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Pop and Thistle is a virtual calendar of birthday love, daily recipes, timely quotes and poetry, as well as home and garden tips. We celebrate nature, design inspiration, crafts, creativity, family, pets, and sustainable living.

Pet Profile: The Sensitive Dalmatian

We may have Disney to thank for the popularity of Dalmatians. However, few Dalmatians act like the dogs in these movies, although Dalmatian puppies can certainly get into plenty of mischief, just as their cartoon counterparts can. The Dalmatian is a member of the American Kennel Club’s Non-Sporting group. These dogs first arrived in England …

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Beach Walks: Top Ten

Walking on the beach can be romantic or exhilarating. There are so many fantastic American beaches to walk on it’s difficult to choose just ten. My criteria were pretty simple: the beach had to be on an ocean, not a lake, the beach had to be near stores or a town square and, most assuredly, …

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August 14th Birthday Love: Ernest Thompson Seton

“The culture and civilization of the White man are essentially material; his measure of success is, “How much property have I acquired for myself?” The culture of the Red man is fundamentally spiritual; his measure of success is, “How much service have I rendered to my people?” -Ernest Thompson Seton

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August 13th Birthday Love: Alfred Hitchcock

“Give them pleasure. The same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.” -Alfred Hitchcock

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August 12th Birthday Love: Donald Justice

In Bertram’s Garden Jane looks down at her organdy skirtAs if it somehow were the thing disgraced,For being there, on the floor, in the dirt,And she catches it up about her waist,Smooths it out along one hip,And pulls it over the crumpled slip.On the porch, green-shuttered, cool,Asleep is Bertram that bronze boy,Who, having wound her …

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August 11th Birthday Love: Louise Bogan

“O rememberIn your narrowing dark hoursThat more things moveThan blood in the heart.” -Louise Bogan

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Watermelon Granita Recipe

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 control. A single one-cup serving can satisfy a sweet tooth with just 49 calories, making it one of the fruits least concentrated in sugar and calories. …

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August 10th Birthday Love: 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—downtown anywhereand between the column of feathering steamunknotting itself thirty feet above the avenue’s shimmered azaleas of gasoline,between the steam and the ruinof the Cinema Paree (marquee advertising its own …

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Light Up Your Backyard with Firefly Conservation

Here come real stars to fill the upper skies,And here on earth come emulating flies,That though they never equal stars in size,(And they were never really stars at heart)Achieve at times a very star-like start.Only, of course, they can’t sustain the part. -Robert Frost, Fireflies in the Garden When the heat of the summer puts …

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August 9th Birthday Love: 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 of flowers, cutFor Sunday, brownish now; some brass and stuffUp at the holy end; the small neat organ;And a tense, musty, unignorable silence,Brewed God knows how long. Hatless, I take …

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