Mercury retrograde, best zuke bread, rain barrels

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Daily Newsletter for Thursday, July 26, 2018

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people's feet
Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94)

Thursday, July 26, 2018
207th day of the year


Jeremy Piven (actor) was born on this day in 1965.
Eva Peron (wife of Argentine President Juan Peron) died on this day in 1952.


 
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