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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 Friday, 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 our four seasons—spring, summer, winter, fall? Why do our seasons change? You might guess that the seasons are caused by the distance between our planet and the Sun. That’s not it! We explain…
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
Summer’s in full swing. Take advantage of midsummer’s bounty: ​​juicy tomatoes, basil, sweet corn, tender zucchini, refreshing cucumbers, bright peppers, green beans, fresh eggplant, ripe peaches, and more! Here’s are some of our best summer recipe ideas—arranged by what’s fresh!
Try the Weed Spinner!

All you need is a drill and weeds and their roots are gone in one quick spin! The action is fun, fast, and satisfying! What’s more, there’s no kneeling, bending, or getting your hands dirty. Expect your neighbors to get curious and want to try the Weed Spinner, too. This back-saving drill bit was invented by retired school teacher Vern Ader and we thank him. 
Marking Seasons Through Time

5 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 solstices and equinoxes.
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—also known a 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.