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Were you to make a collection of stories for family or posterity, what stories would you include and why? This is an easy enough question to ask, and yet the answer probably does not come easily for most of us. I know that collections can also change with time, and that dynamic is OK too. Due to bedtime reading with my children, I have lots of fairy tales and folklore I could add to a collection of stories.

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There are many types of “winter squash,” and the name itself is a misnomer, as they are typically harvested in the fall. But they store well and will keep for the winter, making them a handy staple to people who used to have to live all winter off their fall harvest. Your winter food choices are probably larger than ye olde-timey farmer, but if you’re looking for a hardy, healthy (and easy-to-prepare) winter meal, than you should give some thought to any of the types of winter squash. Squashes? Whatever. Here are 12:

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January has turned on me. It came in full of hope, new dreams and good intentions. Now, halfway through, it parcels out worry, drama, pain and insomnia. And this isn’t just me I’m talking about. I hear it from friends and family.

We have entered a new year, and the lake is not frozen yet. More importantly, there’s a robust economy, which, by all indications (think stock market), will continue. I’ll know more in coming weeks as I facilitate a meeting of high technology automation distributors, which I wrote about last January. Their financial reports will be interesting as they represent every region in the United States and Canada.

If you are having any kind of get together for New Year’s Eve this year, your focus is going to primarily be on what food to serve. But if you’d like to have a fun, festive and easy-to-manage gathering, consider a menu of simple pre-made finger foods that will allow you to be able to focus on the drinks you’ll be serving instead. Not only will a varied and colorful drinks menu please a large crowd with different tastes, but it will add substantially to the celebratory atmosphere. And if you’ve managed to make it to the end of this year relatively unscathed, you should absolutely celebrate that.

Because of the infrequency in time and location of total solar eclipses, scientists historically have had difficulty studying broad, controlled data collections on eclipse-related animal behavior. But with the advent of smartphone technology, researchers are looping in citizen scientists to help record the effects of solar eclipses. 

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