Origins of Halloween, how to make pie, easy houseplants

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Daily Newsletter for Thursday, October 29, 2020

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Till I scarcely more than muttered “Other friends have flown before—
On the morrow he will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before.”
Then the bird said “Nevermore.”

–Edgar Allan Poe (1809–49)

 

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Origins of Halloween Traditions
Origins of Halloween

Origins of Halloween Traditions
Why does Halloween make us think of trick-or-treating, witches on broomsticks, bobbing for apples, and carved pumpkins? Why are carved pumpkins called Jack-O’-Lanterns? Here’s a look back at the origins of Halloween traditions and why we celebrate Halloween the way we do today.

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Easy Houseplants for Your Home
Easy Houseplants

Easy Houseplants for Your Home
Have you caught the houseplant bug? See our list of favorite easy-care houseplants and find the right one for your indoor space.

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The Three Sisters: Corn, Beans, and Squash
The Three Sisters

The Three Sisters: Corn, Beans, and Squash
Did you know that corn, beans, and squash are called the “Three Sisters”? A number of Native American tribes interplanted this trio because they thrive together, much like three inseparable sisters. Here’s how to plant your own Three Sisters garden.

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How to Make a Pie: Crusts, Fillings, and More
How to Make a Pie

How to Make a Pie: Crusts, Fillings, and More
Pie, brought over with the earliest settlers from England, has become an American institution. Making a tender, flaky pie crust isn’t just about the crust recipe; it’s about the right techniques. Keep everything cold and work the dough sparingly. See our tips—plus, videos on how to jazz up your top...

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Redeeming the Raven, Evermore
Redeeming the Raven

Redeeming the Raven, Evermore
The raven has been described as a “grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore” (to quote Edgar Allan Poe). The bird’s bad reputation—as a bringer of death and dark omens—couldn’t be more wrong. Enjoy these surprising facts about ravens from naturalist Henry Walters—...

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