WILI HOT LINKS

WILI FIRST WENT ON THE AIR ON OCTOBER 5, 1957.  CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT WILI'S GALA 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION IN 2007

 

SEE AN AMAZING TIME-LAPSE VIDEO FROM THE BLIZZARD OF 2013--CLICK HERE.

See the rare "Transit of Venus" as seen from Eastern Connecticut State College on June 5, 2012--click here.
Venus in upper right
 
See a phenomenal video set to "American Pie" -- click here 
 
 SEE WILI'S PHOTOS OF THE NOVEMBER 9, 2010 TRAIN DERAILMENT IN WILLIMANTIC--CLICK HERE.
 
 WILI's WAYNE NORMAN VISITED GROUND ZERO FIVE DAYS AFTER THE 9/11 ATTACKS.  TO READ HIS RECAP AND SEE HIS PHOTOS, CLICK HERE.

 WAYNE NORMAN LANDED A BIG FISH...CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

WAYNE NORMAN KAYAKED RIVERFEST 2009 IN WILLIMANTIC. TO SEE PICTURES CLICK HERE.


MOHEGAN SUN HELPED WILI CELEBRATE NATIONAL RADIO DAY ON AUGUST 20, 2010. FOR DETAILS AND PICTURES, CLICK HERE.

WHAT CAUSED THE INTERNATIONAL BANKING CRISIS IN 2008? A BANKING EXPERT GIVE HIS TAKE: CLICK HERE

SHABOO OPENED IN OCTOBER 1971.  TO SEE PHOTOS AND A LIST OF ARTISTS WHO PLAYED AT THE LEGENDARY LOCAL NIGHTCLUB, CLICK HERE.
 
SEE PHOTOS FROM THE 2006 WINDHAM SNOW BALL FORMAL DANCE AT WINDHAM TOWN HALL:  CLICK HERE. 
 
SEE AMAZING PHOTOS OF THE MARCH 2009 ERUPTION OF ALASKA'S MOUNT REDOUBT VOLCANO:  CLICK HERE.
 
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Believing in Willimantic

by Rubén Palma

I believe you are like me
 that when you fall you get up too
 that when you cry you laugh as well
 and that you grow in spite of an opposing wind
 
But they say
 you can deceive
 as the night deceives travelers
 and memory at the same time
 because it’s in your empty buildings
 that you hide your ugly defeats
 and it’s in the winter
 that you show your hardest face
 
But that doesn’t worry me
 because I too
 have ugly defeats to hide
 and a hard face to show in my winters
 
How can I not believe in you
 If your temples and roads
 make me feel America’s heart?
 
How can I not believe in you
 If your fountain welcomed me, letting me drink
 the fresh soul of the earth
How can I not believe in you
 When the gentle frogs of your bridge
 Take me through the 111 stories
 I have not yet been able to tell?
 
How can I not believe in you
 When your park has granted me the privilege
 of dedicating this simple poem to you?

—Translated by Maria and Matt Proser

Rubén Palma wrote "Creyendo en Willimantic” (Believing in Willimantic) to thank the residents of our town for their warm hospitality.  He read the poem in the Julia de Burgos Park on June 10, 2004. On November 5, 2004, he recited the poem on radio station WILI, and the station immediately received requests for copies of the poem.

Mr. Palma is the author of a collection of short stories, The Trail We Leave (Curbstone Press, 2004), stories that deal with his exile in Denmark. For more information visit Curbstone’s web site: www.curbstone.org.

CREYENDO EN WILLIMANTIC

      By Rubén Palma

Creo que eres como yo
 que cuando caes también te levantas
 que cuando lloras también ríes
 y que creces con el viento en contra
 
Pero alguien me ha dicho
 que puedes engañar
 como la noche engaña a los viajeros,
 y los recuerdos al ahora
 porque es en tus edificios vacíos
 que ocultas feas derrotas
 y es en invierno
 que muestras tu rostro más duro
 
Pero eso no me preocupa de verdad
 porque yo también
 tengo feas derrotas que ocultar
 y duros rostros que mostrar en mis inviernos
 
Cómo no he de creer en ti?
 si tus templos y caminos
 me hacen sentir el corazón de América
 
Cómo no he de creer en ti?
 si tu fuente me recibió
 permitiéndome beber el alma fresca de la tierra
Cómo no he de creer en ti?
 si los amables sapos de tu puente me llevan
 por las 111 historias
 que aún no he podido contar
 
Cómo no ha de creer en ti?
 si este parque me he premiado
 dedicándote este simple poema

                        —Rubén Palma

 

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