Daily Update: Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Jerome and Banned Book Week 2015

Today is the Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor (died 419), Banned Books Week continues, and today is also the birthday of my son’s best friend Derek (1986).

Born in 347 in Strido, Dalmatia (possibly located in today’s Slovenia, or Croatia, or Bosnia), to a rich pagan family, Jerome led a misspent youth, studied in Rome, and became a lawyer. Converted in theory, and baptized in 365, he began his study of theology, and had a true conversion, becoming a monk. He lived for years as a hermit in the Syrian deserts, and is reported to have drawn a thorn from a lion’s paw, so that the animal stayed loyally at his side for years. Becoming a priest in 378 or 379, he was the student of Saint Gregory of Nazianzen. In 382 he went to Rome and became the Secretary to Pope Damasus I, who commissioned him to revise the Latin text of the Bible. The result of his 30 years of work was the Vulgate translation, which was used by the Catholic Church for over a thousand years, and which is still in use. He was the friend and teacher of Saint Paula, Saint Marcella, and Saint Eustochium, an association that led to so much gossip that Jerome left Rome to return to the desert solitude. He lived his last 34 years in the Holy Land as a semi-recluse with a voluminous correspondence, much of it written in anger, for he did not suffer fools, or those he thought were fools, well. He also wrote translations of histories, biographies, the works of Origen, and much more. Named a Doctor of the Church in 1298, he is also ranked as a Father of the Church. He is the Patron Saint of archeologists, archivists, Bible scholars, librarians, libraries, school children, students, and translators. And Banned Books Week continues, so read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle today! Today is also the birthday of my son’s best friend Derek, who was the best man at his wedding, and who is also the Significant Other of my daughter’s friend Ashley (1986).

I woke up at 9:00 am today, after a night full of dreams of dealing cards at a different casino with weird stuff happening. I started the Weekly Computer Maintenance, started my laundry, did my Bathroom Devotional Reading, finished the Weekly Computer Maintenance, and finished the Weekly Computer Maintenance.

Richard and I left the house at 10:30 am, and headed for Opelousas; on the way I read the morning paper. We ate Chinese for lunch at the Creswell Lane Restaurant, and at the Hit-n-Run in Opelousas Richard purchased my Powerball and Louisiana Lotto lottery tickets for tonight’s drawing. On our way down to Lafayette I did my Internet Devotional Reading and said the Ninth and final Day of my Novena to Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus. Once in Lafayette we went to Crossroads Catholic Bookstore and got some items for our granddaughter for her baptism on Sunday; we then went to PetSmart to say hello to the cats up for adoption. (I had to remind Richard that four weeks before we leave for a three-week vacation is no time to get a new cat.) On our way home I continued reading The Mauritius Command by Patrick O’Brian.

We arrived home at 2:15 pm, and I did some Advance Daily Update Drafts through Sunday. At 4:30 pm I watched Jeopardy! while Richard was napping on the couch. Our daughter showed up to do more cleaning (she had started doing cleaning yesterday), and Richard and I watched the series finale of CSI:Crime Scene Investigation “Immortality” (which aired on Sunday night) via On Demand. I then finished my laundry, and went ahead and uploaded my September 2015 photos to the hard drive of the computer. I am now here at the computer, finishing up my Daily Update. When I finish with the computer, I will iron my casino pants, apron, and shirts, then do some reading.

Tomorrow is the Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor (died 1897), and Banned Book Week continues. It is also the first day of the month. I will continue to work on Advance Daily Update Drafts for my weblog, and make my lunch salads for Friday and Sunday. At some point tomorrow we will be seeing Matthew, Callie, and the baby

Our Parting Quote on this Wednesday evening on the last day of September comes to us from Turhan Bey, Austrian actor. Born as Turhan Gilbert Selahattin Sahultavy in 1922 in Vienna, Austria, he was the son of a Turkish diplomat who had lost an arm in battle in World War I and a Czechoslovakian Jewish mother. After the annexation of Austria to Nazi Germany and his parents’ divorce, he and his mother emigrated to the U.S. in 1940, settling in Los Angeles. As a young boy newly arrived in the US, Bey was introduced to Albert Einstein, as Bey’s uncle was a mathematician who worked with Einstein. Bey and Einstein kept up a close friendship over the years. When he enrolled in classes at Ben Bard’s School of Dramatic Art to improve his English, he also was asked to play a role in a teacher’s play. He then went on to the Pasadena Playhouse. While in a play, a talent scout from Warner Brothers was impressed and signed him to a contract, under the name of Turhan Bey. His first movie was Shadows on the Stairs (1941). With his suave demeanor, exotically handsome looks and well-modulated voice, he was first called upon to portray mysterious or villainous characters. Soon he would be teamed with other “exotics” (e.g. Maria Montez and Sabu) in a series of escapist adventures, filmed in glorious Technicolor and set in lands of fable, which proved most popular with movie audiences of the World War II years. He was dubbed “The Turkish Delight” by his fans. Bey’s most famous movies were The Mummy’s Tomb (1942) and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944). In 1944 a poll by exhibitors of “Stars of Tomorrow” listed him at number nine. His career began fading in the early 1950’s; after appearing in Prisoners of the Casbah (1953), he returned to Europe in the wake of a scandal. His early interest in photography earned him a place with an archaeological expedition to Tibet, and ultimately led to his return to life in Vienna where he flourished as a fashion photographer. He also did stage direction. Returning to Hollywood to receive an award, he made several guest appearances in 1990s television series including SeaQuest DSV, Murder, She Wrote and two episodes of Babylon 5, first as the Emperor of Centauri (who also had the name Turhan) in 1995, and later as a Minbari Ranger named Turva in 1998. He also appeared in a number of films. A German documentary film about Bey, Vom Glück verfolgt Wien (Hollywood – Retour), was made in 2002 by Andrea Eckert (died 2012): “It was quite wonderful in those years [mid-1940s]. One was young and good-looking, and it seems those were the very two things everyone was looking for.”

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