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Born on 5 December 1830, Christina Rossetti was a writer and poet, and a leading figure in the pre-Raphaelite movement in the nineteenth century. She was the youngest of four siblings, all artists in their own right, and her brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti provided illustrations for many of her published volumes of poetry. Amongst her […]more
On 2 February, we celebrate the Pennsylvania German custom of groundhog divination, which dates back to the 18th century and the European weather lore of Candlemas. According to folklore, on a sunny day, the groundhog will see its shadow and head back in its burrow, signaling six more weeks of more winter. If the weather […]more
Where I live in New York State, about two hours north of the Pennsylvania border, the transition from one season to the next is rarely (if ever) coincidental with the astronomical designation applied to it. Of the four annual calendar dates of seasonal shift, none is more laughable to us in the Leatherstocking Region than […]more