Daily Update: Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Teresa Benedicta of the Cross and Perseid Meteor Shower and 08-09 - International Day of the World's Indigenouss People

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Virgin and Martyr (died 1942). Today starts the peak period for star-gazing for Perseid meteors, and today is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Cyriacus and Dominic (El Greco, Saint Dominic in Prayer) and Forteen Holy Helpers and Mary of the Cross MacKillop and LSU Graduation (1980) and International Cat Day

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Cyriacus, Martyr (died c. 303), the Memorial of Saint Dominic, Priest (died 1221), the Optional Memorial of The Fourteen Holy Helpers, and the Optional Memorial of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Religious (died 1909). Today is also the anniversary of my graduation from LSU in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, and it is also International Cat Day. Finally, today is the Birthday of Richard’s friend Steve in Mississippi (1957). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Monday, August 7th, 2017

Sixtus II and Cajetan and 08-07 - Midpoint of Summer and Lunar Eclipse

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Sixtus II, Pope and Martyr, and Companions, Martyrs (died 258) and the Optional Memorial of Saint Cajetan, Priest (died 1547). This day also marks the approximate midpoint of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. And today brings us a Partial Lunar Eclipse, but not at a time when I can see it. (Drat.) Continue reading

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The Waking Engine by David Edison

The Waking Engine by David Edison

I was lent this debut novel by my son and daughter-in-law; it covers, with a very broad canvas, life and death, and rebirth, in a mix of fantasy and science fiction. I very much enjoyed this book, though I will not claim to understanding all of it (whether that is failure on my part, or the author’s, I have no way of knowing). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Transfiguration and 08-06 - Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

Today would be the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, but instead it is the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. And today is the date of the annual Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima, Japan. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Saturday, August 5th, 2017

First Saturday - Immaculate Heart of Mary and Dedication of Saint Mary Major and Louisiana Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

Today is the First Saturday of the month, dedicated to devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and it is the  Optional Memorial of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major. Today is the final day of the two-day Louisiana Sales Tax Holiday, held annually on the first and second consecutive Friday and Saturday in August. It is also the birthday of Richard’s niece Hannah, the granddaughter of his sister Bonnie in Texas (1991). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Friday, August 4th, 2017

First Friday - Sacred Heart of Jesus and John Vianney and 08-04 - United States Coast Guard Day and International Beer Day and and Louisiana Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

Today is the First Friday of the month, dedicated to devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Memorial of Saint John Vianney, Priest (died 1859). Today is also Coast Guard Day. Because today is the First Friday in August, today is International Beer Day. And today is the first day of the two-day Louisiana Back to School Sales Tax Holiday. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

08-03 - Ferdinand and Isabella bid Columbus farewell

With no Saints today, we note that on this date in 1492 Christopher Columbus departed from Palos de la Frontera, Spain, with three ships on his voyage across the Atlantic to the East Indies. And today is my husband Richard’s birthday (1957). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Eusibius of Vercelli and Peter Faber and Peter Julian Eymard

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Eusebius of Vercelli, Bishop (died 371), the Optional Memorial of Saint Peter Faber (died 1546), and the Optional Memorial of Saint Peter Julian Eymard, Priest (died 1868). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Alphonsus Liguori and 08-01 - Lammas Day

Today is the Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor (died 1787), and we celebrate Lammas Day, the festival of the wheat harvest. Continue reading

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Hemingway Didn’t Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations by Garson O’Toole (Ebook)

Hemingway Didn't Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations by Garson O'Toole

This non-fiction book is a wonderful exploration into how quotations that everyone knows can be attributed to the incorrect persons. I very much enjoyed reading this book. Continue reading

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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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