Men's fashion in the late Victorian era includes styles worn during the Gilded Age and La Belle Epoque.
Use these clues to date old photographs of women. Fashion changes over time can suggest the date a picture was taken and can help with genealogy research.
Before trying to learn the value of Depression glass, learn how to identify the pattern of your early-20th-century collectables.
Deer avoid plants that are poisonous to them; plants with sticky, hairy, or thorny leaves and stems; and highly aromatic plants.
Orientalism refers to the West's view of non-Western cultures. Fabric, design, and patterns adapted from Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa have influenced Western garments for centuries.
US department stores created middle class style in the 20th century. Through marketing devises, events, and fashion shows large stores created demand for style in clothing as well as in home goods.
The first sewing patterns appeared in small format in books for tailors. In the 19th century pattern makers used magazines as marketing tools. The sewing machine created a market for home sewers.
18th century style featured elaborate gowns festooned with decorations, and mid-century skirts widened with panniers. The end of the 1700s featured simpler neoclassical designs.
1980s fashion was a mix of conservative and extravagant influenced by a princess, punks, goths, and new romantics . Athletic gear as day wear,designer franchising, and ripped jeans...
Bustles of the 1870s and 1880s added bulk in the rear of the skirt. These Victorian styles featured narrow skirts, tight bodices, and much ornamentation.
Women of the 1890s wore large puffed sleeves, bell-shaped skirts with tight waists, and suits based on an hourglass figure. Increased activity brought simple new designs for sport and day wear.
Enamelware refers to enamel-coated steel or cast-iron kitchen products that are smooth and easy to clean and have been in use for over 100 years.
Sterling silver and silver plate is attractive and collectible. Sterling is valuable for craftsmanship, rarity, and for melting as a commodity.
Early 20th-century women's clothing was uncomfortable, fussy, and over-decorated. Chanel created the slim, simple lines we think of as classic style and set the tone for 100 years.
The Victorians introduced the idea of recreational camping as a healthy activity. Influential naturalists, the concept of leisure, and new technologies made the American camp out wildly popular.
Hats provide protection from the elements, imply status or group affiliation. In the past a hat was an essential part of a man's wardrobe dictated by tradition, occupation, or law.
Antique and vintage plates and their modern reproductions are popular and collectible. A general overview of china dishware, its history, and how to identify patterns and designs.
People have long worn clothing for a variety of reasons from protection to decoration, modesty, group affiliation, for ceremonial occasions, and self identity.
Acanthus mollis, or Bear's breeches is a perennial that has been in cultivation for thousands of years. Long used an element in decorative arts, Acanthus is invasive in some areas.
Cultivated for over 1,000 years, tulips are elegant spring-flowering bulbs. Plant tulip bulbs in fall for spring blooms, as they need a period of cold to produce flowers.
Invasive plants are perennials, shrubs, or trees that will crowd out native plants. They spread by root systems or by seed and can take over your yard and become total pests.
Christian Dior brought fashion out of the doldrums of the WW2 era and created the iconic look of mid 20th century style. His influence revolutionized the world of fashion with the New Look of 1947
Strange fashions have been with us for hundreds of years and include skirts draped over cages, shoes with 18" points, and hair augmented by horse hair stretched over wire forms.
Linen pillowcases are expensive, but you can make your own quite cheaply. Here are two projects that require minimal sewing skills, and take very little time.
Fashions of the 19970's brought us androgyny, polyester, mixed patterns, Punk, and Disco styles and an extension of 60's hippie chic. The self as art created an eclectic mix that is still with us.
Green flowers are unusual in the garden but there are some available that are easy to grow. Many green blooms seen in florist designs have been dyed. Others are rare or hard to grow.
Baltimore's Enchanted Forest was a fairy tale themed amusement park in Howard County. The once popular attraction was abandoned and fell into ruins but some of the structures have been preserved.
Blue flowers add a cool, peaceful feeling to a garden. Here is an illustrated list of blue flowers and how to grow them. Includes blue bulbs, herbs, annual, and perennial flowers.
Linen is a fabric made from the flax plant and has been used for tens of thousands of years to make garments, bedding, sails and more. Linen is cool, durable and practical, easy to sew and launder.
Clothing of Neolithic people was warn for warmth, modesty, symbolism, or status. Evidence of weaving predates agriculture and textile use is mush older than previously thought.
Popular films often portray the fashions of an era. Whether introducing new styles, or reflecting the look of a particular time, movies offer a peek at fashion in the culture.
Garment and textile production is the largest employer of workers world wide. Though ready-to-wear clothing was once a cottage industry, the Industrial Revolution changed the way we shop and dress.
Womens' fashions of the 1930's were influenced by the Great Depression. The simplified designs and the use of inexpensive fabrics (like cotton) reflected economic changes wrought by the poor economy.
The Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory at Druid Hill Park, Baltimore Maryland is the second oldest of its kind in the US. This public Victorian conservatory is filled with exotic plants.
Cylburn Arboretum is Baltimore's largest public garden, featuring a Victorian mansion and carriage house, themed gardens, tree collection, and woodland trails. It is also a bird sanctuary and nature preserve.
Magazines in 1932 featured sleek, modern and most importantly, convenient kitchen appliances. Here are some of those well-designed ads, with products homemakers all over the country were itching to own.
Recycle an old book or magazine to make a decorative Christmas tree. This is a fun project to do with kids, and you could an old trade paperback or a thick magazine to make this inexpensive decoration.
If you are interested in bonsai, it's a good idea to look at the work of the masters. For education and inspiration, look at these beautiful bonsai from the National Bonsai Museum. Washington DC
Clothing has been regulated since ancient times. From color restrictions to sumptuary laws, from modesty laws to war time cloth rationing, governments affect how we dress and often inspire fashion.
Moth orchids are easy-to-grow houseplants that are inexpensive and easy to find. Flowers are long-lived, lasting over a month. With proper care, get your flower to thrive and rebloom.
NASA tested houseplants to see which plants removed the most toxins from indoor air. Here are the top plants and how to grow them. Many are easy care, low light plants.
Clivea is a beautiful flowering houseplant that thrives in low light and is very easy to grow. This easy-care plant has lovely, deep-green foliage and produces a cluster of flowers on central stalk.
Succulents are easy to find easy to grow houseplants known for their unique structure, interesting color and the fact that they can go for long periods of time without water.
Amaryllis or Hippeastrum is an amazing flower that grows from a large bulb. Popular in winter, this flowering houseplant is easy to grow and easy to coax back again the next year. Here's how.
Flowering houseplants may be a bit more challenging than those grown for foliage, but the rewards are great. Here is an illustrated guide to popular, easy-to-find indoor plants that flower.
Banana plants, sometimes called banana trees, have become a popular plant to pass around between friends in areas with cool climates. Here's how to care for and overwinter these tropical plants.
Dwarf daffodils are tiny yellow versions of larger daffodils appearing very early in Spring. Plant in small clumps in Fall.
Ferns are wonderful moisture loving houseplants. Here are several easy to find ferns and how to take care of them in your home. Included are plants that we often call ferns, but are not true ferns.
If you are new to houseplants, buy one that is inexpensive and does not require a lot of care. Here is what to look for in a new plant and how to take care of it when you get it home.
Tree philodendron or Philodendron bipinnatifidom (or selloum) is an easy care houseplant with large, dramatic, deeply lobed leaves. Tree philodendron is tolerant of low light in winter.
All plants need some light. Houseplants that will thrive in low light conditions still need some sunlight for photosynthesis. Here are 12 houseplants that will grow in low or indirect light.
Swiss Cheese Plant, Monstera Deliciosa, or Cut Leaf Philodrendron is a large showy and easy to grow houseplant that prefers warm, humid conditions. This dramatic plant is a tropical native
The Oakleigh Pet Cemetery in Baltimore County is one of those neglected graveyards that remind me of a Stephen King novel. A neighborhood blight inspires morbid fascination.
Berlin Maryland, a five-minute ride from Ocean City MD is a quaint old town, a National Register Historic District offering a Victorian hotel, galleries, and shops along a historic main street.
Here is an easy project using fabric scraps. The fabric Christmas tree is decorated with tea dyed upholstery trim and pearl headed straight pins.
Use old 100% wool sweaters to create an adorable stuffed owl. Felting wool creates a material that will not unravel and is easy to work with. Stuffed with balsam needles, they make a nice sachet.
With a bit of planning, you can bake tons of Christmas cookies all in one day. Here are some tips on how to make lots of cookies all at once.
Pants and trousers have been worn since ancient times and were seen by the Ancient Romans as barbaric. It was not until the late 20th century that pants became an acceptable garmentfor women.
Hibiscus are gorgeous flowering plants that offer a tropical look to a garden. While there are many kinds of hibiscus, three basic types are available to add an exotic touch to your landscape.
Vintage grain sacks are made of tough, durable fabric great for a heavy duty tote bag or reusable grocery bag. Recycle an old sack with this easy, illustrated guide for a simple sewing project.
The Great Fire of Baltimore in February of 1904 began in the basement of a dry goods store. The fire spread out of control for two days, destroying 140 acres of downtown Baltimore.
Overview of ladies' clothing of the 1950s: fashions from the New Look to a new love for everything casual. A housewife with an hourglass figure was the epitome of mid-20th-century style.
Baltimore, Maryland is home to several iron fronted buildings as well as many examples of ornamental iron used for fences, gates, balconies, and window guards.
Mount Vernon Place is one of Baltimore's most beautiful neighborhoods. The walkable area is home to a variety of architectural styles as well as the Washington Monument.
Mount Clare is Baltimore's oldest Colonial mansion, a fine example of American Georgian architecture. Mt.Clare is outfitted with period furniture and decorative arts, many original to the house.
Baltimore has more row houses than any other city in the US. From grand and elaborate homes for the wealthy to adorable little row homes for the working class.
An illustrated short list of winter flowering flowers and winter flowering shrubs that bloom in February in temperate climates. Including planting and growing instructions.
Fell's Point, in Baltimore, Maryland, is a waterfront area filled with 18th-century homes. The National Historic Register of Places recognizes Fells Point's historic and architectural significance.
Fort McHenry in Baltimore Maryland is a National Monument and Historic Shrine commemorating its role in the Battle of Baltimore It is the home of the Star Spangled Banner, the US National Anthem.
Swimsuits have changed a lot in 100 years. Where once swimming attire was dictated by modesty, fashion moved toward more practical designs and swimsuits became attractive, functional, and revealing.
Mixing and matching vintage-style dishware is a great decorating idea for the shabby-chic look, and can save you money as well.
Jeans are the iconic garment of American fashion popular for over 100 years. From the 16th century to today here is the story of denim, dungarees and jeans - from sturdy work pants to fashion trend
The 1960s' fashions changed the way we look at clothing. From mini skirts to folk costume, from classic style to bohemian styles of the hippie movement, 60s fashions made a dramatic change in fashion.
A dashiki is a loose, tunic type shirt popular in the United States in the 1960s. The traditional African style shirt gained a following among African Americans and became a staple of hippie fashion.
The kaftan, or caftan is an ancient garment worn by both men and women. The modest yet glamorous kaftan is comfortable and looks great on the young and old, on thin and plus sized ladies.
Make a small personalized coloring book, or create your own notebook using Photoshop and Powerpoint. This easy project is a lot of fun, and makes an amusing gift for family or friends.
Throughout history, men and women have used handbags to carry small personal items. From purely functional sacks, handbags evolved into status symbols featuring ornate designs and luxurious materials.
Have a frugal Christmas using common items found around the house to decorate your home for the holiday season. Natural elements like pine cones and evergreen add an attractive and sustainable touch.
Late summer and early fall perennial flowers and shrubs offer one last show of color before the cold weather sets in. Check out these easy-to-grow, late-blooming flowering plants.
Hydrangeas come in many types—mophead, lacecap, paniculata (PeeGee), and oakleaf. Large blossoms are easily dried. Influence the color of mophead and lacecap hydrangeas by augmenting the soil.
Don't throw away those dry leaves, but make a fine, carbon rich compost for your garden. How to make leaf mold to improve the texture of your soil.
Lavender needs bright sunlight, dry soil, great drainage, and alkaline soil. But with a bit of thought and special care, you can still grow lavender in these conditions.
Aromatic plants, whether trees, shrubs, perennial flowers, or herbs add a distinctive touch to your home garden design. Here is a list of easy to find scented plants for a romantic garden.
Archeological evidence suggests that shoes may have been worn 42,000 years ago. Many of the shoes we wear today are based on older types like Flip-flops, an old type of sandal worn in Ancient Egypt.
The industrial revolution changed footwear. Shoes were now made specifically for the right and left foot. Shoes were made for comfort and sport. After a long disappearance, the sandal came back.
A history of bohemian style and its influence on hippie style and boho chic. For 200 years, this style has been the fashion for artists and intellectuals who embrace an alternative lifestyle.
The Aesthetic Movement, a counterculture of artists, writers, and designers in Victorian England opposed the dehumanization of the Industrial Age. Aesthetic fashion favored a natural look based on medieval styles
The history of the apron used as a protective garment, an indication of a particular trade, and a cultural icon. From vintage styles to Anthropologie's beautiful styles, the apron is back.
During the American Civil War, women of the South were limited by the availability of products due to the blockade. Fabric was needed for the military so women became creative with limited resources.
For over 500 years wearing black clothing was a custom following the death of a loved one. Sumptuary law and later etiquette dictated rules for mourning dress depending on status and loss.
From 1914 - 1920, fashion was influenced by WWI and simpler style became the trend. A military influence brought the classic trench coat.
Flappers were only part of the fashion trend of the 1920's. The female silhouette became slimmer and almost androgynous with drop waist dresses and loose, comfortable clothing.
Cult movies created after 1970 may lack the authenticity of those cult films made before the popularity of midnight screenings, but offer quirky characters and peculiar story lines.
Cult movies are films with a small but dedicated fan base, often featuring bizarre plots, or weird characters. Often box office flops cult movies gather fans over time drawn to the unique charm.
The Elizabethan era 1558 - 1603, is known for garments made of wool and linen that were heavy and of a striking design including such fashion icons as the ruff and the farthingale.
In the high and late Middle ages attractive styles became more available to a new middle class. Clothing styles changed more quickly due to new technology, Eastern influences, and a better economy.
Clothing styles of medieval Europe in the early Middle Ages (aka Dark Ages) were not what we know of as fashion. Styles did not change rapidly. Garments were plain but distinguished by fine fabrics.
Ladies clothing of the early 1800's featured a high waist line called Empire and employed the use of soft, light weight fabrics . Later Romantic style included large sleeves and decorated hems.
Victorian fashions reflect clothing worn between 1837 - 1901. Despite the prim and proper feminine ideal, Victorian clothing includes outrageous styles like hoop skirts and bustles.
Recipe for a delicious artisan style bread that is hearty and firm. This peasant bread is started the night before and uses very little yeast or sugar. The no knead bread raises for 15 hours.
Edwardian fashion refers to the clothing worn in the early 20th century and features an elegant, mature look for women, created around the S curve with its monobosom and a new long line.
Vintage textiles are valuable, collectible, and need special treatment for laundering or storage. Cutting whole pieces for home craft projects destroys their value.
The influence of World War II on fashion was huge. Shortages and rationing limited the use of fabric and other materials used in fashion design. Hemlines were up and hair was long creating an iconic style
An illustrated guide on how to make a stuffed monster. This simple, easy to make stuffed toy can be made with fabric scraps and has no loose buttons or embellishments so is safe for a baby.
Ocean City Maryland has been a tourist town since the late 1800's when guest houses and small hotels were opened and operated by widows and fishermen's wives.
The sleek, elegant look was quite a change after the wild fashions of the Roaring 20'. A slim silhouette continued with lower hemlines and diagonal lines.
How to chose and store a live cut Christmas Tree - what to look for in a tree, signs of damage, and how to keep your Christmas Tree looking fresh all season.
Point Lookout Lighthouse in Southern Maryland may be the most haunted lighthouse in the US. Confederate ghosts, a dead lighthouse keeper, drowned sailors and others haunt this beautiful area.
Stoneware is a tough, versatile type of pottery made in the U.S. for 300 years. The antique blue and white spatterware and spongeware is a popular collectible that is still being produced today.
Ocean City, Maryland is a 10 mile stretch of sparkling white sand and surf, a Boardwalk, restaurants, bars, amusements parks, miniature golf, shopping, frequent festivals and special events.
Flow Blue is a highly collectible, antique blue-and-white china popular during the Victorian era, known for hazy blue floral, pastoral, or Asian patterns on bright white china.
There is a difference between antiques and collectibles and a difference between price guides and actual value which is influenced by consumer demand, availability, and condition of the item.
Owls are nocturnal mysterious denizens of the night, sometimes heard but rarely seen. Learn how to identify an owl by sight or sound.
Use antique ceiling tin to make an attractive wall hanging. Using salvaged material is a sustainable practice and can add a unique decorative touch to your home. This simple project is easy to do.
Add a unique look to your home décor by incorporating architectural salvage to your design scheme. Here are some simple projects that you can make yourself by using recycled materials.
Just west of St. Michaels, the small towns of Tilghman Island and Claiborne are time capsules of the past. The quaint MD towns offer historic architecture, great fishing, and beautiful water views.
St. Michaels, on Maryland's Eastern Shore, is a quaint town on Rt 322 just off Route 50. The water oriented town offers cute shops, great biking, and walking, as well as historical MD architecture.
Reading e books on Kindle or iPad is the biggest thing since Gutenberg invented the printing press. A sometimes humorous look at the world of wireless readers and the impact Kindle will have on reading.
How could a reclusive person like Emily Bronte have created the complicated novel Wuthering Heights, a tale of twisted personal dynamics, passionate romance, and dysfunctional relationships.
If you love a beautiful garden, there's no reason not to extend its beauty all year long. Create interest in the winter landscape by planting these trees and shrubs that offer visual appeal even in the coldest months.
Brighten up the shaded areas of your yard with shade-loving flowering plants. Types of plants (with photographs) with the types of shade they prefer.
A short biography of the Victorian writer, Charlotte Bronte who explored the dehumanization of poverty and the difficulties faced by women of the 19th century in her famous novel Jane Eyre.
The Philadelphia Magic Gardens is a mosaic wonderland of intricate and unique art by Isaiah Zagar. Don't miss a visit to this labyrinth of tile, mirror shards, glass bottles, and bicycle wheels.
Antique samplers are delicate and fragile. They must be cared for by someone who knows how to care for old textiles. Here is the story of an old sampler and how I came to learn about its history.
Here are some tips on where to locate the pond, how to keep it clean, and information about pond liners, plants, and aeration—all important factors to consider when planning a pond.
When you plan a flower garden, do not forget plan on the time it will take to keep your garden looking its best. Here are some tips on the chores needed to maintain a flower garden.
Did Emily Bronte, the writer of Wuthering Heights, have Asperger's syndrome ? Asperger's symptoms include social isolation, interest in unusual topics and other behavioral traits of Emily Bronte.
Angels have come in many forms throughout the ages. Here is a list of choirs of angels, a list of some archangels with beautiful angel pictures and a description of the many kinds of angels.
Angels have been seen and documented by humans since the dawn of civilization. Angels, or angelic type forms exist in almost every religion and culture creating a link to the divine.
Angel statues are popular garden ornaments. Whether you are religious or just love angels, an angel statue in your garden add to the peaceful air and gives your garden the feeling of sanctuary.
American White Pelicans have been spotted since 2009 at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
A statue of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of the ecology movement, is a popular figure included in a garden to remind us of the importance of nature in Christian religion and philosophy.
Statues of Buddha add a lovely touch to the home or garden, reminding us of our spiritual potential and adding a note of serenity. Buddha statues are not worshiped, but a focal point for meditation.
Having a small yard does not mean that you can't plant trees. Many trees grow no larger than 30 feet, and many shrubs can stand in for trees. Here is a list of small trees and tall shrubs for your landscaping.
For a fun decoration that doubles as a gift for a baby shower, make a diaper cake out of disposable diapers. Here is an illustrated, step by step guide on how to create a diaper cake.
With these simple photo instructions, learn how to make tissue paper flowers for a baby shower, wedding shower, or a fun project with the kids.
Shrubs offer privacy and can screen unattractive house foundations. Shrubs add color and texture to your view. This article, complete with photos and helpful links, will teach you how to choose the right shrub for your area.
Your garden can bloom from early spring until late fall if you plant a variety of flowers that bloom at different times. Select plants ahead of time for all season long flowers.
Blending essential oils for aromatherapy or soap making can create unique scents. Learn how to combine essential oils and the properties of the oils. You can also buy essential oils online here.
Emily Bronte wrote Wuthering Heights a complex Victorian novel of love and obsession. E. Bronte the quintessential Gothic writer brilliant and reclusive, writing in secret - short bio with pictures.
Home made soap usually needs to cure for a month. But Hot Process Soap Making speeds up cure time. Heating the soap cures it quickly, makes it safe to use in one week creating hard long lasting bars.
Oysters are a popular shellfish that can be cooked many ways. Here are recipes including fried oysters, steamed oysters, and scalloped oysters.
The National Portrait Gallery, part of the Smithsonian Museum system, is located on 8th and F Streets and features presidential portraits, historical, and contemporary portraiture.
Along Route 322 and on into Ephrata, Lancaster PA you can find the quaint, unique shops, bargains, and all the warmth, and folksy goodness that made Lancaster famous.
How to make a reusable grocery bag or how to make a lined tote bag. It's easy to sew this tough bag. The DIY tote bag is lined and stiffened for added strength and durability.
This step-by-step guide will show you how to make an evergreen Christmas wreath using inexpensive supplies. Your guests will be welcomed to your festive home and greeted by the fresh aroma of a lovely wreath!
Here are two delicious cranberry recipes to make at home. You don't need a pressure cooker or canner to make these cranberry recipes.
The rise in the price of art has created more criminal interest in the theft of art. Art theft is an old crime that robs society of its cultural treasures. Article features some of the greatest art thefts in history.
The Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay is full of ghost stories, spooks, spirits, and hauntings. Haunted Eastern Shore is a collection of these ghostly tales by Mindie Burgoyne.
1939 was the Golden Year of classic movies with great classics such as Gone With the Wind, the Wizard of Oz, Wuthering Heights, Dark Victory, Ninotchka, Of Mice and Men, and several others.
A humorous look at the monster called the Chupacabra with tongue in cheek recipes for creating meals with the fabled creature, and alluding to a fictional Cryptids Cookbook.
Birdwatching on Maryland and Delaware's Eastern Shore is great any time of year, but best from fall till spring. Check out migratory songbirds, waterfowl, and the lovely views along the wetlands.
Here are some inexpensive ingredients, directions, and tips on how to make hand crafted, vegan homemade soap. With pictures and recipe you can learn to make your own home made soap
Painted screens are a unique folk art tradition of Baltimore, Maryland that gave inhabitants of narrow streets privacy. Includes how to paint a screen as well as a gallery of decorated screens.
Paint the exterior of your house to make your home attractive. Learn how to paint your house, and how to prepare for painting along with special tips when mom's in charge of the project
Tent camping puts you in nature and that can mean insects, mosquitoes, flies, and bears that can make your camping trip unpleasant. Deter pests like bugs and bears by following simple camping rules.
Cut hair at home and save money by learning a few simple techniques of hair cutting. With pictures and videos, learn to cut a simple bob hair cut at home, a slightly layered bob...
Cut hair at home and save money by learning a few basic techniques of hair cutting. With pictures of the process of hair cutting, you can cut your family's hair yourself.
Rock candy is fun to make at home. Make rock candy with kids and teach them science while making home made candy. All you need is some sugar syrup, string, and glasses to make beautiful, delicious rock candy.
You can make your own guitar picks from old plastic cards. Turn your trash into new guitar picks. Making your own guitar picks is sustainable and you will have a unique guitar pick, an original.
Blueberries are not only delicious but good for you too! Whether you pick them or grow them, these delicious blueberry desserts and jams are great when you have too many blueberries
abandoned houses are a blight in some areas, sad, empty, forgotten homes where families once lived, abandoned houses, forgotten lives with videos and pictures
Bodysurfing is an individual sport where participants ride waves to shore without the aid of floatation devices like surf boards or body boards. Anyone can body surf , even children and older folks.
Before you paint your house or deck, a good pressure wash will clean off loose dirt, stains, and, in some cases, even flaked paint. Pressure wash under awnings or porches, power wash decks, siding.
Perennial flowers may be expensive but are worth the investment. Perennials come back every year and the ones presented here are tough, easy to grow, and attractive choices for the new gardener.
The Ivory billed woodpecker is thought to be extinct. Yet controversial sightings of the ivory bill give hope to those who believe the Ghost bird lives on in the southeastern US.
Left over candle stubs and wax left in burned out jar candles can be used to create a new candle by mixing the old candle left-overs.
We found a kitten outside on a dark and stormy night. Here is the story of how we rescued a kitten and some advise on how to take care of a rescued kitten.
St. Mary's City in Southern Maryland was the first English colony in the U.S. to grant freedom of religion. Historic St. Mary's is a living history museum and the campus of St. Mary's College of MD.
If you're going to a concert and may enter the mosh pit, here are some tips to prepare yourself including what to wear, when to eat before hand, what to drink.
Dawn Redwood (metasequoia glyptostroboides) is a type of redwood tree that can grow on the East Coast of the US. Previously known only as a fossil Dawn Redwood was rediscovered in China in the 1940's.
Even a small garden can use a compost pile made of plant trimmings and other garden trash that you can turn into an enriched soil for the garden. Easy tips for making compost in a small yard.
The popular saint Francis of Assisi created one of the most beautiful prayers of Christianity, a mediation on peace.
Roses can be grown easily if you locate the right rose and plant and care for the rose properly. Here are rose photos, tips on growing roses, and videos on caring for roses.
Improve your yard and property by turning it into a mini-bird sanctuary with food, shelter, and a water source. Creating a back yard bird sanctuary turns your yard into a park like setting.
When I was a little girl, my mother got polio. I stayed with my grandparents in their old Victorian home. My grandmother was not good with children but we made a connection with old keepsakes.
Bird watching is an inexpensive, rewarding hobby. With photos, videos, and links, learn the joy of birdwatching and how to learn to identify birds at home or anywhere.
The beautiful, old-fashioned, shade-loving plant called bleeding heart is a perennial plant with lobed foliage and dangling, heart-shaped flowers. Learn all about how to grow it here.
Prenatal testing has created the ability of parents to find out if their child has Down syndrome and decide whether to abort or keep their child.
The US National Arboretum, America's tree collection and national garden is a sprawling botanical garden in north west Washington DC.
Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty stand in the New York harbor as the Gateway to America. The popular tourist destination offers a history lesson on US immigration and is a beautiful place to see.
Abandoned cemeteries, neglected graveyards, and ruined grave sites dishonor our ancestors. Creative nonfiction piece explores how often the concept of perpetual care is a lie.
A humorous take on Google, privacy, and new technology. Check out your own house on Google street views and you may see something that you don't want to see.
Fox, coyotes and other wild animals have moved to the suburbs. Squeezed out of natural areas by encroaching development, deer, fox and coyote stroll down the street, and are seen even in cities.
The fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory changed the way the public looked at workers' rights. Workers locked in a garment mill could not escape the inferno that erupted when a scrap bin ignited.
Saint Patrick, real name Patricius, is an Irish saint, but Saint Patrick's importantce to western culture lies in the seeds he sewed resulting in the Irish monastic movement and the salvation of western literature.
Designing and building a beautiful flower garden can be very inexpensive if you use a bit of creativity. Plan a frugal yet attractive garden by following these simple tips.
Campfire - How to build a campfire, campfire safety, and campfire clean-up. With sing-a-long videos and pictures, the campfire is the heart of the camp
People often see strange animals at night. In 2009, two young men reported spotting an unusual creature on a country road. Was it a monster, or merely something they did not expect to see in the area?
Campfires are a lot of fun and a great camping tradition, but campfires can be dangerous. Campfires can negatively impact the environment and many camp areas now ban campfires.
What food to pack for a camping trip; things to cook and eat that do not need refrigeration.
What to take tent camping to make your camping holiday comfortable with a minimum of excess junk. Make a list of supplies ahead of time.
Tent camping can be a rewarding, inexpensive experience. If you have the right gear, tent camping is great for family and friends, a great way to get away from the pressures of modern life.
He’s charming, good looking and intelligent. You’re the center of his life. Even if he’s sometimes rude or dishonest with friends and family, he lies to you and manipulates you, you still love him.
Children with Down Syndrome may need adaptive services and educational opportunities. There may be health problems. Offer a child with Down Syndrome stimulation, exercise, and opportunity to thrive.
Down Syndrome, what they used to call Down's Syndrome is a frightening diagnosis, but a child with Down Syndrome may be a blessing in disguise.