The Brady Days

 

Television’s first iconic blended family was The Brady Bunch.

 

With two optimistic parents, six active children, a housekeeper (who was practically considered family), and a shaggy dog, Tiger

this clan was sure to please all ages of weekly TV viewers.

 

Several guest stars appeared in random episodes through the years; my top pics being Davy Jones, Desi Arnaz Jr., and Don Ho.

 

The sitcom’s popularity grew with the birth a self-titled bubblegum musical group producing five albums featuring all the child actors.

 

And as a grand finale (before reunions & remakes), the Brady Bunch Variety Hour was offshoot from the original series, airing 1976-1977.

 

HGTV gave fans (and everyone) a huge gift last year with its 7-part series wherein all the Brady “kids” helped renovate the Brady house.

 

 

 

 

The Brady Days

  Television's first iconic blended family was The Brady Bunch.   With two optimistic parents, six active children, a housekeeper (who was practically considered family), and a shaggy dog, Tiger - this clan was sure to please all ages of weekly TV viewers....

Wide Open Spaces

  Long ago, on a 1,000 square mile ranch far away, lived a father and his three grown sons. These four fellas were generally amiable with one another, the townspeople, sudden strangers, and all of God's creatures. Unless, of course, there was reason to be...

Looking Out for Their Own

  Every family is unique. Comparing any two, side by side, will show both likenesses and differences. But the one thing we may all depend upon most in our own family is for those we depend upon most to be consistently dependable.    That brings us directly...

Boys Will Be Boys

  A clear favorite, and long-running series about family, was My Three Sons, starring Fred MacMurray. Six males lived in the household; one of them being the pet dog named Tramp.   Both their grandfather Bub, then later, his brother Uncle Charley, were into...

Recollections of The Shady Rest

  Retro television series' reruns conjure up memories we appreciate more as the years roll by.  Petticoat Junction is one of these oldies-but-goodies that holds a special place in my heart, as it does for millions of fans. The numbers of Facebook group followers...

12 Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

  My top 12 secrets for 2020:   #1              A tabletop vignette of family mementos, gathered from your keepsakes and arranged on a tray, will sweeten your holiday season. Sweet Groupings   #2              Playing vintage music playlists will bring...

What’s in the Toolbox?

  Stanley and Craftsman were household names long before any of us were born. Our grandparents may have owned a dovetailed wooden toolbox like the one you see pictured above.   Chances are good that our fathers, uncles or big brothers carried a metal one...

The Impassioned Italiana

  (Photo credit: Robert Sullivan)   "I was growing up, (and) the ugly duckling was turning into a swan. Above all, the desire, the almost physical need to express my emotions, to translate into gestures and words, the feelings I had built up inside, and that I...

Scenes of the Old Sawmill

(Photo credit: Evakonpoika)   Stories of North American life don't get any more traditional than those about logging, wood milling, and lumberyards.    American Sawmill Lore   See how it was done from start to finish 70 yrs ago. The exceptional quality...

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Wide Open Spaces

 

Long ago, on a 1,000 square mile ranch far away,

lived a father and his three grown sons.

These four fellas were generally amiable with one another,

the townspeople, sudden strangers, and all of God’s creatures.

Unless, of course, there was reason to be otherwise.

 

The premise of Bonanza was to present domestic, moral and social issues and causes, and find the best resolution for everyone involved.

 

Most of us recognize the series’ theme song within its first few notes. For 14 straight seasons, Bonanza played on televisions across America and beyond.

 

Take your time with the two clips below; the first about casting of characters, followed by a tour of The Ponderosa homeplace replica.

 

 

 

 

The Brady Days

  Television's first iconic blended family was The Brady Bunch.   With two optimistic parents, six active children, a housekeeper (who was practically considered family), and a shaggy dog, Tiger - this clan was sure to please all ages of weekly TV viewers....

Wide Open Spaces

  Long ago, on a 1,000 square mile ranch far away, lived a father and his three grown sons. These four fellas were generally amiable with one another, the townspeople, sudden strangers, and all of God's creatures. Unless, of course, there was reason to be...

Looking Out for Their Own

  Every family is unique. Comparing any two, side by side, will show both likenesses and differences. But the one thing we may all depend upon most in our own family is for those we depend upon most to be consistently dependable.    That brings us directly...

Boys Will Be Boys

  A clear favorite, and long-running series about family, was My Three Sons, starring Fred MacMurray. Six males lived in the household; one of them being the pet dog named Tramp.   Both their grandfather Bub, then later, his brother Uncle Charley, were into...

Recollections of The Shady Rest

  Retro television series' reruns conjure up memories we appreciate more as the years roll by.  Petticoat Junction is one of these oldies-but-goodies that holds a special place in my heart, as it does for millions of fans. The numbers of Facebook group followers...

12 Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

  My top 12 secrets for 2020:   #1              A tabletop vignette of family mementos, gathered from your keepsakes and arranged on a tray, will sweeten your holiday season. Sweet Groupings   #2              Playing vintage music playlists will bring...

What’s in the Toolbox?

  Stanley and Craftsman were household names long before any of us were born. Our grandparents may have owned a dovetailed wooden toolbox like the one you see pictured above.   Chances are good that our fathers, uncles or big brothers carried a metal one...

The Impassioned Italiana

  (Photo credit: Robert Sullivan)   "I was growing up, (and) the ugly duckling was turning into a swan. Above all, the desire, the almost physical need to express my emotions, to translate into gestures and words, the feelings I had built up inside, and that I...

Scenes of the Old Sawmill

(Photo credit: Evakonpoika)   Stories of North American life don't get any more traditional than those about logging, wood milling, and lumberyards.    American Sawmill Lore   See how it was done from start to finish 70 yrs ago. The exceptional quality...

Looking Out for Their Own

 

Every family is unique. Comparing any two, side by side, will show both likenesses and differences. But the one thing we may all depend upon most in our own family is for those we depend upon most to be consistently dependable. 

 

That brings us directly to the one small town in America where common sense ruled. And dependability was delivered daily.

Let’s take a glimpse into Mayberry: the fictional town where honor and integrity were wrapped up in familiarity and fun. 

 

In this emotionally tense scene surrounding compassion for dogs, we can practically read the minds of Opie and Barney. And witness an attempt to bring reassurance become a compelling call to action. 

 

 

 

 

The Brady Days

  Television's first iconic blended family was The Brady Bunch.   With two optimistic parents, six active children, a housekeeper (who was practically considered family), and a shaggy dog, Tiger - this clan was sure to please all ages of weekly TV viewers....

Wide Open Spaces

  Long ago, on a 1,000 square mile ranch far away, lived a father and his three grown sons. These four fellas were generally amiable with one another, the townspeople, sudden strangers, and all of God's creatures. Unless, of course, there was reason to be...

Looking Out for Their Own

  Every family is unique. Comparing any two, side by side, will show both likenesses and differences. But the one thing we may all depend upon most in our own family is for those we depend upon most to be consistently dependable.    That brings us directly...

Boys Will Be Boys

  A clear favorite, and long-running series about family, was My Three Sons, starring Fred MacMurray. Six males lived in the household; one of them being the pet dog named Tramp.   Both their grandfather Bub, then later, his brother Uncle Charley, were into...

Recollections of The Shady Rest

  Retro television series' reruns conjure up memories we appreciate more as the years roll by.  Petticoat Junction is one of these oldies-but-goodies that holds a special place in my heart, as it does for millions of fans. The numbers of Facebook group followers...

12 Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

  My top 12 secrets for 2020:   #1              A tabletop vignette of family mementos, gathered from your keepsakes and arranged on a tray, will sweeten your holiday season. Sweet Groupings   #2              Playing vintage music playlists will bring...

What’s in the Toolbox?

  Stanley and Craftsman were household names long before any of us were born. Our grandparents may have owned a dovetailed wooden toolbox like the one you see pictured above.   Chances are good that our fathers, uncles or big brothers carried a metal one...

The Impassioned Italiana

  (Photo credit: Robert Sullivan)   "I was growing up, (and) the ugly duckling was turning into a swan. Above all, the desire, the almost physical need to express my emotions, to translate into gestures and words, the feelings I had built up inside, and that I...

Scenes of the Old Sawmill

(Photo credit: Evakonpoika)   Stories of North American life don't get any more traditional than those about logging, wood milling, and lumberyards.    American Sawmill Lore   See how it was done from start to finish 70 yrs ago. The exceptional quality...

Boys Will Be Boys

 

A clear favorite, and long-running series about family, was

My Three Sons, starring Fred MacMurray. Six males lived in the household; one of them being the pet dog named Tramp.

 

Both their grandfather Bub, then later, his brother Uncle Charley, were into full-time busyness in looking after the business of a full brood of boys, along with their father Mike

 

The generation-gap humor was deeply touching as it made the family draw closer after conflict or miscommunication. Each actor effortlessly drew viewers into a warm web of love, trust and devotion.

 

Actresses were sprinkled throughout episodes sparsely, and in perfect taste. There was plenty of time during the 12-year series run to let nature take its course. Every guy and girl became a lasting part of this television family, and holds a pleasant memory in our hearts.

 

 

 

 

 

The Brady Days

  Television's first iconic blended family was The Brady Bunch.   With two optimistic parents, six active children, a housekeeper (who was practically considered family), and a shaggy dog, Tiger - this clan was sure to please all ages of weekly TV viewers....

Wide Open Spaces

  Long ago, on a 1,000 square mile ranch far away, lived a father and his three grown sons. These four fellas were generally amiable with one another, the townspeople, sudden strangers, and all of God's creatures. Unless, of course, there was reason to be...

Looking Out for Their Own

  Every family is unique. Comparing any two, side by side, will show both likenesses and differences. But the one thing we may all depend upon most in our own family is for those we depend upon most to be consistently dependable.    That brings us directly...

Boys Will Be Boys

  A clear favorite, and long-running series about family, was My Three Sons, starring Fred MacMurray. Six males lived in the household; one of them being the pet dog named Tramp.   Both their grandfather Bub, then later, his brother Uncle Charley, were into...

Recollections of The Shady Rest

  Retro television series' reruns conjure up memories we appreciate more as the years roll by.  Petticoat Junction is one of these oldies-but-goodies that holds a special place in my heart, as it does for millions of fans. The numbers of Facebook group followers...

12 Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

  My top 12 secrets for 2020:   #1              A tabletop vignette of family mementos, gathered from your keepsakes and arranged on a tray, will sweeten your holiday season. Sweet Groupings   #2              Playing vintage music playlists will bring...

What’s in the Toolbox?

  Stanley and Craftsman were household names long before any of us were born. Our grandparents may have owned a dovetailed wooden toolbox like the one you see pictured above.   Chances are good that our fathers, uncles or big brothers carried a metal one...

The Impassioned Italiana

  (Photo credit: Robert Sullivan)   "I was growing up, (and) the ugly duckling was turning into a swan. Above all, the desire, the almost physical need to express my emotions, to translate into gestures and words, the feelings I had built up inside, and that I...

Scenes of the Old Sawmill

(Photo credit: Evakonpoika)   Stories of North American life don't get any more traditional than those about logging, wood milling, and lumberyards.    American Sawmill Lore   See how it was done from start to finish 70 yrs ago. The exceptional quality...

Recollections of The Shady Rest

 

Retro television series’ reruns conjure up memories we appreciate more as the years roll by.  Petticoat Junction is one of these oldies-but-goodies that holds a special place in my heart, as it does for millions of fans. The numbers of Facebook group followers alone prove an enduring affection for the legacy of this 7-season show.

 

There was always a taste of drama at the start of each episode in the earlier seasons, leading to a dilemma – usually solved by Kate. The relationships of her three daughters: between one another, with their mother, and with others outside the family, held my constant attention in childhood.

 

The grand, antique house & hotel, period characters, vintage costumes, and homespun cooking were all rolled up into a true masterpiece of small-town, cornball comedy at its dearest and finest.

 

The predictable laziness of Uncle Joe led me to wonder (during my viewing as a youngster) why Kate’s girls were all named after him.  Once adulthood seasoned my human experience, I embraced Joe’s unspoken and assumingly vital part in Kate’s early history.

Her devotion to Joe was intermingled with bouts of complete exasperation: chemistry not unlike Andy & Barney, and Ricky & Lucy.

 

Kate was as tenacious about keeping her family strong, as Joe was about making himself scarce when physical work was required!  Endeared by viewers for doing her best with the lemons life handed her each day, Kate was an entrepreneurial genius. She kept the Shady Rest running while instilling good character in her children. With a Mother’s tireless love, she performed miracles. And we watch still.

 

 

The Brady Days

  Television's first iconic blended family was The Brady Bunch.   With two optimistic parents, six active children, a housekeeper (who was practically considered family), and a shaggy dog, Tiger - this clan was sure to please all ages of weekly TV viewers....

Wide Open Spaces

  Long ago, on a 1,000 square mile ranch far away, lived a father and his three grown sons. These four fellas were generally amiable with one another, the townspeople, sudden strangers, and all of God's creatures. Unless, of course, there was reason to be...

Looking Out for Their Own

  Every family is unique. Comparing any two, side by side, will show both likenesses and differences. But the one thing we may all depend upon most in our own family is for those we depend upon most to be consistently dependable.    That brings us directly...

Boys Will Be Boys

  A clear favorite, and long-running series about family, was My Three Sons, starring Fred MacMurray. Six males lived in the household; one of them being the pet dog named Tramp.   Both their grandfather Bub, then later, his brother Uncle Charley, were into...

Recollections of The Shady Rest

  Retro television series' reruns conjure up memories we appreciate more as the years roll by.  Petticoat Junction is one of these oldies-but-goodies that holds a special place in my heart, as it does for millions of fans. The numbers of Facebook group followers...

12 Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

  My top 12 secrets for 2020:   #1              A tabletop vignette of family mementos, gathered from your keepsakes and arranged on a tray, will sweeten your holiday season. Sweet Groupings   #2              Playing vintage music playlists will bring...

What’s in the Toolbox?

  Stanley and Craftsman were household names long before any of us were born. Our grandparents may have owned a dovetailed wooden toolbox like the one you see pictured above.   Chances are good that our fathers, uncles or big brothers carried a metal one...

The Impassioned Italiana

  (Photo credit: Robert Sullivan)   "I was growing up, (and) the ugly duckling was turning into a swan. Above all, the desire, the almost physical need to express my emotions, to translate into gestures and words, the feelings I had built up inside, and that I...

Scenes of the Old Sawmill

(Photo credit: Evakonpoika)   Stories of North American life don't get any more traditional than those about logging, wood milling, and lumberyards.    American Sawmill Lore   See how it was done from start to finish 70 yrs ago. The exceptional quality...

12 Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

 

My top 12 secrets for 2020:

 

#1              A tabletop vignette of family mementos, gathered from your keepsakes and arranged on a tray, will sweeten your holiday season.

Sweet Groupings

 

#2              Playing vintage music playlists will bring instant holiday cheer to listeners, at any time of the day or night.

     Spotify: Vintage Christmas playlist by Jeremy Griffin

     YouTube: Past Perfect Vintage Music channel

     Pandora: Baby, It’s Cold Outside station

     Amazon Music: Holiday Movie Favorites

 

#3              Festive garland can be made by stringing raw cranberries on heavy thread, then draping over greenery or the Christmas tree, for a burst of Victorian reds.

Garland Threading Kit

 

#4              A juicy beef roast dinner, placed in your slow cooker the morning of arrival for overnight guests, will have your home smelling divine until dinnertime.

 Savory Beef Dinner

 

#5              Brown paper packages tied up with string, made of grocery bags and yarn scraps, will add a timeless touch.

Pretty Little Packages

 

#6              Wearing a gold locket, holding your loved one’s photo, will warm your heart during holiday celebrations.

 Old-Fashioned Locket

 

#7              Playing recordings of past holiday gatherings in the background, while cooking or baking, will fill your kitchen with familiar voices and loving laughter.

Making Baking Memories

 

#8              Arranging snowflake stickers on windows and mirrors will add magic and wonder to any room’s décor.

Snowflakes Kit

 

#9              Rosewater soaps, set by each sink and bathtub, let everyone relive the soft scents of Grandma’s house.

Vintage Toiletries

 

#10           Delightfully spiced fragrance will waft through your home when you simply simmer water with ground or stick cinnamon in a saucepan for  20-30 minutes.

Spice is Nice

 

#11           An unwrapped wooden toy under the tree will surprise both curious little guests and adults alike.

Toolkit

 

#12           Gourmet hot cocoa topped with whipped cream will quickly make you a favorite holiday host.

Godiva Cocoa Mix

 

The Brady Days

  Television's first iconic blended family was The Brady Bunch.   With two optimistic parents, six active children, a housekeeper (who was practically considered family), and a shaggy dog, Tiger - this clan was sure to please all ages of weekly TV viewers....

Wide Open Spaces

  Long ago, on a 1,000 square mile ranch far away, lived a father and his three grown sons. These four fellas were generally amiable with one another, the townspeople, sudden strangers, and all of God's creatures. Unless, of course, there was reason to be...

Looking Out for Their Own

  Every family is unique. Comparing any two, side by side, will show both likenesses and differences. But the one thing we may all depend upon most in our own family is for those we depend upon most to be consistently dependable.    That brings us directly...

Boys Will Be Boys

  A clear favorite, and long-running series about family, was My Three Sons, starring Fred MacMurray. Six males lived in the household; one of them being the pet dog named Tramp.   Both their grandfather Bub, then later, his brother Uncle Charley, were into...

Recollections of The Shady Rest

  Retro television series' reruns conjure up memories we appreciate more as the years roll by.  Petticoat Junction is one of these oldies-but-goodies that holds a special place in my heart, as it does for millions of fans. The numbers of Facebook group followers...

12 Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

  My top 12 secrets for 2020:   #1              A tabletop vignette of family mementos, gathered from your keepsakes and arranged on a tray, will sweeten your holiday season. Sweet Groupings   #2              Playing vintage music playlists will bring...

What’s in the Toolbox?

  Stanley and Craftsman were household names long before any of us were born. Our grandparents may have owned a dovetailed wooden toolbox like the one you see pictured above.   Chances are good that our fathers, uncles or big brothers carried a metal one...

The Impassioned Italiana

  (Photo credit: Robert Sullivan)   "I was growing up, (and) the ugly duckling was turning into a swan. Above all, the desire, the almost physical need to express my emotions, to translate into gestures and words, the feelings I had built up inside, and that I...

Scenes of the Old Sawmill

(Photo credit: Evakonpoika)   Stories of North American life don't get any more traditional than those about logging, wood milling, and lumberyards.    American Sawmill Lore   See how it was done from start to finish 70 yrs ago. The exceptional quality...

Three Cheers for Chocolate!

  Winter is on its way. We don't necessarily want to rush it...or, do we? Snow has fallen in many locations already. Over one foot in some spots!   Few snow day memories hold more soothing comfort than those of sipping a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Hot...

Catch the Wave: Fantasy Island Vibes

(Photo credit: Chad Sparkes)   Tiki Lounge lovers abound. Are you a closet Tiki fan, too? If so, you're in good company!   This little tasty sampler of tunes is like a box of assorted chocolates; there's something for everyone:   Tiki Lounge Sounds  ...

Sewing Up Feed Sack Fashion

(Photo credit: Jayne ~ Twiggy & Opal)   How flour for our daily bread clothed America: the story of feed sack dresses, quilts and more.   https://youtu.be/UDbtHeyIYtI?t=5

The Modest Motor Lodge

  Are you ready for a little sentimental journey? Take your fill at one of these retro-themed motels where simplicity is sure to please!   Vintage Motels  And Many More!    

Dimestore Daydreams

 (Photo credit: Joseph A.)   Stepping through the entrance of a local G. C. Murphy Co. store, we're back in the year 1959.   A brass bell hanging on the heavy steel-and-glass door rings. The high-pitched voice of a clerk floats to the front with a warm...

Roy Rogers Rides Again

   (Photo credit: born1945)   There was a time in American history when cowboys weren't around much anymore and their legendary fame was taller than the men themselves.   That's the time when I grew up, hearing my father recall the thrill of The Lone Ranger...

Thanks for the Musical Memories

  Light Music is essentially a form of fine art. This genre can take us to another place and time. Its easy-listening style transports us to a mood, scene or memory.   I want to share with you why Light Music is a big deal to me.   In one instance, a...

Passing the Football For a Win

  Quite a few dance numbers in old movies leave me speechless. I landed upon one recently that wouldn't be permitted today. A rare piece of choreographed art.   You can watch it here to share in the experience of feeling "tossed about" with a full range of...

Steaks Are Always In Style

  Most of us think about food at least a few times everyday!   Here's a look at restaurants we've loved for generations: Grassroots-style steakhouses where hospitality means service with a smile. And the consistently excellent food you come back for, time...

What’s in the Toolbox?

 

Stanley and Craftsman were household names long before any of us were born.

Our grandparents may have owned a dovetailed wooden toolbox like the one you see pictured above.

 

Chances are good that our fathers, uncles or big brothers carried a metal one something like this.

 

 

What toolboxes and tools do you remember?

 

Vintage Tool Treasures

 

And here’s one you’ve gotta see to believe!

 

 

The Brady Days

  Television's first iconic blended family was The Brady Bunch.   With two optimistic parents, six active children, a housekeeper (who was practically considered family), and a shaggy dog, Tiger - this clan was sure to please all ages of weekly TV viewers....

Wide Open Spaces

  Long ago, on a 1,000 square mile ranch far away, lived a father and his three grown sons. These four fellas were generally amiable with one another, the townspeople, sudden strangers, and all of God's creatures. Unless, of course, there was reason to be...

Looking Out for Their Own

  Every family is unique. Comparing any two, side by side, will show both likenesses and differences. But the one thing we may all depend upon most in our own family is for those we depend upon most to be consistently dependable.    That brings us directly...

Boys Will Be Boys

  A clear favorite, and long-running series about family, was My Three Sons, starring Fred MacMurray. Six males lived in the household; one of them being the pet dog named Tramp.   Both their grandfather Bub, then later, his brother Uncle Charley, were into...

Recollections of The Shady Rest

  Retro television series' reruns conjure up memories we appreciate more as the years roll by.  Petticoat Junction is one of these oldies-but-goodies that holds a special place in my heart, as it does for millions of fans. The numbers of Facebook group followers...

12 Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

  My top 12 secrets for 2020:   #1              A tabletop vignette of family mementos, gathered from your keepsakes and arranged on a tray, will sweeten your holiday season. Sweet Groupings   #2              Playing vintage music playlists will bring...

What’s in the Toolbox?

  Stanley and Craftsman were household names long before any of us were born. Our grandparents may have owned a dovetailed wooden toolbox like the one you see pictured above.   Chances are good that our fathers, uncles or big brothers carried a metal one...

The Impassioned Italiana

  (Photo credit: Robert Sullivan)   "I was growing up, (and) the ugly duckling was turning into a swan. Above all, the desire, the almost physical need to express my emotions, to translate into gestures and words, the feelings I had built up inside, and that I...

Scenes of the Old Sawmill

(Photo credit: Evakonpoika)   Stories of North American life don't get any more traditional than those about logging, wood milling, and lumberyards.    American Sawmill Lore   See how it was done from start to finish 70 yrs ago. The exceptional quality...

Three Cheers for Chocolate!

  Winter is on its way. We don't necessarily want to rush it...or, do we? Snow has fallen in many locations already. Over one foot in some spots!   Few snow day memories hold more soothing comfort than those of sipping a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Hot...

Catch the Wave: Fantasy Island Vibes

(Photo credit: Chad Sparkes)   Tiki Lounge lovers abound. Are you a closet Tiki fan, too? If so, you're in good company!   This little tasty sampler of tunes is like a box of assorted chocolates; there's something for everyone:   Tiki Lounge Sounds  ...

Sewing Up Feed Sack Fashion

(Photo credit: Jayne ~ Twiggy & Opal)   How flour for our daily bread clothed America: the story of feed sack dresses, quilts and more.   https://youtu.be/UDbtHeyIYtI?t=5

The Modest Motor Lodge

  Are you ready for a little sentimental journey? Take your fill at one of these retro-themed motels where simplicity is sure to please!   Vintage Motels  And Many More!    

Dimestore Daydreams

 (Photo credit: Joseph A.)   Stepping through the entrance of a local G. C. Murphy Co. store, we're back in the year 1959.   A brass bell hanging on the heavy steel-and-glass door rings. The high-pitched voice of a clerk floats to the front with a warm...

Roy Rogers Rides Again

   (Photo credit: born1945)   There was a time in American history when cowboys weren't around much anymore and their legendary fame was taller than the men themselves.   That's the time when I grew up, hearing my father recall the thrill of The Lone Ranger...

Thanks for the Musical Memories

  Light Music is essentially a form of fine art. This genre can take us to another place and time. Its easy-listening style transports us to a mood, scene or memory.   I want to share with you why Light Music is a big deal to me.   In one instance, a...

Passing the Football For a Win

  Quite a few dance numbers in old movies leave me speechless. I landed upon one recently that wouldn't be permitted today. A rare piece of choreographed art.   You can watch it here to share in the experience of feeling "tossed about" with a full range of...

Steaks Are Always In Style

  Most of us think about food at least a few times everyday!   Here's a look at restaurants we've loved for generations: Grassroots-style steakhouses where hospitality means service with a smile. And the consistently excellent food you come back for, time...

The Impassioned Italiana

 

(Photo credit: Robert Sullivan)

 

“I was growing up, (and) the ugly duckling was turning into a swan. Above all, the desire, the almost physical need to express my emotions, to translate into gestures and words, the feelings I had built up inside, and that I could still not interpret, were growing inside me. I wanted to dive into a wider sea.” -Sophia Loren from her autobiography,

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: My Life

 

Sophia is a living legend who ardently continues to perform her craft for the camera.

Whose early life story proved she is a survivor.

An individual who radiantly turned the tide of personal misfortune to fulfill her dreams.

And famously became the woman most often considered to be the greatest beauty of all time.

 

My favorite Sophia Loren performances are those with her frequent co-star, Marcello Mastroianni.

 

Please be aware this steamy video is rated PG-13.

Sophia and Marcello – Forever!

 

 

 

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The Brady Days

  Television's first iconic blended family was The Brady Bunch.   With two optimistic parents, six active children, a housekeeper (who was practically considered family), and a shaggy dog, Tiger - this clan was sure to please all ages of weekly TV viewers....

Wide Open Spaces

  Long ago, on a 1,000 square mile ranch far away, lived a father and his three grown sons. These four fellas were generally amiable with one another, the townspeople, sudden strangers, and all of God's creatures. Unless, of course, there was reason to be...

Looking Out for Their Own

  Every family is unique. Comparing any two, side by side, will show both likenesses and differences. But the one thing we may all depend upon most in our own family is for those we depend upon most to be consistently dependable.    That brings us directly...

Boys Will Be Boys

  A clear favorite, and long-running series about family, was My Three Sons, starring Fred MacMurray. Six males lived in the household; one of them being the pet dog named Tramp.   Both their grandfather Bub, then later, his brother Uncle Charley, were into...

Recollections of The Shady Rest

  Retro television series' reruns conjure up memories we appreciate more as the years roll by.  Petticoat Junction is one of these oldies-but-goodies that holds a special place in my heart, as it does for millions of fans. The numbers of Facebook group followers...

12 Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

  My top 12 secrets for 2020:   #1              A tabletop vignette of family mementos, gathered from your keepsakes and arranged on a tray, will sweeten your holiday season. Sweet Groupings   #2              Playing vintage music playlists will bring...

What’s in the Toolbox?

  Stanley and Craftsman were household names long before any of us were born. Our grandparents may have owned a dovetailed wooden toolbox like the one you see pictured above.   Chances are good that our fathers, uncles or big brothers carried a metal one...

The Impassioned Italiana

  (Photo credit: Robert Sullivan)   "I was growing up, (and) the ugly duckling was turning into a swan. Above all, the desire, the almost physical need to express my emotions, to translate into gestures and words, the feelings I had built up inside, and that I...

Scenes of the Old Sawmill

(Photo credit: Evakonpoika)   Stories of North American life don't get any more traditional than those about logging, wood milling, and lumberyards.    American Sawmill Lore   See how it was done from start to finish 70 yrs ago. The exceptional quality...

Three Cheers for Chocolate!

  Winter is on its way. We don't necessarily want to rush it...or, do we? Snow has fallen in many locations already. Over one foot in some spots!   Few snow day memories hold more soothing comfort than those of sipping a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Hot...

Catch the Wave: Fantasy Island Vibes

(Photo credit: Chad Sparkes)   Tiki Lounge lovers abound. Are you a closet Tiki fan, too? If so, you're in good company!   This little tasty sampler of tunes is like a box of assorted chocolates; there's something for everyone:   Tiki Lounge Sounds  ...

Sewing Up Feed Sack Fashion

(Photo credit: Jayne ~ Twiggy & Opal)   How flour for our daily bread clothed America: the story of feed sack dresses, quilts and more.   https://youtu.be/UDbtHeyIYtI?t=5

The Modest Motor Lodge

  Are you ready for a little sentimental journey? Take your fill at one of these retro-themed motels where simplicity is sure to please!   Vintage Motels  And Many More!    

Dimestore Daydreams

 (Photo credit: Joseph A.)   Stepping through the entrance of a local G. C. Murphy Co. store, we're back in the year 1959.   A brass bell hanging on the heavy steel-and-glass door rings. The high-pitched voice of a clerk floats to the front with a warm...

Roy Rogers Rides Again

   (Photo credit: born1945)   There was a time in American history when cowboys weren't around much anymore and their legendary fame was taller than the men themselves.   That's the time when I grew up, hearing my father recall the thrill of The Lone Ranger...

Thanks for the Musical Memories

  Light Music is essentially a form of fine art. This genre can take us to another place and time. Its easy-listening style transports us to a mood, scene or memory.   I want to share with you why Light Music is a big deal to me.   In one instance, a...

Passing the Football For a Win

  Quite a few dance numbers in old movies leave me speechless. I landed upon one recently that wouldn't be permitted today. A rare piece of choreographed art.   You can watch it here to share in the experience of feeling "tossed about" with a full range of...

Steaks Are Always In Style

  Most of us think about food at least a few times everyday!   Here's a look at restaurants we've loved for generations: Grassroots-style steakhouses where hospitality means service with a smile. And the consistently excellent food you come back for, time...

Scenes of the Old Sawmill

(Photo credit: Evakonpoika)

 

Stories of North American life don’t get any more traditional than those about logging, wood milling, and lumberyards. 

 

American Sawmill Lore

 

See how it was done from start to finish 70 yrs ago. The exceptional quality of this detailed Canadian video won me over and left me in awe.

 

So, put on your flannel shirt and a pair of boots, then pour yourself a piping hot cup of coffee before hitting the play button.

 

The Brady Days

  Television's first iconic blended family was The Brady Bunch.   With two optimistic parents, six active children, a housekeeper (who was practically considered family), and a shaggy dog, Tiger - this clan was sure to please all ages of weekly TV viewers....

Wide Open Spaces

  Long ago, on a 1,000 square mile ranch far away, lived a father and his three grown sons. These four fellas were generally amiable with one another, the townspeople, sudden strangers, and all of God's creatures. Unless, of course, there was reason to be...

Looking Out for Their Own

  Every family is unique. Comparing any two, side by side, will show both likenesses and differences. But the one thing we may all depend upon most in our own family is for those we depend upon most to be consistently dependable.    That brings us directly...

Boys Will Be Boys

  A clear favorite, and long-running series about family, was My Three Sons, starring Fred MacMurray. Six males lived in the household; one of them being the pet dog named Tramp.   Both their grandfather Bub, then later, his brother Uncle Charley, were into...

Recollections of The Shady Rest

  Retro television series' reruns conjure up memories we appreciate more as the years roll by.  Petticoat Junction is one of these oldies-but-goodies that holds a special place in my heart, as it does for millions of fans. The numbers of Facebook group followers...

12 Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

  My top 12 secrets for 2020:   #1              A tabletop vignette of family mementos, gathered from your keepsakes and arranged on a tray, will sweeten your holiday season. Sweet Groupings   #2              Playing vintage music playlists will bring...

What’s in the Toolbox?

  Stanley and Craftsman were household names long before any of us were born. Our grandparents may have owned a dovetailed wooden toolbox like the one you see pictured above.   Chances are good that our fathers, uncles or big brothers carried a metal one...

The Impassioned Italiana

  (Photo credit: Robert Sullivan)   "I was growing up, (and) the ugly duckling was turning into a swan. Above all, the desire, the almost physical need to express my emotions, to translate into gestures and words, the feelings I had built up inside, and that I...

Scenes of the Old Sawmill

(Photo credit: Evakonpoika)   Stories of North American life don't get any more traditional than those about logging, wood milling, and lumberyards.    American Sawmill Lore   See how it was done from start to finish 70 yrs ago. The exceptional quality...

Three Cheers for Chocolate!

  Winter is on its way. We don't necessarily want to rush it...or, do we? Snow has fallen in many locations already. Over one foot in some spots!   Few snow day memories hold more soothing comfort than those of sipping a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Hot...

Catch the Wave: Fantasy Island Vibes

(Photo credit: Chad Sparkes)   Tiki Lounge lovers abound. Are you a closet Tiki fan, too? If so, you're in good company!   This little tasty sampler of tunes is like a box of assorted chocolates; there's something for everyone:   Tiki Lounge Sounds  ...

Sewing Up Feed Sack Fashion

(Photo credit: Jayne ~ Twiggy & Opal)   How flour for our daily bread clothed America: the story of feed sack dresses, quilts and more.   https://youtu.be/UDbtHeyIYtI?t=5

The Modest Motor Lodge

  Are you ready for a little sentimental journey? Take your fill at one of these retro-themed motels where simplicity is sure to please!   Vintage Motels  And Many More!    

Dimestore Daydreams

 (Photo credit: Joseph A.)   Stepping through the entrance of a local G. C. Murphy Co. store, we're back in the year 1959.   A brass bell hanging on the heavy steel-and-glass door rings. The high-pitched voice of a clerk floats to the front with a warm...

Roy Rogers Rides Again

   (Photo credit: born1945)   There was a time in American history when cowboys weren't around much anymore and their legendary fame was taller than the men themselves.   That's the time when I grew up, hearing my father recall the thrill of The Lone Ranger...

Thanks for the Musical Memories

  Light Music is essentially a form of fine art. This genre can take us to another place and time. Its easy-listening style transports us to a mood, scene or memory.   I want to share with you why Light Music is a big deal to me.   In one instance, a...

Passing the Football For a Win

  Quite a few dance numbers in old movies leave me speechless. I landed upon one recently that wouldn't be permitted today. A rare piece of choreographed art.   You can watch it here to share in the experience of feeling "tossed about" with a full range of...

Steaks Are Always In Style

  Most of us think about food at least a few times everyday!   Here's a look at restaurants we've loved for generations: Grassroots-style steakhouses where hospitality means service with a smile. And the consistently excellent food you come back for, time...

Three Cheers for Chocolate!

 

Winter is on its way. We don’t necessarily want to rush it…or, do we? Snow has fallen in many locations already. Over one foot in some spots!

 

Few snow day memories hold more soothing comfort than those of sipping a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Hot chocolate is for all ages, in all places.

 

Author Clotilde Perrin’s book, At the Same Moment Around the World, offers fictional glimpses of children’s lives at one simultaneous point in time. 

In it, Benedict is drinking hot chocolate in Paris. 

 

Enjoy that same pleasure in your own home: 

 

The Brady Days

  Television's first iconic blended family was The Brady Bunch.   With two optimistic parents, six active children, a housekeeper (who was practically considered family), and a shaggy dog, Tiger - this clan was sure to please all ages of weekly TV viewers....

Wide Open Spaces

  Long ago, on a 1,000 square mile ranch far away, lived a father and his three grown sons. These four fellas were generally amiable with one another, the townspeople, sudden strangers, and all of God's creatures. Unless, of course, there was reason to be...

Looking Out for Their Own

  Every family is unique. Comparing any two, side by side, will show both likenesses and differences. But the one thing we may all depend upon most in our own family is for those we depend upon most to be consistently dependable.    That brings us directly...

Boys Will Be Boys

  A clear favorite, and long-running series about family, was My Three Sons, starring Fred MacMurray. Six males lived in the household; one of them being the pet dog named Tramp.   Both their grandfather Bub, then later, his brother Uncle Charley, were into...

Recollections of The Shady Rest

  Retro television series' reruns conjure up memories we appreciate more as the years roll by.  Petticoat Junction is one of these oldies-but-goodies that holds a special place in my heart, as it does for millions of fans. The numbers of Facebook group followers...

12 Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

  My top 12 secrets for 2020:   #1              A tabletop vignette of family mementos, gathered from your keepsakes and arranged on a tray, will sweeten your holiday season. Sweet Groupings   #2              Playing vintage music playlists will bring...

What’s in the Toolbox?

  Stanley and Craftsman were household names long before any of us were born. Our grandparents may have owned a dovetailed wooden toolbox like the one you see pictured above.   Chances are good that our fathers, uncles or big brothers carried a metal one...

The Impassioned Italiana

  (Photo credit: Robert Sullivan)   "I was growing up, (and) the ugly duckling was turning into a swan. Above all, the desire, the almost physical need to express my emotions, to translate into gestures and words, the feelings I had built up inside, and that I...

Scenes of the Old Sawmill

(Photo credit: Evakonpoika)   Stories of North American life don't get any more traditional than those about logging, wood milling, and lumberyards.    American Sawmill Lore   See how it was done from start to finish 70 yrs ago. The exceptional quality...

Three Cheers for Chocolate!

  Winter is on its way. We don't necessarily want to rush it...or, do we? Snow has fallen in many locations already. Over one foot in some spots!   Few snow day memories hold more soothing comfort than those of sipping a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Hot...

Catch the Wave: Fantasy Island Vibes

(Photo credit: Chad Sparkes)   Tiki Lounge lovers abound. Are you a closet Tiki fan, too? If so, you're in good company!   This little tasty sampler of tunes is like a box of assorted chocolates; there's something for everyone:   Tiki Lounge Sounds  ...

Sewing Up Feed Sack Fashion

(Photo credit: Jayne ~ Twiggy & Opal)   How flour for our daily bread clothed America: the story of feed sack dresses, quilts and more.   https://youtu.be/UDbtHeyIYtI?t=5

The Modest Motor Lodge

  Are you ready for a little sentimental journey? Take your fill at one of these retro-themed motels where simplicity is sure to please!   Vintage Motels  And Many More!    

Dimestore Daydreams

 (Photo credit: Joseph A.)   Stepping through the entrance of a local G. C. Murphy Co. store, we're back in the year 1959.   A brass bell hanging on the heavy steel-and-glass door rings. The high-pitched voice of a clerk floats to the front with a warm...

Roy Rogers Rides Again

   (Photo credit: born1945)   There was a time in American history when cowboys weren't around much anymore and their legendary fame was taller than the men themselves.   That's the time when I grew up, hearing my father recall the thrill of The Lone Ranger...

Thanks for the Musical Memories

  Light Music is essentially a form of fine art. This genre can take us to another place and time. Its easy-listening style transports us to a mood, scene or memory.   I want to share with you why Light Music is a big deal to me.   In one instance, a...

Passing the Football For a Win

  Quite a few dance numbers in old movies leave me speechless. I landed upon one recently that wouldn't be permitted today. A rare piece of choreographed art.   You can watch it here to share in the experience of feeling "tossed about" with a full range of...

Steaks Are Always In Style

  Most of us think about food at least a few times everyday!   Here's a look at restaurants we've loved for generations: Grassroots-style steakhouses where hospitality means service with a smile. And the consistently excellent food you come back for, time...