Daily Update: Saturday, November 21st, 2015

Presentation of Mary and Election Day

Today we celebrate the Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. And today is the Louisiana Gubernatorial General Election.

According to the Protoevangelium of James, the apocryphal Infancy Narrative (written about the year 200, or some 13o years after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem), Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anne, who had been childless, received a heavenly message that they would bear a child. In thanksgiving for the gift of their daughter, they brought her, when still a child, to the Temple in Jerusalem to consecrate her to God. Mary remained in the Temple until puberty, at which point she was assigned to Joseph as guardian. Later versions of the story (such as the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew and the Gospel of the Nativity of Mary) tell us that Mary was taken to the Temple at around the age of three in fulfillment of a vow. Tradition held that she was to remain there to be educated in preparation for her role as Mother of God. The Roman Catholic Church, on the day of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, without passing judgment on the veracity of the story, notes that “we celebrate that dedication of herself which Mary made to God from her very childhood under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit who filled her with grace at her Immaculate Conception.” And today is the Louisiana Gubernatorial General Election.

Last night our New Orleans Pelicans beat the San Antonio Spurs by the score of 104 to 90.

I posted to Facebook this morning that it was Election Day in Louisiana, and did my Bathroom Devotional Reading. I then put the flag out, and set up my Special K Cereal to have as snacks at work. On our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading and said the Ninth and Last Day of my Novena to Christ the King. After the Pre-Shift meeting, Richard was on Mini Baccarat. I was the Relief Dealer for Macau Mini Baccarat, Mini Baccarat, and two Pai Gow tables. I went from breaking four tables (doing hour-and-twenties) to breaking three tables when the second Pai Gow table closed (doing hours), then ended up breaking just Mini Baccarat and Pai Gow when the Macau Mini Baccarat table closed (doing forties). On our way home I read the November 16th, 2015 issue of Sports Illustrated, and we voted in the runoff election for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General.

When we got home the morning paper was utterly soaked into a paper-mache project (apparently whoever delivered our paper today did not check the weather report). I set up my medications for next week (I have one prescription to renew on Monday) while Richard paid bills. He then left to get gas for the truck and to get a newspaper, and I went to the Adoration Chapel for my Weekly Hour of Eucharistic Adoration; during my Hour I started reading the November 2nd, 2015 issue of my Jesuit America magazine. When I got home I read the paper, then Richard and I started watching our LSU Tigers play the Ole Miss Rebels in an away game. Eventually the game drove me away, and I came to the computer to plug the bills Richard had paid into my Balance My Checkbook Pro app. Our mail brought me my Christmas cards and one of the used hardback books I had ordered (Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson). Our LSU Women’s Basketball Team won their home game with Long Beach State by the score of 59 to 53; our Lady Tigers will next play Tulane at home on November 23rd. And in College Football, LSU lost their game to Ole Miss by the score of 17 to 38, thus losing three games in a row after having won the first seven games. Our Tigers will next play Texas A&M at home next Saturday night. And, having finished this Daily Update, I am going to bed.

Tomorrow is the Solemnity of Christ the King (the last Sunday before Advent begins), and the Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr (died 117). We will head to work, and on our way home from work I will stop at Wal-Mart to get my interim salad supplies. In the afternoon our New Orleans Pelicans will play a home game with the Phoenix Suns, and I will make my lunch salads for Monday and Tuesday.

Our Parting Quote this Saturday afternoon comes to us from Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, American artist and author. Born as Margaret Taylor in 1917 to an African-American family in St. Rose, Louisiana, by the time she was five years old the family had moved to Chicago. There she attended Englewood High School along with Gwendolyn Brooks, who in 1985 – 1986 would serve as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (now United States Poet Laureate). As classmates the two joined the NAACP Youth Council. Taylor earned teacher’s certificates from Chicago Teachers College in 1936 and 1939; the latter year she married artist Bernard Goss. She also helped to establish the South Side Community Art Center, whose opening on May 1, 1941 was dedicated by First Lady of the United States Eleanor Roosevelt; at the age of 23 Taylor was the youngest member of its board of directors. In 1946 she earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the Fine Arts Institute of Chicago and began teaching at DuSable High School; the next year saw the publication of her first book, Jasper, the drummin’ boy, and her divorce from GossIn 1948 she earned her Masters in Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago, and the next year she married Charles Gordon Burroughs. She is credited with founding Chicago’s Lake Meadows Art Fair in the early 1950s. At its inception there were very limited venues and galleries for African American Artists to exhibit and sell their artwork, so Taylor-Burroughs launched the Fair, which rapidly grew in popularity and became one of the most anticipated exhibitions for artists, collectors and others throughout the greater Chicago area. In 1961 she and her husband started the Ebony Museum of Negro History and Art out of their living room; Taylor-Burroughs served as its executive director for the first ten years of its existence. She taught African American Art and Culture at Elmhurst College in 1968; that same year, the Ebony Museum of Negro History and Art was renamed for Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, a Haitian fur trader and the first non-Native-American permanent settler in Chicago, becoming the DuSable Museum of African American History. The DuSable Museum quickly filled a void caused by limited cultural resources then available to African Americans in Chicago. It became an educational resource for African American history and culture and a focal point in Chicago for black social activism. From 1969 to 1979 Taylor-Burroughs was a professor of humanities at Kennedy-King College, a community college in Chicago. The DuSable Museum of African American History moved to its current location at 740 E. 56th Place in Washington Park in 1973, and today is the oldest museum of Black culture in the United States. Taylor-Burroughs won the Paul Robeson Award in 1989. In 1994 she became a widow. Through 2003 she continued to publish books and collections of poems; her efforts were directed toward the exploration of the Black experience and to children, especially to their appreciation of their cultural identity and to their introduction and growing awareness of art. The holdings of the Koehnline Museum of Art at Oakton Community College include a collection of fifteen of Burroughs’ linocut prints from the 1990s. After a hiatus in the 1980s, the Lake Meadows Art Fair was resurrected in 2005 (died 2010): “Every individual wants to leave a legacy; to be remembered for something positive they have done for their community. Long after I’m dead and gone, the [DuSable] museum will still be here.”

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