Date of Entry:
December 12, 1787
|Map of the USA. Pennsylvania shaded dark & tagged.|
|A close-up of Pennsylvania & its neighbors.|
Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia
46,055 square miles
Five Largest Cities:
Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, Reading
Famous Geographical Point:
The Keystone State, because it was the middle state of the original 13 colonies & because it was a major "key" to the development of the USA.
David McCullough, author & historian (The Johnstown Flood, which I've read, it's excellent, John Adams, 1776, etc.)
Book Set In/About:
Rabbit, Run by John Updike
A man, missing his high school heyday and bored with life, has a quarter-life crisis. I know it's famous. I've never read it. Based on its Wikipedia synopsis, it sounds pretty brutal and bleak.
Movie Set In/About:
"Silver Linings Playbook" (2012), directed by David O. Russell
A man with bipolar disorder, recently released from a psychiatric hospital, slowly begins to stabilize with the help of a young widow, who has mental health issues of her own. I considered choosing the more famous "Rocky" or even a perennial Christmas favorite of mine, "Trading Places," but I went with this lovely, touching film & its great performances instead.
Headline of the Day:
"Budget Battle: Pennsylvania School Districts May Lose Ability to Borrow" by Pittsburgh's Action News 4 (wtae.com)
It's depressing how many of Pennsylvania's recent headlines were about gun violence.