Today is the First Saturday of the month, dedicated to devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We have no Saints to honor today, but today is Independence Day in these Fifty United States. (We normally would have the Optional Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Portugal, Queen (died 1336) today, but in the dioceses of the United States her feast day has been moved to July 5th.)
The First Saturday of each month is dedicated to devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Turning to secular matters, during the American Revolution the legal separation of the American colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. In a now-famous letter written to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776, John Adams predicted that July 2 would become a great American holiday. Adams thought that the vote for independence would be commemorated; he did not foresee that Americans, including himself, would instead celebrate Independence Day on the date that the announcement of that act was finalized, which was also the date on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, July 4. The day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. And remember, O my best beloved Three or Four Loyal Readers and Army of Followers: He who goes Forth with a Fifth on the Fourth may never come Forth on the Fifth!
I posted to Facebook in honor of the Fourth of July, and wore one of my Patriotic T-shirts to work. Today was the second of two Heavy Business Volume Days at the casino for the Independence Day Weekend, and today was a Paid Holiday, with us being paid time and a half for our hours worked today. After the Pre-Shift Meeting, Richard was the Relief Dealer for Macau Mini Baccarat, Mini Baccarat, and Pai Gow before he became the Relief Dealer for Mini Baccarat, and Pai Gow. I was first the Relief Dealer for the second Three Card Poker table, Flop Poker, Four Card Poker, and the second Mississippi Stud table. I then was the Relief Dealer for the second Three Card Poker table, Flop Poker, and the third Three Card Poker table. Next, I was the Relief Dealer for a Blackjack table, Mississippi Stud, and Three Card Poker, and finally was the Relief Dealer for the second Mississippi Stud table, Mississippi Stud, and Three Card Poker. On my breaks I did my Daily Update for yesterday, July 3rd, 2015 via WordPress for Android.
On our way home I continued reading As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley. Once home I set up my medications for next week (no prescriptions to renew, and one vitamin that I need to get at Wal-Mart). I then read the morning paper while Richard paid bills. I then went to the Adoration Chapel for my Weekly Hour of Eucharistic Adoration while Richard went to Wal-Mart and to the ATM. When I got home from my Hour I finished reading As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley. I then went to bed for the rest of the day, so I did not do my First Saturday Devotions, I did not go to Mass, and I did not do my Daily Update.
Tomorrow is the Optional Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Portugal, Queen, in the Dioceses of the United States (died 1336), and the Optional Memorial of Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Priest (died 1539).
Our Parting Quote on this Saturday afternoon, as we prepare to watch the Fourth of July fireworks light up the sky (unless we have to be at work at 3:00 am tomorrow), comes to us from Brenda Joyce, American actress. Born as Betty Graftina Leabo in 1917 in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, she was raised in Los Angeles and nicknamed “Graftina” by her father when she was a girl. She became a photographer’s model to earn money to attend UCLA for four years; a 20th Century-Fox talent scout noticed a fashion layout of her and immediately signed her on. The studio changed her name to “Brenda Joyce” after silent star Alice Joyce and immediately gave her an impressive movie debut with The Rains Came (1939), starring Tyrone Power and Myrna Loy, for which she received fine reviews. Building her up to the public as a sexy single girl, she was subsequently showcased in Here I Am a Stranger (1939) opposite Richard Greene and in Maryland (1940) with John Payne. The studio did not approve of her impulsive 1941 marriage to army husband Owen Ward and supposedly punished her by relegating her to “B” films. Joyce eventually lost interest in her career, but was coaxed back to the film set when brunette Maureen O’Sullivan left the Tarzan series and Johnny Weissmuller approved the athletic beauty as his new blonde swinging mate. Beginning a four-year excursion with the film Tarzan and the Amazons (1945), she continued on as Jane after Weissmuller left the series (actor Lex Barker took over), but finally decided enough was enough after her fifth Tarzan movie, Tarzan’s Magic Fountain (1949), and left acting for good. Following her movie career, Joyce moved to the Washington, D.C. area and worked with the Refugee Services for nearly 10 years, helping displaced persons find employment and places to live. This line of work eventually had her relocate to the Carmel, California area, and she worked with Catholic Resettlement in Seaside, California (near Monterey). Besieged by personal and health problems in later years, she endured a painful divorce from her husband in 1960 after 19 years of marriage. She was then married and divorced twice more. Suffering from dementia in her twilight years, Joyce stayed with her children until she had to be institutionalized in a nursing home in Santa Monica, California (died 2007): “I didn’t live near the studios in the hopes of “crashing” the gates. My ambition was to always be active in “little theater” and also to be a professor of Speech and Drama at U.C.L.A.”
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