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…
Nashville bills itself as Music City and it lives up to its name. I went in the summer and fell in love with Nashville–the architecture, the history and the music. There are many music-themed things to do in Nashville, Tennessee.
If you love live music, Nashville outplays New Orleans, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
Broadway Street has live music from 10 a.m. until 3 a.m. The street is lined with bars and honkey tonks. The bands play in the front windows and, as you walk down the street, you can hear and watch them. …
You might be in Nashville for the music, but take time to walk around and appreciate the architecture.
The interiors of both the Frist Art Museum and the Davidson County Court House are decorated in Art Deco. The exterior architecture is called WPA moderne. Visit both of these beautiful buildings and look for the features that make them perfect examples of this American architectural style.
“Then, as now the feeling is unique and uniquely American…they were once the epitome of the new, and they still remain distinct from other civic buildings.”
On your retro road trip to Tennessee, be sure and visit the landmarks that celebrate suffragettes and the centennial of women winning the vote. Tennessee played a key role in the ratification of the 19th Amendment, also called the Susan B. Anthony Amendment.
The Susan B. Anthony Amendment, which would give women universal suffrage, was submitted to the states for ratification on June 4, 1919. To win ratification of the 19th Amendment, 36 of the (then) 48 states had to approve it.
After a brutal political battle, Tennessee became “The Perfect 36.” This means it was the state that won…
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.