If you’re torn about Father’s Day – wanting to show Dad love but avoid a commercial trap – take heart. While some people believe Father’s Day, and its counter-part Mother’s Day, are a Hallmark Card company gimmick, both have sincere origins dating back to the early 1900s in West Virginia.Read More
Father’s Day: Expression of Love or a Commercial Trap? Why Worry?
Valentine’s Day: Why Hearts?
So, it’s almost Valentine’s Day and you might be wondering how the ubiquitous hearts got their start. The shape actually evolved from the ancient and now extinct silphium plant, used in the fifth century by Romans as a spice, aphrodisiac and birth control measure.Read More
Art Candy: From Candy Bowls to Christmas Candy
When I think of candy and the idea of giving, I think of the candy bowls grandmothers of a certain generation left out for their children and grandchildren. These women grew up during the Depression and wars when sugar shortages were common and sweets hard to find.Read More
The Guy Who Invented Chewing Gum – A Life of Many Firsts
John Bacon Curtis was the one who started it all – he ushered in the world of chewing gum, bringing the nation a new pastime and treat. In the process, he ignited many other firsts, most so commonplace we forget anyone could be first to do them.Read More
So Much Resin, So Much Time: The First Chewing Gums Ever
Throughout history, people have chewed tree resins: they were the first and longest-standing chewing gum, appreciated for their flavor and medicinal and health value. Amazingly, the shift from gum as a natural resin to a popular industrial wonder spanned a mere 75 years – a fraction of a hiccup in time.Read More
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