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 Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

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...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

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...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

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...

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.  ...

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 Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

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...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

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...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

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...

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.  ...

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 Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

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...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

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...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

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...

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.  ...

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 Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

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...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

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...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

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...

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.  ...

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 Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

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...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

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...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

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...

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 soul; she was playing her own heartstrings. Never has anyone, dressed in satin and heels – or otherwise – given so much as she.

 

Don’t try to watch Sister Rosetta sitting still. You’ll be up on your feet, singing and dancing, before the second stanza ends.

 

 

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

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...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

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...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

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...

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.  ...

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 artistic montage earlier this year:

Google Doodle of Anna May Wong

 

What I adore most about Anna May’s life story is not in the roles she played. Or how she won acclaim for her best-dressed style. Looking at Anna May, I see the vibrant spirit of a girl who wove pieces of her fairytale dream into reality and left the world a better place.

 

 While we’re in the World of Nostalgia Neverland, let’s peek at this early silent film with Anna May as Tiger Lily:

 

 

 

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

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...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

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...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

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...

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.  ...

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.

 

Frank Robinson’s mind-blowing gifts and talents in music were not the whole of his repertoire. Frank also proved outstanding academic achievement when he graduated high school at the early age of 15. Education was his priority, and he went on to earn a college degree in psychology from Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan in 1960.

A more complete story of Frank “Sugar Chile” Robinson is found here:

Sugar Chile Robinson

The last known public performance by Mr. Robinson was aired on the radio when he was the featured artist showcasing four of his greatest hits.  The show was Dr. Boogie, a weekly broadcast from Belgium, carrying upbeat blues, boogie, groove, and zydeco music, for over 25 years.

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

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...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

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...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

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...

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.  ...

There’s Always Time for What Matters Most

The first Disney Legend named was Fred MacMurray.

With over 100 films to his credit, we’re left to wonder how he made time to become a master leather craftsman, woodworker, fly fisherman, musician, and the inspiration for C.C. Beck’s Captain Marvel in only one lifetime.

In the series My Three Sons, Fred was a born natural in the role because he was essentially playing himself in real life.

 

Here is a glimpse of the man in his own home on chosen land reminiscent of his ancestral country, Scotland. 

Watch this now to discover for yourself if Fred’s daughter Kate takes you to that place in your own heart where sublime simplicity reigns supreme.

 

 

 

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

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...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

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...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

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...

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.  ...

The First Lady of Yoga, Lilias Folan

 

Lilias became widely known through a PBS series bearing the name of her first book. The program was later renamed, Lilias. Without finding exact data, I would venture to bet this book will endure as strongly throughout the decades for health and fitness as The Joy of Cooking has done for classic cooking. Lilias Folan still practices her passion for yoga and has introduced millions to its poses and techniques. Maybe you have heard of her 😊.

 

A lesser-known yogini on PBS during the same era was Kathleen Hitchcock. The following video contains elements of her occasionally quirky personality. If you feel slightly hypnotized during the seriously “trippy” introductory music and graphics, hold tight until it repeats in the closing.

 

 

Kathleen’s followers surely miss those engaging smiles, calm voice, and unexpected humor dotted throughout her instructional episodes. I have seen pleas in multiple online forums where a fan attempts to locate the complete PBS series set for purchase.  What a world this would be if more good-hearted souls were remembered and treasured as Kathleen.

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

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...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

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...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

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...

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.  ...