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Beach Walks: Top Ten
2022-08-14 16:02
Colorful glass pebbles blanket this beach in Fort Bragg, California | Nature’s Charm Walking on the beach can be romantic or exhilarating. There are so many fantastic American beach… Read More
Watermelon Granita Recipe
2022-08-10 21:49
Watermelon Granita This easy dessert is a simple take on a summertime staple. Watermelon packs vitamins C and A and lycopene, a potent antioxidant. It’s also a great food for weight… Read More
August 10th Birthday Love: Mark Doty
2022-08-10 09:41
Mark Doty Homo Will Not Inherit Downtown anywhere and between the roilof bathhouse steam—up there the linens of joyand shame must be laundered again and again, all night&mdash&helli…Read More
August 9th Birthday Love: Philip Larkin
2022-08-09 09:15
Philip Larkin Church Going Once I am sure there’s nothing going onI step inside, letting the door thud shut.Another church: matting, seats, and stone,And little books; sprawlings… Read More
August 8th Birthday Love: Sara Teasdale
2022-08-08 09:50
Sara Teasdale Faults They came to tell your faults to me,They named them over one by one;I laughed aloud when they were done,I knew them all so well before, —Oh, they were blind… Read More
Pet Profile: The Sociable Siamese Cat
2022-08-07 16:27
Siamese cat resting on the floor | Voraorn Ratanakorn Siamese cats are one of the most beloved breeds amongst cat lovers, and understandably so. There are many reasons to love a Siamese c… Read More
Gardening 101 – What Are Perennials?
2022-08-07 12:45
Aster Knowledge is the most crucial thing if you are aiming towards a healthy and thriving garden. Perennial plants are extensively used in gardens for landscaping. Their life cycle and g… Read More
August 7th Birthday Love: Betsy Byars
2022-08-07 09:03
Betsy Byars “It brings to life summers when kids disappeared for days at a time, when there were no planned activities, and each day held its own possibilities.”Betsy Byars, T… Read More
August 3rd Birthday Love: Rupert Brooke
2022-08-03 09:40
Rupert Brooke The Great Lover I have been so great a lover: filled my daysSo proudly with the splendour of Love’s praise,The pain, the calm, and the astonishment,Desire illimitab… Read More
2022-08-01 01:55
Muskmelons / Cantaloupes / Spanspeks / Rock Melons If this article on growing cantaloupes was written in Australia, we’d call them “rock melons.” Or in South Africa… Read More
July 31st Birthday Love: Peter Nichols
2022-07-31 09:17
Peter Nichols “And the seasons, as now, reliably made everything new again. He liked to remember Goethe’s line: ‘A man can stand anything but a succession of ordinary da… Read More
Creating A Summer Flower Arrangement
2022-07-30 11:46
Bouquet of summer flowers | Mellimage Summer is a great time to find colorful flowers to create cheerful arrangements for your home. Take advantage of this flowering season by choosing fl… Read More
July 29th Birthday Love: Frank McGuinness
2022-07-29 09:53
Fenit, KY, Ireland | Oskar K | Pexels Cedar and Elm Ships smelling of wood, cedar and elm,trim their sails by the trade winds –they measure the map of Irelandstitched on my mothe… Read More
July 28th Birthday Love: Beatrix Potter
2022-07-28 09:35
Beatrix Potter“It sometimes happens that the town child is more alive to the fresh beauty of the country than a child who is country born. My brother and I were born in London…b… Read More
July 26th Birthday Love: Stanley Kubrick
2022-07-26 09:45
Stanley Kubrick on the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Photograph: MGM Stanley Kubrick was born on this day, July 26, 1928, in Manhattan, New York, NY “The most terrifying fact ab… Read More
July 23rd Birthday Love: Rene Ricard
2022-07-23 09:01
Rene Ricard All Day So this is reality too, come inand now you’re here, all sweptup for you the floor shinyand our wonderful pal, theantelope clatters its little hooveson the flo… Read More
A Planting Scheme For A Summer Border
2022-07-22 23:07
Garden Fence Border with Pink Roses It is often difficult to keep the borders in your garden looking good all summer. Roses are at their best in high summer and then look tired after flow… Read More
July 22nd Birthday Love: Tom Robbins
2022-07-22 09:53
Tom Robbins “We’re our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves”-Tom Robbins, born July 22, 1932 in Blowing Rock, North… Read More
Summer Tomato Mozzarellissima Cheese Tart
2022-07-18 17:40
Fresh tomatoes and melted cheese make a perfect pair By bringing together classic Italian flavours, this multi-coloured cheesy tart is a sure crowd-pleaser. With melted mozzarella che… Read More
July 17th Birthday Love: S. Y. Agnon
2022-07-17 09:36
S. Y. Agnon Nobel Prize laureate Shmuel Yosef Agnon was a novelist, short story writer, and poet born on this day July 17, 1888 in Buczacz, Austria-Hungary. “He longed for i… Read More
July 16th Birthday Love: Reinaldo Arenas
2022-07-16 09:03
Reinaldo Arenas “Before getting to my mother’s house, I would always think of her on the porch or even on the street, sweeping. She had a light way of sweeping, as if removing… Read More
Rosemary Maple Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops
2022-07-15 11:50
Rosemary Maple Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops Entertain this summer with succulent seafood The stress of entertaining can get in the way of making the most of time with friends and family… Read More
Sparkling Watermelon Drink Recipe
2022-07-14 12:17
Sparkling Watermelon Drink Get instantly refreshed Cool down your guests with this surprisingly pink, thirst-quenching drink. It makes a nice switch up for the kids’ lemonade sta… Read More
July 14th Birthday Love: Ingmar Bergman
2022-07-14 09:38
Ingmar Bergman Happy birthday to Swedish film director, screenwriter, producer and playwright Ingmar Bergman, born on this day July 14, 1918 in Uppsala, Sweden “Film as dre… Read More
15 Cool Summer Decorating Ideas
2022-07-13 09:56
Seashells and lanterns on the wooden coffee table easily add a nautical touch. | Alena Ozerova Summer is a wonderful time to lighten up the colors and fabrics in your home. While you may… Read More
Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie Recipe
2022-07-10 12:32
Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie Cool off with a sensational smoothie Summer stirs up memories of hot days and cool treats – and there is no better way to cool off than with a refres… Read More
Frozen Yogurt & Coconut Banana Pops
2022-07-10 11:33
Frozen Yogurt & Coconut Banana Pops Frozen yogurt, coconut, and banana make healthier pops Nothing puts a smile on your child’s face like an icy cold snack after a long day a… Read More
July 10th Birthday Love: Alice Munro
2022-07-10 09:12
Alice Munro Nobel prize winning Canadian short story writer Alice Munro was born on this day July 10, 1931 in Wingham, Canada. “There is a limit to the amount of misery and disar… Read More
July 9th Birthday Love: Jan Neruda
2022-07-09 09:41
Photo by Min An | Pexels Cosmic Songs (#24) Thank you, golden stars,thanks for one of all the gifts,that I can turn people aroundmerry-go-round! I can at least sometimesblink of you… Read More
July 8th Birthday Love: Richard Aldington
2022-07-08 09:41
Photo by Zack Melhus | Pexels Inarticulate Grief Let the sea beat its thin torn handsIn anguish against the shore,Let it moanBetween headland and cliff;Let the sea shriek out its agony… Read More
July 7th Birthday Love: Margaret Walker
2022-07-07 09:55
Margaret Walker Lineage My grandmothers were strong.They followed plows and bent to toil.They moved through fields sowing seed.They touched earth and grain grew.They were full of sturd… Read More
July 6th Birthday Love: Harold Norse
2022-07-06 12:30
Harold Norse We Do Not Speak of LoveFor Alix Geluardi we do not speak of lovebut all are pushed & pulledby it taking all forms & shapestwisted pounded burntby it like the… Read More
July 5th Birthday Love: Jean Cocteau
2022-07-05 09:22
Cocteau et son chat, Madeleine | Jane Bown | The Observer “I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.”-Jean Cocteau Read More
July 4th Birthday Love: Koko
2022-07-04 09:12
Dr. Francine Patterson and her pal KokoFrom dogs using speech buttons to fish playing soccer, we are now seeing more and more animals surprise us with their intelligence and communication sk… Read More
Mexican Chorizo Breakfast Tacos
2022-07-03 14:08
Mexican Chorizo Breakfast Tacos Most of us center our calendars around the summer months — it’s the time of year we get to enjoy basking in the sunshine and exploring the grea… Read More
July 3rd Birthday Love: Franz Kafka
2022-07-03 09:18
Franz Kafka “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most inten… Read More
2022-07-02 13:24
Fresh Corn Pancakes with Lime Drizzle A Something Different RecipeDeveloped by Dana JacobiStart your morning off right with these light and easy pancakes. Fresh corn is in abund… Read More
2022-07-01 09:25
Radish and Cucumber Raita A Something Different RecipeDeveloped by Dana Jacobi Radish and Cucumber Raita Keep it light and fresh this week with a cooling Raita. This simpl… Read More
July 1st Birthday Love: George Sand
2022-07-01 09:05
George Sand Born Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin on July 1, 1804 in Paris, George Sand was one of the most well-known European writers of her time. “Butterflies are but flowers… Read More
Baby Greens With Blackberry Vinaigrette
2022-06-29 11:09
Baby Greens with Blackberry Vinaigrette This elegant salad is a blend of spinach, arugula and other baby greens. These dark, leafy greens offer a range of nutrients including fiber, folat… Read More
Mango Carrot Ginger Smoothie Recipe
2022-06-28 11:26
Mango Carrot Ginger Smoothie | Sharon Palmer Author: Sharon Palmer A gorgeous Mexican mango was the inspiration for a flavorful, antioxidant-rich smoothie in my kitchen this week. In c… Read More
June 28th Birthday Love: Geeta Tripathee
2022-06-28 09:05
Geeta Tripathee Geeta Tripathee was born on this day June 28, 1972 in Kharelthok village in the Kavrepalanchok district of Nepal. Unbrokenly Whenever you come to my mindmy vers… Read More
Garlic Herb Shrimp And Pesto Crostini
2022-06-27 11:03
Garlic Herb Shrimp and Pesto Crostini When you’ve got your grill ready to go but need a quick appetizer to feed your guests, throw on this tasty garlic herb shrimp to make them some… Read More
June 27th Birthday Love: Lucille Clifton
2022-06-27 09:46
Lucille Clifton Poet Lucille Clifton was born on this day June 27, 1936 in Depew, New York. homage to my hips these hips are big hipsthey need space tomove around in.they don’… Read More
Argentinian Steak With Chimichurri
2022-06-26 13:20
Argentinian Steak with Chimichurri Looking for the perfect recipe for entertaining summer guests? This delicious, juicy steak recipe from Chef Mike Ward is a flavorful focal point for any… Read More
“Daisy Time” By Marjorie Pickthall
2022-06-25 10:30
Daisy Time See, the grass is full of stars,Fallen in their brightness;Hearts they have of shining gold,Rays of shining whiteness. Buttercups have honeyed hearts,Bees they love the… Read More
June 25th Birthday Love: Eric Carle
2022-06-25 09:49
Photo: Eric Carle and his hungry caterpillar at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Mass.Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty ImagesHappy birthday Eric Carle, bor… Read More
Chevre, Pear & Prosciutto Sandwich
2022-06-22 15:41
Chevre, Pear & Prosciutto Sandwich Add more fermented foods to your diet with this flavourful lunch In recent years many of us have found new joy in the kitchen. For some, spending… Read More
Curry Apple Chicken Salad
2022-06-21 15:18
Curry Apple Chicken Salad A modern take on the classic finger sandwich When it comes to recipes, some classics are ripe for reinvention. Take this fresh twist on the traditional chicke… Read More
Green Power Bowl Recipe
2022-06-20 15:12
Green Power Bowl There’s no such thing as too much green During the week, every minute counts; simple, quick, healthy and oh-so-tasty, this green power bowl is the recipe you can… Read More
June 20th Birthday Love: Vikram Seth
2022-06-20 09:30
Vikram Seth All You Who Sleep Tonight All you who sleep tonightFar from the ones you love,No hand to left or rightAnd emptiness above – Know that you aren’t aloneThe who… Read More
“I, Too” By Langston Hughes
2022-06-19 10:30
Langston Hughes I, Too I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother.They send me to eat in the kitchenWhen company comes,But I laugh,And eat well,And grow strong. Tomorrow,I&rsq&helli…Read More
Easy BBQ Pulled Mushrooms
2022-06-18 14:56
Easy BBQ Pulled Mushrooms Easy plant-based recipe win filled with barbecue flavour Whether you have access to a grill or not, chances are you crave that meaty barbecue flavour from tim… Read More
June 18th Birthday Love: Geoffrey Hill
2022-06-18 09:33
Geoffrey HillPicture of a Nativity Sea-preserved, heaped with sea-spoils,Ribs, keels, coral sores,Detached faces, ephemeral oils,Discharged on the world’s outer shores, A dumb ch… Read More
June 17th Birthday Love: Henry Lawson
2022-06-17 13:02
Photo by Hristo Fidanov | Pexels The Blue Mountains Above the ashes straight and tall,Through ferns with moisture dripping,I climb beneath the sandstone wall,My feet on mosses slipping… Read More
June 14th Birthday Love: Judith Kerr
2022-06-14 09:25
Judith Kerr “Well, when The Tiger Who Came to Tea had been published, we were all very pleased, and my husband and I and the children all tried to think what the next book should be… Read More
June 13th Birthday Love: W. B. Yeats
2022-06-13 09:49
W. B. Yeats Sailing to Byzantium I That is no country for old men. The youngIn one another’s arms, birds in the trees,—Those dying generations—at their song,The sa… Read More
June 12th Birthday Love: Sandro Penna
2022-06-12 09:23
Sandro PennaTo Sit at an Unknown Table To sit at an unknown tableTo sleep in someone else’s bedTo feel the already empty squareSwell in tender goodbye Sedere a una tavola ignota… Read More
June 11th Birthday Love: Renée Vivien
2022-06-11 09:08
Renée Vivien Roses Rising My brunette with the golden eyes, your ivory body, your amberHas left bright reflections in the room  Above the garden. The clear midnight sky… Read More
Pet Profile: The Quiet Cocker Spaniel
2022-06-10 18:10
Happy English Cocker Spaniel Puppy Portrait | otsphoto The Cocker Spaniel is such a pretty, graceful dog in the show ring that it is hard to imagine that this breed was developed to be a… Read More
June 10th Birthday Love: Maurice Sendak
2022-06-10 10:16
Maurice Sendak with a scene from “Where the Wild Things Are,” at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan in 2002 | James Keyser/The LIFE Images Collection, via Getty Images H… Read More
June 8th Birthday Love: Gillian Clarke
2022-06-08 09:45
Photo by Sebastian Voortman | Pexels Lament For the green turtle with her pulsing burden,in search of the breeding ground.For her eggs laid in their nest of sickness. For the cormor… Read More

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