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By Eileen Ogintz and Eileen Ogintz,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | August 6, 1995
Before snapping the suitcases and zipping the backpacks for this year's road trip, make sure the bags are crammed with masking tape, a spray water bottle and a guide to the finger alphabet used in sign language. Throw in a couple of fishing vests, too, even if hooking a big one has nothing to do with this year's vacation agenda.Elise Modesitt discovered the tranquilizing powers of masking tape during one of those havoc-wreaking moments that makes parents wonder why they ever went on vacation.
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By ROB KASPER | January 19, 2008
During these gray days, it is easy to be struck by a home-improvement notion. You are cooped up in the house, staring at the same dreary old walls, and suddenly you have an inspiration to paint them. A three-day weekend, like this one, comes along, and before you know it, you have a roller in your hand and paint splotches all over your body. I have been there, attempted that. Motivated by a mixture of can-do spirit and winter boredom, I have painted a room. The results were, well, spotty.
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July 21, 2007
The boy wizard's seventh and final adventure, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is finally ready to read, but the party doesn't have to end with last night's midnight release festivities. Kids can still dress the part for book clubs, Potter-themed birthday parties or even just a wizards' duel in the backyard. Unlike other childhood heroes (think Transformers), it's easy and inexpensive to create your own Potter costume. And most of the supplies can be found around the house. What you need to be Harry Potter Materials Dark-colored flat sheet or another garment that can fill in as a robe 1 piece of black foam board Lipstick or face paint Glitter Glue Scissors An unsharpened pencil Craft paint Masking tape Safety pin DIRECTIONS Wand Paint an unsharpened pencil to create Harry's all-important wand.
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July 21, 2007
The boy wizard's seventh and final adventure, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is finally ready to read, but the party doesn't have to end with last night's midnight release festivities. Kids can still dress the part for book clubs, Potter-themed birthday parties or even just a wizards' duel in the backyard. Unlike other childhood heroes (think Transformers), it's easy and inexpensive to create your own Potter costume. And most of the supplies can be found around the house. What you need to be Harry Potter Materials Dark-colored flat sheet or another garment that can fill in as a robe 1 piece of black foam board Lipstick or face paint Glitter Glue Scissors An unsharpened pencil Craft paint Masking tape Safety pin DIRECTIONS Wand Paint an unsharpened pencil to create Harry's all-important wand.
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By Elaine Markoutsas and Elaine Markoutsas,Universal Press Syndicate | December 1, 1991
Candle making is easy and enjoyable, says author Miranda Innes. "The possibilities are limitless, and it's not a tragedy if something goes wrong. Experimenting with color is fascinating and full of surprises."Making your own candles is a lovely pastime, a wonderful thing to do with your children. You can have a terribly good time doing it. It's very therapeutic."When Ms. Innes was researching techniques for "The Book of Candles," she was cynical about some of the proposed candle-decorating ideas.
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By Rob Kasper | June 5, 1999
WE ARE IN the thick of the graduation season now, with parents beaming, educators speechifying, and students fleeing.Yesterday, as some fellow parents and I waited for our sons' eighth-grade graduation ceremony to begin, a few of us recalled that back in the '60s and '70s we skipped our college commencement. Our absence was a protest, against something -- we couldn't remember precisely what. A couple of good guesses were "the establishment" and "the man."Once I became a parent, I became the man, and a dutiful one at that, especially during commencement season.
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By ROB KASPER | May 29, 1993
Now that the screens are in the doors and windows, I lower my voice.Remarks that, until recently, were confined to the household by closed windows now go shooting out the screens and into the public domain. If the neighbors didn't know better, they might think I actually scream at my children.I do not scream, I holler. Hollering is a kinder, gentler method of communicating to inattentive offspring than screaming. A holler is instructive, as in "Stop swinging the baseball bat in the kitchen."
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By Karol V. Menzieand Randy Johnson | October 13, 1990
We have always taken our interior roller-type painting pretty seriously. Neither of us can ever remember laying in a couple of six-packs and some pizza and inviting over 10 friends (randomly chosen for their willingness to participate) for a painting party.By all means invite friends to help -- if you know they're good (or at least as good as you are). But you may not want to turn partying people loose on the walls you have just spent days (or weeks) carefully plastering smooth. No matter how meticulous your plaster or drywall finishing has been, a bad paint job will make the walls look awful.
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By Jill Hudson Neal and Jill Hudson Neal,SUN STAFF | January 20, 2000
With its arts and crafts, Savage Mill finds success Not too long ago, historic Savage Mill was a dilapidated and ramshackle ruin of a building, a sprawling expanse of empty space and light. Not much fun to look at, but it was heaven to a number of local artists -- a perfect place to paint, sculpt and be creative. The newly gentrified Savage Mill has emerged as one of the region's most popular tourist attractions. It also houses far fewer artists. In the early 1980s, the mill was used by dozens of local artists who used the Carding Building's open floor as studio space.
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By ROB KASPER | January 19, 2008
During these gray days, it is easy to be struck by a home-improvement notion. You are cooped up in the house, staring at the same dreary old walls, and suddenly you have an inspiration to paint them. A three-day weekend, like this one, comes along, and before you know it, you have a roller in your hand and paint splotches all over your body. I have been there, attempted that. Motivated by a mixture of can-do spirit and winter boredom, I have painted a room. The results were, well, spotty.
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By Article by Abigail Tucker and Article by Abigail Tucker,Sun Reporter | December 31, 2006
His memories gathered rain. The Christmas ornaments, the baseball card collection, the baby blankets his mother had boxed and labeled with marker and masking tape - Tyler Krus' whole childhood was spread out on the front lawn, getting drenched in a sudden August shower. "Nick!" 17-year-old Tyler yelled, his voice brittle with stress. "I told you not to put this stuff out here!" Nick, 15, sprinted out of the house. Together the brothers struggled to drag moving boxes and furniture across the grass to the dry porch.
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By Sherry Graham and Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 29, 2000
TWO THOUSAND YEARS of physics were brought into play last weekend as students from 17 area high schools converged on Liberty High to compete in the eighth annual Physics Olympics. Joining participants from Carroll's five high schools were students from Howard, Baltimore, Montgomery, Washington and Anne Arundel counties and Baltimore City. These students challenged themselves and each other to work through the problems presented at six stations during the three-hour event. The students were challenged to: catch an egg -- using a device constructed with paper and masking tape -- dropped from a height of 4 meters; balance sand-filled cups using only meter sticks while moving; and transport the greatest mass the farthest along a fishing line using power generated by two balloons.
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By Jill Hudson Neal and Jill Hudson Neal,SUN STAFF | January 20, 2000
Not too long ago, historic Savage Mill was a dilapidated and ramshackle ruin of a building, a sprawling expanse of empty space and light. Not much fun to look at, but it was heaven to a number of local artists -- a perfect place to paint, sculpt and be creative. These days, the newly gentrified Savage Mill has emerged as one of the region's most popular tourist attractions. It also houses far fewer struggling artists. In the early 1980s, the mill was used by dozens of local artists who used the Carding Building's open floor as studio space.
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By Rob Kasper | June 5, 1999
WE ARE IN the thick of the graduation season now, with parents beaming, educators speechifying, and students fleeing.Yesterday, as some fellow parents and I waited for our sons' eighth-grade graduation ceremony to begin, a few of us recalled that back in the '60s and '70s we skipped our college commencement. Our absence was a protest, against something -- we couldn't remember precisely what. A couple of good guesses were "the establishment" and "the man."Once I became a parent, I became the man, and a dutiful one at that, especially during commencement season.
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By HAROLD JACKSON | January 17, 1999
LORD KNOWS, I'm not the handiest person to have around. Typically if you see me with a hammer or screwdriver, I've either been forced to respond to some household emergency or am performing some mundane task that even a lummox like me couldn't botch.I've tried to be handy ever since my wife and I first departed the ranks of apartment dwellers to become homeowners 18 years ago. But it didn't take long to figure out that any savings expected by "doing it myself" was offset by the cost of having to do it two or three times to get it right.
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By Eileen Ogintz and Eileen Ogintz,LOS ANGELES TIMES SYNDICATE | August 18, 1996
I don't leave home without my rubber snake.He's never let me down, not once over more miles of highways and bumpy country roads than I want to remember. Pulling him out always makes the kids -- and dad -- laugh, even when it seems the road trip will never end."Lighten up!" he tells us. "Figure out a way to have some fun here!"Just looking at my ugly $2.99 snake reminds me what we're trying to accomplish driving umpteen hours: building memories, of course.As corny as it sounds, he also reminds me what a family vacation is really about: the private jokes no one else gets; the moments so good we wish we could freeze-frame them; those so rotten we're thankful we don't have to survive them alone, much less repeat them.
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By Eileen Ogintz and Eileen Ogintz,LOS ANGELES TIMES SYNDICATE | August 18, 1996
I don't leave home without my rubber snake.He's never let me down, not once over more miles of highways and bumpy country roads than I want to remember. Pulling him out always makes the kids -- and dad -- laugh, even when it seems the road trip will never end."Lighten up!" he tells us. "Figure out a way to have some fun here!"Just looking at my ugly $2.99 snake reminds me what we're trying to accomplish driving umpteen hours: building memories, of course.As corny as it sounds, he also reminds me what a family vacation is really about: the private jokes no one else gets; the moments so good we wish we could freeze-frame them; those so rotten we're thankful we don't have to survive them alone, much less repeat them.
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By HAROLD JACKSON | January 17, 1999
LORD KNOWS, I'm not the handiest person to have around. Typically if you see me with a hammer or screwdriver, I've either been forced to respond to some household emergency or am performing some mundane task that even a lummox like me couldn't botch.I've tried to be handy ever since my wife and I first departed the ranks of apartment dwellers to become homeowners 18 years ago. But it didn't take long to figure out that any savings expected by "doing it myself" was offset by the cost of having to do it two or three times to get it right.
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By Eileen Ogintz and Eileen Ogintz,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | August 6, 1995
Before snapping the suitcases and zipping the backpacks for this year's road trip, make sure the bags are crammed with masking tape, a spray water bottle and a guide to the finger alphabet used in sign language. Throw in a couple of fishing vests, too, even if hooking a big one has nothing to do with this year's vacation agenda.Elise Modesitt discovered the tranquilizing powers of masking tape during one of those havoc-wreaking moments that makes parents wonder why they ever went on vacation.
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