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

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...

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.

 

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...

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

 

 

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...

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

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...

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!

 

 

 

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...

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

 

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...

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

 

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...

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

 

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...

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!

 

 

 

 

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...

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.

 

 

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...