To-day, alike are great and small,
The nameless and the known;
My palace is the people’s hall,
The ballot-box, my throne!
–John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–92)
Election Day History, Trivia, and Fascinating Facts In 2020, U.S. Election Day falls on Tuesday, November 3. How much do—and don’t—you know? Here is a short history of Election Day and the right to vote. Plus, we have some trivia, fascinating facts, and common questions & answers to quiz yourself as well as your family and friends.
Why Do We Vote on a Tuesday? Ever wondered why Americans vote on a Tuesday? The practice goes back to a time when Tuesday was the most convenient day and thought to encourage the highest turnout! Read on …
What Are the Quarter Days and What Do They Mean? Where did the dates for Groundhog Day, Midsummer Day, weddings in June, elections in fall, and Halloween originate? It’s all rooted in the ancient Celtic calendar. There are four “Quarter Days” near the solstices and equinoxes; the midpoints were called “Cross-Quarter Days.” Learn why we celebrate...
Ethnic Bread Recipes for the Holidays Certain holidays are accompanied by traditional ethnic recipes, many of which are for baking bread. Here is a selection of festive breads based upon a cook’s jaunt around the calendar—from New Year’s Day Bread to Christmas Breads.
Witch Hazel in the Garden Witch hazel’s yellow to orange-red flowers add a slash of color to drab winter landscapes. Learn more about this wonderfully hardy, fragrant plant—which also has therapeutic qualities. It tells us that spring is around the corner!