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May 20, 2020
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April 18, 2020
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February 19, 2020
Garrison Keillor with Heather Masse at the Dakota. Night 2 of 2. Tickets $30+
February 18, 2020
Garrison Keillor with Heather Masse at the Dakota. Night 1 of 2. Tickets $30+
Mother’s Day Memo
by Anita Pulier
Breathe in her scent,
thumb through food stained pages,
touch her buttery finger prints.
Remove her little notes
on more garlic or less wine,
place them in your jewelry box
in case they contain
secrets, it’s time
to find Mom’s clues.
Bow your head to
this unique holiday offer
of sensory overload.
Recall family dinners crowded
around an orange banquette
curving around a Formica table,
strewn with flowered wallpaper
insisting on cheer.
Allow a moment to grieve
the loss of unconditional love.
Pour a nice cup of tea,
open the Times online,
place the cursor
on the world you live in now.
“Mother’s Day Memo” by Anita S. Pulier from The Butcher’s Diamond. © Finishing Line Press, 2018. Reprinted with permission. (buy now)
On this day in 1888, Charles Sherrill, running for Yale University, first used the crouching start when running the 100-yard dash on this day in 1888. Before that, runners simply stood at the starting line.
He went on to a distinguished diplomatic career and organizer of the international Olympics and then wrote a book in 1924 in praise of monarchy and Mussolini and Hitler. He said of Hitler, “At least he is a leader who leads.” He died before the extent of Nazi atrocities became well-known in America.
Today is Mother’s Day, introduced in 1870 by Julia Ward Howe, as a day of protest after the Civil War, in which mothers could come together and protest their sons killing other mothers’ sons.
But that didn’t catch on, and the woman who really created Mother’s Day as we know it was Anna Jarvis in 1908. It became commercialized very quickly by the floral industry, which made Anna Jarvis furious. She referred to the florists as charlatans, bandits, pirates, racketeers, and kidnappers, and she died in poverty and without any children of her own.
It was on this day in 1935 that the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous first met, in Akron, Ohio. Bill Wilson was on a business trip, and he felt the need for a drink. But he wanted to stay sober, so he looked for support and was introduced to Dr. Bob Smith, a member of an evangelical Christian movement called the Oxford Group. The two men spread the word about starting a support group for alcoholics. Wilson wrote a book in 1939, Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered From Alcoholism which described the 12-step program that the support group used.
The first three steps listed in the original book were:
1) We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.
2) Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3) Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Today other groups follow the 12-step model including Debtors Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Online Gamers Anonymous, Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, and Workaholics Anonymous.
It’s the birthday of actress Katharine Hepburn, born in Hartford, Connecticut (1907) who had red hair and freckles and sharp cheekbones and was one of the great actresses of the twentieth century.
She made a name for herself on Broadway in the role of an Amazon in the play The Warrior’s Husband in which she came on stage by leaping down a flight of steps while carrying a stag on her shoulders.
She said, “If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.”