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...

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...

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

 

The phenomenal escapism of Polyesian Tiki culture originated in 1930s California. Inspired by beautiful scenery and thrills of faraway tropical beaches.

 

Donn Beach and Trader Vic ignited the Tiki bar.

And apparently, the craze moved full-speed ahead.

 

An annual national convention (Tiki Kon), backyard and pool parties, weddings, remodeled basements, restaurants and nightclubs all feature the classic Polynesian Tiki Theme.

 

Go with me now on a trip down memory lane…

 

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 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!

 

 

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

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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 greeting, as she magically appears from behind a curtain-covered doorway where stock is kept. After asking us to let her know if we need help finding anything, we browse the aisles and take in the treasures of this old building.

 

5 & 10 cent stores

 

The wooden plank floors smell rich and heady as we walk, creaking and popping in certain places.

The powdery scent of rosewater soap wrapped in wax-covered paper rises from the cosmetics aisle. Around the corner is the jolting sight and smell of new plastic rubber from a hot water bottle display.

 

Off to one side, is a wall of built-in wooden cases, covered in thick glass on all sides.

There are sections of mounded candies, some individually wrapped, and others in glass decanters. Packages of cigars, cigarettes, and loose-leaf tobacco pouches fill another.

Magazines, maps, and an atlas stand upright while  sunglasses, accordion-folded rainbonnets, and assorted handkerchiefs fill the front racks.

 

Standing beside the cash register is a rotating countertop carousel, filled with peanuts and cashews. Red lights shine down upon the roasted nuts to keep them warm until they are all sold. Pocket-sized paper bags and a chrome scoop are leaned against the glass, awaiting the next shopper who can’t resist the tempting aroma.

 

Near the back of the store is a large U-shaped area of shallow, long bins. Each one-foot section contains a different 25-cent or 50-cent toy. Some of the toys are wrapped in plastic with a paper tag stapled on top. Others are open and fair game for the curious little hands that are eager to try before buying.

 

There are fuzzy, wind-up mice with rolled leather tails. Paratroopers with their 18-inch parachutes. Wooly Willy magnetic games. Beaded coin pouches. Realistic rubber snakes. Donald Duck flip books.

 

Circus animals playsets. Silly putty. Tin ladybug clickers. Paddle balls. Gyro wheels. Bird whistles. Miniature babydolls with booties & bottles. Windup, walking dentures. Play money. Balsa wood flyers.

 

Tin leaping frogs. Groucho Marx glasses with big noses and mustaches. Metal Jeeps. Blow-up, multicolored sticky bubbles. Sparking rockets. Goofy & Mickey push puppets. Vanity brush, comb, & mirror sets. And of course, the original Slinky. 

 

Dimestore Toychest

 

 

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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 song may take me back to a pre-wartime New York City or Chicago shopping scene from a film I watched in 1974 on a Saturday afternoon in my grandparents’ living room.

I’m lifted into a daydream, visiting stores of the era, extravagant holiday displays at every turn.

And taking a taxi to the nearest Automat in time for lunch, complete with pie and coffee.

 

Another tune could transport me off on a sailboat excursion I saw on a Sunday morning television rerun in 1968. I’m immediately longing for a weekend getaway on a restored 1950s boat, enjoying sun and wind on my face, with no cares or worries.

 

And a third composition may catapult me into a Shirley Temple movie rerun I caught during my college days. The kitchen scene is set with a pot roast coming out of the oven. I’m filled with a giddy feeling of future children scurrying around the table. And a sense of comfort flooding my heart.

 

I challenge you to see for yourself how quickly you’re taken to a different place and time!

 

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