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February 14th

February 14, 2017

February 14th
It’s Valentine’s Day. Love & Happiness, y’all.

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Groundhog Day

February 2, 2017

Groundhog Day

It’s February 2nd, time to monitor Marmota monax and dream of winter’s end. Whether or not you believe in woodchuck weathermen, one thing is certain: you can’t have groundhogs if you want a backyard full of fresh garden veggies.

Groundhogs (aka woodchucks, whistlepigs, and marmots) are insecto-vegetarians and confirmed locavores. If you plan to plant this spring, harvest those hairy beasts now. Celebrate Groundhog Day with critter cuisine.

Serving suggestions:

Woodchuck au Vin

Canadian Fried Woodchuck

Groundhog Pie

Woodchuck Recipes from Michigan (Oriental Groundhog,Waco Groundhog in Sour Cream,Woodchuck Stew, Woodchuck Meat Loaf)

More groundhog lore and recipes here and here.

In his book Groundhog Day, Don Yoder reprints a classic groundhog recipe from Cooking with the Groundhog, published as a fundraiser by a hospital auxiliary in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, home of the “official” Groundhog’s Day Festival (there are more than a few others ). A Georgia groundhog is on Twitter.

Five years ago, whilst stalking the elusive picture book Geoffrey Groundhog Predicts the Weather, we espied an ad for the Range Kleen Preseasoned Cast Iron 10 Inch Fry Pan on the book’s Amazon.com page and cooked up today’s graphic. There’s obviously no “storybook ending” to this post if you’re a groundhog.

Related:

“Eight Things You Didn’t Know About Groundhogs,” Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American blog

“Groundhogs and Ground Squirrels: Winter Prognosticators,”  Sharol Nelson-Embry, Quest

“40 years of groundhog forecasts, mapped,” Kennedy Elliott and Shelly Tan, Washington Post

“Punxsutawney Phil: incompetent — or evil?” Phil Edwards, Vox

“Depressed Groundhog Sees Shadow Of Rodent He Once Was,”The Onion

“Where Did Groundhog Day Come From? ” Mental Floss

“A Short History of Groundhog Day,” Danny Lewis, Smithsonian.com

“Groundhog Day Explained,” CGP Grey (video)

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Health Care

January 16, 2017

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Health Care

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressing the Medical Committee for Human Rights, 1966

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This Is the New Year

January 1, 2017

‘This Is the New Year,” written by Ian Axel and performed by him with Chad King as A Great Big World. in 2012. Video director: Leiv Parton.

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New Year’s Resolution

January 1, 2017

“New Year’s Resolution,” written by Randle Catron, Willa Dean “Deanie” Parker, and Mary Frierson; recorded by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas in 1968.

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New Year’s Resolution Blues

January 1, 2017

“New Year’s Resolution Blues,” written by Dallas Bartley and Leo Hickman, recorded by Roy Milton and His Solid Senders in 1948.

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Happy New Year, Baby

January 1, 2017

“Happy New Year, Baby,” by the Johnny Otis Orchestra, with vocals by sax player Lem Tally and Cathy Cooper.

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After New Years Eve

January 1, 2017

“After New Years Eve,” written by James “Shep” Sheppard and William Henry Miller and recorded by The Heartbeats. James Sheppard sings the lead vocal.

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Happy New Year

January 1, 2017

“Happy New Year,” from ABBA in 1980. written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus.

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Corrido de Auld Lang Syne

January 1, 2017

“Corrido de Auld Lang Syne” by Little Bobby Rey and his Band, an early LA Chicano pop band (also called “The Masked Phantom Band”) in about 1960. “Corrido” here means the music is in a galloping rhythm. Mr. Rey learned the saxophone from Earl Bostic.

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