December 3, 2006
Depending upon where you travel in the Sunshine State, you find different aspects of Florida. Let's hopscotch the state and look at offerings from various parts: Everyone, it seems, has a favorite beach area for coastal Florida. Among the most popular, certainly, are the beaches of Sanibel/Fort Myers. West Wind, a casual Gulf-front resort in Sanibel, is featuring through Dec. 20 a three-night Sunlovers' Special that includes a guest room with refrigerator for $423 or a kitchenette for $483.
September 13, 2006
Dear Mr. President, It's too bad The Art of War wasn't on your summer reading list. If you'd read it, maybe we wouldn't be mired in Iraq. According to the author, Sun Tzu, esteemed for thousands of years as the Sage of Warfare, you're doing it all wrong. Exactly what military principles you've broken - and how many - I learned by chance. On the first day of classes at Washington College, the title on a shelf of paperbacks caught my eye. I opened at random and found this on Page 10: "In war, better take a state intact than destroy it."
December 15, 2005
Nature tales The lowdown -- Looking for fun that will keep you and your child occupied? The Nature Story Hour from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. today at Cylburn Arboretum Association features an hourlong story time, and a nature walk follows, weather permitting. If you go -- The Nature Story Hour will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. today at the Cylburn Arboretum Association, 4915 Greenspring Ave. Children ages 3-6 are $1, and adults are free. Call 410-396-7839 for more information. Santa on skates The lowdown -- Enjoy hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows after getting a workout on the ice with Santa.
July 17, 2005
Ronnie Turner, 14, remembers the prank he pulled as a 10-year-old on his father, Michael. One night while camping at Susquehanna State Park near Havre de Grace, the Norfolk, Va., boy drifted off to sleep as his father wove a traditional spooky bedtime story. Just before dawn, Ronnie stuffed his sleeping bag, making it appear that he was still in it. He sneaked out of the tent and stretched fake spider web he had saved from Halloween across the tent's entrance. "I've watched a lot of camping movies and shows, and I know lots of good tricks, and I wanted to get my dad for scaring me," Ronnie said.
May 22, 2003
Herbal effects It's all about herbs at the Baltimore Herb Festival at Leakin Park Saturday. From herbal teas and breads to herbal plants and remedies, you'll find more than 60 vendors selling herbal items, as well as other plants, aromatherapy products, pottery, crafts and more at the 17th annual festival. There'll be lectures on herbs, demonstrations with herbs and samplings of herbal foods. Visitors can learn about cooking with herbs and take wild-herb woodland walks. There'll also be live music and train rides.
February 27, 2002
The natural-gas campfire that burned on Billy and Linda Krone's deck that night had its beginnings at a trade show a couple of years ago. Billy Krone saw it on display and was determined to figure out how to install one, even though they weren't available through retailers at the time. "It wasn't anything more than a kit. A round, metal base, a bag of gravel, and four ceramic logs," Billy said. "It is really nothing more than a gas grill, except that the burner has bigger holes." Upon returning home, Krone found a plumbing and heating supplier that was able to order the kit for him for about $400 from Kingsman Fireplaces (www.