ALAN YAMAUCHI (Street Articles Author)
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Wooden Christmas Lawn Decorations
As an artist and a woodworker, one thing I enjoy doing is making wooden Christmas lawn decorations. I'm sure you've seen them in your neighborhoods. The plywood cutouts of cartoon characters, painted, and lit up in the owner's yard. Even if you don't have artistic talent it's still possible to…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Visual Graphic Arts   Jul 06, 2011  
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Turning Trash Into Treasure
One day while driving through my neighborhood I saw an old, dilapidated shoji screen laying next to the curb. Someone had left it on the curb for bulky pickup. For those of you who don't know what a shoji screen is, it's a japanese partition. It has three panels held…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Visual Graphic Arts   Jul 06, 2011  
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Honoring My Father
My father and I have had a strained relationship all our lives. My dad grew up on a farm and had five brothers and two sisters. Because of this my father had a lot of difficulty showing affection and love to my two sisters and me. It was probably the…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Parenting   Jul 06, 2011  
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Planning A Romantic Picnic
Planning a romantic picnic takes a lot of work, but it can also be a lot of fun. Of course, everyone has their own idea(s) of what makes for a romantic picnic. These are just my ideas. A romantic picnic can either be very costly or very inexpensive. It's really…
By:  in  Relationships  >  Love   Jul 06, 2011  
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Hiking Safety
Hiking in Hawaii, an experience to remember, but using some common sense can go a long way in preventing serious injury or worse. If you're new to Hawaii or not an experienced hiker make sure you hike with someone who knows the trail. Hiking alone or not knowing the terrain…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports   Jul 06, 2011  
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Taking on the Step Parenting Role
Being a step parent is not easy, not by a long shot. Just ask anyone who's done it. It's a tough job. Anyone who tells you it's easy is lying. Parenting in itself is hard enough. Step parenting can be even tougher. There are a lot of emotional issues that…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Step Parenting   Jul 05, 2011  
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What Are the Chances Of That?
On a warm summer day, on a beach in San Diego, a local surfer named Todd meets a young woman from New York. She's on vacation in San Diego for two weeks. There's an instant attraction, so they both decide to spend the whole two weeks together. Todd shows her…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Surfing   Jul 02, 2011  
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A Very Scary Incident
As a former triathlete I've trained many hours on my road racer. I ride a Giant OCR3 compact road racer. It's a great bike. The frame and fork are made of carbon fiber. I'ts much lighter than my old aluminum framed bike. I've trained with other triathletes in triathalon clinics…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Cycling   Jul 02, 2011  
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A 4 Year Old Boy
In the summer of 1955, little Alan lived with his parents, Larry and Ethel, and his two sisters, Violet and Charlotte, and a dog named Rocky. They lived in a small one bedroom cottage in a suburb called Kalihi, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Little Alan was 4 at…
By:  in  Home and Family   Jul 01, 2011  
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Hiking In Hawaii
If you're ever in Hawaii and want to do a fun hike, there is a trail called the Ice Ponds". This trail is about 2 miles from Honolulu International Airport, and about a 20 minute drive from hotels in Waikiki. If you are using Google Maps to find the location…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports   Jul 01, 2011  
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