Daily Update: Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

03-02 - Texas Declaration of Independence

No Saints today. My late father (who was born on this date in 1929) would have been the first to point out that today is Texas Independence Day, when the Republic of Texas formally declared independence from Mexico at the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos. Today we also remember Richard’s father, who died on this date in 1992.

The Texas Revolution had begun in August of 1835, and forty-one delegates arrived at the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos on February 28th. In short order a Declaration was issued; historians speculate that George Childress, head of the committee to draft the document, had already written most of it before the Convention convened. Based primarily on the writings of John Locke and Thomas Jefferson, the declaration proclaimed that the Mexican government “ceased to protect the lives, liberty, and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived” and complained about “arbitrary acts of oppression and tyranny”. The declaration officially established the Republic of Texas, which existed as a sovereign state until its annexation into the United States in 1845 as a State (bypassing a Territorial phase). Contrary to popular myths, the documents governing Texas’ annexation to the United States of America do not mention any right of secession, although they did raise the possibility of dividing Texas into multiple states inside the Union. My late father (died 1998) was born on this date in 1929, and today we also remember Richard’s father, who died on this date in 1992.

Last night our LSU Tigers won their College Basketball game with the Tennessee Volunteers by the score of 92 to 82; our LSU Tigers (10-19, 2-15) will play their last Regular Season College Basketball game in an Away game with the Mississippi State Bulldogs (14-15, 5-12) on Saturday, March 4th, 2017. And our New Orleans Pelicans won their NBA game with the Detroit Pistons by the score of 109 to 86.

I woke myself up coughing last night, and could not get to sleep again until I had taken one of the Hall’s Throat Lozenges that I keep by the bed. Accordingly, I slept in today until 9:30 am. I did my Book Devotional Reading, then read the Thursday papers, then I did my Internet Devotional Reading and wrote a letter to the kids (to which Richard added his thoughts), which I put out in the mail

Richard was not hungry, so I left the house on my own at 12:30 pm. I ate a big lunch at Ronnie’s Cajun Café, where I started reading Messenger by Lois Lowry via Overdrive on my tablet. I also got a call from the nurse at the Clinic, checking in with me. I then went to Wal-Mart, where I purchased my salad supplies and some other groceries and household items.

I arrived home at 2:15 pm. I ironed my Casino pants, apron, and shirts, and made my lunch salads for tomorrow and Sunday. I then watched Jeopardy!, and I am now at the computer finishing today’s Daily Update; and when I finish this Update, I will get ready to go to bed. At the SEC Tournament our LSU Lady Tigers (19-10, 8-8) will be playing a College Basketball game with the Ole Miss Lady Rebels (17-12, 6-10).

Tomorrow is a Friday in Lent, so tomorrow is a day of Abstinence from Meat. Tomorrow is also the First Friday of the month, dedicated to devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Tomorrow is the Optional Memorial of Saint Katharine Drexel, Virgin (died 1955), and, in the secular world, tomorrow is World Wildlife Day. Richard and I will return to the casino for the start of our work week, and on my breaks at work I will continue reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy. In the afternoon I will try to get to the Adoration Chapel to do my First Friday devotions. Our #12 LSU Lady Tigers (13-3, 0-0) will be playing two home College Softball games, the first game with the Illinois State Lady Redbirds and the second game with the Florida Atlantic Lady Owls. Our #4 LSU Tigers (7-1, 0-0) will be playing an Away College Basketball game with the TCU Horned Frogs (Away). If our LSU Lady Tigers beat the Ole Miss Lady Rebels in their College Basketball game at the SEC Tournament, our Lady Tigers will play the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs. And our New Orleans Pelicans (24-37, 3-8) will be playing a Home NBA game with the San Antonio Spurs (46-13, 8-4).

Our Parting Quote this Thursday afternoon comes to us from Mal Peet, English author and illustrator. Born in 1947 in North Walsham, Norfolk, he spent one year at the University of Warwick studying American and British literature. He worked at a variety of jobs, including being a writer for educational publishers, before deciding to start a novel at age 52. Cloud Tea Monkeys (1999), a children’s picture book written by Peet and his wife, illustrated by Alan Marks, was set in the Himalayas and based on a Chinese folktale. For his first novel, Keeper (2003), Peet won the Branford Boase Award, which recognizes “the most promising book for seven year-olds and upwards by a first time novelist.” For his second novel, Tamar (2005), he won the annual Carnegie Medal from the British librarians, recognising the year’s best children’s book published in the U.K. The Penalty (2007) was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize and Peet won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize for Exposure (2008), a modern re-telling of Shakespeare’s Othello. The once-in-a-lifetime award by The Guardian newspaper is judged by a panel of British children’s writers. Keeper, Tamar, and The Penalty all feature the fictional South American sports journalist Paul Faustino (and football). Life: An Exploded Diagram (2011), a semi-autobiographical novel, was his last book for young readers. The Murdstone Trilogy (2014) represented a departure for Peet, being aimed at adult readers (died 2015): “I come up here in the morning to a pleasant room in the roof of my house and imagine I’m a black South American football superstar, then I have to imagine I’m a female pop celebrity who’s pregnant. It’s a completely mad way to spend your time. If I did it in public I would be sectioned. Writing is a form of licensed madness.”

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