The Impassioned Italiana

 

(Photo credit: Robert Sullivan)

 

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

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: My Life

 

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

Whose early life story proved she is a survivor.

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

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

 

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

 

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

Sophia and Marcello – Forever!

 

 

 

Copyrighted Song Lyrics

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...

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 radio broadcast, Gene Autry singing Rudolph each Christmas, and Roy Rogers still riding Trigger, aging with dignity.

 

How I pine for those days when people dressed up to go places, and men removed their hats in public.

A time when the Pledge of Allegiance was honored; recited, hand over heart, each school day morning. 

 

Let’s jump back in time for a 2-minute video with one of the most optimistic, wholesome heroes to ever mount a horse and ride into the sunset.

 

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...

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 thoughts and emotions. 

 

And remember: while unimaginable today, this piece was period-perfect in 1953 when “I Love Melvin” was released.

 

 

I warmly invite all lovers of fabulous vintage dance films, and fans of the legendary Debbie Reynolds, to enjoy this endearing pictorial history from her official website:

 

Debbie’s Photo Gallery

 

 

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...

Dreams of Glass

 

From basketweaving to breathtaking beauty.

This is the short version of how Dale Patrick Chihuly found his path to unparalleled dimensions of artistry.

 

The first time I saw one of his works was in Columbus, Indiana. Massive. Glorious. A complete burst of joy.

 

 

Where have you seen Chihuly art on display in person? Take a virtual tour here:

 

The Exhibitions

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...

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read!)

 

Beverly Cleary turned 104 years old on 4/12/20. She says  she didn’t do it on purpose (living to be this age)!

 

When I saw and heard Mrs. Cleary speak, her facial expressions made me want to learn more about her life and personality. Did you know she wanted to create a funny character whose good intentions would often turn into mishaps? This is how Ramona Quimby was born!

 

100 Things About Her

 

All the Characters!

 

 

 

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...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)

 

Dinah Shore was one of entertainment’s most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.

 

More than anything, Dinah Shore put people at ease.

She was known to flash a big smile at every opportunity.

 

Dinah’s given name was Fannye Rose. She often used the song, Dinah, while auditioning. After a deejay forgot her name and called out, Dinah girl, her stage name was set.

Here’s the song recorded by The Mills Brothers in 1932:

 

 Dinah Lee

 

The most sentimental song I remember from Dinah’s early career is from a cowboy comedy, “The Paleface,” with Bob Hope and Jane Russell. The chorus was catchy, and my mother would hum or sing it while fixing my hair:

 

Buttons and Bows

 

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...

All That Glitters

 

When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.*

We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her life. 

 

Being too young for first runs of Laugh-In, I was introduced to Goldie Hawn in 1978 when she starred with Chevy Chase in Foul Play, a comedy-murder-mystery-thriller. Frankly, I don’t like murder anything. Yet there I was, in an historic movie theater sitting beside Margie, a church friend who’d invited me and driven us to the night showing. The fact that Margie drove a yellow Chevy Nova coupe adds more fun in retelling my story of this present-day cult classic.

 

Ready to Take a Chance Again

 

  *THE LAUGHING CHALLENGE

 

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...

A Higher Calling


Once a superstar, yet still a chef. That’s Graham Kerr. Always the comedian with his leaping about and laughing with his live audience.

 

He was my inspiration to pursue gourmet cooking and peruse the pages of Cuisine as a young girl. Rolling out homemade phyllo pastry into paper-thin sheets for baklava. Grinding walnuts into a fine paste for saucing Circassian chicken. Practicing the technique for French-style omelets. Making friends with fresh herbs and edible flowers.

Then attending cooking school simply for the love of the craft.

 

Let’s all wish Graham well with this biopic of his passionate life.

 

From a Life of Food to Fulfillment

 

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...

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 and name, then hearing and seeing him mentioned often by various media.

 

Wise Words by Bob Ross:

We want happy paintings. Happy paintings. If you want sad things, watch the news.

Don’t forget to tell these special people in your life just how special they are to you.

Right On, Bob!

 

 

 

 

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...

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 foundation she established:   Animal Foundation

 

Take a glance at the history of her historic pet-friendly hotel here:

An Inn For Furry Friends

In 1989, Clint Eastwood said to her, “You were the girl every man wanted to marry, and the woman every girl wished she could be.”

My 3 Biggest “Loves” for Doris Day:

#1 When Hollywood repeatedly cast her in morally compromising roles, Doris graciously portrayed each one as a lady with class and style.

#2 After his death, she learned her third husband had squandered a lifetime’s fortune and left massive debt. Doris courageously began working soon after on The Doris Day Show, bringing joy each week to millions.

#3 Her voice conveyed emotions well beyond the lyrics of songs she sang. When I listen now to Doris’s musical recordings, I get the feeling she’s singing just for me. That’s greatness.

 

 

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...