The Cutthroat by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott, Read by Scott Brick (Audiobook)

The Cutthroat by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott, Read by Scott Brick

I finished listening to this Audiobook, the latest in the mystery series starring Isaac Bell, the Chief Investigator of the early Twentieth Century Van Dorn Detective Agency.  This book is a worthy addition to the series, and I enjoyed listening to it. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Guardian Angels (The Guardian Angel, Pietro da Cortona) and 10-02 - International Day of Non Violence and World Habitat Day and Early Voting

Today is the Memorial of the Guardian Angels. Today is also the International Day of Nonviolence (Gandhi Jayanti). Since today is the First Monday in October, today is World Habitat Day. And Early Voting continues in Louisiana for the Open Primary Election on October 14th. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Sunday, October 1st, 2017

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time- and Respect Life Sunday 2017 and Teresa of Lisieux

Today is the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time; since today is the first Sunday in October, today is Respect Life Sunday. And today is the Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor (died 1897). Early Voting is not held in Louisiana for the Open Primary Election on October 14th today, since today is a Sunday. Continue reading

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Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself — While The Rest of Us Die by Garrett M. Graff

Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself... While The Rest of Us Die by Garrett M. Graff

In 1945 the world woke up to the reality that one nation might take over another nation using nuclear bombs or warheads. This book is about the efforts of the United States government to maintain Continuity of Government in the event of a nuclear strike upon our nation, and it makes fascinating reading. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Saturday, September 30th, 2017

Yom Kippur 2 - Maurycy Gottlieb - Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur and Jerpme and Banned Books Week 2017 and Early Voting

Since sunset last night, and until sunset tonight, is the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jews. Today is the Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor (died 419), Banned Books Week ends, Early Voting begins in Louisiana for the Open Primary Election on October 14th, and today is also the birthday of my son’s best friend Derek (1986). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Friday, September 29th, 2017

Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael and Banned Books Week 2017 and Yom Kippur

Today is the Feast of Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel, and Saint Raphael, Archangels. Banned Books Week continues, and today is also the birthday of my brother-in-law Bob, the husband of Richard’s Sister Bonnie in Texas (1934). At sunset today begins Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Our Lady, Undoer of Knots and Wenceslaus and Lawrence Ruiz and John Paul I and Baptism and Banned Books Week 2017

Today is the Optional Memorial Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, the Optional Memorial of Saint Wenceslaus, King and Martyr (died 929 or 935), the Optional Memorial of Saint Lawrence Ruiz, Martyr, and Companions, Martyrs (died 1637), and the Remembrance of Servant of God John Paul I, Pope (died 1978). In other Catholic news, it is also the anniversary of my baptism into the Catholic Faith (as an infant) in 1958. Banned Books Week continues, and today is the birthday of my friend Melissa in Virginia (1971). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Vincent de Paul and Banned Books Week 2017

Today is the Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest (died 1660). And Banned Books Week continues. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Cosmas and Damian and Paul VI and 09-26 - National Good Neighbor Day and Banned Books Week 2017

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian, Martyrs (died about 303) and the Optional Memorial of Blessed Paul VI, Pope (died 1978). Today is National Good Neighbor Day, Banned Books Week continues, and today is the birthday of Richard’s niece Leah, the daughter of his sister Susan in Iowa (1977). Continue reading

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Vacation!

Vacation

As of now, 4:15 am, Richard and I are off on a short one-week vacation, during which we will mostly visit the kids and our granddaughter in South Carolina. I will post a regular Daily Update later, so watch this space!

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Daily Update: Monday, September 25th, 2017

09-25 - Publick Occurences Both Forreign and Domestick and Banned Books Week 2017

Today we have no Saints, Blesseds, Venerateds, or Servants of God to honor; but on this date in 1690 the first multi-page newspaper was published in America. And Banned Books Week continues. Continue reading

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Selected Stories by Theodore Sturgeon (Ebook)

Selected Stories by Theodore Sturgeon

This book, published in 2000, contains thirteen short stories by Theodore Sturgeon (died 1985), most of which he wrote from the mid-1940s to the late 1960s. Sturgeon was most known for being a science fiction author, but also branched into other genres, and this collection nicely showcases his varied interests. And I very much enjoyed reading this collection. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Sunday, September 24th, 2017

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time and Gold Star Mothers Day and 09-24 - National Punctuation Day and 09-24 - Hurricane Rita and Banned Books Week 2017

Today is the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. With no Saints to honor, Since today is the Last Sunday of September, today is Gold Star Mothers Day. Today is also National Punctuation Day, and we note that it was on this date in 2005 that Hurricane Rita (known as Hurricane Katrina’s Evil Little Sister) made its landfall between Sabine Pass, Texas, and Johnsons Bayou, Louisiana, as a Category 3 hurricane. Also, today begins Banned Books Week (BBW), an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Ember Days and Pio of Pietrelcina and 09-23 - Republic of West Florida

Today is the third of three Ember Days for this season of the year and the Optional Memorial of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, Priest, known to the faithful as Padre Pio (died 1968). Today is also the date of the formation of the Republic of West Florida in 1810. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Ember Days and Autumnal Equinox and 09-22 - Hobbit Day

Today is the Second of Three Ember Days for this season of the year. With no Saints to honor this date, we will note that today is the the Autumnal Equinox, and that in Middle Earth today is Hobbit Day, the joint birthday of Bilbo Baggins and of his nephew, Frodo Baggins, as related in J. R. R. Tolkien’s trilogy The Lord of the Rings. Today is the birthday of Aimee, Richard’s niece, the middle daughter of his sister Nita in Georgia, who is not a Hobbit (I think) (1989). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Rosh Hashana 2 - Elena Flerova - Rosh Hashanah and Matthew and 09-21 - International Day of Peace and 09-21 - Earth, Wind, & Fire Day

Rosh Hashana 5778 continues, having started last night at sunset.  Today is the Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist (died first century). Today is also the International Day of Peace, and today is Earth, Wind, & Fire Day. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Ember Days and Eustace and Andrew Kim Taegon and Paul Chong Hasang and Rosh Hashana

Today is the first of three Ember Days for this season of the year, the Optional Memorial of Saint Eustace and Companions, Martyrs (died 118), and the Memorial of Saint Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest and Martyr (died 1846), Saint Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, Catechist and Martyr (died 1839), and their Companions, Martyrs (died 1839, 1846, and 1869). And at sunset today begins Rosh Hashana 5778. Continue reading

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