TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25
Right about now I’m sick and tired of blogging. I started out around noonish. Maggie and Raymond came. I began asking about Maggie’s take on the economy. She has a huge family. No one in her family is hurting. Same here. I have a cousin in Florida who was relieved of her job today. She has something like 10 -12 years senority with the company, so they cut her first. Why now? She cost them money in insurance, etc. Better to keep the part time people. Fortunately she’s worked her way through to a MS in something. It was nasty, though.
That started me thinking. I stared working on the blasted survey. Next thing I knew it was 10:30! My groceries were still on the counter. I was going to do the cranberry thing this PM, but so much for that. I’d started on filing my Earp material, but that went by the wayside for blogging. Maybe I need psychological help.
The great Canadian meteorite hunt has begun!
Should Neanderthals be Jurassic Parked?
Born: Lopez de la Vega, great Spanish dramatist, 1562, Madrid; Charles Kemble, actor, 1775, Brecon; Henry Mayhew, popular writer, 1812, London.
Died: Pope Lucius III, 1185; Andrea Doria, Genoese admiral and patriot, 1560, Genoa; Edward Alleyn, actor, founder of Dulwieh College, 1626, Dulwich; John Tillotson, archhishop of Canterbury, eminent Whig divine, 1694, Lambeth.; Dr. Isaac Watts, poet and hymn writer, 1748, Stoke Newington; Henry Baker, author of The Microscope made Easy, 1774, London; Richard Glover, poet, 1785; Thomas Amory, eccentric author, 1788; Sir Augustus Wall Calcott, landscape painter, 1844, Kensington; John Gibson Lockhart, son in law and biographer of Sir Walter Scott, 1854, Abbotsford; Rev. John Kitt, illustrator of the Bible and sacred history, 1854, Cannstadt, was Stuttgart; Angus B. Reach, miscellaneous writer, 185G London.
Feast Day: St. Catharine, virgin and martyr, 4th century. St. Erasmus or Elme, bishop and martyr, 4th century.
Among the earlier saints of the Romish calendar, St. Catharine holds an exalted position, both from rank and intellectual abilities. She is said to have been of royal birth, and was one of the most distinguished ladies of Alexandria, in the beginning of the fourth century. From a child she was noted for her acquirements in learning and philosophy, and while still very young, she became a convert to the Christian faith. During the persecution instituted by the Emperor Maximinus I, St. Catharine, assuming the office of an advocate of Christianity, displayed such cogency of argument and powers of eloquence, as thoroughly silenced her pagan adversaries. Maximinus, troubled with this success, assembled together the most learned philosophers in Alexandria to confute the saint; but they were both vanquished in debate, and converted to a belief in the Christian doctrines. The enraged tyrant thereupon commanded them to be put to death by burning, but for St. Catharine he reserved a more cruel punishment. She was placed in a machine, composed of four wheels, connected together and armed with sharp spikes, so that as they revolved the victim might be torn to pieces. A miracle prevented the completion of this project. When the executioners were binding Catharine to the wheels, a flash of lightning descended from the skies, severed the cords with which she was tied, and shattered the engine to pieces, causing the death both of the executioners and numbers of the bystanders.
Maximinus, however, still bent on her destruction, ordered her to be carried beyond the walls of the city, where she was first scourged and then beheaded. The legend proceeds to say, that after her death her body was carried by angels over the Red Sea to the summit of Mount Sinai. The celebrated convent of St. Catharine, situated in a valley on the slope of that mountain, and founded by the Emperor Justinian, in the sixth century, contains in its church a marble sarcophagus, in which the relics of St. Catharine are deposited. Of these the skeleton of the hand, covered with rings and jewels, is exhibited to pilgrims and visitors.
A well known concomitant of St. Catharine, is the wheel on which she was attempted to be tortured, and which figures in all pictured representations of the saint. From this circumstance are derived the well kown circular window in ecclesiastical architecture, termed a Catharine wheel window, and also a firework of a similar form. This St. Catharine must not be confounded with the equally celebrated St. Catharine of Siena, who lived in the fourteenth century.