introits and other parts of the Mass. And today is the Wedding Anniversary of my best friend Nedra and her husband Shelby (1997).

I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading, and on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. When we clocked in, Richard was on a Blackjack table until about 8:00 am, when he became the Relief Dealer for Mini Baccarat and Pai Gow. Meanwhile, I was on Mini Baccarat all day, and the table was not at all busy. On my breaks I continued reading The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman on my Nook. Richard and I, on separate breaks, also did the computer Associate Survey; this survey gave room to insert remarks and recommendations.

When we got home I read the Sunday papers, then finished reading The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman on my Nook. I then did my Book Review for this weblog and for my Goodreads and Facebook accounts for The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman.  Richard then went to Little Caesars and picked up pizza pizza for our dinner, and I got on the computer to do my Daily Update. Our #2 ranked LSU Baseball team did not play the third game of the three-game away series with Georgia due to rain, and the game will not be made up later in the season (our Tigers will next play a single home game with Tulane on April 21st). And I did not go to 6:00 pm Mass, which means I have missed Mass two weekends in a row, which is not good at all. (Violinist Jascha Heifetz said, “If I don’t practice one day, I know it; two days, the critics know it; three days, the public knows it.” I feel the same way about going to Mass; if I miss once, I know it, if I miss twice, the Church notices, and if I miss three times, the world notices.)

We have no Saints to honor tomorrow, so we will note that tomorrow is 4-20 (wink, wink, nudge, nudge), the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, which killed 11 workers and caused a major environmental disaster, the annual Boston Marathon, and the birthday of my Internet friend Sonya in Colorado. Richard and I will head to work, and I will be fasting after 3:00 am for blood work to be drawn at 11:00 am at the Clinic ahead of my Renal Specialist appointment on April 30th. On my breaks I will return to reading A Book of Scientific Curiosities: Everything You Need To Know About Science – But Never Had Time To Ask by Cyril Aydon. And tomorrow evening our New Orleans Pelicans play the second game of their NBA playoff series with the Golden State Warriors (the Warriors are 1-0 thus far in the series).

Our Parting Quote this Jubilate Sunday (Alleluia!) afternoon comes to us from Elisabeth Sladen, English actress. Born as Elisabeth Heath-Sladen in Liverpool, Lancashire, she was an only child, and developed an interest in performing at an early age, beginning dance lessons when she was five and dancing in one production with the Royal Ballet. In 1964 she made her first film appearance in Ferry Cross the Mersey as an uncredited extra. Sladen then joined the Hillbark Players for their open-air production of Much Ado About Nothing, playing Hero. After two years at drama school she began work at the Liverpool Playhouse repertory company as an assistant stage manager. Her first stage appearance at the Playhouse was as a maid in Twelfth Night. A few months later she played a corpse in The Physicists; however, she was scolded for giggling on stage due to her future husband Brian Miller whispering the words “Respiration nil, Aston Villa two” in her ear while he was playing a doctor. Sladen was such a good assistant stage manager that she did not get many acting roles, a problem that was solved when she accidentally made a mistake on one occasion. Sladen eventually moved into weekly repertory work, travelling to various locations in England. Sladen and Miller, now married, moved to Manchester, spending three years there. She appeared in numerous roles, most notably as Desdemona in Othello, her first appearance as a leading lady. She also got the occasional part on Leeds Radio and Granada Television, eventually appearing as a barmaid in 1970 in six episodes of the long-running soap opera Coronation Street. In 1971 Sladen was in a two part episode of the drama television series Z-Cars; these particular episodes are listed as missing episodes by the BBC’s archive library. In 1972 she appeared in a play that eventually moved to London, and Sladen and Miller moved there as well. Her first television role in London was as a terrorist in an episode of Doomwatch, followed by guest roles in Z-Cars (again), Public Eye, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, and Special Branch. In 1973 she arrived on the set of Doctor Who, replacing Katy Manning, who had played Assistant Jo Grant to the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee. Sladen’s character of Sarah Jane Smith became quite popular; she stayed on Doctor Who for three-and-a-half seasons, alongside Pertwee as the Third Doctor and Tom Baker as the Fourth. She returned to the character of Sarah Jane Smith on several occasions. After Doctor Who she returned to Liverpool with her husband and performed in a series of plays, spent two years as a presenter for the children’s programme Stepping Stones, a lead role with Miller playing her husband in the ITV drama Send In the Girls, and a small part in the movie Silver Dream Racer as a bank secretary in 1980, only her second film appearance. In 1981 former Doctor Who producer Barry Letts cast her as the female lead in the BBC Classics production of Gulliver in Lilliput. The character of Lady Flimnap was written for Sladen, and she said it was her favourite role. Two years later Sladen appeared again as Sarah Jane Smith in the 20th anniversary special The Five Doctors. After the birth of her daughter in 1985 she went into semi-retirement to raise her family. In 1991 she starred as Alexa opposite Colin Baker in The Stranger audio adventure “The Last Mission” for BBV Audio. She was again Sarah Jane Smith in the 1993 Children in Need special Dimensions in Time and in the 1995 independently produced video Downtime alongside former co-star Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Deborah Watling as Victoria Waterfield. This was her last on-screen appearance as Sarah Jane Smith for some time. She also played the character in audio plays; BBC Radio produced The Paradise of Death in 1993 and The Ghosts of N-Space in 1996, together with Jon Pertwee and Nicholas Courtney. Following the successful revival of Doctor Who in 2005, Sladen guest starred as Sarah Jane in “School Reunion”, an episode of the 2006 series, along with David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor. Following her successful appearance in the series Sladen later starred in The Sarah Jane Adventures, a Doctor Who spin-off focusing on Sarah Jane Smith, produced by BBC Wales for CBBC and created by Russell T. Davies. A 60-minute special aired on New Year’s Day 2007, with a 10-episode series commencing broadcast in September 2007, and a second 12-episode series was broadcast in late 2008. The programme won a Royal Television Society 2010 award for Best Children’s Drama. Sladen also read original audio stories on CD for The Sarah Jane Adventures which were released in November 2007: “The Glittering Storm” and “The Thirteenth Stone”. This was the first time that BBC Audiobooks had commissioned new content for exclusive release on audio. Further pairs of audio stories, all read by her, were released every year until 2010. Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography was released posthumously in November 2011 (died 2011): “Sometimes good television doesn’t depend on money, it depends on imagination and good people directing, casting and doing the job with talented people. Then you’re forgiven a great deal, I think, if sometimes something doesn’t look quite on the money.”

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