Apr. 11, 1997

A Hardware Store as Proof of the Existence of God

by Nancy Willard


Today's Reading: "A Hardware Store as Proof of the Existence of God" by Nancy Willard from SWIMMING LESSONS, published by Alfred A. Knopf (1996).

The Dogwood Arts Festival begins today in Knoxville, Tennessee; a springtime celebration with 60 miles of dogwood trails.

In Asheville, North Carolina, the month-long Festival of Flowers, a Victorian celebration, begins today.

The French Quarter Festival starts today in New Orleans, with art, antiques, food, music, and fireworks.

Holiday in Dixie gets underway today in Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana.

It was on this day in 1961 that folk singer Bob Dylan performed for the first time in New York City, opening for John Lee Hooker at Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village.

Actor and choreographer Bill Irwin was born on this day in Santa Monica, California, 1950.

It's the birthday of Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist Ellen Goodman, born in Newton, Massachusetts, 1941.

It's the birthday of actor Joel Grey (Joe Katz) born in Cleveland, Ohio, 1932.

Writer Glenway Wescott was born on this day in Kewaskum, Wisconsin, 1901.

It's the birthday of orator Edward Everett, who delivered the first part of the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the national cemetery in 1863. He was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, 1794.

English physician James Parkinson, whose most important work was his description of the disease that bears his name, was born on this day in London in 1755.

It's the birthday of English poet Christ opher Smart, born in Shipbourne, England, in 1722.

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