Nov. 22, 1996

First Snow

by Mary Oliver

FRIDAY 11/22

Today's Reading:"First Snow" by Mary Oliver from NEW AND SELECTED POEMS published by BeaconPress.

Today is the Feast Day of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music.

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on this day in 1963 as he and his wife Jacqueline rode through the streets of Dallas in a black Lincoln convertible.

It's the birthday of American composer Gunter Schuller, born in New York City, 1925.

Actress Geraldine Page, known for her many role in the plays of Tennessee Williams, was born on this day in Kirksville, Missouri, 1924.

British composer Benjamin Britten was born on this day in Lowestoft, England, 1913.

Songwriter Hoagy Carmichael ("Georgia on My Mind," "Stardust") was born in Bloomington, Indiana, in 1899.

It's the birthday of French writer and moralist Andre Gide, in Paris, 1869.

Folk music preservationist Cecil Sharp was born on this day in London, 1859.

Novelist George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) was born on this day in Warwickshire, England, 1819. Author of SILAS MARNER and MIDDLEMARCH.

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




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