The Writer's Almanac

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

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Watching my Parents Sleeping Beside an Open Window Near the Sea by Rebecca McClanahan | Friday, May 26, 2017 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Needing them still, I come when I can, this time to the sea where we share a room: their double bed, my single. Morning fog paints the pale scene even paler. Lace curtains breathing, the chenille spread folded back, my father’s feet white sails furled at the edge of blue pajamas. Every child’s dream, a... Read more »

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 »