Daily Update: Thursday, July 28th, 2016

07-28 - Acadian Remembrance Day and 2016 Democratic National Convention

We have no Saints to honor today, but by Royal Proclamation, today is Acadian Remembrance Day. And the 2016 National Democratic Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, concludes today.

On this date in 1755 Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Lawrence, Governor of Nova Scotia under the British, signed the order ordering the expulsion of the French Catholic colonists from the Acadie sections of Nova Scotia. In 1763 a group of Acadian exiles in Philadelphia sent a petition protesting the expulsion to King George III of Great Britain. Because the King never responded to the petition, Warren A. Perrin, a Cajun attorney and cultural activist from Erath, Louisiana, resurrected the petition in 1990 and threatened to sue England if it refused to acknowledge the illegality of the Grand Derangement. After thirteen years of discussions, Perrin (by then a member of CODOFIL, the Council for Development of French in Louisiana) and his supporters in the United States and Canada persuaded Queen Elizabeth II, in her capacity as Queen of Canada, to issue a royal proclamation acknowledging the historical fact of the Great Upheaval and consequent suffering experienced by the Acadian people. The Royal Proclamation of 2003, formally known as Proclamation Designating July 28 of Every Year as “A Day of Commemoration of the Great Upheaval”, Commencing on July 28, 2005, is a document issued by Queen Elizabeth II acknowledging responsibility and expressing regret concerning the Grand Dérangement, England’s expulsion of French-speaking Acadian peasant farmers from Nova Scotia beginning in 1755. (And about time, too.) And the 2016 National Democratic Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, concludes today.

When I woke up at 8:00 am, the Weekly Virus Scan that I had started when I went to bed last night had finished properly. I did my Book Devotional Reading, then ate my breakfast toast while reading the Thursday papers. I then called my psychiatrist’s office about my medication that I need refilled, and left a voice mail. I did my Internet Devotional Reading and said the First Day of my Transfiguration Novena. I then got a call back from my psychiatrist’s office, and they took down all of my information (including my pharmacy). Next, I did Advance Daily Update Drafts for the rest of the morning, getting about three weeks ahead. (My goal is to get about four weeks ahead, or a solid month, and to stay at about that point until we go on our vacation in November.)

I left the house on my own at 1:00 pm; before I got out of the car to eat lunch, I checked on the date and time of the annual Mass in Remembrance of Charlene Richard; it will be Friday, August 5th at 6:00 pm. I then ate Chinese at Peking for my lunch, and started reading the June 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine. At Wal-Mart I purchased my salad supplies, and at the Valero I purchased my Powerball and Louisiana Lotto lottery tickets for Saturday night’s drawing (and won $3.00 from my previous batch of tickets).

Arriving home at 2:15 pm, with Richard’s help I adjusted the bedroom curtains. (I had originally had them set with the ends of the panels facing inward, towards the room; I fixed them so that the ends of the panels now face outward, towards the window.) I then did my Photo CDs of my June 2016 photos, one for myself and one for Liz Ellen. I cleaned out my purse and my Barnes and Noble Bag, and gorilla taped the inside of my wallet (since I am having trouble finding a new wallet that I like). I then ironed my Casino pants, aprons, and shirts, and made my lunch salads for Saturday and Sunday (I had a salad already in the refrigerator that I did not eat from earlier in the week; I don’t want to think how much earlier this week, but being refrigerated, it should be ok). Richard then went to bed; I was going to watch Jeopardy! at 4:30 pm, but the local Baton Rouge television channels are showing the Memorial Service for the three Baton Rouge police officers that were gunned down last week.

Tomorrow is the Memorial of Saint Martha (died about 80). Tomorrow is also International Tiger Day. Richard and I will return to the casino for the start of our work week, and on my breaks I will continue reading Julian’s Gospel: Illuminating the Life & Revelations of Julian of Norwich by Veronica Mary Rolf, and on our way home I will read the latest issue of Sports Illustrated. In the afternoon I will continue doing Advance Daily Update Drafts for my weblog.

Our Parting Quote this Acadian Remembrance Day afternoon comes to us from Eileen Brennan, American actress. Born as Vera Eileen Brennan in 1932 in Los Angeles, California, her father was a doctor and her mother was a silent film actress. She first appeared in plays with the Mask and Bauble Society at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., starring in a production of Arsenic and Old Lace. Her exceptional comic skills and romantic soprano voice propelled her from unknown to star in the title role of Rick Besoyan’s off-Broadway tongue-in-cheek musical / operetta Little Mary Sunshine (1959), earning Brennan an Obie Award and inclusion among an esteemed group of eight other thespians who won the Theatre World Award that year for “Promising New Personality”, including Warren Beatty, Jane Fonda, Carol Burnett and a very young Patty Duke. Unwilling to be pigeonholed as a singing comedienne, Brennan took on one of the most arduous and demanding roles a young actress could ask for when she portrayed Annie Sullivan role in a major touring production of The Miracle Worker in 1961. After proving her dramatic mettle she returned willingly to the musical theatre fold and made a very beguiling Anna in a 1963 production of The King and I. She took her first Broadway bow in another comic operetta, The Student Gypsy (1963), an unofficial sequel to Little Mary Sunshine. She went on to create the role of Irene Malloy in the original Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! (1964). Her feature film debut was in Divorce American Style (1967), and soon became one of the most recognizable (if unidentifiable) supporting actresses in film and television. Her roles were usually sympathetic characters, though she played a variety of other character types, including earthy, vulgar and sassy, but occasionally “with a heart of gold.” A year after her feature film debut she became a semi-regular on the comedy-variety show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, but stayed for only two months. Brennan received excellent reviews as brothel madam Billie in George Roy Hill’s Oscar-winning 1973 film The Sting as the confidante of con man Henry Gondorf (Paul Newman). Although her name was not often recognized by the general public, she became a favorite of many directors, in particular Peter Bogdanovich. She appeared in Bogdanovich’s 1971 classic The Last Picture Show(for which she received a BAFTA nomination for best supporting actress) and his 1974 adaptation of the Henry James novella Daisy Miller. Bogdanovich was the only director who made use of her musical talents when he cast her as Cybill Shepherd’s crude, fun-loving maid in his 1975 musical flop At Long Last Love. Meanwhile, Brennan appeared in one All In The Family episode, “The Elevator Story” (1972), as Angelique McCarthy. She also worked with director Robert Moore and writer Neil Simon, appearing in Murder by Death as Tess Skeffington (the femme fatale to Peter Falk’s Sam Diamond) (1976); and The Cheap Detective (1978). She had a starring role, playing Mutha in the 1978 movie, FM, about rock radio. In 1980 Brennan received a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for her role as Goldie Hawn’s nasty commanding officer in Private Benjamin. She reprised the role in the television adaptation (1981–1983), for which she won an Emmy (supporting actress) as well as a Golden Globe (lead actress). Brennan received an Emmy nomination for her guest starring role in the Taxi episode “Thy Boss’s Wife” (1981). After having dinner together one night in 1982, Brennan and Hawn left a restaurant, and Brennan was hit by a drunk driver and was critically injured with crushed legs and a crushed eye socket. She took three years off work to recover, and had to overcome a subsequent addiction to painkillers. It was during this time that her performance as Mrs. Peacock in Clue (1985) reached theaters. She played Miss Bannister in The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988) and was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress. In 1989 she was in a production of Annie and fell off of the stage, breaking her leg. She became recognized as a breast cancer survivor, having had a mastectomy in 1990. In the 1990s she appeared in Stella with Bette Midler, Bogdanovich’s Texasville (the sequel to The Last Picture Show), and Reckless. She had a recurring role on the sitcom Blossom as the neighbor / confidant of the title character. In 2001 she made a brief appearance in the horror movie Jeepers Creepers as The Cat Lady. In 2002 she starred in the dark comedy film Comic Book Villains with DJ Qualls. In recent years Brennan had guest-starred in television, including recurring roles as the nosy Mrs. Bink in 7th Heaven and as gruff acting coach Zandra on Will & Grace. In 2003 director Shawn Levy cast her in a cameo role of a babysitter to Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt’s children in an updated remake of Cheaper by the Dozen. Levy was inspired to cast Brennan after his personal viewing of Private Benjamin on television. Her cameo was deleted from the actual cut of the movie, but she did receive credit for her role on the Deleted Scenes special feature of the film’s DVD. In 2004 she appeared in The Hollow as Joan Van Etten. Her last film work was in 2009’s The Kings of Appletown as Coach’s blind mother (died 2013): “I love meanies, and this goes back to Captain Lewis in Private Benjamin. You know why? Because they have no sense of humor. People who are mean or unkind or rigid – think about it – cannot laugh at themselves. If we can’t laugh at ourselves and the human condition, we’re going to be mean.”

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