Sometimes serendipity works. I was driving home last night from work and stumbled upon “The Writer’s Almanac” again. For anyone not in the know, Garrison Keillor of Prairie Home Companion fame hosts a short four-minute program each weekday; he tells us something interesting about the date and reads a poem. I truly think this is required listening for anyone interested in writing, a small oasis in an otherwise hostile desert of rejection slips and writer’s block. It’s comfort food.
I first listened to the show in fourth grade, if you can believe it. I would wake up early and catch it when it came on at about five-thirty in the morning on WAMU. I do not remember the names of the poems or any of the wisdom imparted by the man, but I do remember his trademark sign-off:
“Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.”
Which is pretty much all of the advice you ever need, if you really think about it.