Dec. 13, 1996


by Hayden Carruth

FRIDAY 12/13

Today's Reading:"Silence" by Hayden Carruth from COLLECTED SHORTER POEMS 1946-1991, published by Copper Canyon Press.

Today is Santa Lucia Day, a nationwide celebration in Sweden honoring the Roman maiden Lucia.

Poet, novelist, painter Kenneth Patchen was born on this day in Niles, Ohio, 1911.

It's the birthday of playwright, journalist Marc Connelly (GREEN PASTURES) born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, 1890.

The Union Army of the Potomac suffered a bloody defeat at Fredericksburg, Virginia on this day in 1862.

Educator Abbott Lawrence Lowell, Harvard's president for 24 years, was born on this day in Boston, 1856.

It's the birthday of the man who wrote the lyrics for "O Little Town of Bethlehem," Phillilps Brooks, born in Boston in 1835.

German writer Heinrich Heine was born on this day in Duseldorf in 1797.

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




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