May 5, 1995 |
Covered in white and ocher face and body paint over a thick paste that makes them look like ancient mud figures come to life, dancers of the Northern Australian Territory re-enact a mythic odyssey ("The Wallaby Dreaming") a world away from the Tanami Desert that is their home. Accompanied by deep-toned singing and the rhythmic clack of wooden boomerangs, they walk heavily, wearily, with long boomerangs held across their shoulders, re-creating a journey of a thousand miles in only a few minutes.
May 20, 1999
At last! A good word for the opossum ("Saving a Sluggish Spring Garden Without Using Poison," March 18)! Many people don't know that favorite foods of the possum are things we don't like: snails, rats, mice, bugs and worms. The opossum is a gardener's best friend. We always wish they would set up permanent camp in our yard, but they're true wanderers, always on the move to the next neighborhood. Other good things about possums: They "tiptoe through the tulips," moving slowly and carefully in search of snails and other pests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2004 |
It's a bit like "The Apprentice," except the jungles of Manhattan have been replaced by the wilds of the Santa Barbara Zoo. This semester, about two dozen Cal State Channel Islands students have been packing the boardroom at the city zoo, splitting into teams to work up proposals for new exhibits at the ocean-view park. It's not a competition and no one will get fired. The only thing riding on the exercise is a semester grade.
October 17, 1993 |
The idea seemed simple enough--even fundamental--for a creative TV enterprise targeted at children: Hire people to develop original cartoon series. In fact, however, it was almost radical. Television in the late 1980s had come to be dominated by cartoons that were based on characters children already knew--from toys ("G.I.
August 12, 2001 |
My husband, Tom, and I needed a break from the 90-degree February heat in Sydney. Our friends there vacation in Cairns, a city 15 degrees higher in latitude and 10 degrees higher in temperature. But I wondered whether Tasmania, a shield-shaped island state in the most southerly part of Australia, might be an agreeable spot. Our friends said it was lovely. None of them, however, had ever been there.
September 26, 1993 |
He's one Aussie who doesn't care about throwing another shrimp on the barbie. Rocko, of Nickelodeon's new Rocko's Modern Life, follows the strange and twisted adventures of the Australian wallaby, on his own for the first time and learning about life as an "almost adult," in the USA. In each episode, Rocko manages to turn everyday problems into a larger-than-life trauma.
June 19, 1995 |
Doodles doesn't claw the furniture anymore. She doesn't hiss at strangers or meow when she wants to be fed. In fact, Doodles never stirs from a pillow near the fireplace in her Reston, Va., home. That's because Doodles' owner, Jim Gottlieb, had her stuffed after the cat's death last year. "Today you can pet her and look at her and she won't bite you," said Gottlieb, 35, who cared for the temperamental seal-point Siamese for five years.
December 4, 1986 |
A low rumble of excitement rippled through the crowd, erupting into noisy delight as Blanca Simmons walked among the 300 students, a nine-foot-long python wrapped around her body. The children reacted with a chorus of screams as Millicent Wood explained that the snake was not poisonous and, contrary to popular myth, would not devour them with one swallow.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1998 |
Behind a cement block wall at the end of a cul-de-sac in Laguna Hills, a 450-pound alligator can be found in her owner's frontyard, creeping through the grass and basking in the warm sunlight. The 8-foot North American alligator named Bonnie has lived there for 20 years, since she and her brother, Clyde, were hatched from eggs on Nick Amodio's lush half-acre lot.