Thursday

May 22, 1997

When I Am Asked

by Lisel Mueller

THURSDAY 5/22

Today's Reading:"When I Am Asked" by Lisel Mueller from WAVING FROM SHORE, published by Louisiana State University Press (1989).

The Kodiak Crab Festival begins today in Kodiak, Alaska.

There will be a full moon tonight, beginning in the early hours of the morning, and known this month as the Mother's Moon or Planting Moon.

The Roanoke Festival in the Park begins today in Roanoke, Virginia.

It was thirty years ago today (in 1967) that the children's program MISTER ROGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD premiered, hosted by Presbyterian minister Fred Rogers.

It's the birthday of writer Peter Matthiessen (A PLAY IN THE FIELDS OF THE LORD), born in New York City in 1927.

It was on this day in 1925 that Gertrude Stein wrote to F. Scott Fitzgerald about his new novel, THE GREAT GATSBY: "This is as good a book [as THIS SIDE OF PARADISE] and different and older, and that is what one does, one does not get better but different and older and that is always a pleasure."

It's the birthday of astronomer Thomas Gold, who maintains that the universe has no beginning or end, but is continually expanding and creating new matter from empty space. He was born in Vienna in 1920.

It's the birthday of actor Laurence Olivier (WUTHERING HEIGHTS; REBECCA), born in Dorking, England, in 1907.

The Great Train Robbery took place on this day in 1868, when seven members > of the Reno Gang took over a train at Marshfield, Indiana, and made off with $98,000 in cash from the safe.

The creator of detective Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was born on this day in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1859.

It's the birthday of American painter Mary Cassatt, in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, in 1844.

The founder of modern ophthalmology, Albrecht von Grafe, was born on this day in Berlin, 1828.

It's the birthday of German composer Richard Wagner (DER RING DES NIBELUNGER), born in Leipzig, in 1813.

Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®

 









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