The Queen of Pinups Gets a Little Help From the Goddess of Love and Sex
Bettie Page, coming of age during The Great Depression, is determined to escape poverty and live a life of adventure.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
My current woes involve my 88 year old…
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
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
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 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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.