May 1, 1999
To a Daughter Leaving Home
Poems: "To a Daughter Leaving Home," by Linda Pastan, from The Imperfect Paradise (W.W. Norton).
Today is MAY DAY, a spring festival dating back to Roman times to celebrate Flora, the goddess of flowers and spring..
It's the birthday today of novelist JOSEPH HELLER, born in Brooklyn in 1923, an Air Force pilot during World War II who later wrote the satirical novel Catch-22 (1961).
The EMPIRE STATE BUILDING opened on this day in 1931.
It's the birthday in Cork, Ireland, 1830, of MARY HARRIS JONES, better known as MOTHER JONES, the fiery labor agitator who helped to organize miners and fought to pass laws to regulate child labor.
Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®