10th December – On This Day In History

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Born:

1830 Emily Dickinson (poet)

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Died:

1909 Red Cloud (Sioux Chief)

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On This Day:

1817 Mississippi admitted to the US as the 20th state

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Have a good Thursday, 10th December

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Winter Morning

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All night the wind swept over the house
And through our dream
Swirling the snow up through the pines,
Ruffling the white, ice-capped clapboards,
Rattling the windows,
Rustling around and below our bed
So that we rode
Over wild water
In a white ship breasting the waves.
We rode through the night
On green, marbled
Water, and, half-waking, watched
The white, eroded peaks of icebergs
Sail past our windows;
Rode out the night in that north country,
And awoke, the house buried in snow,
Perched on a
Chill promontory, a
Giant’s tooth
In the mouth of the cold valley,
Its white tongue looped frozen around us,
The trunks of tall birches
Revealing the rib cage of a whale
Stranded by a still stream;
And saw, through the motionless baleen of their branches,
As if through time,
Light that shone
On a landscape of ivory,
A harbor of bone.

 

– William Jay Smith

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9th December – On This Day In History

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Born:

1934 Dame Judy Dench (actress)

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Died:

1641 Anthonie “Antoon” Van Dyck (Flemish painter)

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On This Day:

1931 Spain becomes a republic

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Have a good Wednesday, 9th December

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Winter Solstice

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When you startle awake in the dark morning
heart pounding breathing fast
sitting bolt upright staring into
dark whirlpool black hole
feeling its suction

Get out of bed
knock at the door of your nearest friend
ask to lie down ask to be held

Listen while whispered words
turn the hole into deep night sky
stars close together
winter moon rising over white fields
nearby wren rustling dry leaves
distant owl echoing
two people walking up the road laughing

Let your soul laugh
let your heart sigh out
that long held breath so hollow in your stomach
so swollen in your throat

Already light is returning pairs of wings
lift softly off your eyelids one by one
each feathered edge clearer between you
and the pearl veil of day

You have nothing to do but live

 

– Anonymous

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8th December – On This Day In History

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Born:

1925 Sammy Davis Jr (singer and actor)

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Died:

1980 John Lennon (The Beatles)

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On This Day:

1956 16th Olympic Games close in Melbourne, Australia

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Have a good Tuesday, 8th December

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Winter

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A wrinkled crabbed man they picture thee,
Old Winter, with a rugged beard as grey
As the long moss upon the apple-tree;
Blue-lipt, an icedrop at thy sharp blue nose,
Close muffled up, and on thy dreary way
Plodding alone through sleet and drifting snows.
They should have drawn thee by the high-heapt hearth,
Old Winter! seated in thy great armed chair,
Watching the children at their Christmas mirth;
Or circled by them as thy lips declare
Some merry jest, or tale of murder dire,
Or troubled spirit that disturbs the night,
Pausing at times to rouse the mouldering fire,
Or taste the old October brown and bright.

 

– Robert Southey

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7th December – On This Day In History

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Born:

1542 Mary Stuart (Mary, Queen of Scots)

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Died:

100 Cicero (Roman orator and politician)

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On This Day:

1960 Ivory Coast claims its independence from France

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Have a good Monday, 7th December

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