February 24, 2019
“Old Friends” Garrison Keillor, Christine DiGiallonardo, Richard Dworsky reunite at Crooners. Shows at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Fergus Falls, MN
February 23, 2019
“Old Friends” Garrison Keillor, Christine DiGiallonardo, Richard Dworsky reunite at A Center for the Arts. 7:30 p.m.
Detroit Lakes, MN
February 22, 2019
“Old Friends” Garrison Keillor, Christine DiGiallonardo, Richard Dworsky reunite at Historic Holmes Theatre. 7:30 p.m.
St. Cloud, MN
February 21, 2019
“Old Friends” Garrison Keillor, Christine DiGiallonardo, Richard Dworsky reunite at Pioneer Place on Fifth. 7:30 p.m.
February 20, 2019
“Old Friends” Garrison Keillor, Christine DiGiallonardo, Richard Dworsky reunite at Paradise Center for the Arts. 7:30 p.m.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost. Public domain. (buy now)
It’s the birthday of two men who were born on exactly the same day in 1809: Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin.
Abraham Lincoln was born in Hardin County, Kentucky, in 1809. He said, “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” And he said, “No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.”
Charles Darwin (books by this author) was born this day in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England (1809). He was only 22 years old when he set sail for Patagonia on a surveying expedition of the HMS Beagle, working as an assistant to the captain. Darwin brought with him a book called Principles of Geology by Sir Charles Lyell, which suggested that the Earth was millions of years old.
During the five-year trip, Darwin got a chance to explore the Galapagos Islands, which were spaced far enough apart that the animals on them had evolved over time into different species. He collected all the evidence that he would need to construct his theories of evolution.
The journey was the only time Darwin ever left England. It took him a long time to publish his findings, mainly because he was afraid of being attacked as an atheist. But about 20 years later, he published his book On the Origin of Species (1859), the year before Abraham Lincoln was elected president.
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Schulz grew up in Saint Paul. He was the only child of Carl Schulz, a barber, who was born in Germany, and Dena Halverson, who had Norwegian heritage. His uncle called him “Sparky” after the horse Spark Plug in Billy DeBeck’s comic strip, Barney Google.
Her first poetry collection, A Working Girl Can’t Win, was published in 1998. It sold more than 30,000 copies, which is a lot for a poetry book — Pulitzer Prize-winning poets routinely sell far less.
Garrison had children and didn’t produce another poetry book for almost a decade. She found that it was much easier to be a prolific poet when she felt less happy and less fulfilled.
Her poem “Play Your Hand” begins:
“A joy so full it won’t fit / in a body. Like sound packed / in a trumpet’s bell, its glossy / exit retains that shape, printing / its curve in reverse on the ear. / A musical house, with more / children than you planned for, / a smallest hand, and fingers / of that hand closing on one / of yours, making a handle, / pulling the lever gaily / down, ringing in the first / jackpot of many, with coins / and cries, heavenly noise, / a crashing pile of minor riches —”
It’s the 81st birthday of Judy Blume (books by this author), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the best-selling author of more than two dozen books for young people, including Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (1970) and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (1972).