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Why Cesar Chavez Deserves a National Holiday

As someone who writes about California agriculture, I'm often surprised by how little modern farming is talked about. While many Californians are at least familiar with the name, Cesar Chavez, for exa…

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12 DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day is coming up on May 11, and if you want to go the handmade route without stressing out, now's a good time to start planning the day for your mama! I know: Mother's Day is just another …

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12 Facts You Probably Had Wrong About St. Patrick’s Day

Between the shamrocks, rainbows leading to pots of gold, mischievous little green men and the pub crawling, there is a lot to love about this fun Irish holiday, even if you are not Irish or live nowhe…

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Pancake Tuesday

You probably know that Mardi Gras is also known as Fat Tuesday, as well as Shrove Tuesday--but what about Pancake Tuesday?! Pancake Tuesday is the way carnival season is topped off in the United Kingd…

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8 Extraordinary Facts About Polar Bears For International Polar Bear Day

Picking a day to celebrate one cause or another has become a fun and popular trend -- and February 27th is now International Polar Bear Day! Polar Bears, without doubt, deserve an international spotli…

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Sochi Winter Olympics 2014: Test Your Olympic Knowledge (Quiz)

Last night, I was deeply enthralled by the events unfolding at the Sochi Winter Olympics, when my daughter asked me when the first Olympics was held. I knew the modern Olympic Games had origins in anc…

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Tangy Lime Mayonnaise

I made these on a whim last weekend. I'd clipped the recipe from an issue of Bon Appetit at some point before I let my subscription lapse (all those magazines piling up made me feel guilty and wastefu…

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How to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 20 marks the official  observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. While many may not realize it, Martin Luther King Jr. day is a national holiday. Last year, I wrote about the lessons…

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Surprising Origins of 6 Christmas Traditions

  It's the most wonderful time of the year once again, but I didn't need to tell you that. It's all around -- homes are lit up, shops are decked out with trees and garlands, and you'd be hard-…

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4 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

'Tis the season of holiday parties, frothy mugs of eggnog, sugary cookies, and plenty of good cheer. It is a lovely season, but once the new year arrives, many of us are filled with regret. The averag…

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