Alleluia! Today is the Fourth Sunday of Easter, traditionally known as Good Shepherd Sunday, and today is also the date of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
The name of Good Shepherd Sunday for the Fourth Sunday of Easter (Alleluia!) derives from the gospel readings on this day, which are taken from the 10th chapter of John. In this reading Christ is described as the Good Shepherd who, by dying on the Cross, lays down his life for his sheep. The World Day of Prayer for Vocations has been observed on Good Shepherd Sunday ever since Pope Paul VI instituted the Day in 1963. For 2016 the theme is ‘We are God’s people’, and in his message for Vocations Sunday Pope Francis says: “Father of mercy, who gave your Son for our salvation and who strengthens us always with the gifts of your Spirit, grant us Christian communities which are alive, fervent and joyous, which are fonts of fraternal life, and which nurture in the young the desire to consecrate themselves to you and to the work of evangelisation. Sustain these communities in their commitment to offer appropriate vocational catechesis and ways of proceeding towards each one’s particular consecration. Grant the wisdom needed for vocational discernment, so that in all things the greatness of your merciful love may shine forth. May Mary, Mother and guide of Jesus, intercede for each Christian community, so that, made fruitful by the Holy Spirit, it may be a source of true vocations for the service of the holy People of God.”
Yesterday our #9 ranked LSU Tigers won the second game of their three-game away Baseball series with Missouri by the score of 9 to 5.
I took the polish off of my toenails today, then did my Book Devotional Reading. Richard’s cold was worse; we headed to work, with me doing my Internet Devotional Reading along the way. Once at work I found the light tote bag that Deborah had fixed for me in my locker (I have the combination for the locker shared by her and Virginia, and they have my locker combination.) Once we clocked in, Richard was on Mini Baccarat. I was the Relief Dealer for Mini Baccarat and Pai Gow; I also broke Four Card Poker, and, when that table was closed after I had broken it two times, I also broke the Sit-Down Blackjack table. On my breaks I continued reading Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors. Late in the day Richard (whose cold had gotten a lot better) reported that he had gotten a text that “everyone” would be coming over at 12:00 pm.
I continued reading my book on our way home; we stopped for gas for the truck, but we did not stop at Wal-Mart for my salad supplies. At about 12:15 pm Callie, Kitten, and Michelle came by; it was established that we would not take them out to eat today, because they were going to Callie’s uncle’s house for crawfish later on. We had a good visit,
and the girls and Kitten left at 2:30 pm, at which time I was able to eat my lunch salad and read the Sunday papers. I then came to the computer to do today’s Daily Update. Our #9 ranked LSU Tigers won the third game of their three-game away Baseball series with Missouri by the score of 15 to 2; on Wednesday our Tigers will return to Alex Box Stadium to play a single Baseball game with Southeastern Louisiana. And when I finish this Daily Update I will get ready to go to bed.
Tomorrow is the Remembrance of Venerable Cornelia Connelly, Religious (died 1879), and the birthday of my Internet friend Jessica in California. Tomorrow is also the due date for one’s 2015 Federal Taxes (postponed from last Friday), and tomorrow is the annual Boston Marathon race. We will head to the casino to work our eight hours on the first day of the current two-week pay period, and on my breaks I will finish reading Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors. In the afternoon I will take a nap, and then wake up to watch Jeopardy! and to do my Book Review for this Weblog and for my Goodreads and Facebook accounts for Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors.
Our Parting Quote on this afternoon of the Fourth Sunday of Easter (Alleluia!) comes to us from Kitty Carlisle, American singer and actress. Born as Catherine Conn in 1910 in New Orleans, Louisiana, her family was of German Jewish heritage. Her mother was a daughter of the first Jewish mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana, and a woman obsessed with breaking into the prevailing Gentile society. Her early education took place in New Orleans. In 1921 she was taken to Europe, where her mother hoped to marry her off to European royalty, believing the nobility there more amenable to a Jewish bride. Instead, the pair flitted about Europe. She was educated in Switzerland (Chateau Mont-Choisi in Lausanne), then at the Sorbonne and the London School of Economics. She studied acting in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After returning to New York in 1932 with her mother, she appeared, billed as Kitty Carlisle, on Broadway in several operettas and musical comedies, and in the American premiere of Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. She also sang the title role in Georges Bizet’s Carmen in Salt Lake City. She studied private voice with the noted Juilliard School teacher, Anna E. Schoen-Rene, who had been a student of Pauline Viardot-Garcia and Manuel Garcia. Her early movies included Murder at the Vanities (1934), A Night at the Opera (1935) with the Marx Brothers, and two films with Bing Crosby, She Loves Me Not (1934) and Here Is My Heart (1934). Carlisle married playwright and theatrical producer Moss Hart on August 10th, 1946, after having met as actors at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania. She became a household name through the television show To Tell the Truth, where she was a regular panelist from 1957 to 1978, and later appeared on revivals of the series in 1980, 1990-91 and one episode in 2000. (One of her most notable hallmarks was her writing of the number ‘one’, when she voted number ‘one’, it was written in a roman numeral ‘I’). She appeared on each and every revamped format from its 1956 inception to its 2002 syndicated version. Known for her stately presence, infectious laugh, pouffy dark Prince Valiant hairstyle, and sweeping couture gowns on the show, audiences reveled at her effortless class to these simple parlor games. She was also a semi-regular panelist on Password, Match Game, Missing Links, and What’s My Line. After Hart died on December 20th, 1961, she never remarried, but she dated former New York governor and presidential candidate Thomas Dewey. On December 31st, 1966, Carlisle made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera as Prince Orlofsky in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. She sang the role ten more times that season, then returned in 1973 for four more performances. Her final performance with the company was on July 7th, 1973. Known for her gracious manners and personal elegance, she became prominent in New York City social circles as she crusaded for financial support of the arts. She was appointed to various state-wide councils, and was chair of the New York State Council of the Arts from 1976-1996. She also served on the boards of various New York City cultural institutions and additionally would make an appearance at the annual CIBC World Market’s Miracle Day, a children’s charity event at the former CIBC Center (300 Madison Avenue). In her later years she was linked romantically to the diplomatic historian Ivo John Lederer. From 1984 until Lederer’s death in 1998, the two traveled widely together. Afterwards, she was known to keep company with the financier and art collector Roy Neuberger. She penned her autobiography, Kitty, in 1984. Carlisle resumed her film career later in life, appearing in Woody Allen’s Radio Days (1987) and in Six Degrees of Separation (1993), as well as on stage in a revival of On Your Toes, replacing Dina Merrill. Her last movie appearance was in Catch Me If You Can (2002) in which she played herself in a dramatization of a 1960s To Tell the Truth episode. She also widely performed her one woman show, Kitty Carlisle Hart: An American Icon, in which she told anecdotes about the many great men in American musical theater history whom she had personally known, notably George Gershwin (who had made a proposal of marriage to her, according to an interview in American Heritage magazine), Irving Berlin, Kurt Weill, Oscar Hammerstein, and Frederick Loewe, interspersed with a few of the songs that made each of them famous. In 2006 Carlisle performed at Feinstein’s at the Regency in New York City, in St. Louis, Missouri, Phoenix, Arizona, Atlanta, Georgia, and at the famed Plush Room in San Francisco. According to her official website, her appearances in Atlanta in November 2006 were her last public performances (died 2007): “Each morning I wake up and say, “Dear Lord, I don’t want anything better; just send me more of the same.””