March 7, 1944 was the birthday of Townes Van Zandt , a gifted Texan singer/songwriter. (He died in 1997.)
March 7, 1707 was the birthday of Stephen Hopkins, (Governor of Rhode Island) one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence .
March 7, 1925 was the birthday of Rene Gagnon, a U.S. Marine, who was seen in the famous photographs of the Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima. (He died in 1979.)
Today we present a short but heavily-illustrated guest article by reader P.R., titled Observations on City Life in Brazil. It was too short to meet the 1,500-word minimum for our bimonthly nonfiction writing contest , so he asked that it be posted as a guest piece.