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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, April 1, 2020

It’s the birthday of Rachel Maddow (1973), who went to Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship and became the first openly gay American news anchor.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, March 31, 2020

“It starts when you care / to act, it starts when you do / it again after they said No, / it starts when you say We…”
–from today’s poem by Marge Piercy

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, March 30, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, March 30, 2020

It’s the birthday of Anna Sewell (1820), who was dependent on horses for transportation due to an injury. She published her novel “Black Beauty” in 1877.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, March 29, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, March 29, 2020

It’s the birthday of Alexandra Fuller (1969), British-Zimbabwean author of “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight” and several other memoirs.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, March 28, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, March 28, 2020

It’s the birthday of novelist Lauren Weisberger (1977), who fictionalized her time working at Vogue magazine in the book, “The Devil Wears Prada.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, March 27, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, March 27, 2020

On this day in 1912, President Taft’s wife, Helen, and the wife of the ambassador from Japan planted the first of Washington, D.C.’s cherry trees.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, March 26, 2020

Featuring a poem by Bill Holm (1943-2009) called “What Beethoven’s Music Will Do to You.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, March 25, 2020

“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you odd.” –writer Flannery O’Connor, born this day in 1925

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, March 24, 2020

It was on this day in 1882, German doctor and early microbiologist Robert Koch announced that he had found the bacterium responsible for tuberculosis.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, March 23, 2020

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, March 23, 2020

Ten years ago on this day, President Barack Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act, extending healthcare to almost 32 million Americans.

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