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Honey Bees

honey bees in comb

Love these insects or hate them, bees have been a part of our earth much longer than humans have.  They date back to the Cretaceous geological era: the last period dinosaurs lived, about 150 million years ago.  Fossils of bees have been found in the United States from bees that lived 60 million years ago. … read more >>

Beer – Ale, Lager…Oh My!

Hand of bartender pouring a large lager beer in tap. Pouring beer for client. Side view of young bartender pouring beer while standing at the bar counter.

Here we are in October – a month which often has various Oktoberfest celebrations occurring.  And where there’s an Oktoberfest, there’s usually beer. Recent years have seen a growing interest in the craft of brewing. With all this interest in beer, it’s amazing that there is not yet an official national beer month; although, according… read more >>

Chewing Gum In History

Taking chewing gum

September 30 is National Chewing Gum Day.  Besides exercise for the jaw, the history of gum chewing is flavorful!    Scientists have found a wad of birch resin with tooth imprints that was chewed in Finland from 9,000 years ago.  Why did they chew it?  Maybe for the same reason we do: enjoyment.  Maybe they also like the fresh breath… read more >>

Today is National Coffee Day

2 cups of coffee, small glass of coffee, croisant, all on a background of coffee beans

Heading into the fall season, there are a number of holidays, events and celebrations to look forward to.  There are county fairs, apple and pumpkin celebrations and cornfield mazes.   I’m looking forward to National Coffee Day, celebrated every year on September 29th.     I am one of the over 60% of Americans who drink coffee each day.  Research shows us that… read more >>

Bluebirds of Happiness

bluebird couple

Celebrate National Bluebird of Happiness Day on September 24! Bluebirds have been immortalized in myth and folklore since very early times.  The Chinese used them on bone inscriptions as far back as 1000 BC.  Native American folklore include the Cochiti tribe, where the firstborn son of the Sun was named Bluebird.  The Navajo tribe associate… read more >>

Too Much Zucchini!

zucchini

Last year, I planted four plants, and had enough zucchini to provide my neighborhood, coworkers and friends with more zucchini than they ever really wanted.  This year, I planted only three, and it is still happening!  A perfect mix of rain every few days and beautiful sunshine have made this summer the year of zucchini…. read more >>