Category Archives: On This Day

Happy Birthday, Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay was born on this day in 1892 in Rockland, Maine. Edna St. Vincent Millay was one of those rare creatures: a poet who was a celebrity in her day. The first woman to win the Pulitzer … Continue reading

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On This Day: February 22, 1980

Al Michaels: It was a sliver of the Cold War played out on a sheet of ice. Here you have a bunch of fresh-faced college kids taking on the big bad Soviet bear, in the United States, in the Olympics. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, George Washington

That video is not safe for work, by the way. Due to its total awesomeness. Here is a big post I wrote for Washington’s birthday in 2010. I love my father’s quote the best: “We were so lucky.” This hurts … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Wystan Hugh Auden: “The enlightenment driven away / The habit-forming pain”

W.H. Auden was born on this day in York, England, 1907. Two pieces of advice for writers from Mr. Auden: To keep his errors down to a minimum, the internal Censor to whom a poet submits his work in progress … Continue reading

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My Parents’ Anniversary

My parents on their snowy wedding day. (That’s my O’Malley grandfather, known to his grand-kids as “Pop”, sitting in the background. If you’d like to see how spiffy Pop was, take a look at this treasured photo of my O’Malley … Continue reading

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X Marks the Spot

Teddy Roosevelt’s diary from the day his wife Alice and his mother died, Feb. 14, 1884.

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“If it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks.” – Happy Birthday, Brendan Behan

“Shakespeare said pretty well everything and what he left out, James Joyce, with a judge from meself, put in.” – Brendan Behan Brendan Behan, Irish playwright, IRA man, criminal, was born on this day, in Dublin, in 1923. He led … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop is one of my favorite poets. She actually didn’t write all that many poems during her life (compared to other poets who lived as long as she did). She was meticulous, picking and choosing every word with the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens

DICKENS MISCELLANIA: QUOTES AND APPRECIATIONS Charles Dickens, “Hunted Down”: I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don’t trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance, any … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Laura Ingalls Wilder

Beloved American author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, was born on February 7, 1867. Her books are so much a part of my childhood that they don’t even feel like books, they feel like actual memories. I was 7, 8, 9 when … Continue reading

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