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Minnesota wheat

Minnesota - Minneapolis skyline
[1858 - Minnesota is admitted to the Union as the 32nd US state]

Composer Irving Berlin    Composer Irving Berlin    Composer Irving Berlin with the troops
[1888 - Irving Berlin (Israel Isidore Baline), songwriter, born in Tyumen, Russia]

Dancer Martha Graham    Dancer Martha Graham    Dancer & Choreographer Martha Graham
[1894 - Martha Graham, modern dancer, choreographer, born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania]

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others

from The Life and Work of Martha Graham

Salvador Dali    Artist Salvador Dali    Artist Salvador Dali
Dali's Persistence of Memory    Dali's Dali-Atomicus
[1904 - Salvador Dali (y Domenech), surrealist artist, born in Figueras, Catalonia, Spain]

Comedian Phil Silvers    Comedian Phil Silvers as MSGT Bilko    Comedian Phil Silvers - older
[1911 - Phil Silvers (Philip Silver), Emmy Award-winning comedian, actor, born in Brooklyn]

Foster Brooks    Comedian Foster Brooks
[1912 - Foster Brooks, comedian, actor, born in Louisville, Kentucky]

Comedian Doodles Weaver   Actor Doodles Weaver
[1912 - Doodles (Winstead Sheffield) Weaver, actor, comedian, born in Los Angeles]

John Hayes with Hitchcock    Screenwriter John Michael Hayes
[1919 - John Michael Hayes, screenwriter, born in Worcester, Massachusetts]

Computer Scientist Edsger Dijstra
[1930 - Edsger Wybe Dijkstra, computer
scientist, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands]

Actor Doug McClure    Actor Doug McClure
[1935 - Doug (Douglas Osborne) McClure, actor, born in Glendale, California]

USS Turner Joy - firing off Vietnam
[1965 - U.S. Navy destroyers deliver the first shore bombardment of the Vietnam War]

All's Well . . .

William Shakespeare    Sir Francis Bacon

'Twas said Will Shakespeare was Oxford or Bacon.
This could have been true; is probably mistaken.
Now, would Shakespeare's works be any the less
If instead of Will's they were Francis' largesse?
Or penned by poets at the local tavern?
Or found on scrolls in some ancient cavern?

Shakespeare writing

William's Whimsical Words:

Where there is a Will there is a way.

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