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Sky Watch

planets and the Moon are putting on a show! For a few
nights, brilliant Venus, bright Jupiter, and the crescent Moon blaze
in a striking conjunction. They first formed their brilliant
triangle last night, 15 degrees high, in the southwestern sky. The
three celestial objectives will continue to stay close together as
seen from Earth even though the planets are millions of miles away.

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To the cold December heaven
Came the
pale Moon and the stars,
As the yellow Sun was

Behind the purple bars.
–Charles Dawson Shanly, Canadian
poet, 1811–75

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Pioneer 10, an unmanned U.S. spacecraft, reached
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There’s nothing like the warm aroma
and inimitable texture of home-baked bread. We are happy to bring
you two easy recipes.

For beginning bread bakers, try our no-knead Country Bread recipe, taken from
the pages of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Everyday

Start kneading with this easy-to-make Farmhouse White Bread recipe,
which uses milk for added protein and minerals.

are a few tips for baking the best bread:

  • To activate dry yeast, dissolve it in
    lukewarm water
    (105 to 115 degrees F).

  • To encourage optimal rising, cover the
    dough with a clean towel or cloth and provide a warm, humid,
    draft-free environment.

  • For a soft and chewy upper crust, put a
    small dish of
    water in the oven while baking.

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the prettiest flames, burn birch or maple.

Fair and
softly goes far in a day.

If you read the
newspapers at all, I advise you to read both sides.

–Robert B. Thomas, founder of The Old Farmer’s

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