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Thanksgiving: Over the River and Through the Wood With Lydia Maria Child

Lydia Maria Francis Child, born February 11, 1802, was an American abolitionist, women’s rights activist, opponent of American expansionism, Indian rights activist, novelist, and a journalist. Despite her many accomplishments and courageous political activities that were way before her time, … Continue reading

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October 31 – Happy Halloween – It’s Pumpkin Time! (Or At Least, Pumpkin *Flavor* Time)

Fall is pumpkin season, and Halloween represents the apotheosis of the annual pumpkin frenzy. Or at least, the pumpkin flavor frenzy. It should first be noted that pumpkins are native to North America. In 1584, after French explorer Jacques Cartier … Continue reading

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September 18 – National Rice Krispies Treat Day

No one knows quite how or why this “national day” came to be, but it seems that all sorts of foods and creations from foods have their own “holidays” now. In any event, it’s fun to celebrate something with only … Continue reading

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July 19, 2015 – National Ice Cream Day

In the United States, National Ice Cream Month is celebrated each year in July and National Ice Cream Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in July. The practice originated with a remarkable 1984 Joint Resolution of Congress, Number 298. … Continue reading

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May 13 – National Apple Pie Day

As of April 2014, the top selling pies recorded by Nielsen for the previous 52 weeks was apple at 22.3%. Apples are incredibly popular for being a healthy food. (No one I know, for example, makes broccoli pie for dessert.) … Continue reading

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For St. Patrick’s Day: The Book of Kells

A day to celebrate Ireland is a good time to take a closer look at one of Ireland’s treasures, the Book of Kells. This richly decorated and illuminated medieval manuscript contains the four gospels in Latin using Celtic script. It … Continue reading

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Once in A Lifetime Pi Day in 2015!

This year, Pi Day will have special significance because at 9:26:53 a.m. and p.m., the date and time will represent THE FIRST TEN DIGITS of π (the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter), that is, 3.141592653 coincides with … Continue reading

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