May 23, 1996
Today's Reading: "The Clearing" by Jane Kenyon from OTHERWISE, published by Graywolf Press.
The Kodiak Crab Festival starts today in Kodiak, Alaska with parades and a blessing of the fleet.
Captain William Kidd was hanged for piracy in London in 1701.
Botanist Carl Linnaeus was born in Smaland, Sweden in 1707.
Benjamin Franklin wrote to a friend about his invention of bifocal eyeglasses, "I have only to move my eyes up and down as I want to see distinctly far or near."
The New York Public Library opened on this day in 1895.
Composer, clarinet player Artie Shaw was born today in New York City, 1910.
Poet Jane Kenyon (Otherwise), was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1947. She died of leukemia in April 1995.
Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®