Apr. 28, 1997

One of Us

by Wendell Berry


Today's Reading:"One of Us" by Wendell Berry from ENTRIES, published by Pantheon Books (1994).

It's the birthday today of Scottish folk singer Jean Redpath, born in Edinburgh, in 1937. She came to the United States when she was 24 years old with only eleven dollars in her pocket and began her singing career in San Francisco.

It's the birthday of poet and essayist Kenneth White, born in Glasgow, Scotland, on this day in 1936.

Novelist Harper Lee (TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD) was born on this day in Monroeville, Alabama, in 1926. She worked as an airline reservation clerk in New York while writing in her spare time.

Norwegian novelist Johan Borgen, who was arrested and tortured by the Germans during World War II for his political writing, was born on this day in Kristiania (now Oslo), in 1902.

It's birthday of the Scottish poet William Soutar, born in Perth on this day in 1898.

Folksinger and folklorist John Jacob Niles, who collected songs in the Southern Appalachians while working there as a surveyor, was born on this day in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1892. He also wrote his own songs including, "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair," and "I Wonder as I Wander."

The famous mutiny on the ship named BOUNTY took place on this day in 1789 in the South Seas. Captain William Bligh and 18 of his loyal crew members were put out in a small boat and left to drift. They traveled for 47 days, 3,600 miles to Timor, near Java.

It's the birthday of the fifth president of the United State, James Monroe, remembered for the influential Monroe Doctrine in 1823, declaring US opposition to European interference in the Americas. He was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, 1758

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