Daily Update: Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Our Lady of Sorrows

Today is the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows and the birthday of my friend Jay from the Third Tuesday Book Club (1960).

The Seven Sorrows (or Dolors) are events in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary which are a popular devotion and are frequently depicted in art; namely, The Prophecy of Simeon over the Infant Jesus (Luke 2:34), The Flight into Egypt of the Holy Family (Matthew 2:13), The Loss of the Child Jesus for Three Days (Luke 2:43), The Meeting of Jesus and Mary along the Way of the Cross (Luke 23:26), The Crucifixion, where Mary stood at the foot of the cross (John 19:25), The Descent from the Cross, where Mary received the dead body of Jesus in her arms (Matthew 27:57), and The Burial of Jesus (John 19:40). The first altar to the Mater Dolorosawas set up in 1221 at the monastery of Schönau in Germany. The feast of the Our Lady of Sorrows was originated by a provincial synod of Cologne in 1413 as a response to the iconoclast Hussites. It was designated for the Friday after the third Sunday after Easter, and had the title Commemoratio angustix et doloris B. Marix V. Before the 16th century the feast was celebrated only in parts of Northern Europe. By inserting the feast into the Roman Catholic calendar of saints in 1814, Pope Pius VII extended the celebration to the whole of the Latin Church, and assigned it to the third Sunday in September. In 1913 Pope Pius X moved the feast to September 15, the day after the Feast of the Cross. Under this title, the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Patron of the state of Mississippi and of the Holy Cross Congregation (C.S.C.) of priests and brothers. And today is the birthday of my friend Jay from the Third Tuesday Book Club (1960).

Richard gathered up the trash and wheeled the trash bin out to the curb before I woke up at 7:00 am with my cold. I did my Book Devotional Reading, then read the Thursday papers while eating my breakfast toast. I then did my Internet Devotional Reading. I got a call from the Breast Center of Acadiana; they had to cancel my appointment for today (someone got sick), so I am now re-scheduled for Wednesday, September 21st at 12:50 pm. I made a sheet of address labels for Liz Ellen’s current address, and prepared her monthly package to mail.

I left the house at 9:15 am; my first stop was the Post Office, where I mailed off Liz Ellen’s package (and sent her a text message advising her that I had done so). I then got gas for my car at Valero, and purchased my Powerball and Louisiana Lotto lottery tickets for Saturday night’s drawing. I then took my two little triangular slivers of stained glass to Chris’ Designs, and Chris will put a gold cap on them so that they will become earrings.

Driving down to the Hub, I first attended the Friends of the Lafayette Public Library Fall Book Sale; I purchased some $20.00 worth of second hand books, second hand CDs, and second hand children’s’ books. At Piccadilly Cafeteria I ate my lunch and continued reading We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler via Overdrive on my tablet. I then went to Crossroads Catholic Bookstore, where I purchased a book and an Advent-Christmas devotional work (to use when I light my Advent and Christmas Candles in November – December). I then went to Wal-Mart, where I got groceries, household items, and my salad supplies.

Arriving home at 2:45 pm, I found that two of my CDs, A Winter’s Solstice by Windham Hill Artists Volumes III and V, had been delivered. Richard had talked to Michelle at the house in South Carolina; as the movers have not arrived yet, they have been painting. I ironed my casino pants, apron, and shirts, and then Richard went to bed at about 3:45 pm. I made my lunch salads for Saturday and Sunday, then watched Jeopardy! And now I will get ready for bed.

Tomorrow is the Memorial of Saint Cornelius, Pope and Martyr (died 253), and Saint Cyprian, Bishop and Martyr (died 258). Tomorrow is also Mexican Independence Day (1810), the observance of Constitution Day, and, since tomorrow is the Third Friday in September, tomorrow is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Richard and I will return to the casino for the start of our work week, and on my breaks I will continue reading We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler via Overdrive on my tablet. The Penumbral Lunar Eclipse will occur from 11:54 am to 3:53 pm, and the Full Moon will arrive at 2:08 pm.

Our Parting Quote this Thursday afternoon comes to us from Brett Somers, Canadian-born American actress, singer, and comedienne. Born as Audrey Johnston in 1924 in Saint John, New Brunswick, she grew up near Portland, Maine. She ran away from home at age 17 and moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting. There she settled in Greenwich Village, and changed her first name to “Brett” after the lead female character in Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and her surname to  ”Somers” after her mother’s maiden name. Somers began her career in theater, and made many of her initial television appearances in dramatic programs such as The Philco Television Playhouse, Kraft Television Theatre, Playhouse 90 and Robert Montgomery Presents. Her Broadway debut, in the play Maybe Tuesday, was a flop; the show closed after five performances. At some point she married, had a daughter, and divorced; in 1953 she married actor Jack Klugman, with whom she had two sons. Her film career included roles in Bus Riley’s Back in Town (1965), A Rage to Live (1965), and Bone (1972). and she had appearances in the television series Love, American Style, The F.B.I,, The New Perry Mason, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.  She had a recurring role as Blanche Somers-Madison, the ex-wife of Jack Klugman’s character of Oscar Madison, on the television series The Odd Couple. Klugman appeared on the panel of a new CBS game show in 1973, and suggested that his wife would be a better fit for the show. Somers thus ended up as a regular panelist on Match Game, seated top center next to Charles Nelson Reilly. She and the show became known for somewhat outlandish and risque dialogue; the show has been described as like being at a game at a cocktail party. Somers was a familiar on-screen presence, wearing enormous eyeglasses and various wigs and playing foil to Charles Nelson Reilly, Betty White, Richard Dawson, and Fannie Flagg, among others. Somers was sometimes the subject of questions on Match Game, such as “You may or may not believe in reincarnation, but listen to this. In a previous life, Brett used to be a ________.” Her wit and dry humor proved extremely successful, and she would remain a regular panelist for the remainder of the show’s nine-year network and syndicated run. Early during the show’s run, in 1974, she and Klugman separated, though they were never divorced. Her appearances on The Match Game led radio personality Robin Quivers to impersonate her in parodies of such game shows on The Howard Stern Show; Quivers’ impersonation of Somers is featured in the 1996 film Private Parts. In 2002 Somers appeared with Charles Nelson Reilly and Betty White (via videolink) as part of a Match Game reunion on CBS’s The Early Show. She also appeared with Reilly on Hollywood Squares during that show’s “Game Show Week” in 2002. In 2006 she was a prominent interviewee in The Real Match Game Story: Behind the Blank on GSN, and hosted the Match Game DVD as well. Somers also appeared in a cabaret show, An Evening with Brett Somers, from 2003 to 2004. She developed stomach and colon cancer in 2004, which was held in remission until August 2007 (died 2007): “You know, I’m a television personality. It’s not like I’m a famous hooker or something!”

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