Quadrantids meteors, how long seeds last, writing a thank you note

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Daily Newsletter for Friday, January 3, 2020

icicle
The icicles now fringe the trees
That swayed in summer's gentle breeze,
When summer days were fair.

–Dora Read Goodale (1866–1915)

Friday, January 3, 2020
3rd day of the year


Mel Gibson (actor) was born on this day in 1956.
Alfred Henry "Freddy" Heineken (Dutchman who helped make his namesake beer one of the world's most popular) died on this day in 2002.


 
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Weather Calendar
 
Quadrantids Meteor Shower!

Meteor Shower Calendar 2020: When Is the Next Meteor Shower?
The next meteor shower is the Quadrantids on January 3–4! See viewing details—plus, the full 2020 Meteor Shower Calendar covering the dates of all the principal meteor showers.
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How Long Seeds Last

How Long Do Seeds Last?
How long do garden seeds last? How do you tell if your old seeds are still good? Let’s find out!
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January's Gem

January Birthstone: Color and Meaning
The January birthstone, the garnet, is thought to keep the wearer safe during travel. Garnets form in layers of rock deep underground where they withstand extreme temperature variations. Geologists study garnets to understand the effects of temperature and pressure on surrounding rocks.
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The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar

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Best Recipe We Made Last Year

Braised Chicken Thighs With Mustard Cream Sauce

This simple yet sensational dish will be on your menu every week!

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Writing Thank You Notes

How to Write a Thank-You Note
Why are thank-you notes important? How long does a thank-you note have to be? Here are the oft-forgotten fundamentals of writing a thank-you note.
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