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.

 

This Little Light of Mine

  Sister Rosetta Tharpe. I found her while browsing through gospel artists' archives. She sang one of my favorite songs from childhood, and not at all the way I learned it.   The sound of her Gibson SG electric guitar reflected the power in her heart and...

The Dinosaur Days of Dial-Up

The World Wide Web descended upon the 1990s workplace with a life of its own. Soon, dial-up was no longer the only kid on the block when faster T1 lines became more accessible.   Everyone in the workplace had to learn to navigate these unchartered waters....

How Does Your Garden Grow?

If you've ever worked in a seasonal garden, you know how fulfilling it is to harvest and eat the wonderful food grown. In the 1940s, families needed to work their gardens with renewed focus and efficiency. They did that job quite well; to the tune of billions of...

Movie Stars and the Milky Way

  One of the fastest ways to put a group of people at ease is to bring up the subject of drive-in movie theatres. Folks nearly jump from their seats when they start sharing these highly personal stories of pleasurable times with family and friends. Don't be...

No Batteries Required

(Photo courtesy of Chris Yunker)   Aside from daydreams of a treehouse, swimming pool, and camper, the young child in me always wished for a chance to build and race a soap box car. How about you?   The Soap Box Derby has continued as a beloved annual...

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

The first public jet pack (rocket belt) demonstrations were way back in the 1960s, seen by audiences of thousands. Bill Suitor flew before a larger audience twenty years later. Not in the thousands, but in the billions. https://youtu.be/mYlbgDAgdsk   A modern-day...

A Fashionable Fairytale

Blunt-cut bangs have held a classic place in women's hair design for 100 years. Anna May Wong was a living icon of this style, yet her fashion sense and stardom went far beyond her hairline. Hollywood Era Fashion Photos Anna May was celebrated in a contemporary...

Fishing With My Dad

  After the poles are out and hooks in the water, kids can let down their guard and share some inner thoughts with Dad.  https://www.moms.com/fishing-dad-6-reasons-kids/     https://youtu.be/uhWF9Tf7oBQ    

Child Prodigy Extraordinaire

Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson is a living legend whose story everyone should know. I am personally grateful to finally learn about his life and work, now passing it along to others who may have yet to “meet” him. https://youtu.be/YcqXPzaTR2o   Frank Robinson’s...

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

It makes no difference whether there is real tea in the cups or we're only playing pretend, a child's tea party commands formality and elegance! I played with more than one of these Japanese porcelain lusterware sets in bygone days. There are more styles of these...

There’s Always Time for What Matters Most

The first Disney Legend named was Fred MacMurray. With over 100 films to his credit, we're left to wonder how he made time to become a master leather craftsman, woodworker, fly fisherman, musician, and the inspiration for C.C. Beck's Captain Marvel in only one...

Tall Tales of Tractors

  Pulling the plow by teams of horses or oxen became a thing of the past thanks to the invention of tractors. The International Harvester (McCormick-Deering) Farmall model was the first to be designed for farming crops without the help of animals.   Funny...

Food Automation at the Automat

  Horn & Hardart’s Automat was a "fast-food" restaurant chain lasting over a century, first seen in Philadelphia, then in New York City. Its original claim to fame was simple: New Orlean's French Style Coffee - served in urns.  ...

Kitchens & Kitsch: A Match Made in Heaven

  Imagine you are transported back in time to a grandmother's kitchen, or of anyone over the age of 60. You are a first-grader, sitting in a chair at the kitchen table, gazing around the room. What do you see? Most likely, something kitschy, meaning it bears...

All Lined Up and Ready

The Life and Times of Utility Pole Glass Insulators: A Quick Rundown glassian.org   Wooden utility poles held telegraph, telephone and electricity wires alongside railroad tracks. Poles were topped with glass insulators to conduct the signal or current of the...

She’s Got the Fern Fever

  There was a name for an obsession with ferns just before the turn of the 19th century; a passion that spilled over into motifs of ferns. Everything from toys to tombstones displayed fern designs. While women in the Victorian era went wild with their fern fever,...

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...

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...

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.

This Little Light of Mine

  Sister Rosetta Tharpe. I found her while browsing through gospel artists' archives. She sang one of my favorite songs from childhood, and not at all the way I learned it.   The sound of her Gibson SG electric guitar reflected the power in her heart and...

The Dinosaur Days of Dial-Up

The World Wide Web descended upon the 1990s workplace with a life of its own. Soon, dial-up was no longer the only kid on the block when faster T1 lines became more accessible.   Everyone in the workplace had to learn to navigate these unchartered waters....

How Does Your Garden Grow?

If you've ever worked in a seasonal garden, you know how fulfilling it is to harvest and eat the wonderful food grown. In the 1940s, families needed to work their gardens with renewed focus and efficiency. They did that job quite well; to the tune of billions of...

Movie Stars and the Milky Way

  One of the fastest ways to put a group of people at ease is to bring up the subject of drive-in movie theatres. Folks nearly jump from their seats when they start sharing these highly personal stories of pleasurable times with family and friends. Don't be...

No Batteries Required

(Photo courtesy of Chris Yunker)   Aside from daydreams of a treehouse, swimming pool, and camper, the young child in me always wished for a chance to build and race a soap box car. How about you?   The Soap Box Derby has continued as a beloved annual...

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

The first public jet pack (rocket belt) demonstrations were way back in the 1960s, seen by audiences of thousands. Bill Suitor flew before a larger audience twenty years later. Not in the thousands, but in the billions. https://youtu.be/mYlbgDAgdsk   A modern-day...

A Fashionable Fairytale

Blunt-cut bangs have held a classic place in women's hair design for 100 years. Anna May Wong was a living icon of this style, yet her fashion sense and stardom went far beyond her hairline. Hollywood Era Fashion Photos Anna May was celebrated in a contemporary...

Fishing With My Dad

  After the poles are out and hooks in the water, kids can let down their guard and share some inner thoughts with Dad.  https://www.moms.com/fishing-dad-6-reasons-kids/     https://youtu.be/uhWF9Tf7oBQ    

Child Prodigy Extraordinaire

Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson is a living legend whose story everyone should know. I am personally grateful to finally learn about his life and work, now passing it along to others who may have yet to “meet” him. https://youtu.be/YcqXPzaTR2o   Frank Robinson’s...

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

It makes no difference whether there is real tea in the cups or we're only playing pretend, a child's tea party commands formality and elegance! I played with more than one of these Japanese porcelain lusterware sets in bygone days. There are more styles of these...

There’s Always Time for What Matters Most

The first Disney Legend named was Fred MacMurray. With over 100 films to his credit, we're left to wonder how he made time to become a master leather craftsman, woodworker, fly fisherman, musician, and the inspiration for C.C. Beck's Captain Marvel in only one...

Tall Tales of Tractors

  Pulling the plow by teams of horses or oxen became a thing of the past thanks to the invention of tractors. The International Harvester (McCormick-Deering) Farmall model was the first to be designed for farming crops without the help of animals.   Funny...

Food Automation at the Automat

  Horn & Hardart’s Automat was a "fast-food" restaurant chain lasting over a century, first seen in Philadelphia, then in New York City. Its original claim to fame was simple: New Orlean's French Style Coffee - served in urns.  ...

Kitchens & Kitsch: A Match Made in Heaven

  Imagine you are transported back in time to a grandmother's kitchen, or of anyone over the age of 60. You are a first-grader, sitting in a chair at the kitchen table, gazing around the room. What do you see? Most likely, something kitschy, meaning it bears...

All Lined Up and Ready

The Life and Times of Utility Pole Glass Insulators: A Quick Rundown glassian.org   Wooden utility poles held telegraph, telephone and electricity wires alongside railroad tracks. Poles were topped with glass insulators to conduct the signal or current of the...

She’s Got the Fern Fever

  There was a name for an obsession with ferns just before the turn of the 19th century; a passion that spilled over into motifs of ferns. Everything from toys to tombstones displayed fern designs. While women in the Victorian era went wild with their fern fever,...

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...

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...

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.

 

 

 

This Little Light of Mine

  Sister Rosetta Tharpe. I found her while browsing through gospel artists' archives. She sang one of my favorite songs from childhood, and not at all the way I learned it.   The sound of her Gibson SG electric guitar reflected the power in her heart and...

The Dinosaur Days of Dial-Up

The World Wide Web descended upon the 1990s workplace with a life of its own. Soon, dial-up was no longer the only kid on the block when faster T1 lines became more accessible.   Everyone in the workplace had to learn to navigate these unchartered waters....

How Does Your Garden Grow?

If you've ever worked in a seasonal garden, you know how fulfilling it is to harvest and eat the wonderful food grown. In the 1940s, families needed to work their gardens with renewed focus and efficiency. They did that job quite well; to the tune of billions of...

Movie Stars and the Milky Way

  One of the fastest ways to put a group of people at ease is to bring up the subject of drive-in movie theatres. Folks nearly jump from their seats when they start sharing these highly personal stories of pleasurable times with family and friends. Don't be...

No Batteries Required

(Photo courtesy of Chris Yunker)   Aside from daydreams of a treehouse, swimming pool, and camper, the young child in me always wished for a chance to build and race a soap box car. How about you?   The Soap Box Derby has continued as a beloved annual...

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

The first public jet pack (rocket belt) demonstrations were way back in the 1960s, seen by audiences of thousands. Bill Suitor flew before a larger audience twenty years later. Not in the thousands, but in the billions. https://youtu.be/mYlbgDAgdsk   A modern-day...

A Fashionable Fairytale

Blunt-cut bangs have held a classic place in women's hair design for 100 years. Anna May Wong was a living icon of this style, yet her fashion sense and stardom went far beyond her hairline. Hollywood Era Fashion Photos Anna May was celebrated in a contemporary...

Fishing With My Dad

  After the poles are out and hooks in the water, kids can let down their guard and share some inner thoughts with Dad.  https://www.moms.com/fishing-dad-6-reasons-kids/     https://youtu.be/uhWF9Tf7oBQ    

Child Prodigy Extraordinaire

Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson is a living legend whose story everyone should know. I am personally grateful to finally learn about his life and work, now passing it along to others who may have yet to “meet” him. https://youtu.be/YcqXPzaTR2o   Frank Robinson’s...

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

It makes no difference whether there is real tea in the cups or we're only playing pretend, a child's tea party commands formality and elegance! I played with more than one of these Japanese porcelain lusterware sets in bygone days. There are more styles of these...

There’s Always Time for What Matters Most

The first Disney Legend named was Fred MacMurray. With over 100 films to his credit, we're left to wonder how he made time to become a master leather craftsman, woodworker, fly fisherman, musician, and the inspiration for C.C. Beck's Captain Marvel in only one...

Tall Tales of Tractors

  Pulling the plow by teams of horses or oxen became a thing of the past thanks to the invention of tractors. The International Harvester (McCormick-Deering) Farmall model was the first to be designed for farming crops without the help of animals.   Funny...

Food Automation at the Automat

  Horn & Hardart’s Automat was a "fast-food" restaurant chain lasting over a century, first seen in Philadelphia, then in New York City. Its original claim to fame was simple: New Orlean's French Style Coffee - served in urns.  ...

Kitchens & Kitsch: A Match Made in Heaven

  Imagine you are transported back in time to a grandmother's kitchen, or of anyone over the age of 60. You are a first-grader, sitting in a chair at the kitchen table, gazing around the room. What do you see? Most likely, something kitschy, meaning it bears...

All Lined Up and Ready

The Life and Times of Utility Pole Glass Insulators: A Quick Rundown glassian.org   Wooden utility poles held telegraph, telephone and electricity wires alongside railroad tracks. Poles were topped with glass insulators to conduct the signal or current of the...

She’s Got the Fern Fever

  There was a name for an obsession with ferns just before the turn of the 19th century; a passion that spilled over into motifs of ferns. Everything from toys to tombstones displayed fern designs. While women in the Victorian era went wild with their fern fever,...

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...

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...

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.

 

This Little Light of Mine

  Sister Rosetta Tharpe. I found her while browsing through gospel artists' archives. She sang one of my favorite songs from childhood, and not at all the way I learned it.   The sound of her Gibson SG electric guitar reflected the power in her heart and...

The Dinosaur Days of Dial-Up

The World Wide Web descended upon the 1990s workplace with a life of its own. Soon, dial-up was no longer the only kid on the block when faster T1 lines became more accessible.   Everyone in the workplace had to learn to navigate these unchartered waters....

How Does Your Garden Grow?

If you've ever worked in a seasonal garden, you know how fulfilling it is to harvest and eat the wonderful food grown. In the 1940s, families needed to work their gardens with renewed focus and efficiency. They did that job quite well; to the tune of billions of...

Movie Stars and the Milky Way

  One of the fastest ways to put a group of people at ease is to bring up the subject of drive-in movie theatres. Folks nearly jump from their seats when they start sharing these highly personal stories of pleasurable times with family and friends. Don't be...

No Batteries Required

(Photo courtesy of Chris Yunker)   Aside from daydreams of a treehouse, swimming pool, and camper, the young child in me always wished for a chance to build and race a soap box car. How about you?   The Soap Box Derby has continued as a beloved annual...

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

The first public jet pack (rocket belt) demonstrations were way back in the 1960s, seen by audiences of thousands. Bill Suitor flew before a larger audience twenty years later. Not in the thousands, but in the billions. https://youtu.be/mYlbgDAgdsk   A modern-day...

A Fashionable Fairytale

Blunt-cut bangs have held a classic place in women's hair design for 100 years. Anna May Wong was a living icon of this style, yet her fashion sense and stardom went far beyond her hairline. Hollywood Era Fashion Photos Anna May was celebrated in a contemporary...

Fishing With My Dad

  After the poles are out and hooks in the water, kids can let down their guard and share some inner thoughts with Dad.  https://www.moms.com/fishing-dad-6-reasons-kids/     https://youtu.be/uhWF9Tf7oBQ    

Child Prodigy Extraordinaire

Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson is a living legend whose story everyone should know. I am personally grateful to finally learn about his life and work, now passing it along to others who may have yet to “meet” him. https://youtu.be/YcqXPzaTR2o   Frank Robinson’s...

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

It makes no difference whether there is real tea in the cups or we're only playing pretend, a child's tea party commands formality and elegance! I played with more than one of these Japanese porcelain lusterware sets in bygone days. There are more styles of these...

There’s Always Time for What Matters Most

The first Disney Legend named was Fred MacMurray. With over 100 films to his credit, we're left to wonder how he made time to become a master leather craftsman, woodworker, fly fisherman, musician, and the inspiration for C.C. Beck's Captain Marvel in only one...

Tall Tales of Tractors

  Pulling the plow by teams of horses or oxen became a thing of the past thanks to the invention of tractors. The International Harvester (McCormick-Deering) Farmall model was the first to be designed for farming crops without the help of animals.   Funny...

Food Automation at the Automat

  Horn & Hardart’s Automat was a "fast-food" restaurant chain lasting over a century, first seen in Philadelphia, then in New York City. Its original claim to fame was simple: New Orlean's French Style Coffee - served in urns.  ...

Kitchens & Kitsch: A Match Made in Heaven

  Imagine you are transported back in time to a grandmother's kitchen, or of anyone over the age of 60. You are a first-grader, sitting in a chair at the kitchen table, gazing around the room. What do you see? Most likely, something kitschy, meaning it bears...

All Lined Up and Ready

The Life and Times of Utility Pole Glass Insulators: A Quick Rundown glassian.org   Wooden utility poles held telegraph, telephone and electricity wires alongside railroad tracks. Poles were topped with glass insulators to conduct the signal or current of the...

She’s Got the Fern Fever

  There was a name for an obsession with ferns just before the turn of the 19th century; a passion that spilled over into motifs of ferns. Everything from toys to tombstones displayed fern designs. While women in the Victorian era went wild with their fern fever,...

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...

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...

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.

 

This Little Light of Mine

  Sister Rosetta Tharpe. I found her while browsing through gospel artists' archives. She sang one of my favorite songs from childhood, and not at all the way I learned it.   The sound of her Gibson SG electric guitar reflected the power in her heart and...

The Dinosaur Days of Dial-Up

The World Wide Web descended upon the 1990s workplace with a life of its own. Soon, dial-up was no longer the only kid on the block when faster T1 lines became more accessible.   Everyone in the workplace had to learn to navigate these unchartered waters....

How Does Your Garden Grow?

If you've ever worked in a seasonal garden, you know how fulfilling it is to harvest and eat the wonderful food grown. In the 1940s, families needed to work their gardens with renewed focus and efficiency. They did that job quite well; to the tune of billions of...

Movie Stars and the Milky Way

  One of the fastest ways to put a group of people at ease is to bring up the subject of drive-in movie theatres. Folks nearly jump from their seats when they start sharing these highly personal stories of pleasurable times with family and friends. Don't be...

No Batteries Required

(Photo courtesy of Chris Yunker)   Aside from daydreams of a treehouse, swimming pool, and camper, the young child in me always wished for a chance to build and race a soap box car. How about you?   The Soap Box Derby has continued as a beloved annual...

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

The first public jet pack (rocket belt) demonstrations were way back in the 1960s, seen by audiences of thousands. Bill Suitor flew before a larger audience twenty years later. Not in the thousands, but in the billions. https://youtu.be/mYlbgDAgdsk   A modern-day...

A Fashionable Fairytale

Blunt-cut bangs have held a classic place in women's hair design for 100 years. Anna May Wong was a living icon of this style, yet her fashion sense and stardom went far beyond her hairline. Hollywood Era Fashion Photos Anna May was celebrated in a contemporary...

Fishing With My Dad

  After the poles are out and hooks in the water, kids can let down their guard and share some inner thoughts with Dad.  https://www.moms.com/fishing-dad-6-reasons-kids/     https://youtu.be/uhWF9Tf7oBQ    

Child Prodigy Extraordinaire

Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson is a living legend whose story everyone should know. I am personally grateful to finally learn about his life and work, now passing it along to others who may have yet to “meet” him. https://youtu.be/YcqXPzaTR2o   Frank Robinson’s...

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

It makes no difference whether there is real tea in the cups or we're only playing pretend, a child's tea party commands formality and elegance! I played with more than one of these Japanese porcelain lusterware sets in bygone days. There are more styles of these...

There’s Always Time for What Matters Most

The first Disney Legend named was Fred MacMurray. With over 100 films to his credit, we're left to wonder how he made time to become a master leather craftsman, woodworker, fly fisherman, musician, and the inspiration for C.C. Beck's Captain Marvel in only one...

Tall Tales of Tractors

  Pulling the plow by teams of horses or oxen became a thing of the past thanks to the invention of tractors. The International Harvester (McCormick-Deering) Farmall model was the first to be designed for farming crops without the help of animals.   Funny...

Food Automation at the Automat

  Horn & Hardart’s Automat was a "fast-food" restaurant chain lasting over a century, first seen in Philadelphia, then in New York City. Its original claim to fame was simple: New Orlean's French Style Coffee - served in urns.  ...

Kitchens & Kitsch: A Match Made in Heaven

  Imagine you are transported back in time to a grandmother's kitchen, or of anyone over the age of 60. You are a first-grader, sitting in a chair at the kitchen table, gazing around the room. What do you see? Most likely, something kitschy, meaning it bears...

All Lined Up and Ready

The Life and Times of Utility Pole Glass Insulators: A Quick Rundown glassian.org   Wooden utility poles held telegraph, telephone and electricity wires alongside railroad tracks. Poles were topped with glass insulators to conduct the signal or current of the...

She’s Got the Fern Fever

  There was a name for an obsession with ferns just before the turn of the 19th century; a passion that spilled over into motifs of ferns. Everything from toys to tombstones displayed fern designs. While women in the Victorian era went wild with their fern fever,...

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...

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...

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?

 

This Little Light of Mine

  Sister Rosetta Tharpe. I found her while browsing through gospel artists' archives. She sang one of my favorite songs from childhood, and not at all the way I learned it.   The sound of her Gibson SG electric guitar reflected the power in her heart and...

The Dinosaur Days of Dial-Up

The World Wide Web descended upon the 1990s workplace with a life of its own. Soon, dial-up was no longer the only kid on the block when faster T1 lines became more accessible.   Everyone in the workplace had to learn to navigate these unchartered waters....

How Does Your Garden Grow?

If you've ever worked in a seasonal garden, you know how fulfilling it is to harvest and eat the wonderful food grown. In the 1940s, families needed to work their gardens with renewed focus and efficiency. They did that job quite well; to the tune of billions of...

Movie Stars and the Milky Way

  One of the fastest ways to put a group of people at ease is to bring up the subject of drive-in movie theatres. Folks nearly jump from their seats when they start sharing these highly personal stories of pleasurable times with family and friends. Don't be...

No Batteries Required

(Photo courtesy of Chris Yunker)   Aside from daydreams of a treehouse, swimming pool, and camper, the young child in me always wished for a chance to build and race a soap box car. How about you?   The Soap Box Derby has continued as a beloved annual...

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

The first public jet pack (rocket belt) demonstrations were way back in the 1960s, seen by audiences of thousands. Bill Suitor flew before a larger audience twenty years later. Not in the thousands, but in the billions. https://youtu.be/mYlbgDAgdsk   A modern-day...

A Fashionable Fairytale

Blunt-cut bangs have held a classic place in women's hair design for 100 years. Anna May Wong was a living icon of this style, yet her fashion sense and stardom went far beyond her hairline. Hollywood Era Fashion Photos Anna May was celebrated in a contemporary...

Fishing With My Dad

  After the poles are out and hooks in the water, kids can let down their guard and share some inner thoughts with Dad.  https://www.moms.com/fishing-dad-6-reasons-kids/     https://youtu.be/uhWF9Tf7oBQ    

Child Prodigy Extraordinaire

Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson is a living legend whose story everyone should know. I am personally grateful to finally learn about his life and work, now passing it along to others who may have yet to “meet” him. https://youtu.be/YcqXPzaTR2o   Frank Robinson’s...

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

It makes no difference whether there is real tea in the cups or we're only playing pretend, a child's tea party commands formality and elegance! I played with more than one of these Japanese porcelain lusterware sets in bygone days. There are more styles of these...

There’s Always Time for What Matters Most

The first Disney Legend named was Fred MacMurray. With over 100 films to his credit, we're left to wonder how he made time to become a master leather craftsman, woodworker, fly fisherman, musician, and the inspiration for C.C. Beck's Captain Marvel in only one...

Tall Tales of Tractors

  Pulling the plow by teams of horses or oxen became a thing of the past thanks to the invention of tractors. The International Harvester (McCormick-Deering) Farmall model was the first to be designed for farming crops without the help of animals.   Funny...

Food Automation at the Automat

  Horn & Hardart’s Automat was a "fast-food" restaurant chain lasting over a century, first seen in Philadelphia, then in New York City. Its original claim to fame was simple: New Orlean's French Style Coffee - served in urns.  ...

Kitchens & Kitsch: A Match Made in Heaven

  Imagine you are transported back in time to a grandmother's kitchen, or of anyone over the age of 60. You are a first-grader, sitting in a chair at the kitchen table, gazing around the room. What do you see? Most likely, something kitschy, meaning it bears...

All Lined Up and Ready

The Life and Times of Utility Pole Glass Insulators: A Quick Rundown glassian.org   Wooden utility poles held telegraph, telephone and electricity wires alongside railroad tracks. Poles were topped with glass insulators to conduct the signal or current of the...

She’s Got the Fern Fever

  There was a name for an obsession with ferns just before the turn of the 19th century; a passion that spilled over into motifs of ferns. Everything from toys to tombstones displayed fern designs. While women in the Victorian era went wild with their fern fever,...

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...

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...