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April 30 Saints of the Day – James the Apostle and Mary of the Incarnation

On this date in 1937, the Philippines held a plebiscite asking women whether they should be allowed to vote. The result (90% in favor) was sent back through a wormhole in time to allow the vote to occur. The Apostle James (d. 44), brother of John the Evangelist, is sometimes called “James the Greater” to […]

April 29 Saints of the Day – Endelienta of Cornwall and Catherine of Siena

On this date in 1770, James Cook arrived at and named Botany Bay, Australia. He wanted to call it “Zoology Bay,” but just knew people would mispronounce it. Endelienta (5th or 6th century) lived as a hermit in Cornwall. Her father was King Brychan of Brecknock, and her brother was St. Nectan of Hartland (Devonshire). […]

Hosanna!

Happy Palm Sunday from your friends at the Onion Dome. Is outrageously good time to eat fish and celebrate our Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

April 28 Saints of the Day – Jason, Sosipater, & Cercyra, and Gianna Beretta Molla

On this date in 2001, Millionaire Dennis Tito became the world’s first space tourist, flying in the Soyuz TM-32 to the International Space Station. The Russian Federal Space Agency has denied reports that Tito said, “I paid twenty million dollars for this flight, and if I don’t want to return my seat to the full […]

April 27 Saints of the Day – Stephen of the Kievan Caves and Osanna of Catarro

On this date in 1981, Xerox PARC introduced the computer mouse. I could not determine whom they introduced him to; perhaps Steve Jobs. At any rate he was very polite and did not bite. Stephen, Bishop of Vladimir (d. 1094) was a monk in the Kievan Caves Lavra under St. Theodosius (“of the Caves” in […]