May 16, 1997
Today's Reading:"Restaurant" by Maxine Hong Kingston from FOR A LIVING: THE POETRY OF WORK, published by University of Illinois Press.
Dermott's annual Crawfish Festival begins today in Dermott, Arkansas.
The Bath International Festival in Bath, England begins today with two weeks of music, exhibitions, and lectures.
The Gatlinburg Scottish Festival and Highland Games open today in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
In Rochester, New York, the ten-day Lilac Festival starts today in Highland Park with over 500 varieties of lilacs in bloom.
The 13th annual Morel Mushroom Festival gets underway in Muscoda, Wisconsin.
In Florence, Oregon, the Rhododendron Festival begins today.
The Viking Fest, celebrating the area's Norwegian heritage, begins today in Poulsbo, Washington.
The 27th annual Williamette Valley Folk Festival starts today in Eugene, Oregon.
It's the birthday today of poet Adrienne Rich (DIVING INTO THE WRECK; A WILD PATIENCE HAS TAKEN ME THIS FAR), born in Baltimore in 1929.
Jazz singer Betty Carter, a member of Lionel Hampton's band, was born on this day in Flint, Michigan, in 1929.
It's the birthday of jazz bandleader Woody Herman, born in Milwaukee on this day in 1913.
Writer, broadcaster Studs Terkel, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book, THE GOOD WAR, was born in the Bronx on this day in 1912.
It's the birthday of journalist and historian Douglas Southall Freeman, in Lynchburg, Virginia, 1886, author of the Pulitzer Prize- winning biographies of Robert E.Lee and George Washington.
It's the birthday of the Polish surgical pioneer Johannes von Mikulica-Radecki, born in Romania in 1850; the first to suture a perforated gastric ulcer, surgically restore part of the esophagus, and remove a malignant piece of the colon.
Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®