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Walt Whitman: His poem about being 71.

Walt Whitman, whose birthday is Friday, wrote this poem about the experience of being 71 for Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine. It was published in November 1889. The poem is split into two parts. The first three lines refer to personal “changes, losses, and sorrows,” while in the second three Whitman …

Watercooler Stories – May 28, 2012 – UPI.com

Wedding parties told to quiet down NICE, France, May 26 (UPI) — Couples getting married at town hall in Nice, in southern France, have been warned their ceremony will be postponed if they and their guests get too rowdy. Officials have banned shouting, whistling, parading with streamers and flags and …

Pertti Ahonen Reviews Edith Sheffer’s “Burned Bridge: How The East And West Germans Made The Iron Curtain” | The New Republic

 Burned Bridge: How the East and West Germans Made the Iron Curtain by Edith Sheffer Oxford University Press, 384 pp., $29.95 THE IRON CURTAIN between the two Germanys has received a fair share of public attention in recent years. The twentieth anniversary celebrations of the fall of the Berlin Wall constituted …

Celeb birthdays for Nov. 17, 2011

Guitarist Gerry McGee of The Ventures is 74. Singer Gordon Lightfoot is 73. Movie director Martin Scorsese is 69. Actress Lauren Hutton is 68. “Saturday Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels is 67. Actor-director Danny DeVito is 67. Actor Stephen Root (“King of the Hill,” “NewsRadio”) is 60. Actress Mary Elizabeth …