Pumpkin Spice Season

With the turning of the leaves, coffee fans enthusiastically consume hot lattes, specifically Pumpkin Spice Lattes (which comes with a fan-made acronym: PSLs). This may not matter to some who might be already fed up with the amount of pumpkin-spiced everything, but for those of us who love PSLs, Thanksgiving marks the unfortunate end of…
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Holiday Prep Starts Here!

Holiday Gatherings | Savories and Sweets | A Sparkling Home | Holiday Movies   Gifts for All | Holiday Booklists and Book Matches December can be a joyful time of peace and celebration, but too often “getting through the holidays” seems like more of a burden than a blessing. The push to have it all go perfectly is an impossible dream that undermines the…
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The Fall of the Bastille

On July 14, 1789, a Parisian mob broke down the gates of the ancient fortress known as the Bastille, marking a flashpoint at the beginning of the French Revolution. "What is the third estate? Everything. What has it been up till now in the political order? Nothing. What does it desire to be? Something."  …
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November 28 Is Red Planet Day

Each November 28 is celebrated as “Red Planet Day.”  Red Planet Day commemorates the launch of the Spacecraft Mariner 4 on November 28, 1964. Its 228-day mission brought the spacecraft within 6,118 miles of Mars on July 14, 1965, sending us back the first close-up photos of the red planet. Mars is a very bright planet, and…
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Happy Hibernations!

Slow, sleepy winter days find many animals curled up in their dens. They sleep warmly through winter, awakening in spring ready to enjoy the renewed Earth. This unusual, deep sleep is called hibernation. What Is Hibernation? True hibernation is a very deep sleep. The animal's body temperature drops, its breathing slows, and it is very…
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A Sweet, Sweet Valentine

What's better than a store-bought valentine with your name on it? Add a little something sweet to make it a valentine to remember. Sure, you can buy pretty candy at just about any store this time of the year, but you can also get creative and make it yourself. Choosing Chocolate Depending on what you…
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Red, White, and Blue Music

On July 4th, burgers sizzle on the grill, and cold drinks are passed around. Happy dogs play with frisbees, and sunburned kids finally climb out of the pool. In the growing darkness, fireworks begin to crackle and zoom overhead. At last a special song starts playing, and all the people get quiet as they remember…
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