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

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 an understated title for what is in essence an art form. I'm going to share with you why it’s a big deal to me.   The Light Music genre has an innate ability to transport the listener to an earlier place and time. This happens because its...

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...

Come Fly With Me

    You've come to the right place for vintage air travel today. We're talking about a period of time when Frankie's 1957 hit single about flying the friendly skies was on the charts. And Jet Set was coined to describe those who could afford luxury flying without...

Second Time Around

    One seasoned Georgia native built a log cabin replica using the exact dimensions of his great-grandfather's family cabin as it had been built during the late 1800s. Gene England narrates and demonstrates the necessities of cabin life throughout his daily...

A Museum-Quality Man Cave

    Some people have an uncanny ability to dream something into existence. And so it goes with this gentleman who took his desire to live a vintage life to a whole other level.   And, be sure to catch the cat at the 10-minute mark.   Roger's Tour  ...

You’re Doggone Right, It’s Love

  Maybe your family had a pet dog during your childhood. Or your neighbor had one, and you played together often.   But have you ever hand-picked a dog as your very own pet and loved one another through the hard times and the best of times? Nothing matches...

The Shoe Fits

  Inspired by the Native American Indian moccasin. Carried a secret code of community during wartime. Provided comforting relief for young college women. Elevated to a classic American wardrobe staple.   https://youtu.be/1yBjrp037wM   Rave reviews of...

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

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.

 

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 an understated title for what is in essence an art form. I'm going to share with you why it’s a big deal to me.   The Light Music genre has an innate ability to transport the listener to an earlier place and time. This happens because its...

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...

Come Fly With Me

    You've come to the right place for vintage air travel today. We're talking about a period of time when Frankie's 1957 hit single about flying the friendly skies was on the charts. And Jet Set was coined to describe those who could afford luxury flying without...

Second Time Around

    One seasoned Georgia native built a log cabin replica using the exact dimensions of his great-grandfather's family cabin as it had been built during the late 1800s. Gene England narrates and demonstrates the necessities of cabin life throughout his daily...

A Museum-Quality Man Cave

    Some people have an uncanny ability to dream something into existence. And so it goes with this gentleman who took his desire to live a vintage life to a whole other level.   And, be sure to catch the cat at the 10-minute mark.   Roger's Tour  ...

You’re Doggone Right, It’s Love

  Maybe your family had a pet dog during your childhood. Or your neighbor had one, and you played together often.   But have you ever hand-picked a dog as your very own pet and loved one another through the hard times and the best of times? Nothing matches...

The Shoe Fits

  Inspired by the Native American Indian moccasin. Carried a secret code of community during wartime. Provided comforting relief for young college women. Elevated to a classic American wardrobe staple.   https://youtu.be/1yBjrp037wM   Rave reviews of...

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

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

 

 

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 an understated title for what is in essence an art form. I'm going to share with you why it’s a big deal to me.   The Light Music genre has an innate ability to transport the listener to an earlier place and time. This happens because its...

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...

Come Fly With Me

    You've come to the right place for vintage air travel today. We're talking about a period of time when Frankie's 1957 hit single about flying the friendly skies was on the charts. And Jet Set was coined to describe those who could afford luxury flying without...

Second Time Around

    One seasoned Georgia native built a log cabin replica using the exact dimensions of his great-grandfather's family cabin as it had been built during the late 1800s. Gene England narrates and demonstrates the necessities of cabin life throughout his daily...

A Museum-Quality Man Cave

    Some people have an uncanny ability to dream something into existence. And so it goes with this gentleman who took his desire to live a vintage life to a whole other level.   And, be sure to catch the cat at the 10-minute mark.   Roger's Tour  ...

You’re Doggone Right, It’s Love

  Maybe your family had a pet dog during your childhood. Or your neighbor had one, and you played together often.   But have you ever hand-picked a dog as your very own pet and loved one another through the hard times and the best of times? Nothing matches...

The Shoe Fits

  Inspired by the Native American Indian moccasin. Carried a secret code of community during wartime. Provided comforting relief for young college women. Elevated to a classic American wardrobe staple.   https://youtu.be/1yBjrp037wM   Rave reviews of...

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

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

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 an understated title for what is in essence an art form. I'm going to share with you why it’s a big deal to me.   The Light Music genre has an innate ability to transport the listener to an earlier place and time. This happens because its...

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...

Come Fly With Me

    You've come to the right place for vintage air travel today. We're talking about a period of time when Frankie's 1957 hit single about flying the friendly skies was on the charts. And Jet Set was coined to describe those who could afford luxury flying without...

Second Time Around

    One seasoned Georgia native built a log cabin replica using the exact dimensions of his great-grandfather's family cabin as it had been built during the late 1800s. Gene England narrates and demonstrates the necessities of cabin life throughout his daily...

A Museum-Quality Man Cave

    Some people have an uncanny ability to dream something into existence. And so it goes with this gentleman who took his desire to live a vintage life to a whole other level.   And, be sure to catch the cat at the 10-minute mark.   Roger's Tour  ...

You’re Doggone Right, It’s Love

  Maybe your family had a pet dog during your childhood. Or your neighbor had one, and you played together often.   But have you ever hand-picked a dog as your very own pet and loved one another through the hard times and the best of times? Nothing matches...

The Shoe Fits

  Inspired by the Native American Indian moccasin. Carried a secret code of community during wartime. Provided comforting relief for young college women. Elevated to a classic American wardrobe staple.   https://youtu.be/1yBjrp037wM   Rave reviews of...

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

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!

 

 

 

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 an understated title for what is in essence an art form. I'm going to share with you why it’s a big deal to me.   The Light Music genre has an innate ability to transport the listener to an earlier place and time. This happens because its...

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...

Come Fly With Me

    You've come to the right place for vintage air travel today. We're talking about a period of time when Frankie's 1957 hit single about flying the friendly skies was on the charts. And Jet Set was coined to describe those who could afford luxury flying without...

Second Time Around

    One seasoned Georgia native built a log cabin replica using the exact dimensions of his great-grandfather's family cabin as it had been built during the late 1800s. Gene England narrates and demonstrates the necessities of cabin life throughout his daily...

A Museum-Quality Man Cave

    Some people have an uncanny ability to dream something into existence. And so it goes with this gentleman who took his desire to live a vintage life to a whole other level.   And, be sure to catch the cat at the 10-minute mark.   Roger's Tour  ...

You’re Doggone Right, It’s Love

  Maybe your family had a pet dog during your childhood. Or your neighbor had one, and you played together often.   But have you ever hand-picked a dog as your very own pet and loved one another through the hard times and the best of times? Nothing matches...

The Shoe Fits

  Inspired by the Native American Indian moccasin. Carried a secret code of community during wartime. Provided comforting relief for young college women. Elevated to a classic American wardrobe staple.   https://youtu.be/1yBjrp037wM   Rave reviews of...

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

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

 

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 an understated title for what is in essence an art form. I'm going to share with you why it’s a big deal to me.   The Light Music genre has an innate ability to transport the listener to an earlier place and time. This happens because its...

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

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Second Time Around

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You’re Doggone Right, It’s Love

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  Inspired by the Native American Indian moccasin. Carried a secret code of community during wartime. Provided comforting relief for young college women. Elevated to a classic American wardrobe staple.   https://youtu.be/1yBjrp037wM   Rave reviews of...

Does a Genie Live Inside?

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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

 

What’s in the Toolbox?

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The Impassioned Italiana

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Sewing Up Feed Sack Fashion

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The Modest Motor Lodge

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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...

Come Fly With Me

    You've come to the right place for vintage air travel today. We're talking about a period of time when Frankie's 1957 hit single about flying the friendly skies was on the charts. And Jet Set was coined to describe those who could afford luxury flying without...

Second Time Around

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    Some people have an uncanny ability to dream something into existence. And so it goes with this gentleman who took his desire to live a vintage life to a whole other level.   And, be sure to catch the cat at the 10-minute mark.   Roger's Tour  ...

You’re Doggone Right, It’s Love

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  Inspired by the Native American Indian moccasin. Carried a secret code of community during wartime. Provided comforting relief for young college women. Elevated to a classic American wardrobe staple.   https://youtu.be/1yBjrp037wM   Rave reviews of...

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  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

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

 

What’s in the Toolbox?

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(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  ...

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The Modest Motor Lodge

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 (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...

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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...

Come Fly With Me

    You've come to the right place for vintage air travel today. We're talking about a period of time when Frankie's 1957 hit single about flying the friendly skies was on the charts. And Jet Set was coined to describe those who could afford luxury flying without...

Second Time Around

    One seasoned Georgia native built a log cabin replica using the exact dimensions of his great-grandfather's family cabin as it had been built during the late 1800s. Gene England narrates and demonstrates the necessities of cabin life throughout his daily...

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    Some people have an uncanny ability to dream something into existence. And so it goes with this gentleman who took his desire to live a vintage life to a whole other level.   And, be sure to catch the cat at the 10-minute mark.   Roger's Tour  ...

You’re Doggone Right, It’s Love

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  Inspired by the Native American Indian moccasin. Carried a secret code of community during wartime. Provided comforting relief for young college women. Elevated to a classic American wardrobe staple.   https://youtu.be/1yBjrp037wM   Rave reviews of...

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

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!

 

 

 

 

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

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Scenes of the Old Sawmill

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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 an understated title for what is in essence an art form. I'm going to share with you why it’s a big deal to me.   The Light Music genre has an innate ability to transport the listener to an earlier place and time. This happens because its...

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...

Come Fly With Me

    You've come to the right place for vintage air travel today. We're talking about a period of time when Frankie's 1957 hit single about flying the friendly skies was on the charts. And Jet Set was coined to describe those who could afford luxury flying without...

Second Time Around

    One seasoned Georgia native built a log cabin replica using the exact dimensions of his great-grandfather's family cabin as it had been built during the late 1800s. Gene England narrates and demonstrates the necessities of cabin life throughout his daily...

A Museum-Quality Man Cave

    Some people have an uncanny ability to dream something into existence. And so it goes with this gentleman who took his desire to live a vintage life to a whole other level.   And, be sure to catch the cat at the 10-minute mark.   Roger's Tour  ...

You’re Doggone Right, It’s Love

  Maybe your family had a pet dog during your childhood. Or your neighbor had one, and you played together often.   But have you ever hand-picked a dog as your very own pet and loved one another through the hard times and the best of times? Nothing matches...

The Shoe Fits

  Inspired by the Native American Indian moccasin. Carried a secret code of community during wartime. Provided comforting relief for young college women. Elevated to a classic American wardrobe staple.   https://youtu.be/1yBjrp037wM   Rave reviews of...

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

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.

 

 

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 an understated title for what is in essence an art form. I'm going to share with you why it’s a big deal to me.   The Light Music genre has an innate ability to transport the listener to an earlier place and time. This happens because its...

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...

Come Fly With Me

    You've come to the right place for vintage air travel today. We're talking about a period of time when Frankie's 1957 hit single about flying the friendly skies was on the charts. And Jet Set was coined to describe those who could afford luxury flying without...

Second Time Around

    One seasoned Georgia native built a log cabin replica using the exact dimensions of his great-grandfather's family cabin as it had been built during the late 1800s. Gene England narrates and demonstrates the necessities of cabin life throughout his daily...

A Museum-Quality Man Cave

    Some people have an uncanny ability to dream something into existence. And so it goes with this gentleman who took his desire to live a vintage life to a whole other level.   And, be sure to catch the cat at the 10-minute mark.   Roger's Tour  ...

You’re Doggone Right, It’s Love

  Maybe your family had a pet dog during your childhood. Or your neighbor had one, and you played together often.   But have you ever hand-picked a dog as your very own pet and loved one another through the hard times and the best of times? Nothing matches...

The Shoe Fits

  Inspired by the Native American Indian moccasin. Carried a secret code of community during wartime. Provided comforting relief for young college women. Elevated to a classic American wardrobe staple.   https://youtu.be/1yBjrp037wM   Rave reviews of...

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...