Feb. 28, 1997

Climbing Along the River

by William Stafford


Today's Reading:"Climbing Along the River" by William Stafford from PASSWORDS, published by HarperPerennial (1991).

The Lost Dutchman Days begin today in Apache Junction, Arizona, celebrating the legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine.

The Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering starts today in Alpine, Texas.

In Red Lodge, Montana, the two-day Winter Carnival begins today.

The Yuma Square-and-Round-Dance Festival begins today in Yuma, Arizona.

It's the birthday of medical researcher Dr. Denis Burkitt, who theorized that a high-fiber diet provides protection from colon cancer and other diseases, born in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, 1911.

It's the birthday of poet and critic Stephen Spender, born on this day in London, 1909.

Writer Ben Hecht, who with Charles MacArthur wrote THE FRONT PAGE, was born on this day in New York City, 1894.

Legendary tight-rope walker Charles Blondin, who made numerous crossings over Niagara Falls, was born on this day in Saint-Omer, France, 1824.

John Tenniel, illustrator of ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND and THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS, was born on this day in London, 1820.

French essayist Michel de Montaigne, was born near Bordeaux, France, in 1533. He wrote, "Live as long as you please, you will strike nothing off the time you will have to spend dead."

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