Daily Update: Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Birth of the Virgin (Domenico Ghirlandai, 1490's) and 09-08 - International Literacy Day

Today is the Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Today is also International Literacy Day, and the birthday of my friend (and bridesmaid at my wedding) Charlene, who may be in Texas (1958).

Today’s Feast sets the date of the Immaculate Conception (December 8th), since this feast was celebrated in the Eastern Church before the celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception came into being. This feast, like that of the Assumption of Mary, originated in Jerusalem. It began in the fifth century as the feast of the basilica Sanctae Mariae ubi nata est, now the Basilica of Saint Anne. In the seventh century the feast was celebrated by the Byzantines and at Rome as the feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Due to the merits of her Son, Mary was preserved from all taint of sin from her conception, through her birth, through her girlhood, through the Annunciation, and so on for all of her life. (She is also held up as a role model for Catholic women, although since she is the only Woman ever conceived without sin, there seems to be a basic ontological difference between her and all other women, even before one gets to the Miracle of the Annunciation.) Today is International Literacy Day. September 8th was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17th, 1965. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally. Celebrations take place around the world. According to UNESCO’s “Global Monitoring Report on Education for All (2006)”,there is a clear connection between illiteracy and countries in severe poverty, and between illiteracy and prejudice against women. (So if you can read this, help someone who can’t read or is having trouble reading.) Today is also the birthday of my friend Charlene, somewhere in Texas (alas, her husband carried her off into Texas some years ago, and no one, including her family, has her address any longer. I do wish that we knew of her whereabouts, as she was one of the bridesmaids at my wedding in 1984) (1958).

Last night I started reading Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen while taking my bath, and started reading Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde via Overdrive on my tablet.

I woke up at 8:00 am and did my Book Devotional Reading, then I read the Thursday papers. I then did my Internet Devotional Reading, and uploaded photos from August 2016 from my phone to the hard drive of the computer. I then did a couple of Advance Daily Update Drafts; Richard took a nap, and my birthday present from Matthew, Callie, and Kitten was delivered – a beautifully bound and personalized New York Times coffee table book, with facsimiles of the front page of the Times for September 5th from 1958 through 2015, and a section on the back of historic New York Times front pages. I promptly sent a text to Matthew and Callie thanking them; it’s a wonderful book, and I am pleased and touched that they got it for me.

Richard was still sleeping, so I left the house at 12:30 pm. I ate Chinese for lunch at Peking (if I ask for the Lunch Combo, and ask for an egg roll, they ask me if I want two egg rolls, as one comes with the Combo. Today I did not ask for an egg roll, so naturally I did not get one) and continued reading Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen. I then went to Wal-Mart; I got my monthly 12-hour Sudafed© for Liz Ellen, and got my salad supplies and bread. I then went to Valero, where I purchased my Powerball and Louisiana Lotto lottery tickets for Saturday night’s drawing.

I arrived home at 2:15 pm, and ironed my casino pants, apron, and shirts. (We got a memo that we can wear NFL jerseys on Sundays from this Sunday through the Super Bowl; that will cut down on my ironing, as now my Sunday casino shirt is now my Friday casino shirt in the same week.) I then made my lunch salads for Saturday and Sunday. Richard went out to get a bite to eat (as he had slept through lunch), and I watched Jeopardy! I then came to the computer to do today’s Daily Update. When I finish this Daily Update I will get ready for bed, and I will probably read a chapter or two in Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde via Overdrive on my tablet.

Tomorrow is the Memorial of Saint Peter Claver, Priest (died 1654), and the Optional Memorial of Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, Husband and Father (died 1853). And by request of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, tomorrow is a National Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities. Tomorrow is also the anniversary of when Hurricane Betsy made landfall in Louisiana (1965; it was the worst New Orleans hurricane until Hurricane Katrina in 2005), and the anniversary of when Richard’s mother Juanita died (1999). We will return to the casino for the start of our work week, and on my breaks I will start reading We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
by Karen Joy Fowler via Overdrive on my tablet. The First Quarter Moon will arrive at 6:51 am. In the afternoon I will do a couple of Advance Daily Update Drafts for this weblog and make photo CDs of my August 2016 photos.

Our Parting Quote this Thursday afternoon comes to us from S. Truett Cathy, American businessman. Born as Samuel Truett Cathy in 1921 in Eatonton, Georgia, he served in the United States Army during World War II. After the war he opened a restaurant in the Atlanta suburb of Hapeville in 1946, which he called the Dwarf Grill, named because of its small size. It was there that he, along with his brother and business partner Ben Cathy, created his signature chicken sandwich. He also decided to bring his strong religious beliefs as a member of the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Georgia into his business, mandating that the restaurant would close on Sundays. One year after he opened the restaurant, the Ford Motor Company Atlanta Assembly Plant opened nearby, beginning a sixty year mutually beneficial relationship. In 1961, after fifteen years in the fast food business, Cathy found a pressure-fryer that could cook the chicken sandwich in the same amount of time it took to cook a fast-food hamburger.Following this discovery, he registered the name Chick-fil-A, Inc. The first Chick-fil-A opened in 1967, in the food court of the Greenbriar Mall in a suburb of Atlanta. During the 1970s and early 1980s, the chain expanded by opening new franchises in suburban malls’ food courts. The first freestanding franchise was opened in 1986, and the company began to focus more on this type of franchise than on the food court type. Although it has expanded outward from its original geographic base, most new restaurants are located in Southern suburban areas. As of 2012, the chain has approximately 1000 stand-alone locations and 32 drive-through-only locations, all of which are closed on Sundays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Chick-fil-A retains ownership of each restaurant, selecting the location and taking responsibility for the building out each outlet. Chick-fil-A franchisees need only a $5,000 initial investment to become an operator. Cathy had a Leadership Scholarship program for Chick-fil-A restaurant employees, which has awarded more than $23 million in $1,000 scholarships in the past 35 years. Meanwhile, Cathy wrote several books, beginning with the motivational book It’s Easier to Succeed Than to Fail in 1989. In 1995 the company adopted the slogan “Eat mor chikin”, with cows either holding or wearing signs with the slogan. Since 1997 the Atlanta-based company has been the title sponsor of the Peach Bowl, an annual college football bowl game played in Atlanta on New Year’s Eve. Chick-fil-A also is a key sponsor of the SEC and the ACC conferences of college athletics. Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People was Cathy’s autobiography, written in 2002. He wrote the parenting book It’s Better to Build Boys Than Mend Men in 2004, and explained his business philosophy in 2007’s How Did You Do It, Truett?: A Recipe for Success. On October 28, 2006, Cathy received the last vehicle off the assembly line of Ford’s Atlanta plant. In 2007 Forbes magazine ranked Cathy as the 380th richest man in America and the 799th richest man in the world, with an estimated net worth of $1.2 billion. He received the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership in 2008. That same year he opened Upscale Pizza in Fayetteville, Georgia. His final book was Wealth, Is It Worth It?, published in 2010. In May 2012 Cathy received an honorary doctorate along with presidential candidate Mitt Romney at the Liberty University’s spring commencement ceremony. In November 2013 Cathy retired as both chairman and CEO of Chick-fil-A, leaving his son, Dan Cathy, to assume the roles. The original restaurant where Cathy got his start (since renamed Dwarf House) is still in operation and the company operates other Dwarf House locations in the metro Atlanta area (died 2014): “I was not so committed to financial success that I was willing to abandon my principles and priorities. One of the most visible examples of this is our decision to close on Sunday. Our decision to close on Sunday was our way of honoring God and of directing our attention to things that mattered more than our business.”

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