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: 

 

Falling for Fantasy

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

Legendary Landscapes

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

No Plain Jane

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

Soap on a Rope

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

September’s Song

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

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

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

Honey of a Song

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

Pride in Public Service

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

This Little Light of Mine

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

The Dinosaur Days of Dial-Up

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

How Does Your Garden Grow?

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

Movie Stars and the Milky Way

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

No Batteries Required

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

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

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

A Fashionable Fairytale

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

Fishing With My Dad

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

Child Prodigy Extraordinaire

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

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

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

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…

 

Falling for Fantasy

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

Legendary Landscapes

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

No Plain Jane

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

Soap on a Rope

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

September’s Song

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

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

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

Honey of a Song

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

Pride in Public Service

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

This Little Light of Mine

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

The Dinosaur Days of Dial-Up

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

How Does Your Garden Grow?

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

Movie Stars and the Milky Way

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

No Batteries Required

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

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

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

A Fashionable Fairytale

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

Fishing With My Dad

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

Child Prodigy Extraordinaire

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

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

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

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!

 

 

Falling for Fantasy

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

Legendary Landscapes

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

No Plain Jane

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

Soap on a Rope

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

September’s Song

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

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

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

Honey of a Song

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

Pride in Public Service

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

This Little Light of Mine

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

The Dinosaur Days of Dial-Up

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

How Does Your Garden Grow?

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

Movie Stars and the Milky Way

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

No Batteries Required

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

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

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

A Fashionable Fairytale

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

Fishing With My Dad

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

Child Prodigy Extraordinaire

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

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

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

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

 

 

Falling for Fantasy

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

Legendary Landscapes

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

No Plain Jane

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

Soap on a Rope

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

September’s Song

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

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

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

Honey of a Song

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

Pride in Public Service

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

This Little Light of Mine

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

The Dinosaur Days of Dial-Up

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

How Does Your Garden Grow?

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

Movie Stars and the Milky Way

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

No Batteries Required

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

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

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

A Fashionable Fairytale

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

Fishing With My Dad

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

Child Prodigy Extraordinaire

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

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

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

Thanks for the Musical Memories

 

Light Music is an understated title for what is in essence an art form.

I’m going to share with you why it’s a big deal to me.

 

The Light Music genre has an innate ability to transport the listener to an earlier place and time.

This happens because its easy-listening style conjures personal memories of a scene or mood.

 

For instance, one 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 imagining taking a taxi to the nearest Automat in time for lunch with pie and coffee.

 

Another song 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 tune holds the power to 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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Guild Music Presents

The Golden Age of Light Music

 

Falling for Fantasy

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

Legendary Landscapes

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

No Plain Jane

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

Soap on a Rope

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

September’s Song

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

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

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

Honey of a Song

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

Pride in Public Service

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

This Little Light of Mine

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

The Dinosaur Days of Dial-Up

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

How Does Your Garden Grow?

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

Movie Stars and the Milky Way

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

No Batteries Required

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

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

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

A Fashionable Fairytale

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

Fishing With My Dad

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

Child Prodigy Extraordinaire

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

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

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

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 and again.

 

This is the kind of place you take the people you want to impress, like your boss on his birthday. And your in-laws when they come to visit. Where you celebrate great moments, like a new baby in the family. And your wedding anniversary. Don’t forget your best friend’s job promotion. Even more, Dad’s retirement. 

 

There’s a place for everyone at the table.

 

Old-School Steakhouse Turns 70:

It was a great thing. You could pull up outside and they would bring a steak dinner to the car with a cocktail and hang it on your window. 

 

Falling for Fantasy

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

Legendary Landscapes

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

No Plain Jane

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

Soap on a Rope

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

September’s Song

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

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

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

Honey of a Song

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

Pride in Public Service

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

This Little Light of Mine

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

The Dinosaur Days of Dial-Up

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

How Does Your Garden Grow?

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

Movie Stars and the Milky Way

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

No Batteries Required

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

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

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

A Fashionable Fairytale

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

Fishing With My Dad

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

Child Prodigy Extraordinaire

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

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

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

Come Fly With Me

 

 

You’ve come to the right place for vintage air travel today.

We’re talking about a period of time when Frankie’s 1957 hit single about flying the friendly skies was on the charts. And Jet Set was coined to describe those who could afford luxury flying without concern of the cost.

 

Our European destinations are London, then Paris.

Hold tight as we lift off on another classic adventure!

 

 

 

Falling for Fantasy

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

Legendary Landscapes

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

No Plain Jane

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

Soap on a Rope

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

September’s Song

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

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

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

Honey of a Song

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

Pride in Public Service

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

This Little Light of Mine

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

The Dinosaur Days of Dial-Up

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

How Does Your Garden Grow?

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

Movie Stars and the Milky Way

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

No Batteries Required

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

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

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

A Fashionable Fairytale

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

Fishing With My Dad

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

Child Prodigy Extraordinaire

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

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

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

A Museum-Quality Man Cave

 

 

Some people have an uncanny ability to dream something into existence. And so it goes with this gentleman who took his desire to live a vintage life to a whole other level.

 

And, be sure to catch the cat at the 10-minute mark.

 

Roger’s Tour

 

For those who aren’t drinkers, smokers, or gamblers, there’s always room for a game of billiards, or “pool.”

 

 

Falling for Fantasy

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

Legendary Landscapes

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

No Plain Jane

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

Soap on a Rope

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

September’s Song

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

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

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

Honey of a Song

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

Pride in Public Service

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

This Little Light of Mine

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

The Dinosaur Days of Dial-Up

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

How Does Your Garden Grow?

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

Movie Stars and the Milky Way

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

No Batteries Required

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

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

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

A Fashionable Fairytale

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

Fishing With My Dad

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

Child Prodigy Extraordinaire

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

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

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

The Joker’s Wild

 

Game shows hit daytime television as early as the 1940s. If you were around in the 1970s, you could’ve watched The Joker’s Wild, Gambit, and Match Game.

Which one of these three did you like best?

 

The first episode of The Joker’s Wild is a time capsule. With stereotypical comments, personalities and prizes!

 

 

Falling for Fantasy

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

Legendary Landscapes

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

No Plain Jane

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

Soap on a Rope

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

September’s Song

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

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

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

Honey of a Song

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

Pride in Public Service

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

This Little Light of Mine

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

The Dinosaur Days of Dial-Up

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

How Does Your Garden Grow?

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

Movie Stars and the Milky Way

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

No Batteries Required

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

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

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

A Fashionable Fairytale

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

Fishing With My Dad

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

Child Prodigy Extraordinaire

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

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

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

Station Wagon Wanderlust

 

Autumn weather can make us recall bygone American road trips to the forest, lake, seaside, or mountains. Jumping into the back of the station wagon, begging for Dad to let down the back window.

We’d kick off our shoes, pretend we were riding in a train or plane, then share our least favorite toys with the whiney kid brother or sister. What a life!

 

 

 

Falling for Fantasy

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

Legendary Landscapes

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

No Plain Jane

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

Soap on a Rope

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

September’s Song

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

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

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

Honey of a Song

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

Pride in Public Service

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

This Little Light of Mine

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

The Dinosaur Days of Dial-Up

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

How Does Your Garden Grow?

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

Movie Stars and the Milky Way

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

No Batteries Required

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

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

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

A Fashionable Fairytale

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

Fishing With My Dad

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

Child Prodigy Extraordinaire

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

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

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