Today is the Feast of Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles (died first century). We also note that today is the start of the three-day VooDoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans. Early Voting continues in Louisiana for the Open Primary Election, the Presidential Election, and the Congressional Election. It is also the Birthday of our friend Matt, one of the former Assembled (1983).
Saint Simon was called the Cananean or Zealot because of his zeal for the Jewish law; he was not from Cana, nor a member of the Zealot party. Like all the Apostles, he was a convert, and was trained by Saint Peter the Apostle. After the Ascension he evangelized in Egypt and Mesopotamia, though there are traditions of him being in several other locations. He was a martyr for the faith, but several places claim to have been the site of that, too; Christian Ethiopians claim that he was crucified in Samaria, while Justus Lipsius wrote that he was sawn in half at Sunair in Persia, and Moses of Chorene wrote that he was martyred at Weriosphora in Caucasian Iberia. He is the Patron Saint of curriers, sawyers, and tanners. Saint Jude was the son of Cleophas, the brother of Saint James the Lesser, and the first cousin of Jesus. He wrote the canonical Epistle named for him, and preached in Syria, Mesopotamia, and Persia with Saint Simon. A healer and exorcist, he could exorcise pagan idols, which caused the demons to flee and the statues to crumble. He was martyred by being beaten to death with a club, then beheaded postmortem in 1st century Persia. He is the Patron Saint of lost causes, of the Chicago Police Department, and of hospitals. One of his namesakes is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, which has helped many children with terminal illnesses and their families since its founding in 1962. The VooDoo Music + Arts Experience is a music festival that takes place, usually on the weekend on or before Halloween, at City Park in New Orleans. As it has been going on since 1999, it is a pretty well established festival; in 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, the festival was held both in New Orleans and in Memphis. The main headliners today at Voodoo are The Weekend, G-Easy, Kevin Gates, and Foals. Early Voting continues in Louisiana for the Open Primary Election, the Presidential Election, and the Congressional Election. And today is the birthday of Matthew (aka Matt), one of the Assembled; there was at least one other Matthew among the Assembled, plus my son of the same name (1983).
I did my Book Devotional Reading, and Richard brought in the flag for me that I had put out yesterday in honor of Navy Day. On our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. Deborah had the Booties for me when we got to work. Before we clocked in we signed the Early Out list, but did not get out early. Richard was on Pai Gow, then was moved to Macau Mini Baccarat, which became the Mini Baccarat table when our last Macau player left. I was the Relief Dealer for Mini Baccarat, Macau Mini Baccarat, and Pai Gow, until they closed the Mini Baccarat table (before they made Richard’s table the regular Mini Baccarat table). On my breaks I started reading Trace by Patricia Cornwell via Overdrive on my tablet.
After work Richard picked up a prescription for himself and five prescriptions for me (more anon). When we got into town we went to Wal-Mart, where we got stuff to take on vacation, household items, and my salad supplies, and then we went to Winn-Dixie, where Richard got deli roast beef. When we got home I ate my lunch salad and read the morning paper while Richard mowed the grass. At 2:15 pm I left the house in the car, got my haircut at Fantastic Sam’s, and gassed up the car. When I got home I set up my medications for vacation; I then called the Pharmacy to get them to refill one last recalcitrant prescription. I then made my lunch salads for Sunday and Monday (thereby using up all of my salad supplies), then Richard and I watched Jeopardy! And I will now finish this Daily Update, and do some reading in The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde before I go to sleep. Our New Orleans Pelicans (0-1, 0-0) will be playing a home NBA game with the Golden State Warriors (0-1, 0-0) tonight; I will post the score of the game in tomorrow’s Daily Update.
Tomorrow we have no Saints to honor. Instead, we will note that tomorrow is National Cat Day. We also note that tomorrow is the second day of the three-day Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, Louisiana. Early Voting continues in Louisiana for the Open Primary Election, the Presidential Election, and the Congressional Election. We will work our eight hours, and I will continue reading Trace by Patricia Cornwell via Overdrive on my tablet. After work I will go to the Pharmacy to pick up my last prescription, and after lunch I will go to the Adoration Chapel to do my Weekly Hour of Eucharistic Adoration. When I get home I will set up the last of my vacation medications, then do my Daily Update before going to bed for the duration. And our New Orleans Pelicans will be playing an away NBA game with the San Antonio Spurs tomorrow night; I will post the score of the game in Sunday’s Daily Update.
This Friday Afternoon brings us a Parting Quote from Galway Kinnell, American poet. Born in 1927 in Providence, Rhode Island, he grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He studied at Princeton University, graduating in 1948 alongside friend and fellow poet W.S. Merwin. He received his master of arts degree from the University of Rochester in New York. Kinnell traveled extensively in Europe and the Middle East, and went to Paris on a Fulbright Fellowship. His first published collection of poetry was What a Kingdom It Was (1960). During the 1960s while in France the Civil Rights Movement in the United States caught his attention. Upon returning to the United States he joined CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) and worked on voter registration and workplace integration in Hammond, Louisiana. This effort got him arrested. He published his only novel, Black Light, in 1966. In 1968 he signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War. He drew upon his experiences with the Civil Rights Movement and his protest of the Vietnam War in his 1976 book-long poem The Book of Nightmares. His poem “Saint Francis and the Sow” was published in 1976. In 1980 he wrote the poem “After Making Love We Hear Footsteps”. Kinnell wrote two elegies for his close friend, the poet James Wright, upon the latter’s death in 1980. They appeared in the 2007 anthology From the Other World: Poems in Memory of James Wright. For his 1982 Selected Poems he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and split the National Book Award for Poetry with Charles Wright. That same year he published a children’s book, How the Alligator Missed Breakfast. From 1989 to 1993 he was poet laureate for the state of Vermont. His collection A New Selected Poems (2000) was a finalist for the National Book Award. His last collection of poetry, Strong Is Your Hold, was published in 2006. Kinnell was the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Creative Writing at New York University and a Chancellor of the American Academy of Poets (died 2014): “Nobody would write poetry if the world seemed perfect.”