Thursday, October 22, 2015

Sorry for lack of recent posts

Cat in Bed from 1915 -
Apparently, cat pictures have always been a thing
Been quite ill, busy, worn out, and frankly, lacking time and ideas for the blog lately.  I'm not even sure what you all would like me to talk about.  When I look at the statistics, people are viewing posts from 5 years ago - mostly about the Kiddie Koop, Favorite Foods of Famous Stars, and the advice and gossip from one of the first Hollywood diet gurus, Madame Sylvia from her book, Hollywood Undressed.  

Friday, June 12, 2015

DeMille's Debris

I have been obsessed with reading about the amazing Sphinx set piece that has been found and reassembled in a California desert.  The sphinx was rediscovered after being buried for decades.  It was rediscovered and is currently being reassembled with Elmer's Glue no less, and will be on display at the Guadalupe Dunes Center.  I am totally intrigued.  It's definitely another thing to add to my bucket list!  Who knew there was such an important Hollywood set hidden?  Who knows what else could be found out there?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Matinee Monday - Village of the Giants (1965)

Check out those giant . . um . . . teenagers
The other night TCM had a cheesefest-athon of  the films of Bert I Gordon.  He apparently was quite good at making cheesy films about mutating things that grow to become huge.  This addition to his film pantheon seems to be a mix between a 1960's surfer movie and a vehicle for the Ron Howard.  It's almost like the Howards had something against someone at the studio and they were like "Let's make a film starring Ron Howard so they stop blackmailing us - I don't care what it is, just throw in almost naked teens with slow motion gyrations segments, dancing, musical groups, Flubber, little Ronny Howard, Toni Basil with some choreography and strange orange wig, and for some reason Beau Bridges.  

Monday, March 2, 2015

Rare Disease Day Rules

Yesterday was Rare Disease Day.  As someone suffering a rare condition, Klippel-Feil Syndrome, I consider this a day to take the time to appreciate and thank those who suffer 24-7 and bless us with their gifts.  For those of you who don't know, Klippel-Feil  Syndrome basically means you were born with some of your neck bones fused.  It's like you missing vertebrae.  Only 1 in 40,000 have even a hint of it, and of coarse, mine is severe.  Instead of 7 neck bones - I have three.  When I was in school, kids would tease me that I look like a football player because it looks like I have just shoulders and a head - and asymmetrical shoulders so that adds to the fun.  Throw in severe scoliosis and I'm a barrel of fun.  Through the pain, I think the suffering has taught me to be a better person, ignore the waste in life, be more empathetic, etc.  
Guess Who
So ingrained in my personality, I don't know what kind of person I would be without it.  To me, it's so important that there are people like me around to help others try to learn empathy and to live without beauty perfection.  I won't go into my beliefs about science, DNA, and eugenics, but I've found that instead of scientists and doctors helping people have the best life they can, I'm consistently told "We know the gene so no one will suffer in the future."  While this is nice, I worry about being the last of my kind and that people don't believe those of us with rare disorders can make meaningful contributions to the world.  We can and do!  If nothing else, to those who love us.  So with that in mind, I thought I'd share some tips for appreciating those of us with rare diseases:

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Fashion Friday - Loving Lucy

For Fashion Friday, I thought I'd put up the remaining sketches for I Love Lucy I have saved.  


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