24-A by Roger

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macounWelcome to Round 24. The number 24 is so magical that several people have created games involving it, such as this one. “Be the first player to make 24 with all 4 numbers on the card. You can add, subtract, multiply or divide. You have to use all four numbers.”

Since I’ve done this letter before, maybe once or twice, let’s get back to basics: A is for an apple a day, an old Welsh proverb.

Apples: Health benefits, facts, research

Apples were ranked first in Medical News Today’s featured article about the top 10 healthy foods.
Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber.
The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.

What’s New and Beneficial About Apples

Researchers have long been aware of the potential for apple consumption to support balanced populations of bacteria in our lower digestive tract. However, two areas of recent research have taken our understanding of apples and gut bacteria to a new level.

The Best Apples, Ranked

My favorite eating apple is the Macoun, which is related to the MacIntosh. What’s your favorite apple to eat or bake with?

My favorite meme is ABC Wednesday, which was cooked up some 11.5 years ago by Denise Nesbitt. It was fried up by me for five years (Rounds 11-20) and for the past few rounds, Melody has been at the oven. ABCW is tastier and more nutritious when you visit your fellow bloggers and leave comments

23-Z by Beverly

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We have now come to the end of Round 23 – Z marks the finale of this round.

Z can be many things – the zip in your step, the zoo for animals, the beauty of zinnias, winning a lottery with 6 zeroes.

But Z also stands for the Zodiac. Through time astrologers have predicted futures, based on the position of stars, sun and moon. Who hasn’t read their horoscope from time to time. We may scoff, but many believe strongly in having their horoscope read.

The zodiac is made up of 4 elements, with 3 signs for each:

Water – Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces

Fire – Aries, Leo and Sagittarius

Earth – Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn

Air – Gemini, Libra and Aquarius

I am sure most of us know our signs and maybe even what traits are associated with them.

I am a Capricorn. Here is an art tag with that sign that I created:

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Check here to learn more about the history of the zodiac or about the signs.