Take the Fast Train to Fun in France

 

1986 was the year to ride the TGV, the fastest computerized train rail in Europe, to France. The video below is part 2 of 2 hosted by a fuzzy, funny tour guide. Fuzzy from the film quality and funny as she jokes about bicycling along the hilly countryside terrain. I’d hoped to improve the quality, to save your eyes from strain, but that’s not in the cards. Like watching black and white television, once the storyline starts, the content hails all else.

Those space bubble cable cars are the bomb. Then more tour guide talk. Soon, timeless landscapes appear, winding toward the ultimate destination, Hotel du Grand Paris. SIGH. I couldn’t find that specific hotel online. A similar one 30 miles away has captured my heart: Hotel du Grand Paradis in Cogne, Italy.

 

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

A Higher Calling

Once a superstar, yet still a chef. That's Graham Kerr. Always the comedian with his leaping about and laughing with his live audience.   He was my inspiration to pursue gourmet cooking and peruse the pages of Cuisine as a young girl. Rolling out homemade phyllo...

Falling for Fantasy

Rustling leaves in the wind, crackling logs in the fireplace, steam flowing from a mug of hot cider, and early evening shadows on the wall of your room at dusk. These sounds and images are only a sampling of sensory experiences often associated with autumn. The good...

Legendary Landscapes

  I knew my grandmother loved Bob Ross as she watched him well into the 21st century on PBS reruns. What I didn't know was how Bob became a national sensation more recently as a pop-culture symbol. At least not until purchasing a board game bearing Bob's image...

No Plain Jane

Doris Day as Calamity Jane   One of America's darlings left the world a much better place for our family pets. Thanks to her deep love for pet animals everywhere, Doris Day made a lasting impact. Even the full proceeds of her estate will be donated to the...

Soap on a Rope

  Each decade brings new gift fads. Most come and go, never to return. One such gift that's still available today - guaranteed to bring a smile - is soap on a rope!  I once thought the rope was meant to hang the soap in the shower between uses. Turns out, the...

September’s Song

  We often tend to feel a touch of nostalgia as seasons change from summer to fall. Some folks would even say it's the most emotionally-charged time on the calendar, aside from Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year's.   September is ending this week, so it's...

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

Jeremy Trammell boasts his classic customer service mantra: "We're not in the burger-and-fry business; we're in the people business!" Well spoken! What's not to love about this sole remaining relic of Americana? Leaves me longing for a lunch encounter in Bakersfield!...

Honey of a Song

  How many songs would you guess include the word honey in the title? No one knows for sure, yet this list captures most of them. Please take notice: many listed here are not family-friendly, so do tread carefully. Lots of good ones are in the mix, most of which...

Pride in Public Service

(Header photo courtesy of Travis Goodspeed.)   If employees earn their living in an office, let them be granted the pleasure of serving alongside someone half as charming as Annabelle. Common courtesy and respect for others is something we remember still.  ...

The First Lady of Yoga, Lilias Folan

 

Lilias became widely known through a PBS series bearing the name of her first book. The program was later renamed, Lilias. Without finding exact data, I would venture to bet this book will endure as strongly throughout the decades for health and fitness as The Joy of Cooking has done for classic cooking. Lilias Folan still practices her passion for yoga and has introduced millions to its poses and techniques. Maybe you have heard of her 😊.

 

A lesser-known yogini on PBS during the same era was Kathleen Hitchcock. The following video contains elements of her occasionally quirky personality. If you feel slightly hypnotized during the seriously “trippy” introductory music and graphics, hold tight until it repeats in the closing.

 

 

Kathleen’s followers surely miss those engaging smiles, calm voice, and unexpected humor dotted throughout her instructional episodes. I have seen pleas in multiple online forums where a fan attempts to locate the complete PBS series set for purchase.  What a world this would be if more good-hearted souls were remembered and treasured as Kathleen.

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

A Higher Calling

Once a superstar, yet still a chef. That's Graham Kerr. Always the comedian with his leaping about and laughing with his live audience.   He was my inspiration to pursue gourmet cooking and peruse the pages of Cuisine as a young girl. Rolling out homemade phyllo...

Falling for Fantasy

Rustling leaves in the wind, crackling logs in the fireplace, steam flowing from a mug of hot cider, and early evening shadows on the wall of your room at dusk. These sounds and images are only a sampling of sensory experiences often associated with autumn. The good...

Legendary Landscapes

  I knew my grandmother loved Bob Ross as she watched him well into the 21st century on PBS reruns. What I didn't know was how Bob became a national sensation more recently as a pop-culture symbol. At least not until purchasing a board game bearing Bob's image...

No Plain Jane

Doris Day as Calamity Jane   One of America's darlings left the world a much better place for our family pets. Thanks to her deep love for pet animals everywhere, Doris Day made a lasting impact. Even the full proceeds of her estate will be donated to the...

Soap on a Rope

  Each decade brings new gift fads. Most come and go, never to return. One such gift that's still available today - guaranteed to bring a smile - is soap on a rope!  I once thought the rope was meant to hang the soap in the shower between uses. Turns out, the...

September’s Song

  We often tend to feel a touch of nostalgia as seasons change from summer to fall. Some folks would even say it's the most emotionally-charged time on the calendar, aside from Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year's.   September is ending this week, so it's...

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

Jeremy Trammell boasts his classic customer service mantra: "We're not in the burger-and-fry business; we're in the people business!" Well spoken! What's not to love about this sole remaining relic of Americana? Leaves me longing for a lunch encounter in Bakersfield!...

Honey of a Song

  How many songs would you guess include the word honey in the title? No one knows for sure, yet this list captures most of them. Please take notice: many listed here are not family-friendly, so do tread carefully. Lots of good ones are in the mix, most of which...

Pride in Public Service

(Header photo courtesy of Travis Goodspeed.)   If employees earn their living in an office, let them be granted the pleasure of serving alongside someone half as charming as Annabelle. Common courtesy and respect for others is something we remember still.  ...

An Immortal Suede Coat

 

Let’s bring together a terrific trio: trend-setting fashion, cool cars, and an action movie. The result is Michael Caine in The Italian Job (1969) wearing a double-breasted, tan suede “reefer” jacket. See film shots with captivating details of the entire ensemble at BAMF Style:

Michael Caine in The Italian Job

The Royal Automobile Club sponsored a 50th Anniversary Event in honor of the film. I can never tire of the undeniable twinkle in his eye as Matthew Field narrates.

The article and video combined are fodder for a multi-layered retro buzz.

 

 

 

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

A Higher Calling

Once a superstar, yet still a chef. That's Graham Kerr. Always the comedian with his leaping about and laughing with his live audience.   He was my inspiration to pursue gourmet cooking and peruse the pages of Cuisine as a young girl. Rolling out homemade phyllo...

Falling for Fantasy

Rustling leaves in the wind, crackling logs in the fireplace, steam flowing from a mug of hot cider, and early evening shadows on the wall of your room at dusk. These sounds and images are only a sampling of sensory experiences often associated with autumn. The good...

Legendary Landscapes

  I knew my grandmother loved Bob Ross as she watched him well into the 21st century on PBS reruns. What I didn't know was how Bob became a national sensation more recently as a pop-culture symbol. At least not until purchasing a board game bearing Bob's image...

No Plain Jane

Doris Day as Calamity Jane   One of America's darlings left the world a much better place for our family pets. Thanks to her deep love for pet animals everywhere, Doris Day made a lasting impact. Even the full proceeds of her estate will be donated to the...

Soap on a Rope

  Each decade brings new gift fads. Most come and go, never to return. One such gift that's still available today - guaranteed to bring a smile - is soap on a rope!  I once thought the rope was meant to hang the soap in the shower between uses. Turns out, the...

September’s Song

  We often tend to feel a touch of nostalgia as seasons change from summer to fall. Some folks would even say it's the most emotionally-charged time on the calendar, aside from Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year's.   September is ending this week, so it's...

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

Jeremy Trammell boasts his classic customer service mantra: "We're not in the burger-and-fry business; we're in the people business!" Well spoken! What's not to love about this sole remaining relic of Americana? Leaves me longing for a lunch encounter in Bakersfield!...

Honey of a Song

  How many songs would you guess include the word honey in the title? No one knows for sure, yet this list captures most of them. Please take notice: many listed here are not family-friendly, so do tread carefully. Lots of good ones are in the mix, most of which...

Pride in Public Service

(Header photo courtesy of Travis Goodspeed.)   If employees earn their living in an office, let them be granted the pleasure of serving alongside someone half as charming as Annabelle. Common courtesy and respect for others is something we remember still.  ...

How Calypso Came to Be

 

John Denver outlines his journey from writing the song’s refrain to finally completing the work. The video is followed by a recording of the titled song with actual footage of Jacques Cousteau and his crew while sailing the grand vessel, Calypso.

 

John’s self-inflicted pressure gave way to surrender,

making way for the composition’s completion. This musical masterpiece is glorious each time played as if it were the first time.

John Denver’s music pulses the higher vibration of the human spirit, elevating us in a way no other artist has done.

 

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

A Higher Calling

Once a superstar, yet still a chef. That's Graham Kerr. Always the comedian with his leaping about and laughing with his live audience.   He was my inspiration to pursue gourmet cooking and peruse the pages of Cuisine as a young girl. Rolling out homemade phyllo...

Falling for Fantasy

Rustling leaves in the wind, crackling logs in the fireplace, steam flowing from a mug of hot cider, and early evening shadows on the wall of your room at dusk. These sounds and images are only a sampling of sensory experiences often associated with autumn. The good...

Legendary Landscapes

  I knew my grandmother loved Bob Ross as she watched him well into the 21st century on PBS reruns. What I didn't know was how Bob became a national sensation more recently as a pop-culture symbol. At least not until purchasing a board game bearing Bob's image...

No Plain Jane

Doris Day as Calamity Jane   One of America's darlings left the world a much better place for our family pets. Thanks to her deep love for pet animals everywhere, Doris Day made a lasting impact. Even the full proceeds of her estate will be donated to the...

Soap on a Rope

  Each decade brings new gift fads. Most come and go, never to return. One such gift that's still available today - guaranteed to bring a smile - is soap on a rope!  I once thought the rope was meant to hang the soap in the shower between uses. Turns out, the...

September’s Song

  We often tend to feel a touch of nostalgia as seasons change from summer to fall. Some folks would even say it's the most emotionally-charged time on the calendar, aside from Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year's.   September is ending this week, so it's...

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

Jeremy Trammell boasts his classic customer service mantra: "We're not in the burger-and-fry business; we're in the people business!" Well spoken! What's not to love about this sole remaining relic of Americana? Leaves me longing for a lunch encounter in Bakersfield!...

Honey of a Song

  How many songs would you guess include the word honey in the title? No one knows for sure, yet this list captures most of them. Please take notice: many listed here are not family-friendly, so do tread carefully. Lots of good ones are in the mix, most of which...

Pride in Public Service

(Header photo courtesy of Travis Goodspeed.)   If employees earn their living in an office, let them be granted the pleasure of serving alongside someone half as charming as Annabelle. Common courtesy and respect for others is something we remember still.  ...

You Don’t Have to Be the Best, Just Be Yourself

 

 

In his own words, Tony Dow tells the story of how he became Wally Cleaver in the wholesome television series Leave it to Beaver. Then he adds meaningful, fun facts surrounding some of his acting gigs following LITB. If you love this video, never fear; there are more where this came from in a playlist on Fireball Tim’s YouTube channel. I send my hardy gratitude to Tim for the green light to post this spectacular film of a timeless artist still admired by millions.

Tony’s storytelling is polished yet vulnerable. I now feel compelled to catch all those television episodes I missed in reruns as a kid. And to think: Tony is a professional sculptor with a California lifestyle he and his lovely wife of 40 years, Lauren, have been building together. I’d say that’s nothing short of magical.

 

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

A Higher Calling

Once a superstar, yet still a chef. That's Graham Kerr. Always the comedian with his leaping about and laughing with his live audience.   He was my inspiration to pursue gourmet cooking and peruse the pages of Cuisine as a young girl. Rolling out homemade phyllo...

Falling for Fantasy

Rustling leaves in the wind, crackling logs in the fireplace, steam flowing from a mug of hot cider, and early evening shadows on the wall of your room at dusk. These sounds and images are only a sampling of sensory experiences often associated with autumn. The good...

Legendary Landscapes

  I knew my grandmother loved Bob Ross as she watched him well into the 21st century on PBS reruns. What I didn't know was how Bob became a national sensation more recently as a pop-culture symbol. At least not until purchasing a board game bearing Bob's image...

No Plain Jane

Doris Day as Calamity Jane   One of America's darlings left the world a much better place for our family pets. Thanks to her deep love for pet animals everywhere, Doris Day made a lasting impact. Even the full proceeds of her estate will be donated to the...

Soap on a Rope

  Each decade brings new gift fads. Most come and go, never to return. One such gift that's still available today - guaranteed to bring a smile - is soap on a rope!  I once thought the rope was meant to hang the soap in the shower between uses. Turns out, the...

September’s Song

  We often tend to feel a touch of nostalgia as seasons change from summer to fall. Some folks would even say it's the most emotionally-charged time on the calendar, aside from Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year's.   September is ending this week, so it's...

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

Jeremy Trammell boasts his classic customer service mantra: "We're not in the burger-and-fry business; we're in the people business!" Well spoken! What's not to love about this sole remaining relic of Americana? Leaves me longing for a lunch encounter in Bakersfield!...

Honey of a Song

  How many songs would you guess include the word honey in the title? No one knows for sure, yet this list captures most of them. Please take notice: many listed here are not family-friendly, so do tread carefully. Lots of good ones are in the mix, most of which...

Pride in Public Service

(Header photo courtesy of Travis Goodspeed.)   If employees earn their living in an office, let them be granted the pleasure of serving alongside someone half as charming as Annabelle. Common courtesy and respect for others is something we remember still.  ...

The Quintessential Backyard Barbeque

 

 

For a realistic, mouth-watering sample of late-1950s Americana, this cheesy video double-feature suits me to a “T.”

Can’t you smell the charcoal smoke swirling off the hamburgers and steaks as they grill? My mind races and eyes dart back and forth across the screen, inhaling every detail of the actors’ clothing and mannerisms. Okay; I watched it once. Now I’m looping it for a full-blown, virtual backyard party duo. Won’t you join me?

 

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

A Higher Calling

Once a superstar, yet still a chef. That's Graham Kerr. Always the comedian with his leaping about and laughing with his live audience.   He was my inspiration to pursue gourmet cooking and peruse the pages of Cuisine as a young girl. Rolling out homemade phyllo...

Falling for Fantasy

Rustling leaves in the wind, crackling logs in the fireplace, steam flowing from a mug of hot cider, and early evening shadows on the wall of your room at dusk. These sounds and images are only a sampling of sensory experiences often associated with autumn. The good...

Legendary Landscapes

  I knew my grandmother loved Bob Ross as she watched him well into the 21st century on PBS reruns. What I didn't know was how Bob became a national sensation more recently as a pop-culture symbol. At least not until purchasing a board game bearing Bob's image...

No Plain Jane

Doris Day as Calamity Jane   One of America's darlings left the world a much better place for our family pets. Thanks to her deep love for pet animals everywhere, Doris Day made a lasting impact. Even the full proceeds of her estate will be donated to the...

Soap on a Rope

  Each decade brings new gift fads. Most come and go, never to return. One such gift that's still available today - guaranteed to bring a smile - is soap on a rope!  I once thought the rope was meant to hang the soap in the shower between uses. Turns out, the...

September’s Song

  We often tend to feel a touch of nostalgia as seasons change from summer to fall. Some folks would even say it's the most emotionally-charged time on the calendar, aside from Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year's.   September is ending this week, so it's...

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

Jeremy Trammell boasts his classic customer service mantra: "We're not in the burger-and-fry business; we're in the people business!" Well spoken! What's not to love about this sole remaining relic of Americana? Leaves me longing for a lunch encounter in Bakersfield!...

Honey of a Song

  How many songs would you guess include the word honey in the title? No one knows for sure, yet this list captures most of them. Please take notice: many listed here are not family-friendly, so do tread carefully. Lots of good ones are in the mix, most of which...

Pride in Public Service

(Header photo courtesy of Travis Goodspeed.)   If employees earn their living in an office, let them be granted the pleasure of serving alongside someone half as charming as Annabelle. Common courtesy and respect for others is something we remember still.  ...