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January 31st Birthday Love: John O’Hara

Best known for his numerous short stories and the novels Appointment in Samarra and Butterfield 8, writer John O’Hara was born on this day January 31, 1905 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.  “A merchant in Baghdad sends his servant to the marketplace for provisions. Shortly, the servant comes home white and trembling and tells him that in …

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January 30th Birthday Love: Richard Brautigan

“I feel as if I am an adfor the sale of a haunted house: 18 rooms$37,000I’m yoursghosts and all.” -Richard Brautigan, born January 30, 1935 in Tacoma, Washington.

January 29th Birthday Love: Edward Abbey

American author and environmental activist Edward Abbey was born January 29, 1927 in Indiana, Pennsylvania. He spent much of his life exploring nature and working as a ranger for several national parks, including working for the United States National Park Service at Arches National Monument in 1956 and 1957, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in early 1960s, Florida Everglades in 1965, …

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Create a Sunny Yellow & Orange Flower Garden With These 7 Plants

Choose among these 7 highly-recommended varieties or plant all seven in one bed for dramatic effect. For best results, put taller growing, bushy plants at the back and Marigolds toward the front. Plant in groups of three or five for more impact; can be spaced closer together if planted in clumps. Each of these flowers …

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Are Your Houseplants Safe?

There is nothing more attractive and cheerful than a room filled with healthy green houseplants. They offer aesthetics to the interior of our homes, improve indoor air quality, and often provide emotional satisfaction to the caregiver in getting the plant to bloom or produce new growth. However, did you know that plant exposures are some …

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January 27th Birthday Love: Lewis Carroll

Writer Lewis Carroll, famous for his novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871) was born on January 27, 1832 in Cheshire, England. Here is his playful poem about a fantastic creature, “Jabberwocky,” from Through the Looking-Glass. Jabberwocky ’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:All mimsy were the borogoves,      And the …

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Collect & Swap Your Own Seeds & Save Money in the Garden

Happy Seed Swap Day! As well as seeds, perennial cuttings, bulbs, trees and shrubs, can all be propagated. You really don’t have to be an expert gardener to collect a few seeds and pot them up for next year’s display. To save yourself a fortune and get a garden full of fragrance and colour which …

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January 26th Birthday Love: Charles Marowitz

“An actor is someone who remembers … someone who remembers his lines, his cues … who remembers what it felt like to be spurned, to be proud, to be angry … who remembers the primordial impulses that inhabited his body before he was ‘civilised’ … what it feels like to be partnered, to be set …

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January 25th Birthday Love: Robert Burns

Here is a poem which Bob Dylan cited as his single biggest inspiration, “A Red, Red Rose,” written by Robert Burns. Burns was born on January 25, 1759 in the Scottish village of Alloway. A Red, Red Rose O my Luve is like a red, red rose   That’s newly sprung in June;O my Luve is like …

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Gardening for Beginners: What Are Annuals?

What are annuals? Annuals, in the world of gardening, refer to the plants (usually very colorful flowers) that you plant once in the Spring and they die before Winter. They are called “annuals” because they live for one gardening year only. There are several things you need to know about annuals. The components that make …

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