The other day my 14-year-old daughter reported that the girls at her lunch table were debating the merits of the presidential candidates. Yes, middle-schoolers talking about politics. On their own time. Even though it wasn't going to be on a test.
Parents need to know that "Ice Age: Collision Course" is the fifth installment in the popular prehistoric-themed "Ice Age" franchise. It's not necessary for viewers to have seen all of the former films to understand the plot line, but it does help. The violence/peril is less intense than in previous installments but does feature serious natural catastrophes - like a fiery asteroid headed for Earth (and destructive meteors) - as well as egg-stealing birds bent on destruction. You can also expect a little bit of insult language ("turd," "stupid"), as well as mildly suggestive comments about "parts retracting" and hotness. The coupled-off characters also embrace or kiss very briefly. As always, the messages revolve around teamwork and the unconditional love/acceptance of the right "herd."
One evening during chemo, I actually went out - hoping for a chance to feel a little "normal." I was part of a large group of women, most of whom I did not know. I had made a habit of not shaking hands to avoid getting sick, and apparently this offended one woman. She insisted, "I used hand sanitizer."
Homes built before World War II often contain surprise roses in their gardens. They are often very large old plants that border on brambles, while some may be simply an overgrown rootstock or others could be true antiques. Yes, there are treasures to be found that may be the species and early crosses proving their longevity by simply being alive today. Most of the old ones bloom just once a year, very heavily, in the dawn of summer.
Two cousins, almost 10 years apart in years and with very different skill sets, have become the third generation to help run the venerable Stark family carpet and design business, started in 1938 by their grandparents, Arthur and Nadia Stark.
Q: Dear Ed: I am a semi-retired finish carpenter. My second floor shower stall is unusable as water leaks on to the ceiling below when used. All my friends have said it's the old tile shower pan. Before I start ripping out the entire shower stall, do you have any ideas on how I can find out what exactly is causing the leak?
From toys to clothing, finding a home for everything a child may need is often a challenge. Preserving space is often at the top of the must-dos list in addition to proper organization. With many Americans choosing to downsize, rooms have gotten smaller, but the good news is there are perhaps more design options on the market than ever to help maximize space.
When it comes to our favorite part of beautifying a home, storage and organization rarely rank high. And rightly so; we often consider cleaning a chore, brushing it aside as an annoyance or time-zapping task to deal with later. But here's the thing: Science suggests that your messy home is more than just an eyesore. Researchers from UCLA's Center on Everyday Lives and Families found that women who live in a cluttered home have higher levels of cortisol, a stress-related hormone. In other words, those strewn dirty clothes could take a serious toll on your health, as well as the look of your home. Convinced that it's time to tidy up? Follow these timeless storage hacks to update your home - and bid stress bye-bye.
This small island - only 21 square miles in size and 650 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. - gave the world shorts (still used as part of the island uniform), onions (still used in island cuisine), and grass (still used on the island's ubiquitous golf courses).
Beach vacations, done right, have a magical way of getting you to eat, drink and do things you'd normally steer clear of on a regular weekday. Take roller coasters. I hadn't been on one in years, ever since a wild ride on the Phantom's Revenge at a Kennywood school picnic left me dizzy for weeks.
Dear Angie: We live on a golf course and golf balls always hit our house. We need to replace the siding, but it doesn't make sense to do it with the same product that'll get damaged over and over again. Is there a product that won't crack or show damage when hit by a golf ball?
SEATTLE - You work and work, imagine and plan, launch your son into adulthood and then ... It Is Time. Time to build your very own grown-up Dream Home. Pavel Lobanov and Mila Lobanova were there: They had a divine high-up site in View Ridge (which did not earn its name accidentally). They had a highly recommended architect (design principal Rick Mohler of Mohler + Ghillino Architects). And they had a budget for building (though it was tight).
The founding president of Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts on Cherokee st in St. Louis is working on making the 1800 block of State St. into a cultural hotspot with galleries, artist lofts and venues for music, lectures and performance art known as GCADD.
Urban pioneers create Granite City Art and Design District