The Writer's Almanac

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Garrison Keillor

Beloved radio host Garrison Keillor recounts the highlights of that day in history and reads a short poem or two.



  • Saturday, November 29, 2014 1:01am
    Morning of buttered toast; of coffee, sweetened, with milk. Out the window, snow-spruces step from their cobwebs. Flurry of chickadees, feeding then gone. A single cardinal stipples an empty branch— one maple leaf lifted back. I turn my blessings like photographs into the light; over my shoulder the god of Not-Yet looks on: Not-yet-dead, not-yet-lost,... Read more »
  • Friday, November 28, 2014 1:01am
    What does it mean? Lord knows; least of all I.         Faced with it, schoolboys are shy, And grown-ups speak it at moments of excess         Which later seem more or less Unfeasible. It is equivocal, sentimental,         Debatable, really a sort of lentil— Neither pea nor bean. Sometimes it’s a muscle,         Sometimes courage or at least hustle,... Read more »
  • Thursday, November 27, 2014 1:01am
    Forgive us. We have dragged them into the night in taffeta dresses, in stiff collars and ties, with the wind damp, the sleet raking their cheeks, to school lunchrooms fitted with makeshift stages where we will sit under bad fluorescent lighting on folding chairs, and they will sing and play. We will watch the first... Read more »
  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014 5:00pm
    A storm blew in last night and knocked out the electricity. When I looked through the window, the trees were translucent. Bent and covered with rime. A vast calm lay over the countryside. I knew better. But at that moment I felt I’d never in my life made any false promises, nor committed so much... Read more »
  • Monday, November 24, 2014 5:00pm
    The place your parents brought you straight from the hospital, where you spent those endless years of grade- school. Or maybe it’s the place where you raised your own children, where you were never alone. The place you retreat to after the divorce, or when circumstances force you to go there. According to Frost, they... Read more »