November 12, 2005
Start with a purpose: Is it a special occasion or just a friendly gathering? Sort out duties to avoid collisions: Communicate. Before divvying up responsibilities, figure out cooking strengths of each individual -- who's best at side dishes, hor d'oeuvres, main dish and desserts. If holding a get-together for friends, it's fine to be more restrictive on invitations and invite only friends who know each other. Have a menu in mind and ask guests only to bring wine or beer. Keep in mind, the more formal the occasion, the less helpful it is to share responsibilities.
February 26, 1998
I am one of a set of identical triplets now in our 30s. For the first time since we were children, we want to dress alike.The occasion is a cocktail party reception where our father is being honored for his civic work.Growing up, we three constantly fought over clothing, and this is no exception. Because we are all tiny I want us to wear white. But they insist white should be worn only after Easter.Since you are all small, white or ivory suits would be appropriate for the occasion. White -- or winter white as it is often called -- is one of the most popular designer colors for winter.
September 6, 1997
Cardinal William H. Keeler remembered Mother Teresa yesterday not just as the living saint that much of the world perceived her to be, but as someone of indefatigable energy, with a great sense of humor."
July 25, 2011
A great big thank you to all you greeted me with much enthusiasm when I collected door to door for the Fourth of July celebration. Even the dogs were cooperative! In one house I saw an entire family chatting and sitting at their table having dinner. It looked like a Norman Rockwell scene. (I didn't bother them). I collected more than $821. Once again there was an opportunity to share Catonsville with very special people who rose to the occasion. Margaret Milleker Batimore
August 17, 1991
One afternoon, as I was driving to my home in Guilford aftercompleting several errands, the announcer on my car radio reported that the temperature was 102 degrees with the humidity at 42 percent. It did not surprise me, therefore, to notice a number of women walking along the street with their umbrellas up. This provided them protection, in a small way, from the direct rays of the sun.At the Civil War memorial service which was held at the monument in Loudon Park Cemetery June 1, there were a number of lovely ladies dressed in Confederate costumes, complete with hoop skirts, be-ribboned bonnets, lace fans and fringed parasols.
May 15, 2005
People aren't just "googling" at Google.com. They're also ogling, thanks to the artwork of Dennis Hwang. Hwang redesigns Google's logo on special occasions, turning the search engine's familiar four-color logo into fresh eye candy. For instance, to commemorate Leonardo da Vinci's birthday last month, Hwang changed the logo's colors to the chalky red tones of da Vinci's sketches, and replaced one "O" with a smirking Mona Lisa. Though Hwang, a former art student at Stanford University, likes celebrating artists best, his tweaked logos also have given birthday nods to Albert Einstein and Ray Charles, among others.