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Hair Loss: Causes and Home...
Have you experienced thinning hair or hair loss? Wondering why it’s happening and how to stop it? Here’s a look at the usual causes, as well as some natural home remedies.
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How to Fold a Napkin: Easy Napkin Folding Ideas
How do you fold a napkin properly? Here are two easy ways to fold cloth napkins for your next...
How to Use a Meat Thermometer
Take the guesswork out of cooking! Here are tips for using a meat thermometer to ensure that the...
How to Make Pomander Balls
Here’s how to make pomander balls, which are simply oranges pierced by cloves. As the fruit dries,...
Best and Worst Thanksgiving Foods for Cats
This Thanksgiving, as you’re preparing the family feast, don’t forget about your favorite feline...
Talking to Your Doctor About Pain
Pain brings more Americans to their doctors than any other complaint. Yet doctors can’t just apply...
Forgetfulness: Am I Losing My Mind?
If you’ve moved into middle age and beyond, it happens with increasing frequency: You see an old...
Thanksgiving Foods Your Dog Can and Can’t Eat
Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate and spend time with friends and family. For many people, this...
Causes (and Effects) of the Common Headache
More time is lost to business and industry from headaches than from heart disease, stroke, and...
Best Firewood: Heat Values and Wood-Burning Tips
Do you use firewood to heat your home? Here is a list of the best types of firewood to burn—sorted...
It’s time for turkey trivia! Can turkeys fly? What’s a baby turkey called? Impress your...
Seasonal Crafts: Apple Heads
The Native American art of making apple heads is both easy and fun. Follow these easy instructions...
Exploring Niagara Falls and the Erie Canal
Ever see Niagara Falls or the Erie Canal? Join the Almanac on our coast-to-coast exploration of...
Why We Wake Up Stiff and Achy
Do you grunt, groan, and ratchet yourself to a standing position as you get out of bed in the...
The Many Benefits of Tea
After water, tea (Camellia sinesis) is the world’s most popular beverage. Knowing its many benefits...
Cat Age Chart: Cat Years to Human Years
How old is your cat in human years? See our Cat Age Chart which calculates cat years to human years...
Gain less weight? Improve heart health? Nuts to that!
Black walnuts fall rat-a-tat-tat onto the metal roof of our (now uninhabited) chicken house; acorns...
Onion skins for health (and more)
Admit it: The crisp, flaky outer scales of the onions you use in soups, salads, and casseroles...
Leg Cramps at Night: Causes and Remedies
Eeow! Startled from a deep sleep, you suddenly come to with a shriek, as your calf, thigh, or maybe...
How to Use Wood Ashes in the Home and Garden
If you burn firewood, you have wood ashes. Don’t throw them out! There are many surprising ways to...
Why Am I So Tired?
Do you often feel fatigued during the day for seemingly no reason at all? Here are some of the most...
Dog Age Chart: Dog Years to Human Years
How old is your dog in human years? We used to multiply a dog’s age by seven; however, this ...
Raising Chickens 101: When Chickens Stop Laying Eggs
What do you do when your chicken stops laying? Often, this is part of the seasonal cycle, but...
Flu Season: Don’t Count on Alcohol Sanitizers
It’s flu season. The signs have begun appearing everywhere, “Flu season is here. Hand sanitizer:...
The Perks of Pigs: Fun Facts About Pigs
Agriculture itself could scarcely have evolved eons ago without the recycling abilities of the pig...
The Beauty of Gleaning
As harvest time wraps up, most gardeners will “glean” the last stragglers—the tiny zucchini...
Seasonal Crafts: Cornhusk Doll
In the Colonial Era, people painted faces on cornhusk dolls and made them into toys. Here’s how to...
How to Clean and Season a Cast Iron Skillet
A cast iron skillet can last a lifetime—probably several if it’s passed from generation to...
What Is Your Cat Saying to You?
What does it mean when a cat meows? Here is a look at what your cat is saying to you when it moves...
How to Make Apple Cider With an Apple Press
Make apple cider with an apple press! That pure, sweet taste of fresh apple cider doesn’t even...
Bee Stings: Prevention and Treatment
Here are some first aid tips for those annoying and often painful bee stings—plus, tips on how to...
Apple Cider Vinegar Drink Recipe
My mom grew up on a big Vermont dairy farm, and every summer, they would haul endless gallons of...
Make Your Own Lip Balm
Coming indoors and going out, the dry winter air causes static hair, parched skin, and—especially—...
10 Fall Cleanup Tips for a Better Spring Garden
When it comes to fall yard and garden cleanup, we have evolved our thinking. It’s not necessary to...
How to Prepare and Cook Acorns
Acorns are extremely nutritious and readily available in nature, making them a healthy addition to...
The Benefits of Inefficient Living
Psst! Wanna save money, improve health and fitness, and lower your carbon footprint—simultaneously...
Cats and Weather—The Folklore
What is the origin of the phrase, “raining cats and dogs”? What do animals falling from the sky...
12 Uses for Mint Leaves From Health to Home
How do you use extra mint leaves? Here are 12 marvelous uses for mint around the home and garden—...
Summer Food Safety
As a casual cook, I usually throw together a dish quickly based on what’s in season, but in the...
Left-Handed Facts and Folklore
International Left-Handers Day occurs this year on Tuesday, August 13! To celebrate, here are some...
Too Much Zucchini? Freeze It!
August brings “Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day” (August 8). Our advice? Take it...
Cornstarch, Arrowroot, & Starches: What's the Difference?
Summer’s extreme heat may take the starch right out of you. But it’s the time of year to reach for...
How to Make Homemade Shampoo (Only Two Ingredients)
One day early last spring, I counted the ingredients of my shampoos. Each contained at least 20...