May 3, 1997

August Third

by May Sarton


Today's Reading:"August Third" by May Sarton from COLLECTED POEMS 1930-1993, published by W.W. Norton and Company.

Today is the Dandelion May Fest in Dover, Ohio, with a dandelion recipe contest and special foods featuring dandelions.

At Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the International Scottish Country Fair takes place today.

It's the birthday of singer, songwriter James Brown ("Please, Please, Please") born in Barnwell, Georgia, in 1933.

Middleweight champion Walker Smith, Jr., better known as Sugar Ray Robinson, was born on this day in Detroit, 1921.

It's the birthday of jazz pianist John Lewis, born in La Grange, Illinois, in 1920.

Folksinger and songwriter Pete Seeger ("If I Had a Hammer," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "Turn, Turn, Turn") was born on this day in New York City, in 1919.

It's the birthday of lyricist Betty Comden, who paired up with Adolf Green to create many Broadway hits, and also the screenplay SINGIN' IN THE RAIN. She was born in Brooklyn in 1919.

American playwright William Inge (COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA; PICNIC; BUS STOP) was born on this day in Independence, Kansas, in 1913.

It's the birthday of poet and writer May Sarton, born in Wondelgem, Belgium, in 1912. Her family fled Europe at the outbreak of World War I and settled in Massachusetts.

It's the birthday of American reformer Jacob Riis (HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVES: STUDIES AMONG THE TENEMENTS OF NEW YORK), born in Ribe, Denmark, 1849.

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




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