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.

 

 

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...

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.

 

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...

An Immortal Suede Coat

Photo by Terje Sollie from Pexels

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...

How Calypso Came to Be

Photo by Joseph Barrientos on Unsplash

 

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.

 

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...

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

 

Tony Dow Facebook Photos

 

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.

 

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...

The Quintessential Backyard Barbeque

 

Photo by Louis (EclipX) Hansel on Unsplash

 

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?

 

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...