At the Tea Garden, By Margaret Hasse

from today's Writer's Almanac My friend and I mull over the teas displayed in square jars with beveled glass labeled by type. Each name seems part of a haiku: "After the Snow Sprouting." "Moon Palace." "Mist Over the Gorges." I'm drawn to green teas with unoxidized leaves that don't wither, hold their grassy fragrance like... Continue Reading →

Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking book Silent Spring was published on this date in 1962 | The Writer’s Almanac

Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking book Silent Spring was published on this date in 1962 (books by this author). Carson was a marine biologist, but she was also a crafter of lyrical prose who contributed to magazines like The New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly, and who had already published three popular lyrical books about the sea. One... Continue Reading →

"Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages." ~ Thomas A. Edison

A 30 SEC READ: A story by Kahlil Gibran

I was strolling in the gardens of an insane asylum when I met a young man who was reading a philosophy book. His behavior and his evident good health made him stand out from the other inmates. I sat down beside him and asked: ‘What are you doing here?’ He looked at me, surprised. But... Continue Reading →

Violence is unable to change anything for the better

"One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favours such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better."  ~ Daniel Berrigan Today, Aug. 28, is... Continue Reading →

You said ‘who’ invented terrorism?

"This country has dangled the sword of nuclear holocaust over the world for more than half a century and claims that someone else invented terrorism." Paraphrased from "If Not Empire, What?: A Survey of the Bible" by Berry Friesen and John K. Stoner

Happy Birthday to Robert Stone

According to today's Writer's Almanac, Stone wrote: "Writing is lonely. [...] But most of the time you are in a room by yourself, you know. Writers spend more time in rooms, staying awake in quiet rooms, than they do hunting lions in Africa. So, it's a bad life for a person because it's so lonely... Continue Reading →

Take care of yourself and each other. Take care of your father and your mother because they’re the only ones you’ll ever have. Take care of your brothers and sisters, they, too, are unique to you and will usually be there when you need them most, just as you should be there when they need... Continue Reading →

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ~ Haruki Murakami

Happy Birthday John Steinbeck

It's the birthday of John Steinbeck. See The Writer's Almanac for Feb. 27 for more details.  In Chapter 17 of The Grapes of Wrath, he wrote The cars of the migrant people crawled out of the side roads onto the great cross-country highway, and they took the migrant way to the West. In the daylight... Continue Reading →

It’s the birthday of Judy Blume, born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (1938)

From today's Writer's Almanac It's the birthday of Judy Blume, born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (1938), the best-selling author of more than two dozen books for young people. She was 27 years old, with two preschool-aged children, when she began writing seriously. For two years, she received constant rejections. Then in 1970, she had her... Continue Reading →

Yusef Komunyakaa, Poetry Reading 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23

Where: Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St., New Haven Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection Celebrated for his powerful and carefully crafted poems, Komunyakaa has been awarded numerous prizes and honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the... Continue Reading →

Langston Hughes’ birthday today

Today is the birthday of the man known as "The O. Henry of Harlem," American poet Langston Hughes (1902). In 1926, he was working as a busboy at a hotel in New York City when the poet Vachel Lindsay arrived for dinner. Hughes placed some poems under Lindsay's dinner plate. Intrigued, Lindsay read them and... Continue Reading →

Words of wisdom from birthday girl Colette

Today is the birthday of Colette who said "Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it."

Pres. Elect Donald Trump’s actions frighten Americans. We were once a country that felt safe

Today's New York Times reports that after the Asian nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un, announced that preparations for testing an intercontinental ballistic missile were in their “final stage,” President-elect Donald J. Trump responded on Twitter, writing: “It won’t happen!” What right does he have to say things that might provoke and enrage a world leader and... Continue Reading →

Can’t we compromise in 2017? It’s only been 140 years!

  "... The compromise involved Democrats who controlled the House of Representatives allowing the decision of the Electoral Commission to take effect. The outgoing president, Republican Ulysses S. Grant, removed the soldiers from Florida. As president, Hayes removed the remaining troops from South Carolina and Louisiana. As soon as the troops left, many white Republicans... Continue Reading →

Does the ‘U.S.’ question the worth of the U.N. because Donald Trump says something stupid? Donald Trump is not my spokesperson. What Trump says does not equate with what America thinks.

Antonio Guterres took the reins of the United Nations on New Year’s Day, making it clear that his top priority will be preventing crises and promoting peace, Edith M. Lederer of The Associated Press reports. "As Guterres begins his five-year term facing conflicts from Syria and Yemen to South Sudan and Libya and global crises... Continue Reading →

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