The Writer's Almanac – Thursday, July 18, 2019

and here is the writers almanac for Thursday July the 18th 2019 it's the birthday of Nelson Mandela born in Lavezzi South Africa in 1918 first member of his family to go to school devoted himself to working for an end to apartheid and to that end he spent 27 years in prison he later said of his release from prison as I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind I'd still be in prison Nelson Mandela who said a good head and good heart are always a formidable combination but when you add to that a literate tongue or pen then you have something very special it's the birthday of jessamine Westbourne Jennings County Indiana 1902 family moved to Orange County California when she was young where she grew up in her father's Lemon Grove her first book was a collection of short stories about Quakers the friendly persuasion she was a cousin of Richard Milhous Nixon and she babysat him when he was growing up and it was on this day in 64 AD the Great Fire of Rome began raged for six days according to the historian Tacitus it began in a dry-goods store near the Circus Maximus some people blamed the Emperor Nero for the fire and Nero blamed an obscure religious sect the Christians and tortured them to death in the amphitheater it's the birthday of Hunter s Thompson born in Louisville Kentucky 1937 father died when he was in high school the mother alcoholic son turned crime he was arrested for robbery the judge gave him a choice prison or the military so he joined the Air Force started writing articles for the base newspaper and when he got out he took newspaper jobs any that he could get his break came in 1964 the Nation magazine hired him to write about the Hells Angels and the piece he wrote turned into a book deal he used his advance to buy a motorcycle wrote around the country wrote about the bikers he met the book came out in 1967 and it became a best-seller he was a journalist Hunter S Thompson who was the hero of his own stories stories in which the line between truth and fiction was blurring Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas the book begins we were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Aspen Colorado 2005 and as per his request his ashes were shot from a cannon it's the birthday of the author Elizabeth Gilbert Waterbury Connecticut 1969 author of the best-selling memoir travelogue self-help book Eat Pray Love one woman's search for everything across Italy India and Indonesia Intel was founded on the state 1968 by Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce who were going to name the company more noise but that did the sound right so they named it integrated electronics or in town here's a poem for today by Emily Dickinson one blessing had I than the rest so larger to my eyes that I stopped gauging satisfied for this enchanted sighs it was the limit of my dream the focus of my prayer a perfect paralyzing bliss contented as despair I knew no more of want or cold phantasms both become for this no value in the soul supremist earthly some the heaven below the heaven above obscured with ruddy or blue life's latitudes bent over full the judgment perished to libelous so scantily dispersed why paradise differ why floods be served to us in bowls I speculate no more one blessing had I then the rest upon by Emily Dickens and that's the writer's Almanac for Thursday July the 18th be well do good work and keep in touch you

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