March 28, 2019
Garrison Keillor heads to Steele County for a solo performance to benefit the Historical Society. 7:30 p.m.
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.
by Connie Wanek
After God created love he felt
himself swooning. “What is this?”
he cried out to Mrs. God.
“What have I done?
Is it a kind of music?”
“It bears a strong resemblance,”
she said softly, watching the warm sea
begin to rise and fall, as though
longing for the moon.
“Take slow, deep breaths,” she advised,
“and it will pass.”
But it didn’t. All day God wandered
in Eden, on the verge of weeping.
The tree of the knowledge of good and evil
was in full bloom. He’d made it
self-pollinating, but now he changed
his mind and decided that to fruit,
a second tree must be planted nearby.
“Close, but not too close,”
Mrs. God, the horticulturist, advised.
“The bees will find it.”
Another evening, glorious among the clouds.
She was humming, mending something
when God touched her shoulder.
“Yes,” she said, smiling. “Yes,
it was a good day.”
“First Love” by Connie Wanek from Consider the Lilies: Mrs. God Poems. © Will o’ the Wisp Books, 2018. Reprinted with permission. (buy now)
Today is Valentine’s Day, named after an early Christian priest, St. Valentine, who was martyred on February 14 in 269 A.D. The Emperor Claudius II forbade single men to get married in an effort to bolster his struggling army. Seeing this act as a grave injustice, the priest Valentine performed clandestine wedding rituals in defiance of the emperor, for which he was beheaded. While awaiting his execution in his cell, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with the daughter of a prison guard who would come and visit him. On the day of his death, Valentine left a note for the young woman professing his undying devotion signed “Love from your Valentine,” thus beginning a tradition of love letters to be continued by others.
Writer James Joyce (books by this author) wrote to his wife Nora Barnacle: “You are my only love. You have me completely in your power. I know and feel that if I am to write anything fine or noble in the future I shall do so only by listening to the doors of your heart. … I love you deeply and truly, Nora. … my darling be only a little kinder to me, bear with me a little even if I am inconsiderate and unmanageable and believe me we will be happy together.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne (books by this author) wrote to his wife Sophia on their first wedding anniversary: “We were never so happy as now — never such wide capacity for happiness, yet overflowing with all that the day and every moment brings to us…this birth-day of our married life is like a cape, which we have now doubled and find a more infinite ocean of love stretching out before us.”
Today is also the anniversary of the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, the name given to the 1929 Valentine’s Day murder of seven members and associates of Chicago’s North Side Gang. The men were gathered at a Lincoln Park garage on the morning of Valentine’s Day, where they were made to line up against a wall, and then they were shot down by four men using weapons that included two Thompson submachine guns. Two of the shooters were dressed as uniformed policemen, while the others wore suits, ties, overcoats and hats. Witnesses saw the “police” leading the other men at gunpoint out of the garage after the shooting.
It was a war between the Irish North Siders and their Italian South Side rivals, led by Al Capone, to control organized crime in the city during Prohibition.
Wilde said that “The Importance of Being Earnest” expressed his philosophy that “we should treat all the trivial things of life very seriously, and all the serious things of life with sincere and studied triviality.”