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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Poetry in the morning

I have a new morning ritual, thanks to my friend, Cathy. The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor now sets my creative day. I look forward to listening with my first cup of coffee every morning. So many interesting little tidbits in this short podcast featuring literary facts and a poem of the day. Today's poem is a downer called "Afraid So" by Jeanne Marie Beaumont.

Today marks the founding of the Smithsonian Institution in 1846, with money from a British man who had never set foot in the U.S. Curiously, we still don't know why he gave his money to us. He never even corresponded with anyone here.

This also marks the publication date of Henry David Thoreau's Walden. It was off to a slow start, however, taking five years to sell the first 2,000 copies.

And today is the birthday of P.L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins. She once said: "Mary Poppins is both a joy and a curse to me as a writer. As a writer you can feel awfully imprisoned, because people, having had so much of one thing, want you always to go on doing more of the same."


Christine said...

Thanks - I'm inspired to figure out a morning creativity ritual now (that doesn't involve a cat.) Any other suggestions like this? Unfortunately I have a visceral aversion to Garrison Keillor.

K-Oh said...

Thank you so much for this post! I will love listening to Keillor every morning.

Wendy Hoke said...

Hope you enjoy, K!

Wendy Hoke said...

Thanks for stopping by, Christine. My other morning ritual involves my yellow lab, but it hardly inspires creativity. :) I do like to write early in the morning as the sun is rising. The dawn seem to fire my writerly brain.