The Writer's Almanac

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

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For a Friend Lying in Intensive Care Waiting for Her White Blood Cells to Rejuvenate After a Bone Marrow Transplant by Barbara Crooker | Saturday, March 19, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

The jonquils. They come back. They split the earth with       their green swords, bearing cups of light. The forsythia comes back, spraying its thin whips with       blossom, one loud yellow shout. The robins. They come back. They pull the sun on the       silver thread of their song. The irises come back. They dance in the... Read more »

How to Clean an Oil-Slicked Penguin by Andrew Gent | Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Like the punch line to a very bad joke the obvious and actual answer is: “carefully”. First, you must learn to hold the penguin from behind, to avoid the beak, pressing both wings against the body until you need to hold each out (again, carefully) to clean in and around the extremities. Next, contrary to... Read more »