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Blog: Signs of Autumn
It’s my favorite time of year again. Autumn is in the air. What signs of the seasons do you observe...
Best Days for the Month of September 2016
These September dates, deemed to be propitious in astrology, are based on the astrological passage...
Gardening by the Moon's Sign Dates September 2016
Use the September 2016 dates shown in the Moon’s Astrological Place calendar below to find the best...
Timeline of The Old Farmer's Almanac—and America!
People often ask how and why this Almanac has lasted. Here’s the answer in an interactive timeline...
History of Pickling and Pickling Spices
If you love pickles, you will be as intrigued as to learn about the history of pickling and...
Origin of Day Names
The days of the week were named by the Romans with the Latin words for the Sun, the Moon, and the...
Weather Folklore: The Shepherd's Barometer
Here are some ways to judge the weather, grounded on 50 years’ experience and observations by an...
National Watermelon Day: August 3
August 3 is National Watermelon Day and one of our favorite holidays in August! Watermelon is the...
Gardening by the Moon's Sign Dates August 2016
Use the August 2016 dates shown in the Moon’s Astrological Place calendar below to find the best...
Best Days for the Month of August 2016
These August dates, deemed to be propitious in astrology, are based on the astrological passage of...
Fun Facts and Myths about Hair
Curious about your crowning glory? Here are some fun facts and myths about hair, including hair...
The History of Shaving and Beards
Methods of shaving have changed significantly throughout history, and perceptions of facial hair...
Sourdough Starters and Recipes
The early pioneers used yeast batters to make their distinctive sourdough, and the “tang” of their...
A History of Switchel
Switchel, or haymaker’s punch, is an old-fashioned summer drink that carries great history. This...
Left-Hander's Day: August 13
August 13 is Left-Handers Day! If you or the lefties in your life feel excluded, forgotten, or even...
Seasonal Crafts: Make a Glove Turkey (Thanksgiving Table Decoration)
Make a glove turkey, a cute decoration for a Thanksgiving table centerpiece. Here’s how. Use three...
Best Pancake Recipes
Some of the best homemade pancake recipes are also the simplest. One easy buttermilk pancake recipe...
Summer Heat Wave of 1936
Eighty years ago as of July 2016, a blistering heat wave hit the eastern seaboard. We may complain...
How Not to Rob a Bank
With tongue in cheek, we present here six easy rules to follow when robbing a bank, along with...
Gardening by the Moon's Sign Dates July 2016
Use the July 2016 dates shown in the Moon’s Astrological Place calendar below to find the best days...
Best Days for the Month of July 2016
These July dates, deemed to be propitious in astrology, are based on the astrological passage of...
Summer Solstice Full Moon in June!
On June 20, 2016, the Full Moon appears on the same night as the summer solstice! It’s rare, all ...
Best Days for the Month of June 2016
These June dates, deemed to be propitious in astrology, are based on the astrological passage of...
Gardening by the Moon's Sign Dates June 2016
Use the June 2016 dates shown in the Moon’s Astrological Place calendar below to find the best days...
Origin of Month Names
What is the origin of the calendar months’ names? Read on. JANUARY Named for the Roman god Janus,...
The History of Ice Cream
The history of ice cream is a messy one. Many nations claim to have invented it, just as various...
How Appearance Determines Personality
Judging by this document published in Brookfield, Massachusetts in 1816, a bushy eyebrow shows you...
History of American Cosmetics
The history of cosmetics in the United States is a fascinating one, as standards of beauty have...
Homemade Hair Treatments, Lotions, and Nail Care
All-natural homemade treatments can help you not to break the bank, especially with these easy and...
Zodiac for Gardeners
Here are zodiac profiles for gardeners based on the signs. ARIES (March 21 to April 20) Aries...
The Man of Signs (Zodiac Man)
Ancient astrologers believed that each astrological sign influenced a specific part of the body. In...
Painting Pots: The Sponge Technique
Beautifully painting a flower pot might seem like a daunting task, but the easy sponge technique...
How to Make a Hollyhock Flower Doll
Learn how to make old-fashioned hollyhock doll out of flowers, a delightful children’s craft for...
Remembering the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
At 5:12 A.M. on Wednesday, April 18, 1906, an earthquake woke up residents of San Francisco and...
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Gardening by the Moon's Sign Dates April 2016
Use the April 2016 dates shown in the Moon’s Astrological Place list below to find the best days...
Gardening by the Moon's Sign Dates May 2016
Use the May 2016 dates shown in the Moon’s Astrological Place list below to find the best days for...
Best Days for the Month of May 2016
Here is a snapshot of the Best Days for the month of May 2016—from Best Days to quit smoking to...
Best Days for the Month of April 2016
Here is a snapshot of the Best Days for the Month of April 2016—from best days to quit smoking to...
July Birth Flowers
July’s birth flowers are dramatic head-turners, one being the star of water features and the other...
August Birth Flowers
August’s bright, showy flowers capture the essence of sunny, late summer days. What is the Flower...
December Birth Flowers
December’s flowers may be very different from each other, one being a bulb and the other an...