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How to Care for Pansies in Winter

How to Care for Pansies in Winter

Need a pick-me-up homegrown flower? Sunflowers, daisies, or dahlias might immediately come to mind. But I prefer pansies! I think of this day-brightener first, because it blooms in many different jewel-tones and sunny colors, and has those cute little flower faces. But even more important, these bloom in fall, and then come back again to burst into a riot of color in early spring. When you grow them organically, they also have edible blooms, so you can scatter the cheery color on a salad or rice and get a mood boost, even when the weather’s chilly. In general, pansies are...

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Mandatory COVID-19 vaccines are coming for international travelers

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccines are coming for international travelers

Once a successful coronavirus vaccine arrives, air carriers may start making it mandatory for international fliers to receive an immunization for COVID-19 before they can travel to their destination. That's already set to be the case at Qantas, the Australian airline, whose CEO has said it will eventually be mandatory for international travelers on Qantas to first prove they've received a coronavirus vaccine. Moreover, the Qantas CEO thinks other airlines will follow suit in mandating coronavirus vaccinations. Not everyone is exactly using conditional language to talk about what happens after the coronavirus vaccine and the first Americans (and citizens of...

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Christmas in Lockdown Ideas to make it special

Christmas in Lockdown Ideas to make it special

Christmas in lockdown ideas; How to make lockdown Christmas special Will we have a Christmas in lockdown?  Will we be able to see our friends and family?  How can we make lockdown Christmas special with kids?  These are just some of the questions that have been swirling around in my head and on the media recently.  None of us know if we will have Christmas in lockdown, but I think we all know that there will some restrictions in place.  It is going to be different.  There will be no Santa’s Grotto and almost certainly fewer large family or friend...

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How German Librarians Finally Caught an Elusive Book Thief

How German Librarians Finally Caught an Elusive Book Thief

On the afternoon of February 21, 2006, Norbert Schild sat down at a desk in the reading room of the City Library of Trier, in western Germany, and opened a 400-year-old book on European geography. Working quickly, Schild laid a piece of blank white paper on top of the book, took a boxcutter from his lap, and discreetly sliced out a map of Alsace from pages 375 and 376. Schild hadn’t noticed that the desks of two librarians, who were normally tasked with locating books for readers, were raised about three feet above the floor—giving them a clear view of...

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How to Celebrate a Birthday Online

How to Celebrate a Birthday Online

Don’t let social distancing ruin your ability to throw a killer birthday party! While you may not be able to throw that giant party at your home like you normally do, there are still plenty of ways to throw an awesome birthday online. In fact, you have a wonderful opportunity to invite way more people than you normally would since people won’t need to travel anywhere to attend the party! While it may feel a little odd to celebrate right now, don’t feel bad about enjoying a birthday during the pandemic. Throwing a party during these difficult times will give...

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