On Feb. 2, 1922, James Joyce published Ulysses, his much-lauded and confusion-inducing masterpiece of Modernist literature. Also, what's known as the Groundhog Day Gale of 1976 hit on this day, ravaging the east coast of the United States with wind and snow.
1. One year ago, I wrote this to begin a "Five Things...": "The first thing you need to know today is that it is snowing, and it will continue to snow for all eternity." Whereas today, when the National Weather Service reports that there is a slight chance of snow before midnight tonight, we shrug it off. Forecast for Friday-Monday is partly sunny with highs in the 30s.
2. Speaking of which, Braintree's Local Emergency Planning Committee meets at 10 a.m. today on the lower level of 90 Pond St.
3. The Braintree Women's Club meets at the Braintree Sons of Italy at 7 p.m. this evening. For more information see the club's calendar listing on Patch: .
4. The School Council meets at 3:30 p.m. in the Media Center today. Also, the Braintree School Building Committee gathers at the Colbert Administration Building on Pond Street at 5:30 p.m.
5. hosts the lecture "Good News and Bad News for Christians and Jews in the Story of the Prodigal Son" by professor Gregory Mobley of the Andover Newton Theological School.
"Gregory Mobley is the author of The Stories Behind the Story: A Narrative Companion to the Hebrew Bible (2011), The Empty Men: The Heroic Tradition of Ancient Israel (2005), and numerous articles. Mobley has done archaeological fieldwork in Israel and editorial work on the Dead Sea Scrolls."