Monthly Archives: July 2017

Daily Update: Monday, July 31st, 2017

Ignatius of Loyola and Solanus Casey and 07-31 - Lammas Eve and 07-31 - Juliet Capulet and 07-31 - Harry Potter

On this last day of the month of July we have the Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest (died 1556) and the Remembrance of Venerable Solanus Casey, Priest (died 1957). Today is also Lammas Eve, and the birthday of the literary characters Juliet Capulet and  Harry Potter, who shares his birthday with his creator, J. K. Rowling (1965). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Sunday, July 30th, 2017

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time and Peter Chrysologus and 07-30 - International Friendship Day

Today is the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time and the Optional Memorial of Saint Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor (died 450). Today is also International Friendship Day.  Continue reading

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Daily Update: Saturday, July 29th, 2017

Martha and 07-29 - International Tiger Day

Today is the Memorial of Saint Martha (died about 80). And today is International Tiger Day. Continue reading

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Kiss My Asterisk: A Feisty Guide to Punctuation and Grammar by Jenny Baranick (Ebook)

Kiss My Asterisk: A Feisty Guide to Punctuation and Grammar by Jenny Baranick

I finished reading this non-fiction book yesterday before bed, and I enjoyed having my grammar lessons given in such a humourous way. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Friday, July 28th, 2017

Stanley Rother and 07-28 - Acadian Remembrance Day

Today is the Remembrance of Venerable Stanley Rother, Priest and Martyr (died 1981). By Royal Proclamation, today is Acadian Remembrance Day. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Pantaleon and 07-27 - National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

Today is the Optional Memorial of  Saint Pantaleon, Martyr (died 305). Today is also National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, when we recall that in 1995 the Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C., on the 42nd anniversary of the of the armistice that ended the war.  Continue reading

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Daily Update: Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Joachim and Anne

Today is the Memorial of Saint Joachim (died first century B.C.) and Saint Anne (died first century A.D.), the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was conceived without sin (the Immaculate Conception). Today is also the birthday of my first cousin Richard in California (1953). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

James the Greater (Rembrandt) and Christopher (Titian)

Today is the Feast of Saint James the Greater, Apostle (died 44) and the Optional Memorial of Saint Christopher, Martyr (died about 251). Today is the birthday of Richard’s cousin Lele here in town (1947). Continue reading

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

the brief wondrous life of oscar wao by junot diaz

I first read this book in June 2009 for my Third Tuesday Book Club, and I have now read the book again as the 2008 Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It is a powerful, funny, heartbreaking book about love, curses, and the Dominican Republic, and I enjoyed reading this book. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Monday, July 24th, 2017

Charbel Makhlouf

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Charbel Makhlouf, Priest (died 1898). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

16th Sunday of Ordinary Time and Bridget of Sweden

Today is the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time and the Optional Memorial of Saint Bridget of Sweden, Religious (died 1373). We note that today is the birthday of my Internet friend Mike in Arkansas, who is married to my Internet friend Rosa (1971). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Mary Magdalen

Today is the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene (died first century). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Friday, July 21st, 2017

Laurence of Brindisi

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Lawrence of Brindisi, Priest and Doctor (died 1619). And today is the birthday of Richard’s friend Jack (known as Chookie) here in town. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Apollinaris and Margaret of Antioch and 07-20 - Apollo 11

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Apollinaris, Bishop and Martyr (died c. 79), and the Optional Memorial of Saint Margaret of Antioch, Virgin and Martyr (died 304). Today is also the anniversary of when Apollo 11, the first manned lunar mission, landed on the moon in 1969. And today is also the birthday of one of the Assembled, another Matthew (1983). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

07-19 - Seneca Falls Convention

We have no Saints to honor, but on this date in 1848 the two day Women’s Rights Convention opened in Seneca Falls, New York.  Continue reading

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Daily Update: Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Camillus de Lellis

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Camillus de Lellis, Priest (died 1614) (in the Universal Church his feast is July 14th, but in the American church that date is the Memorial of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin (died 1680), so Saint Camillus de Lellis’s Optional Memorial in the United States is on July 17th). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Monday, July 17th, 2017

07-17 - World Day for International Justice

We have no Saints to honor today, but today is the World Day of International Justice. Continue reading

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Sycamore Row by John Grisham (Ebook)

Sycamore Row by John Grisham

As usual, I finished this book a day ahead of my Third Tuesday Book Club meeting tomorrow night (July 18th, 2017); it is a stand-alone sequel to A Time To Kill, and is a great book, which I very much enjoyed reading. Continue reading

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