Handwriting day, lefties, essay contest

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Daily Newsletter for Sunday, January 22, 2017

Dear Almanac readers, 

On Monday, we celebrate National Handwriting Day. How fitting that John Hancock, the fellow with the most famous signature ever, was born on this day (according to the Gregorian calendar).

When's the last time you put pen to paper (we say, as we type this newsletter)? Read how to write a proper thank-you note—plus, take a shot at writing in our annual essay contest for cash prizes!

Your Almanac Editors

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.
–Benjamin Franklin (1706–90)

Sunday, January 22, 2017
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Writing a proper thank-you

How to Write a Thank-You Note
Why are thank-you notes important? How long does a thank-you note have to be? Here are the oft-forgotten fundamentals of writing a thank-you note.
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Moon Calendar

Loaded with dramtic images, lunar lore, and more! Makes a great stocking stuffer!

Do you write left-handed?

Left-Handed Facts and Folklore
International Left-Handers Day occurs this year on Tuesday, August 13! To celebrate, here are some fun facts and folklore about being left-handed. Right on, left-handers!
The 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar

Force spring flowers indoors: Cut forsythia, dogwood, or crabapple branches. Before placing in a vase, mash the cut ends…

Washing Hands the Right Way

Proper Hand-Washing for Clean Hands
Hand-washing is an essential part of staying healthy, so learn how to wash your hands correctly! Having good hand hygiene through a proper hand-washing technique can be a great skill that keeps you from getting sick.
The 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Calendar

Celebrate by giving a plant that has heart-shaped leaves: Dutchman’s pipe, European wild ginger, ‘Artic Beauty’ hardy kiwi, morning glory, or violet.

Essay Contest. Cash Prizes!

The Old Farmer's Almanac Essay Contest
Every year, The Old Farmer’s Almanac holds an essay contest with cash prizes. Enter here—and read wonderful winning essays from prior years!
The 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac Engagement Calendar

A daily planner full of humor and useful advice, it’s an indispensable tool for managing your life and keeping you organized.