Bettie Page: Aphrodite Rising

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…

Stingy Jack and the Devil Create the First Jack-o-Lantern

The First Jack-o-Lantern belonged to Stingy Jack. (KimberlyUs)

The devil lay in bed watching the flickering flames of Hell.

His toady, Lickspittle, hopped up. “Sir…Master?” The devil slid a languid glance his way and flicked a piece of ash off his finger. “Stingy Jack is bragging again, Sir.”

“What?” the devil sat up, his cloven hooves sparked as…

The Hollywood Forever Cemetery is an oasis of green in the center of a seamy city. The symbolism needs no explanation.

Canada geese, swans and ducks swim in the pond at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. (KimberlyUs)

Tombstones and mausoleums fight for attention. Celebrities even in death. Statues of rockets, giant Bibles, and Johnny Ramone playing his guitar. Palm trees, junipers and fig trees throw shade.

Max Factor Makeup and the Hollywood Museum

The Hollywood Museum has memorabilia from every movie genre. (KimberlyUs)

Visit the Hollywood Museum and immerse yourself in the glamour of the movies and the rich history of the film industry. Photos, posters, costumes and memorabilia from every film genre are on display.

Hollywood Museum in the Max Factor Makeup Factory

Not Just for Country Fans–Music City is for Everyone

Guitar player in open window, neon signs on Broadway St., Nashville, TN
Gabe Burdulis from Holy Lightening plays in front of window at Lucky Bastard on Broadway Street in Nashville, TN. (KimberlyUs)

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…

Frist Art Museum and the Davidson County Courthouse

Pendant lights and decorative ceilings
Pendant lights and decorative ceilings are always found in the lobbies of WPA moderne buildings. Nashville P.O. and Davidson Country CH (KimberlyUs)

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. …

In 1920, Tennessee Gave American Women the Vote

Banner from Suffrage Movement of the 1910s. Yellow is the color of the American suffragettes and Purple references the English movement. (KimberlyUs)

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…

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)

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. …

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…

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. …

Kimberly Us

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

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