Welcome summer solstice!, fireflies, summer delights

Daily Newsletter for Thursday, June 21, 2018

sapphire summer

Oh, the summer night
Has a smile of light,
And she sits on a sapphire throne
–Barry Cornwall (1787–1874)


Thursday, June 21, 2018
172nd day of the year

Doug Savant (actor) was born on this day in 1964.
Charles Krauthammer (Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist) died on this day in 2018.

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Welcome Solstice (Today)!

7 Facts About the June Solstice
This year, the June solstice falls on Thursday, June 21. Enjoy seven cool (or, is it hot?) solstice facts—and see how many you know!


Actress Reveals the “Bathroom Trick” That Made Her Feel Years Younger

Last year, Actress Maggie Q met a doctor who recommended something to help her stomach and lack of energy. She needed to change the way she goes to the bathroom. Her stomach “deflated,” her mood improved, and her energy skyrocketed
Why We Have Seasons

The Reason for the Seasons
What causes the seasons? Here are the key astronomical reasons from The Old Farmer’s Almanac. (Remember, astronomy is at the core of any almanacwhich is a “calendar of the heavens.”)
Bee Rain Gauge

A metal bee accent adorns the hand-painted stake. Features a durable acrylic rain gauge for easy viewing.
What's in Season?

Summer Recipes: Make the Most of the Food in Season
Enjoy our best summer recipes and revel in the season’s bounty! Now is the best time to savor juicy fruit ripened by the Sun, and bring fresh tomatoes, squash, and sweet corn from the garden to the table.
Vern Ader’s Weed Spinner

Remove weeds and their roots in one quick spin! The action is fast and the result is very satisfying! What’s more, there’s no kneeling, bending, or getting your hands dirty.
Marking Seasons Through Time

Five Ancient Sites Aligned With the Solstice and Equinox
Ever been to Stonehenge? Machu Picchu? Across time, people have marked the changes of seasons—sometimes in dramatic ways! Here are five amazing ancient sites aligned with the solstice and equinox.
Wine Bottle Lights

Create ambient lighting from an empty wine bottle! Choose a bottle from a special celebration or because of its interesting shape and color. 
Let Your Love Light Shine

Fireflies: Why Do Fireflies Glow?
Fireflies, or lightning bugs, have been captivating humans for centuries with their beautiful lights on summer nights. What makes fireflies glow the way they do?
Bee Brand Tote

One side of this cotton bag resembles a vintage seed sack and the other has busy bees.