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Once upon a midnight dreary, as I pondered weak and weary, over many a quaint and curious options to which to raise a glass… Raise a glass today to Edgar Allen Poe’s masterpiece of horror and poetry, The Raven, published for the first time this day in 1845. The poem, made up of 18 stanzas of 6 lines of trochaic octameter verse, is one of the most read and recognized pieces of American poetry ever written.  The opening line, “Once upon a midnight dreary,” instantly calls to mind the late night setting in which the protagonist pleads with a dark…

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Today marks the 29th anniversary of the recording of the single We are the World by the ensemble super group known as USA for Africa. The song was written by Lionel Ritchie and the late Michael Jackson, and sold over 10 million copies around the globe. It went on to win three Grammies, one AMA, and a People’s Choice Award. The artists who sang on the single included everyone from Bruce Springsteen, Joe Perry, Cyndi Lauper, Ray Charles, and Kenny Rogers to the Pointer Sisters, every other Jackson who ever recording a lyric, Dan Aykroyd, and Paul Simon. It was…

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