Daily Update: Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Our Lady of Sorrows

Today is the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, the birthday of Anna Mae in Oregon, who is the mother of my friend Jocelyne in Ohio, and the birthday of my friend Jay from the Third Tuesday Book Club (1960).

The Seven Sorrows (or Dolors) are events in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary which are a popular devotion and are frequently depicted in art; namely, The Prophecy of Simeon over the Infant Jesus (Luke 2:34), The Flight into Egypt of the Holy Family (Matthew 2:13), The Loss of the Child Jesus for Three Days (Luke 2:43), The Meeting of Jesus and Mary along the Way of the Cross (Luke 23:26), The Crucifixion, where Mary stood at the foot of the cross (John 19:25), The Descent from the Cross, where Mary received the dead body of Jesus in her arms (Matthew 27:57), and The Burial of Jesus (John 19:40). The first altar to the Mater Dolorosawas set up in 1221 at the monastery of Schönau in Germany. The feast of the Our Lady of Sorrows was originated by a provincial synod of Cologne in 1413 as a response to the iconoclast Hussites. It was designated for the Friday after the third Sunday after Easter, and had the title Commemoratio angustix et doloris B. Marix V. Before the 16th century the feast was celebrated only in parts of Northern Europe. By inserting the feast into the Roman Catholic calendar of saints in 1814, Pope Pius VII extended the celebration to the whole of the Latin Church, and assigned it to the third Sunday in September. In 1913 Pope Pius X moved the feast to September 15, the day after the Feast of the Cross. Under this title, the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Patron of the state of Mississippi and of the Holy Cross Congregation (C.S.C.) of priests and brothers. And today is the birthday of my friend’s Jocelyne’s mother, Anna Mae, who lives in Oregon, and the birthday of my friend Jay from the Third Tuesday Book Club (1960).

I neglected to mention in Monday’s Daily Update that my Ob/Gyn’s office had called and left a message on my voicemail for me to call them back. (More anon.)

Richard and I ate breakfast in ADR today, using his $10.00 meal comp. (As our breakfasts come out to about $5 or so, and since you lose whatever portion of a comp you did not use, he normally buys breakfast for the next person or two in line at ADR.) When we headed out to the casino floor, he was on Three Card Poker. I was on Mini Baccarat; at the end of the shoe the guys who were playing $200 – $1,000 a hand asked if it could be a Macau Mini Baccarat game (minimum bet $50), and that was approved. By the end of the shoe they had left, and we made it a regular $15 minimum bet Mini Baccarat game again. We were going to go to the annual Health Fair to get Richard some T-shirts (we each get a shirt, in whatever size we request; I have too many T-shirts, so Richard told me to get his size for my shirt), but the line was out the door, so we decided not to go. On our way home I called my Ob/Gyn’s office, but could not raise a live person on the phone. I then continued reading Post Captain by Patrick O’Brian.

Once home from work I ate my lunch salad and read the morning paper; I then took a nap until about 4:15 pm. I watched Jeopardy!, then left at 5:00 pm for Lafayette. I attended the 7:00 pm Third Tuesday Book Club meeting; we finalized our books for 2016 (my selections that were picked were We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson and A Sense of an Ending by by Julian Barnes), and we had a good discussion of Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile. We also wished Jay (who was in attendance) a Happy Birthday. After the Book Club meeting I went to the Lafayette Public Library – Southside Branch and returned Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile. I got home at 9:15 pm, and got on the computer to do today’s Daily Update; Richard and the cat were already asleep.

Tomorrow is the Memorial of Saint Cornelius, Pope and Martyr (died 253), and Saint Cyprian, Bishop and Martyr (died 258), and the first of three Ember Days for this season of the year. Tomorrow is also Mexican Independence Day (1810). I will get up early and do the Weekly Computer Maintenance and start my laundry. At about 9:30 am or 10:00 am Richard and I will take the car to Baton Rouge; we will have lunch with our friend Steve in Baton Rouge, and go to the AAA office to get the current AAA Tourbooks for the states we will see on our vacation in October. And I will try to call my Ob/Gyn’s office again, to see why they wanted me to call them.

Our Parting Quote this Tuesday evening comes to us from Brett Somers, Canadian-born American actress, singer, and comedienne. Born as Audrey Johnston in 1924 in Saint John, New Brunswick, she grew up near Portland, Maine. She ran away from home at age 17 and moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting. There she settled in Greenwich Village, and changed her first name to “Brett” after the lead female character in Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and her surname to  ”Somers” after her mother’s maiden name. Somers began her career in theater, and made many of her initial television appearances in dramatic programs such as The Philco Television Playhouse, Kraft Television Theatre, Playhouse 90 and Robert Montgomery Presents. Her Broadway debut, in the play Maybe Tuesday. was a flop; the show closed after five performances. At some point she married, had a daughter, and divorced; in 1953 she married actor Jack Klugman, with whom she had two sons. Her film career included roles in Bus Riley’s Back in Town (1965), A Rage to Live (1965), and Bone (1972). and she had appearances in the television series Love, American Style,The F.B.I,, The New Perry Mason, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.  She had a recurring role as Blanche Somers-Madison, the ex-wife of Jack Klugman’s character of Oscar Madison on the television series The Odd Couple. Klugman appeared on the panel of a new CBS game show in 1973, and suggested that his wife would be a better fit for the show. Somers thus ended up as a regular panelist on Match Game, seated top center next to Charles Nelson Reilly. She and the show became known for somewhat outlandish and risque dialogue; the show has been described as like being at a game at a cocktail party. Somers was a familiar on-screen presence, wearing enormous eyeglasses and various wigs and playing foil to Charles Nelson Reilly, Betty White, Richard Dawson, and Fannie Flagg, among others. Somers was sometimes the subject of questions on Match Game, such as “You may or may not believe in reincarnation, but listen to this. In a previous life, Brett used to be a ________.” Her wit and dry humor proved extremely successful, and she would remain a regular panelist for the remainder of the show’s nine-year network and syndicated run. Early during the show’s run, in 1974, she and Klugman separated, though they were never divorced. Her  appearances on The Match Game led radio personality Robin Quivers to impersonate her in parodies of such game shows on The Howard Stern Show; Quivers’ impersonation of Somers is featured in the 1996 film Private Parts. In 2002 Somers appeared with Charles Nelson Reilly and Betty White (via videolink) as part of a Match Game reunion on CBS’s The Early Show. She also appeared with Reilly on Hollywood Squares during that show’s “Game Show Week” in 2002. In 2006 she was a prominent interviewee in The Real Match Game Story: Behind the Blank on GSN, and hosted the Match Game DVD as well. Somers also appeared in a cabaret show, An Evening with Brett Somers, from 2003 to 2004. She developed stomach and colon cancer in 2004, which was held in remission until August 2007 (died 2007): “You know, I’m a television personality. It’s not like I’m a famous hooker or something!”

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