Nov. 5, 1996

#67: Success is counted sweetest

by Emily Dickinson

For You O Democracy

by Walt Whitman


Today's Reading:"For You O Democracy" by Walt Whitman. "Success is Counted Sweetest" by Emily Dickinson.

Today is Election Day, the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

In England, it's Guy Fawkes Day, the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I, and install a Catholic monarchy.

The first FM-stereo broadcast was made on this day in 1955.

It's the birthday of actor, playwright, Sam (uel) Shepard (Rogers), born in Fort Sheridan, Illinois, 1943. His play BURIED CHILD (1978) won the Pulitzer Prize.

Sinclair Lewis became the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature on this day in 1930, for his novel, BABBITT.

It's the birthday of cardiologist, author George Sheehan in Brooklyn, New York, 1918. He took up running at the age of 44 and in 1978 published the best-selling RUNNING AND BEING, which inspired the running movement.

Industrial designer Raymond Loewy, designer of the Coca-Cola bottle, was born on this day in Paris, 1893.

It's the birthday of organic chemist Paul Sabatier, who discovered nickel is a catalyst for hydrogenation, the process of adding hydrogen to molecules of carbon compounds. He was born in Carcassonne, France, in 1854.

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




  • “Writers end up writing stories—or rather, stories' shadows—and they're grateful if they can, but it is not enough. Nothing the writer can do is ever enough” —Joy Williams
  • “I want to live other lives. I've never quite believed that one chance is all I get. Writing is my way of making other chances.” —Anne Tyler
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  • “In certain ways writing is a form of prayer.” —Denise Levertov
  • “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” —E.L. Doctorow
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