Welcome summer solstice!, fireflies, summer delights

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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)

 

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7 Facts About the June Solstice
7 Facts About the June Solstice
If you ask friends what happens on the summer solstice (this Sunday), they’re likely to say it’s the longest day of the year. But let’s learn something new. Bob Berman lists 7 cool (or, is it “hot”?) solstice facts. See how many you know!
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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

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The Reason for the Seasons
The Reason for the Seasons
What causes our four seasons—winter, spring, summer, and fall? People puzzled over this for centuries. (Hint: It’s not the distance between the Sun and Earth.) Find the reasons for the seasons. 
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Bee Rain Gauge

A metal bee accent adorns the hand-painted stake. Features a durable acrylic rain gauge for easy viewing.

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Summer Recipes: Make the Most of the Food in Season
Summer Recipes: Make the Most of the Food in Season
Enjoy these classic summer recipes before summer’s over! Think ​​juicy tomatoes, ripe melons, tender zucchini, and so much more! See some of our favorites such as plum crostata, watermelon-cucumber salad, peach and tomato salsa, pickled peppers, tomato sauce, grilled Mexican sweet corn, caprese...
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Vern Ader's Weed Spinner

Finally, it’s fun and easy to weed!  The Weed Spinner is an innovative drill-driven weed removal bit that spins out weeds and their roots in one whirling motion.The action is fast and the result is very satisfying! What’s more, there’s no kneeling, bending, or getting your hands dirty. Weeds don’t stand a chance!

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6 Ancient Sites Aligned With the Solstice and Equinox
6 Ancient Sites Aligned With the Solstice and Equinox
Across time, people have marked the changes of seasons—sometimes in dramatic ways! Here are six amazing ancient sites aligned with the solstices and equinoxes.
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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. 

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Fireflies: Why Do Fireflies Glow?
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?
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Bee Brand Tote

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

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