Daily Update: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Joachim and Anne and 2016 Democratic National Convention

Today is the Memorial of Saint Joachim (died first century B.C.) and Saint Anne (died first century A.D.), the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was conceived without sin (the Immaculate Conception). The 2016 National Democratic Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, continues, and today is also the birthday of my first cousin Richard in California (1953).

In the apocryphal Protoevangelium of James (written about 150), Joachim is described as a rich and pious man of the house of David who regularly gave to the poor and to the temple (synagogue) at Sepphoris. However, as his wife was barren, the high priest one year rejected Joachim and his sacrifice, as his wife’s childlessness was interpreted by the high priest as a sign of divine displeasure. Joachim consequently withdrew to the desert where he fasted and did penance for forty days. Angels then appeared to both Joachim and Anne simultaneously to promise them a child. Joachim hastened to Jerusalem and met Anne at the city gate, who had hastened to see him; they embraced at the city gate, and nine months later their only child Mary (conceived without sin) was born. The cycle of legends concerning Joachim and Anne were included in the Golden Legend (circa 1260) and remained popular in Christian art until the Council of Trent restricted the depiction of apocryphal events in the sixteenth century. Saint Joachim’s feast day was added to the Calendar in 1584 and moved to several dates until 1969, when it was joined to the much older (and more popular) feast day of Saint Anne, who had been honored in the West since the 12th century and by the Eastern church as early as the 6th century. Saint Joachim is the Patron Saint of grandfathers; Saint Anne is the Patron Saint of grandmothers, pregnant women, and homemakers, and of Brittany, France, and Canada. (In 1973 I was on a school trip to Canada and saw the first-class relic (her wrist-bone) of Saint Anne at the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, near Québec; I was quite impressed by the relic at age fourteen, when I was less well-read in my faith and less devout than I am now.) The 2016 National Democratic Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, continues. Today is also the birthday of my first cousin Richard in California (1953), whose Image Rag photography blog is linked to this weblog.

I managed to turn off all of the sound on my phone, and did not leave the sound for my alarms on. Richard woke me up at one point to tell me he had a migraine headache; when I woke up to my phone vibrating, it was 12:40 am (and I usually get out of bed at 12:10 am). I did not do my Devotional Reading, and when we got to work we signed the Early Out list. Richard was on Mini Baccarat, and I was on Mississippi Stud. I got out at 5:15 am, and went to wait on Richard in the ADR 2 break room; he did not get out until 6:30 am, and if I had known it was going to be that long I would have had them take him out first and have me work the extra hour and fifteen minutes. We arrived home at 7:15 am; I read the morning paper, then went back to bed.

I woke up at 11:00 am, and spent an hour working on my genealogy stuff. I then started my laundry, and left the house at 12:30 pm. My first stop was at McDonald’s, where I ate lunch while continuing my reading of the July 18th – July 25th issue of my Jesuit America magazine. I then went to Verizon and purchased a Galaxy Tab E 8.0 tablet as my early birthday present, and when I got home at 2:00 pm with my purchase (I also got a Black Ice screen protector and a cover which doubles as a stand), I put only the stuff on it that I will need to read books (via Nook, Kindle, or Overdrive), to do everything to produce my Daily Updates while traveling, and to watch LSU or New Orleans Saints or other sporting events while traveling. I finished my laundry, we watched Jeopardy! at 4:30 pm, and the Last Quarter Moon arrived at 6:03 pm. We had jambalaya for dinner, and when I am done with the computer I will make the bed (Richard washed the sheets and mattress cover), and read in bed for a bit before going to bed.

Tomorrow we have no Saints to honor, so we will recall instead that tomorrow is the anniversary of when the Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. in 1995, on the anniversary of the signing of the 1953 Armistice that ended the fighting in Korea. (My father, God rest his soul, was very proud of his service in the Marines in Korea, as the Chosin Reservoir.) The 2016 National Democratic Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will continue. I will iron my casino pants, apron, and shirts, and I will also do the Weekly Computer Maintenance. I will work on the computer on Advance Daily Update Drafts, and I will also do some things that I have not had time to do, what with other projects.

Our Tuesday Evening Parting Quote comes to us from Ann Rule, American true crime author. Born as Ann Stackhouse in 1931 in Lowell, Michigan, her mother was a teacher, specializing in developmentally disabled children, and her father was a sports coach. Her grandfather and uncle were sheriffs in Michigan, another uncle was a medical examiner, and one cousin was a prosecutor. Rule spent summers with her grandparents doing volunteer work in the local jail. She graduated from high school in Chester County, Pennsylvania and later earned an associate degree from Highline Community College in Des Moines, Washington. Rule also attended the University of Washington, studying creative writing, criminology, and psychology. Her career path included working as a law enforcement officer for the Seattle Police Department as well as writing for publications geared toward women. Beginning in 1969, she wrote for True Detective magazine under the pen name “Andy Stack”. While volunteering at a suicide crisis hotline center in Seattle in 1971, Rule met a work study student who was “kind, solicitous, and empathetic”; she saw nothing disturbing in his personality, but found out a few years later that her co-worker, Ted Bundy, was responsible for a series of murders. She divorced her husband, who had given her four children, in 1972. Her first book, The Stranger Beside Me (1980), was considered one of the definitive biographies of Bundy and was written under her own name rather than her previously used pen name. Her next three books (The Lust Killer (1983) about Jerry Brudos, The Want-Ad Killer (1983) about Harvey Carignan, and The I-5 Killer (1984) about Randall Woodfield) were released with her pen name but, following her success with The Stranger Beside Me, were re-released with Rule as the author. In 2003 Rule’s publisher released Heart Full of Lies, a book about Liysa Northon, who maintained she was a battered spouse and shot her husband in 2000 to protect herself and her children. Rule’s book suggested that Liysa Northon had premeditated the killing and faked evidence of abuse. In 2008 the Library of America selected Rule’s story “Young Love” from the book Empty Promises for inclusion in its two-century retrospective of American true crime writing, True Crime: An American AnthologyIn the Still of the Night.(2010), about her successful effort to help a mother prove that her daughter’s 1998 death was murder, was covered in a 2012 episode of 48 Hours Mystery. A defamation lawsuit filed by Liysa Northon, the subject of the 2003 book Heart Full of Lies, against Rule and her publishers was dismissed in January 2011 by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2011 Northon’s fiance wrote an article in the Seattle Weekly accusing Rule of “sloppy storytelling”. Rule’s book Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors and Other True Cases was named one of the top three 2012 Best True Crime Books, along with books by authors Cathy Scott and Kathryn Casey, in a True Crime Zine readers poll. In October 2012 Northon was released from prison, twelve years after killing her husband. Rule filed a libel lawsuit through lawyer Anne Bremner against the Seattle Weekly in July 2013, saying she was defamed by the article written by Northon’s fiance. The suit, filed in King County Superior Court, argued that damage was done because Rule, to sell her books, relies on her reputation for accuracy. Practice to Deceive, about a 2003 murder on Whidbey Island, Washington, was released in October 2013. On the island for the launch of a book tour, Rule fell in the hotel and broke her hip, forcing the cancellation of the event. On February 24th and 25th, 2014, a judge made two rulings dismissing the claims of Rule against the Seattle Weekly, finding that Rule’s suit violated a Washington state law barring lawsuits that targeted the legal exercise of free speech and public participation, and that Rule had not established that there were any false, defamatory statements about her in the article. The judge awarded the defendants, who comprised Rick Swart, Caleb Hannan, and the newspaper, an additional $10,000 each in damages, plus attorneys’ fees and costs. “Rule admitted that she never interviewed Liysa or members of her immediate family,” said Swart. Her last book was Lying in Wait (2014). Rule was granted an order of protection against her son Andrew Rule in January 2015; he subsequently violated the order on March 27th, 2015. It was reported in April 2015 that Michael Rule and Andrew Rule, two of her sons, had been charged with crimes related to the theft of large amounts of money from the author. On June 22nd, 2015, a three-judge panel in Washington’s Court of Appeals remanded the defamation case against the Seattle Weekly to trial, with instructions to vacate the earlier judgment against Rule. Her death followed a visit to the emergency room where she went for treatment due to a heart attack. Rule had been moved to hospice care one day before she died (died 2015): “The why of murder always fascinates me so much more than the how.”


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