The Writer's Almanac

Each day, Garrison Keillor reads a poem and relates stories of significant events touching literary history.

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Observations of an OB/GYN Nurse by Lois Parker Edstrom | Sunday, May 21, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

       In memory of Dr. Tom Critchfield The babies, CEOs of his life, set the schedule, write the script. They arrive in predawn hours and the middle of the afternoon unaware of an overflowing waiting room or his need for a few hours of uninterrupted sleep. The police recognize his car, escort him to the hospital... Read more »

Ode to the Joyful Ones by Thomas Lux | Friday, May 19, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

          Shield your joyful ones.                     —from an Anglican prayer That they walk, even stumble, among us is reason to praise them, or protect them—even the sound of a lead slug dropped on a lead plate, even that, for them, is music. Because they bring laughter’s brief amnesia. Because they stand, talking, taking pleasure in others, with... Read more »