Vintage Jello: The Space Age Treat!

Summer is nearly over and soon the holiday season will be upon us.  It’s not too early to begin planning all of the luscious menus you’ll prepare for celebrations with family and friends.   You might be tempted to fall back on perennial favorites like steak and potatoes, broiled asparagus and corn custard.  Yes, those …

What’s in This Locked Desk?

Take a moment, close your eyes, and step into the Way Back Machine. You’re watching Mr. Rogers on TV (yes, that Mr. Rogers, of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood fame). After a brief introduction, he stands up and takes a short stroll from his living room set into his kitchen set, all the while talking and smiling at the camera. …

From Mickey Mouse to Moonstone (Turning on a Dime)

Life is nothing if not unpredictable. As I type this, a Disney World Magic Band is sitting next to my laptop, along with a lanyard heavy with trading pins and an unused luggage tag. It’s September 11th, the day after Hurricane Irma made her way up Florida’s Gulf Coast from the Keys to south Georgia, …

Here Comes the Sun…Flower, That Is

Those who know me well have heard all about my dream of running a sunflower farm as an agri-tourism business for years.  This is a dream that will never be realized.  For one thing, I have no idea how to farm.  I can barely keep the flowers in the pots along my patio alive.  Second, …

Better than Dusting: It’s Story Hour at Circa19xx

I am a person of great complexity and contrast.  Take cleaning, for instance.  I absolutely hate doing it.  I’m busy all the time, so when I have a spare hour or two the last thing in the world I want to fill it up with is cleaning.  At the same time, I can’t stand a dirty house. …