Daily Update: Monday, November 16th, 2015

Margaret of Scotland, Edmund Rich of Abington, and Gertrude the Great

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Margaret of Scotland, Queen (died 1093), the Optional Memorial of Saint Edmund Rich of Abingdon, Bishop (died 1240), and the Optional Memorial of Saint Gertrude, Virgin (died 1302).

Born about 1045 in Hungary, the later Saint Margaret was the granddaughter of King Edmund Ironside of England and the great-niece of Saint Stephen of Hungary, and was born while her family was in exile due to the Danish invasion of England. While still a child she came to England with the rest of her family when her father, Edward, was recalled in 1057 as a possible successor to her great-uncle the childless Edward the Confessor. Her father died soon after the family’s arrival in England, but Margaret continued to reside at the English court where her brother, Edgar Ætheling, was considered a possible successor to the English Throne. When the Confessor died in January 1066 Harold Godwinson was selected as king over Edgar, who was perhaps being considered still too young. After Harold’s defeat at the battle of Hastings later that year Edgar was proclaimed King of England, but when the Normans advanced on London, Margaret and her family fled north to Northumberland. Her mother then decided the family would return to the Continent, but the ship wrecked on the Scottish coast. They were assisted by King Malcolm III Canmore of Scotland, whom Margaret married in 1070, thus becoming Queen of Scotland. They had eight children, one of whom was Saint Maud, wife of Henry I. Margaret founded abbeys and used her position to work for justice and improved conditions for the poor, and she is the Patron Saint of Anglo-Scottish relations. We also honor Saint Edmund Rich of Abingdon, Bishop (died 1240). Born in 1175 at Abingdon, Berkshire, England, his was a wealthy and pious family. He studied at Oxford, England, and Paris, France. before becoming a priest, and was a professor of art, mathematics, philosophy and theology at Oxford. Known for his scholarship, piety, and skill as a preacher and writer, he preached the Sixth Crusade in England in 1227. Consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury, England in 1234, he was an advisor to King Henry III, and presided over Henry’s ratification of the Magna Carta in 1237. His support for monastic discipline put him in conflict with his own order, King Henry III, and the papal legate, and he died while on a trip to Rome to gain the support of the Pope. He is the Patron Saint of Abingdon, England, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth, England, of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, and of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and the Patron of the school run by my own parish here in my town. Finally, we honor Saint Gertrude, Virgin (died 1302). Born in 1256 at Eisleben, Thuringia (part of modern Germany), she may have been an orphan, and was raised in the Benedictine abbey of Saint Mary of Helfta, Eisleben, Saxony from age five. An extremely bright and dedicated student, she excelled in literature and philosophy, and when she was old enough, became a Benedictine nun. At age 26, when she had become too enamored of philosophy, she received a vision of Christ who reproached her; from then on she studied the Bible and the works of the Church Fathers. Gertrude received other visions and mystical instruction, which formed the basis of her writings. She helped spread devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Her writings were greatly praised by Saint Teresa and Saint Francis de Sales, and they continue in print today. She is the Patron Saint of travelers and the West Indies, and she is one of the more than fifty co-patrons of Naples, Italy.

Richard and I woke up at 9:00 am in our room at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Port Allen, Louisiana. I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading, and we checked out at 9:45 am. We ate the Continental Breakfast at the motel (I just had a light breakfast of toast), and we were on I-10 West at 10:00 am. I did my Internet Devotional Reading and said the Fourth Day of my Novena to Christ the King, then I continued reading Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger on my Nook.

When we got to Lafayette, we went by the Lafayette Public Library – Southside Branch, where I returned the audiobook of The Assassin by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott, Read by Scott Brick. We then saw the cats up for adoption at PetSmart, and stopped by the Wal-Mart on Ambassador Caffrey for some items.

We returned home after nearly three weeks away at 12:30 pm; I posted to Facebook and to this Weblog that we had arrived home safely. We unloaded the car and put away all of our stuff, then found that the battery on the truck (which had been sitting in the driveway while we were on vacation) had died. We left at 1:15 pm and went into town; we were going to eat lunch at D.C.’s Sports Bar and Steakhouse, but once we were seated we waited ten minutes to be served, with the waitresses hanging out at the bar chatting. We left (we know the owner, and next time we see him we will tell him about our experience), and instead ate Chinese for lunch at Peking. We then went to Wal-Mart, where Richard got bread and supplies for our dinner for tonight. At the Post Office he picked up our mail (more anon) and arranged to have our mail delivery start up again. We then stopped so that I could get today’s paper from a vending machine, and our last stop was at our car dealership, to see if they could go ahead and rotate the tires and do the oil change on the car; they were busy, so we went back home.

I went through all of the mail, sorting out what was bills, what was magazines and catalogs, what was Michelle’s mail, and what was trash (a lot of trash); I also got the t-shirt I had ordered that I had hoped would be delivered before we went on our vacation. I reconciled the bank statement (which was in the mail) to our checkbook and my Balance My Checkbook Pro app, then sorted out the bills. I then watched Jeopardy! at 4:30 pm. I then ordered my Christmas cards (about two weeks later than I had planned) from The Printery House, and purchased my Hanukkah candles and some hardback books for my Pulitzer Prize bookshelf from Amazon. I then uploaded my October 2015 photos from my Galaxy Note 4 to the hard drive of my computer. Then I was able to print out my last check stub information, at our new provider of information at the casino; alas, I exceeded the number of times to sign on under Richard’s name, and his password will have to be reset by an administrator (which means, at the casino on Friday). Next, I set myself to reading again, and finished reading Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger on my Nook just as the College Basketball game between our #23 ranked LSU Men’s Basketball team and Kennesaw State (in Baton Rouge, at the PMAC) came on at 8:00 pm. Richard and I then ate our dinner of baked chicken and steamed fresh brussels sprouts, which was very good. I then came to the computer and did my Book Review for this weblog and for my Goodreads and Facebook accounts for Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. And I will finish this Daily Update, and head for bed; I will give the score of the LSU Men’s Basketball game in tomorrow’s Daily Update.

To sum up our vacation, we traveled 4,094 miles, saw eight National Parks (a low total for this vacation), went through twelve states, and saw license plates for forty-one states (we did not see license plates for Hawaii, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wyoming), one District (Washington, D.C.), and three Canadian Provinces (Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec). We also saw Matthew, Callie, and the baby, my sister Liz Ellen, and my friend Nedra in Tennessee.

Tomorrow is the Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious (died 1231), and the Remembrance of Venerable Henriette DeLille, Religious (died 1862). I plan to sleep in, then in the early afternoon I will head for Lafayette to put in some comfy chair time at Barnes and Noble before I attend our final Third Tuesday Book Club Meeting of the year to discuss Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. And our New Orleans Pelicans will play a home game with the Denver Nuggets.

Our Monday Evening Parting Quote is from Jock Young, English sociologist and criminologist. Born as William Young in 1942 in Vogrie, Midlothian, Scotland. When he was five, his family moved to Aldershot; it was in grammar school that he received his nickname of Jock. He secured a place at University College London to read biochemistry, but a chance encounter with the radical criminologist Steve Box convinced him to switch to sociology instead. In 1962 he enrolled at the London School of Economics, where he became inspired by new developments in United States sociology. His PhD was an ethnography of drug use in Notting Hill, West London, out of which he developed the concept of moral panic. This research was published as The Drugtakers: the Social Meaning of Drug Use in 1971. He was a founding member of the National Deviancy Conferences and a group of critical criminologists. With Ian Taylor and Paul Walton he wrote the groundbreaking work The New Criminology: For a Social Theory of Deviance in 1973, and with Stan Cohen he wrote The Manufacture of News: Deviance, Social Problems and the Mass Media in 1981. He was Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, Visiting Professor at the University of Kent, UK and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Before moving to New York he was Professor of Sociology at the University of Middlesex where he was head of the Centre for Criminology. At Middlesex he devised the first postgraduate course in crime and deviancy in the United Kingdom which is still flourishing today. With his colleagues, most notably John Lea and Roger Matthews, he developed realist criminology in a series of books including the Penguin Special: What is to be Done About Law and Order?. He completed research on criminal victimisation, stop and frisk, and the urban riots, and was a frequent contributor to media debates on crime and policing. He was lead investigator in the Gifford Inquiry of 1985 following the last riots in Tottenham, North London. The Centre for Criminology was particularly known for leftist realist criminology and its series of local crime victimization surveys, for example, the Islington Crime Surveys which were conducted in 1986 and 1990. In 1998 he was awarded the Sellin-Glueck Award for Distinguished International Scholar by the American Society of Criminology, followed in 2003 by the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Critical Criminology Division. Subsequently, his theoretical interests were oriented towards cultural criminology, publishing with Jeff Ferrell and Keith Hayward Cultural Criminology: An Invitation (2008) which was awarded the Distinguished Book Award of the International Division of the American Society of Criminology. He completed a trilogy of books about social life and sociological research in late modernity, The Exclusive Society (1999), The Vertigo of Late Modernity (2007) and The Criminological Imagination (2011). In the last five years of his life Young published sixteen articles in refereed journals on topics ranging from the United States / United Kingdom crime drop to moral panic theory, Bernie Madoff, crime and the financial crisis, terrorism, and immigration. During this time he gave over thirty lectures at international conferences and universities including the LSE, University of Buenos Aries, Oxford, Rouen and Hamburg. In 2011 Young gave the introductory plenary at both the British Criminology Conference and the York Deviancy Conference. In 2012 he was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award of the British Society of Criminology. In 2013 he completed a new introduction to the anniversary edition of The New Criminology (died 2013): “Humanitarianism … occurs where a powerful group seeks to curb the activities of another group in their own better interests. They define them as a social problem and demand that action be taken to ameliorate their situation.”

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