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 goals. With the Goddess whispering in her ear, she seduces the cameras and becomes America’s most iconic pinup model. But, can Aphrodite give Bettie the strength to resist the shaming forces of society or will both Aphrodite and Bettie be defeated by the conservative zeitgeist of the midcentury?
The Red Christmas Flower from Mexico
Every year, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, I buy poinsettias and begin decorating for Christmas. It turns out that I am not alone. Over 76 million poinsettia are sold during the six week holiday season in the U.S. This makes it the top selling potted flowering plant.
Commercial cultivation of the poinsettia started in San Diego, California in the 1920s. Paul Ecke started with a native plant from Mexico. That original plant eventually became 180 new varieties. Ecke discovered a grafting technique that caused the seedlings to branch. Originally they sold the flowers at roadside stands. …
Stretching up the hills on both sides of the San Gorgonio Pass, the windmills welcome visitors to Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. The windmills have become an Instagram icon, one that young visitors to the Coachella Valley add to their feeds. As of today, there were 4,025 posts #palmspringswindmills
I booked a self-guided Palm Springs Windmill Tour, hoping to learn more about this form of alternative energy and take some Instagram-worthy images of my own. On the day I went, clouds loomed on the horizon. I hoped that they might add to my images. The closer we got to the Palm Springs Windmill Tour headquarters, the colder and windier it got. Needless to say, the cold and wind put a damper on my photo shoot. …
Owls appear in mythologies all around the world. Some cultures view them as omens of bad luck, sickness and death. Other cultures view them as symbols of wisdom, helping spirits, or animals with the power of prophecy.
On Twitter, (@Kimberly__Us) I look forward each week to learning new things in #MythologyMonday, #FairyTaleTuesday, #WyrdWednesday, and #FolkloreThursday. An animal that keeps reappearing in different tweets is the owl. I knew I needed to do a deep dive into the mythology surrounding this nocturnal bird of prey.
The owl, traditionally associated with wisdom across many cultures, is the symbol of Athena. …
Take a retro road trip to Riverside and indulge your love of historic buildings, quaint shops, used books, and artistic eating places. Riverside is located less than two hours from Los Angeles, Palm Springs or San Diego.
The city of Riverside has done a wonderful job protecting historic buildings. In 1977, due to efforts of local advocates and government officials, the Mission Inn was designated as a National Historic Landmark. The Mission Inn Foundation’s story of how this incredible structure was saved from neglect will warm the heart of any preservationist.
Frank Miller realized the tourism potential of a grand hotel in Riverside. In the early 1900s, California experienced a “second gold rush” created by citrus agriculture. Navel oranges, a winter fruit, thrived in the mild climate and rich soil of Riverside. In 1882, the California Southern Railroad line, connecting Barstow to San Diego, went through Riverside. …
You can be like Bettie Page — fun, pretty and sexy. All you have to do is listen to your inner Aphrodite and embrace your own brand of beauty and sex appeal.
Bettie Page dominated the men’s magazines of the midcentury as a pinup model. With her raven hair, perfect figure and “girl next door” smile, she managed to look both sexy and friendly.
Bettie Page’s photos were rediscovered in the 1980s, by artists and fashion trendsetters. She remains a pinup icon today for Rockabilly, retro and vintage fans. …
“Wildhood” Tests both Animal and Human Adolescents
It is easy to think of your teen as uniquely frustrating, but it turns out that all adolescents, both animals and humans, go through similar phases on their journey from childhood to adulthood. These stages are explored in the fascinating book Wildhood: The Astounding Connections Between Human and Animal Adolescents, by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D., and Kathryn Bowers. All the quotations in this article are from that book.
“Whether our bodies are covered with skin, scales, or feathers…we share common biology that builds and shapes our adult selves. …
I wrote part 1 of this myth on a separate blog post called The Tale of Nanaue the Shark-Man of Hawaii: The Wayward Son of Kamohoalii, King of the Sharks.
This post provides the ending of the tale and an analysis on how it is an allegory for having a child that struggles with drug addiction.
Kamohoalii, King of the Sharks, confronted his son in the Pacific Ocean after his rescue on the beach in Hawaii.
“Son, you have violated the taboo. Sharks must not eat humans.”
“Father, I’m sorry, but I can change. I promise.”
“You are banished from the Hawaiian Islands. If my shark soldiers find you they have my orders to kill you.” …
One of the bright spots of the COVID19 shut down was “Mrs. America” aired on Hulu. Created by Dahvi Waller, a female writer with many credits including producer of Mad Men.
“Mrs. America,” chronicled Phillis Schlafly’s campaign to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). This Amendment to the U.S. Constitution sought to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. When viewed through a mythological lens, it was a classic battle between Athena and Aphrodite.
Jean Shinoda Bolen explained seven female archetypes in Goddesses in Everywoman: Powerful Archetypes in Women’s Lives. An archetype is a character type that exemplifies universal patterns in human nature. …
5 Books for the Modern Middle Aged Woman
I love to watch and read biographies about famous celebrities from the midcentury. But, one thing that makes me sad is that so many of them felt the need to “disappear” when they got older and their looks faded.
Bettie Page, famous 1950s pinup model, was rediscovered in the 1990s by pop-culture artists. James l. Swanson and Karen Essex were determined to find Bettie Page and write her biography. After months of correspondence, Bettie finally allowed them to come and visit her in Los Angeles. They conducted a week of interviews that became Bettie Page: The Life of a Pin-Up Legend. …