Why Easter is called Easter, baby animals, what is epact?

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Daily Newsletter for Sunday, April 21, 2019

easter flowering trees

'Twas Easter-Sunday.
The full-blossomed trees
Filled all the air with
Fragrance and with joy.

–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-82)


Sunday, April 21, 2019
111th day of the year

Tony Danza (actor) was born on this day in 1951.
Prince (musician) died on this day in 2016.

Why Easter is Called Easter

When is Easter 2020? | How the Easter Date is Determined
Why do we celebrate Easter? And why is Easter so late this year? We’ll explain—plus, find out how the date of Easter is determined and why it changes every year!


Tired of Too Many Lawn Tasks and Not Having the Right Equipment?

It’s Spring and time to take care of the many lawn projects that await you. Wouldn’t it be great to have a single reliable power source that accepts multiple attachments to tackle all sorts of jobs? ECHO’s Pro Attachment Series(TM) is the answer.
Epact and the Easter Date

What on Earth is Epact?
Here’s a little something deliciously arcane for those who long for the “simplicity” of life before computers … Listed in the Astronomical Glossary of The Old Farmer's Almanac is the word Epact, expressed as a number from 1 to 30.


Using Texture to Enhance Your Garden

Color and shape play an important role in garden design, but we often forget how texture can add interest and impact to any space - large or small. Learn how you can introduce texture to your garden from these 10 how-to photos.
Earth Day is Tomorrow!

Earth Day 2020
On Earth Day 2020, enjoy the lovely smell of fresh air, clean up some litter, plant a tree, or simply enjoy companionship with nature! Walk through the woods in search of emerging wildflowers and green moss. Go outside, no matter the weather!
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. 
Spring Weather and Baby Animals

Why Baby Animals are Born in Spring
Why are baby farm animals typically born in the spring? Enjoy our seasonal weather post—and, of course, adorable pictures of baby animals!
All-Natural, DEET-Free Insect Repellent

The Old Farmer’s Almanac name is on the bottle. If it doesn’t effectively repel ticks, mosquitoes, blackflies, chiggers, and other biting bugs we will give you your money back!
Easter Pie Idea?

Joe Licata’s Best-Ever Coconut Cream Pie

“Joe is my brother-in-law and a connoisseur of New Jersey diner desserts.

Chala Cell Phone Xbody Purses

Fun and functional! Perfect size for carrying most cell phones, cash, ID, and a few credit cards. Very nicely made and features adjustable straps.