Winter Reading and Entertainment ~

"What shall we do, DD, dear . . .

to while away the time now that winter is here?"

"Oh, Elizabeth, here's a pleasant way . . .

to while away our time on this winter's day" ~

SOCIAL VIRTUES ~

"There is nothing more distant from all rule and natural climes,

than the reluctant feeling the backward sympathy ~

the forced smile ~

the checked conversation ~

the hesitating compliance, which the well off are

too apt to manifest to those a little lower down:

with whom, in comparison of intellect

and principles of virtue,

they frequently shrink into insignificance."

~ Unknown

Excerpt from The Illinois Farmer's Almanac

January ~ 1840

JANUARY 1818

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Perhaps they reflected on past historic events . . .

ILLINOIS FARMER'S ALMANAC ~ 1840

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JANUARY ~ 1840

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Maybe, like today, they speculated about coming eclipses . . .

ECLIPSES ~ 1840

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or the signs in the heavens above according to the . . .

ANATOMY OF THE ANCIENTS ~ 1840

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Next, we'll explore the 1918 Old Farmer's Almanack some seventy-eight years later . . .

FRONT AND BACK COVER ~ 1918

OLD FARMER'S ALMANACK

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ECLIPSES ~ 1918

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JANUARY ~ 1918

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"A soul conversation with virtue,

resembles a fountain,

for it is clever, gentle, sweet,

communicative, rich, harmless, and innocent "

~Unknown

from 1840 Illinois Farmer's Almanac

Riddle: Did you catch it? Are you aware? See if you can spot it, way up there. What's in a name that sounds the same, but in the east did remain long past 1840 in this word game?

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Thanks to The Old Farmer's Almanac for making these old treasures of wisdom available to us today!

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