Daily Update: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Easter Wednesday and 04-19 - Battles of Lexington and Concord

Alleluia! Today is Easter Wednesday, the Fourth Day in the Octave of Easter. With no Saints to honor this Wednesday, we note instead that on this date in 1775 occurred the first Battles of the American Revolutionary War, the Battles of Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts. And Early Voting continues in Louisiana for the Municipal General Election on April 29th.

Our Gospel reading is from Luke 24:13-35; two disciples, on the first day of the week, are walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus when Jesus joins them. They do not recognize him, and after conversation in which he explained how all that had happened in Jerusalem was necessary, they ask him to remain with them. “And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them.With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,but he vanished from their sight.Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?” So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the Eleven and those with them who were saying, “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!” Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.” (So far as I can tell, all artistic renderings of Emmaus depict the two disciples as male; but there is no reason that the disciples could not have been a man and a woman.) Turning to the secular world, the battles of Lexington and Concord marked the outbreak of open armed conflict between the Kingdom of Great Britain and its thirteen colonies in the mainland of British North America. About 700 British Army regulars, under Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith, had been given secret orders to capture and destroy military supplies that were reportedly stored by the Massachusetts militia at Concord. Through effective intelligence gathering, Patriot colonials had received word weeks before the expedition that their supplies might be at risk and had moved most of them to other locations. They also received details about British plans on the night before the battle and were able to rapidly notify the area militias of the enemy movement. The first shots were fired just as the sun was rising at Lexington. The militia were outnumbered and fell back, and the regulars proceeded on to Concord, where they searched for the supplies. At the North Bridge in Concord, approximately 500 militiamen fought and defeated three companies of the King’s troops. The outnumbered regulars fell back from the minutemen after a pitched battle in open territory. More militiamen arrived soon thereafter and inflicted heavy damage on the regulars as they marched back towards Boston. Upon returning to Lexington, Smith’s expedition was rescued by reinforcements under Brigadier General Hugh Percy. The combined force, now of about 1,700 men, marched back to Boston under heavy fire in a tactical withdrawal and eventually reached the safety of Charlestown. The accumulated militias blockaded the narrow land accesses to Charlestown and Boston, starting the Siege of Boston. Ralph Waldo Emerson, in his “Concord Hymn”, described the first shot fired by the Patriots at the North Bridge as the “shot heard ’round the world.” Patriots’ Day is celebrated annually in honor of the battle in Massachusetts, Maine, and by the Wisconsin public schools, on the third Monday in April. And Early Voting continues in Louisiana for the Municipal General Election on April 29th.

Last night our #8 LSU Tigers won their College Baseball game with the Lamar Cardinals by the score of 10 to 4; our #8 LSU Tigers (25-12, 9-6) will next start a three-game Away College Baseball series with the #13 Kentucky Wildcats (26-12, 10-5)on Friday, April 21st.

While the Last Quarter Moon arrived at 6:00 am, I ignored my alarm and did not wake up until 11:00 am. I started the Weekly Computer Maintenance, and Richard mowed the grass while I did my Book Devotional Reading and did my Internet Devotional Reading. I also said the Sixth Day of my Divine Mercy Novena. I addressed a birthday card to my brother Mike in Seattle (presumably that’s where he is), and Richard put it out in the mail for me. I read the morning paper, finished the Weekly Computer Maintenance, and started the Weekly Virus Scan.

We left the house at 1:00 pm, went to Opelousas, ate Chinese for lunch at the Creswell Lane Restaurant, and at Sandoz Hardware Richard purchased stuff to fix the outside dryer vent. We arrived home at 3:00 pm, and the Weekly Virus Scan was finished. We watched the DVD of Band of Brothers Episode 1 “Currahee”, watched Jeopardy! at 4:30 pm, then we watched MST3K Episode 806 The Undead. I then came to the computer and worked on Advance Daily Update Drafts, and when I get off of the computer I will do a bit of reading and go to bed.

Tomorrow is Easter Thursday (Alleluia!), the Fifth Day in the Octave of Easter. We have no Saints to honor tomorrow, so we will note that tomorrow is 4-20 (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). On a much more serious note, tomorrow is the seventh anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, which killed eleven workers (one of them from my town) and caused a major environmental disaster. And tomorrow is the birthday of my Internet friend Sonya in Colorado. Finally, Early Voting continues in Louisiana for the Municipal General Election on April 29th. Richard will be going to Baton Rouge to take Butch to medical appointments, and I will be going to the grocery to get my salad supplies. I will also make my lunch salads for Friday and Sunday. If I get a chance, I will also watch some MST3K episodes.

Our Parting Quote this Easter Wednesday (Alleluia!)  evening comes to us from Elisabeth Sladen, English actress. Born as Elisabeth Heath-Sladen in Liverpool, Lancashire, she was an only child, and developed an interest in performing at an early age, beginning dance lessons when she was five and dancing in one production with the Royal Ballet. In 1964 she made her first film appearance in Ferry Cross the Mersey as an uncredited extra. Sladen then joined the Hillbark Players for their open-air production of Much Ado About Nothing, playing Hero. After two years at drama school she began work at the Liverpool Playhouse repertory company as an assistant stage manager. Her first stage appearance at the Playhouse was as a maid in Twelfth Night. A few months later she played a corpse in The Physicists; however, she was scolded for giggling on stage due to her future husband Brian Miller whispering the words “Respiration nil, Aston Villa two” in her ear while he was playing a doctor. Sladen was such a good assistant stage manager that she did not get many acting roles, a problem that was solved when she accidentally made a mistake on one occasion. Sladen eventually moved into weekly repertory work, travelling to various locations in England. Sladen and Miller, now married, moved to Manchester, spending three years there. She appeared in numerous roles, most notably as Desdemona in Othello, her first appearance as a leading lady. She also got the occasional part on Leeds Radio and Granada Television, eventually appearing as a barmaid in 1970 in six episodes of the long-running soap opera Coronation Street. In 1971 Sladen was in a two part episode of the drama television series Z-Cars; these particular episodes are listed as missing episodes by the BBC’s archive library. In 1972 she appeared in a play that eventually moved to London, and Sladen and Miller moved there as well. Her first television role in London was as a terrorist in an episode of Doomwatch, followed by guest roles in Z-Cars (again), Public Eye, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, and Special Branch. In 1973 she arrived on the set of Doctor Who, replacing Katy Manning, who had played Assistant Jo Grant to the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee. Sladen’s character of Sarah Jane Smith became quite popular; she stayed on Doctor Who for three-and-a-half seasons, alongside Pertwee as the Third Doctor and Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor. She returned to the character of Sarah Jane Smith on several occasions. After Doctor Who she returned to Liverpool with her husband and performed in a series of plays, spent two years as a presenter for the children’s programme Stepping Stones, a lead role with Miller playing her husband in the ITV drama Send In the Girls, and a small part in the movie Silver Dream Racer as a bank secretary in 1980, only her second film appearance. In 1981 former Doctor Who producer Barry Letts cast her as the female lead in the BBC Classics production of Gulliver in Lilliput. The character of Lady Flimnap was written for Sladen, and she said it was her favourite role. Two years later Sladen appeared again as Sarah Jane Smith in the 20th anniversary special The Five Doctors. After the birth of her daughter in 1985 she went into semi-retirement to raise her family. In 1991 she starred as Alexa opposite Colin Baker in The Stranger audio adventure “The Last Mission” for BBV Audio. She was again Sarah Jane Smith in the 1993 Children in Need special Dimensions in Time and in the 1995 independently produced video Downtime alongside former co-star Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Deborah Watling as Victoria Waterfield. This was her last on-screen appearance as Sarah Jane Smith for some time. She also played the character in audio plays; BBC Radio produced The Paradise of Death in 1993 and The Ghosts of N-Space in 1996, together with Jon Pertwee and Nicholas Courtney. Following the successful revival of Doctor Who in 2005, Sladen guest starred as Sarah Jane in “School Reunion”, an episode of the 2006 series, along with David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor. Following her successful appearance in the series Sladen later starred in The Sarah Jane Adventures, a Doctor Who spin-off focusing on Sarah Jane Smith, produced by BBC Wales for CBBC and created by Russell T. Davies. A 60-minute special aired on New Year’s Day 2007, with a 10-episode series commencing broadcast in September 2007, and a second 12-episode series was broadcast in late 2008. The programme won a Royal Television Society 2010 award for Best Children’s Drama. Sladen also read original audio stories on CD for The Sarah Jane Adventures which were released in November 2007: “The Glittering Storm” and “The Thirteenth Stone”. This was the first time that BBC Audiobooks had commissioned new content for exclusive release on audio. Further pairs of audio stories, all read by her, were released every year until 2010. Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography was released posthumously in November 2011 (died 2011): “Sometimes good television doesn’t depend on money, it depends on imagination and good people directing, casting and doing the job with talented people. Then you’re forgiven a great deal, I think, if sometimes something doesn’t look quite on the money.”

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