Bettie Page: Aphrodite Rising

The Queen of Pinups Gets a Little Help From the Goddess of Love and Sex

The Woman

Bettie Page, coming of age during The Great Depression, is determined to escape poverty and live a life of adventure.

The Goddess

Aphrodite, watching the U.S. from Mt. Olympus, decides to help the nation fling off its Puritanism by bringing them the gift of sexual freedom.

Working Together

The goddess spies Bettie Page, a beautiful, restless young woman with “girl next door” charm and big dreams of independence. Following the rules set down by Zeus, Aphrodite inhabits Bettie to help them achieve their…

Neon Class at the Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles

Bending neon tubes in the lab at the Museum of Neon Art. (KimberlyUs)
Bending neon tubes in the lab at the Museum of Neon Art. (KimberlyUs)
Bending neon tubes in the lab at the Museum of Neon Art. (KimberlyUs)

I took the Neon Immersive class at MONA (Museum of Neon Art). I’m hooked! Neon bending is a fascinating connection between art and science. The class was seven hours on a Saturday and, by the end, I was exhausted but elated. I left with my own creation–a snake shaped tube filled with Argon and wired to glow.

Neon Signs for Mid Century Fans

I love mid century topics and neon signs are a big part of that genre. However, it was the tour I took at The Neon Museum in Las Vegas that piqued my interest (Retro Road Trip to Las Vegas). I was intrigued to…

Focus on the Feeling and Forget Your Stories

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Letting Go Requires Surrendering to Your Feelings. (Unsplash)

Letting go is something I have attempted to do my entire life. At work and in my personal life, my perfectionist and control issues tie me up in knots and I know — logically — that letting go is what I have to do.

Like most advice, hearing it is easier than implementing it.

When I have a problem, the first thing I do is run to the bookstore. Surely someone has already gone through this, and I can just read their secret formula. Again, reading advice is easier than implementing it.

Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender

My current woes involve my 88 year old…

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah is Home to the Hoodoos

Bryce Canyon National Park is home to the hoodoos. (SteveUs)

We traveled to Bryce Canyon National Park after our Rock’in Road Trip to Zion National Park. Bryce Canyon National Park was dedicated in 1924. Its popularity and accessibility increased In 1930, when the Zion-Mt. Carmel tunnel was completed. Its construction tied Bryce, Zion, Cedar Breaks and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon together.

“Union Pacific Railroad served Bryce Canyon well as it grew to national park status. The railroad’s vision of the site’s potential for tourism culminated in the creation of the ‘Grand Circle Tour,’ a tour that traveled to several parks in one trip.” Bryce Canyon Lodge display

Hiking and Geology in Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park view from the Narrows trail. (SteveUs)

Established in 1919, Zion National Park is one of five National Parks in Utah. All 63 National Parks in the U.S. protect natural beauty, unique geologic features, diverse ecosystems, and recreational opportunities for future generations.

“Triassic and Jurassic rocks exposed in the cliffs of Zion National Park tell the story of an ancient desert landscape where mud, silt, and wind-blown sand accumulated in large quantities during the age of dinosaurs.” Geology Unfolded: An Illustrated Guide to the Geology of Utah’s National Parks

Sandstone makes up the canyons, cliffs, temples, and towers of Zion. Sand, silt and mud from Jurassic and…

Neon, Burlesque, Tikis and a Dam Good Time

Las Vegas Neon Museum signs including Tim Burton’s sea inspired artwork and his Lost Vegas piece. (KimberlyUs)

Las Vegas is a cool destination for retro cats and history loving kittens. Be sure and check out the Neon Museum, Burlesque Hall of Fame, The Golden Tiki and the Hoover Dam on your next Las Vegas weekender.

The Neon Museum

The Neon Museum of Las Vegas exceeded my expectations in every way. We booked a tour for after dark so that we could see the signs lit up. Our guide was a local from Las Vegas who adored his hometown. His speech was sprinkled with fascinating stories about Las Vegas history and he could answer every question.

The Neon Museum ticket office…

Santa Monica and the Queen of Muscle Beach

Pudgy Stockton lifting a barbell at Muscle Beach
Pudgy Stockton lifting a barbell at Muscle Beach
Pudgy Stockton shows the beauty of a strong and fit woman. (GirlGoneStrong)

Many people have heard of Muscle Beach in Venice Beach, California. However “The O.M.B.,” Original Muscle Beach, was located in Santa Monica. Female weight lifting was introduced and popularized by Pudgy Stockton, the Queen of Muscle Beach.

Muscle Beach started in the 1930s, when the City of Santa Monica built a playground on the beach for children during the Depression. However, the area was soon taken over by gymnasts and elite athletes. They practiced their tumbling on the Santa Monica sand.

“Stacked on top of each other in human pyramids, they beam with delight. Flung over the sand in daring…

Discover the California Birthplace of Fast Food

San Bernardino, California is the location of the first McDonald’s and the birth of fast food. (SteveUs)

The McDonald brothers, Dick and Mac, opened McDonald’s Hamburgers on Route 66 in San Bernardino, in 1948. Although their original building is gone, the site is a historic landmark that houses the Original McDonald’s museum. Outside are classic McDonald’s play structures that are great for photographs. It is located at 1398 East E Street, San Bernardino.

The McDonald’s in Downey is built in the classic “golden arches” architectural style designed by the McDonald brothers. Their original mascot, “Speedee,” is on the sign. The Downey location was third in the franchise chain and is the oldest continuously operated McDonald’s. It was…

For those who aren’t motivated by journaling, these unique approaches will change your mind

New Journaling Formats Might Make the Habit Stick. (Pexels)

Like exercise, most of us know the value of journaling. The problem tends to be a lack of motivation, not a lack of understanding. The trick is to find a journaling method that excites you. Then you’ll be willing to show up on the page every day.

“Everything I’ve ever done was done with excitement, because I wanted to do it, because I loved doing it.” Ray Bradbury, Zen and the Art of Writing

So, I’m not going to waste time telling you all the reasons you should journal, instead I’ll give you eight journaling formats that will inspire you…

Shields Date Farm in Indio a Midcentury Relic of our Agricultural Past

Pointing knight sign of Shields Dates
Pointing knight sign of Shields Dates
On Highway 111, at the western end of Indio, stands the giant knight with a finger pointing at the Shields Date Gardens. (KimberlyUs)

On Highway 111, at the western end of Indio, stands the giant knight with a finger pointing at the Shields Date Gardens. The knight has been a desert fixture since 1953 and marks the location of the Shields date gardens, packing house, cafe and store.

Date Agriculture Arrives in the Coachella Valley

The Date Experimental Station was established in 1904, in Mecca. The U.S. Department of Agriculture conducted studies to test for the viability of commercial date farms in the Coachella Valley. The Station had imported several varieties of date palms from the Middle East and North Africa to test.

Kimberly Us

Kimberly is a writer, teacher, speaker. She writes about mythology, nature, and bold women who drove social change in midcentury America

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