Daily Update: Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

02-15 - Susan B. Anthony Day

With no Saints to honor today, we note that today is Susan B. Anthony Day, the anniversary of her birth in 1820.

Susan Brownell Anthony (February 15th, 1820 – March 13th, 1906) was an American social reformer and women’s rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement. When she first began campaigning for women’s rights, Anthony was harshly ridiculed and accused of trying to destroy the institution of marriage. Public perception of her changed radically during her lifetime, however. Her 80th birthday was celebrated in the White House at the invitation of President William McKinley. She became the first real woman to be depicted on United States coinage when her portrait appeared on the 1979 dollar coin. On February 11th, 2011, Representative Carolyn Maloney of New York introduced the “Susan B. Anthony Birthday Act” (H.R. #655) to the 112th session of Congress to honor the birthday as a United States national holiday on the third Monday of February. The bill was not enacted and its current status is “dead”. In the meantime, Susan B. Anthony is celebrated as a Legal Holiday in Florida, as an Educational Observance in California and Wisconsin, as a Local Observance Holiday in Massachusetts, and as a State Holiday in West Virginia. And, I choose to observe it in this Weblog.

I woke up today at 7:00 am, and posted to Facebook that today was Susan B. Anthony Day. I put in a new set of contact lenses, started the Weekly Computer Maintenance, started my laundry, and did my Book Devotional Reading. I then started my laundry. After reading the morning paper, I did my Daily Update for yesterday, Tuesday, February 14th, 2017, and finished the Weekly Computer Maintenance. I then got a call from the Clinic reminding me of my appointment tomorrow to see the Renal Physician.

Leaving the house at 10:00 am, I headed to the Hub City. At the Wal-Mart on Ambassador Caffrey, I got 12-hour Sudafed© for Liz Ellen, and got Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day T-shirts, baby powder, and a new Turbo Scratcher for Little Bit (Callie had accidentally taken the ball from the one Liz Ellen gave us, and it was easier to buy a new Turbo Scratcher than to find a ball that fits.) At 12:00 pm I ate lunch at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, and continued reading 50 Philosophy Ideas You Really Need to Know by Ben Dupré. I then went to Barnes and Noble, arriving at 1:00 pm. I did my Internet Devotional Reading, ordered an Anosmia Awareness T-shirt from Amazon, and continued reading The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life by James Martin. When I was leaving Barnes and Noble at 3:00 pm I got a call from Richard; his cousin Lele here in town will be needing a ride to Lafayette on Thursday of next week for a 9:00 am doctor’s appointment, and he of course told her that we would take her.

Arriving home at 4:00 pm, I reconciled the bank statement (which came in today’s mail) with our checkbook. I then watched Jeopardy! at 4:30 pm with Richard. I finished my laundry, sewed a button that had come off onto a pair of Richard’s shorts, and ironed my Casino pants, apron, and shirts. I then did a couple of Advance Daily Update Drafts for this weblog. At 6:30 pm Richard and I went to Rocky’s Cajun Kitchen, where I had five pounds of boiled crawfish. We then went to Dollar General, where Richard purchased some ice cream, and we arrived home at 7:45 pm. I started the Weekly Virus Scan, and I am doing today’s Daily Update, as today has been a long day, and tomorrow promises to be another long day. Our #8 ranked LSU Lady Tigers are playing a home College Softball game with the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters, and our New Orleans Pelicans (22-34, 2-6) are playing an Away NBA game with the Memphis Grizzlies (34-23, 6-1); I will post the scores of the games in tomorrow’s Daily Update.

Tomorrow we have no Saints to honor, but tomorrow will be the anniversary of when Union General Ulysses S. Grant took Fort Donelson in 1862 during the American Civil War. I will wake up, and after breakfast I will leave the house at 9:30 am for my 11:00 am appointment at the Clinic at the Casino with the Renal Physician. On my way home I will get my salad supplies, and I will make my lunch salads. Our LSU Lady Tigers (17-8, 6-6) will be playing a Home College Basketball game with the Texas A&M Lady Aggies (19-6, 9-3); I will post the score of the game in Friday’s Daily Update.

Our Wednesday Evening Parting Quote comes to us from Mary Grace Canfield, American actress. Born in 1924 in Rochester, New York, she began her acting career mostly in small theatre companies and regional theatre. Between 1952 and 1964 she appeared in several Broadway plays, although most ran for no more than a month. Her Broadway credits included The Waltz of the Toreadors and The Frogs of Spring. Canfield’s first credited performance on television was in March 1954, when she portrayed Frances in the episode “Native Dancer” on Goodyear Playhouse. Her film debut was in the 1960 feature Pollyanna. After making additional television appearances, she played a housekeeper, Amanda Allison, in the ABC sitcom The Hathaways during the 1961-62 season. As Thelma Lou’s “plain” cousin in an episode of CBS’s The Andy Griffith Show, she had an arranged blind date with Gomer Pyle, played by Jim Nabors. Her name on that episode was her actual first and middle name, Mary Grace. She was best known for her recurring role on the hit CBS comedy series Green Acres as Ralph Monroe, the all-thumbs carpenter who greeted her fellow Hootervillians with her signature “Howdie Doodie!” She appeared in more than 40 episodes of the show during its six-season run from 1965 to 1971. In 1966 Canfield played Abner Kravitz’s sister, Harriet, on three episodes of Bewitched. Actress Alice Pearce, who played Abner’s wife, Gladys Kravitz, had died from ovarian cancer, and her successor as Mrs. Kravitz (Sandra Gould) had yet to be hired. In 1967 she was in The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. During the early 1970s Canfield and actress Lucille Wall shared the role of Lucille March on General Hospital. She was in Something Wicked This Way Comes in 1983, and reprised her role of Ralph Monroe in the 1990 TV movie Return to Green Acres. Her last movie work was in 1993, when she was in Young Goodman Brown; that same year she did her last credited television work, in an episode of The Jackie Thomas Show. Canfield made her last public appearance in 2005, when she attended Eddie Albert’s funeral along with Green Acres co-stars Sid Melton and Frank Cady (died 2014): “To be remembered for Ralph kind of upsets me — only in the sense that it was so easy and undemanding. It’s being known for something easy to do instead of something you worked hard to achieve.”


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