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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, August 5, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, August 5, 2021

It’s the 87th birthday of poet, novelist, and environmentalist Wendell Berry. He believes that art is not the most important thing in life, and you must keep it in perspective.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, August 4, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, August 4, 2021

On this day in 1964 the bodies of three murdered civil rights workers were found in Mississippi. The murders influenced the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, August 3, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, August 3, 2021

“Much of our lives involves the word ‘no….But art is the big yes. In art, you get a chance to make something where there was nothing.” –Marvin Bell, poet, born 1937.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, August 2, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Monday, August 2, 2021

On this day in 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, not on the fourth of July as is popularly believed.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, August 1, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Sunday, August 1, 2021

It’s the birthday of Maria Mitchell, born in 1818. A devoted anti-slavery activist and suffragette, she became the first acknowledged female astronomer.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, July 31, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Saturday, July 31, 2021

Today is the birthday of poet Kim Addonizio, born 1954. We feature her poem “High Desert, New Mexico.”

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The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, July 30, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Friday, July 30, 2021

Author of “Wuthering Heights,” Emily Brontë was born on this day, 1818.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, July 29, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Thursday, July 29, 2021

Poet Stanley Kunitz was born on this day in 1905 in in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was appointed the poet laureate of the United States when he was 95 years old.

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The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Wednesday, July 28, 2021

“It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood.” – Karl Popper, born 1902

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The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The Writer’s Almanac for Tuesday, July 27, 2021

“When I am dead, I hope it may be said: His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.” –Hilaire Belloc, born 1870

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