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Making lasting connections

LOS ANGELES - The link to the outdoors and the gentle ocean breezes that circulate through the two-story home's many transom windows play huge roles in making the home feel special.

Family

My family's African adventure

My adventure started when my family traveled to Africa in the summer of 2015. We went on safari in Tanzania. We saw lots of animals, including lions, leopards, rhinos, Cape buffalo, and elephants. We learned all about their daily life. We also learned about plants and the acacia tree, which is a spiky tree that covers the Tanzanian landscape.

Home & Garden

On Gardening: Dutch iris, a showy, camera-ready bloomer

The word on the street (I've always wanted to say that) is that the Dutch iris is a short-lived perennial. Tell that to Romano an incredible showy bloomer that we have in the garden which was planted in the late 1990's. I've led a life comparable to a house flipper so my personal experience on the longevity of perennials has been word of mouth or reference book to say the least, but it seems to me anything approaching 20 years would rate as awesome.

Family

A chat with 'Rock Dog's' Luke Wilson

We went to an advanced screening of the new animated movie "Rock Dog." We absolutely loved the movie! It is about a Tibetan mastiff named Bodi (voiced by Luke Wilson), who lives in a village on Snow Mountain.

Family

Parents @ Play: 2017 Toy Fair trends

Every year at about this time, every toy, game, collectible, and indoor- or outdoor plaything goes on display at New York Toy Fair. And, as usual, your Parents@Play team fearlessly braved the frigid weather (although, this year it was practically balmy) to bring you a glimpse into this year's up-and-coming trends.

Videos

Basic truffles with Bruges Chocolaterie

Susan Ardis sardis@thestate.com
Basic truffles with Bruges Chocolaterie 4:47

Basic truffles with Bruges Chocolaterie

Making soup at The Other Store deli 5:32

Making soup at The Other Store deli

How to quickly dehead shrimp 0:46

How to quickly dehead shrimp

How you can join Columbia's community gardens 1:51

How you can join Columbia's community gardens