Clothes Porn

I’ve always been a clothes horse….

One of the hardest things about getting older and gaining weight has been not looking good in clothes……

Now I focus on shoes….

You can’t look bad in good shoes…

But thank god for good clothes porn…

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Remembering Harry Chapin

I’ll get back to politics eventually….

I can’t resist it, but I am enjoying a vacation…

I have Sirus/XM radio in my car and it’s really been reminding me of artists I had forgotten.

Harry Chapin is one of them.

A great poet, singer-song writer of the 1970’s-80’s.

Another one gone too soon.

I love the poetry and stories of his song.

They are so much a part of my generation….

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Happy Birthday, Mike Douglas

I always loved the Mike Douglas show.  It was full of celebrities on their best behavior being charming and superficial….

There is a lot to be said for superficial if you compare Mike Douglas to his arguable follower Jerry Springer.

And his guest list was so eclectic….

This clip is a brief interview with one of may favorite stars, Natalie Wood, and with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez, Jr.

There was a lot of back story going on, but no one mentioned it…

They left that for the tabloids that one never mentioned…

Mike Douglas would have been 90 years old today….

I do miss him and the kind of stars who graced is stage….

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To Sir, With Love

Remember when they made movies about heroic teachers and how they positively met challenges and made a difference in their students’ lives?

Before they were paid poverty wages that they had to reinvest in classroom supplies….

Before they were demonized by radical Republicans and the Tea Party….

Back when they were respected professionals whose contribution to society was valued….

And they were actually paid a living wage and appreciated…..

And education was valued….

I do remember….

And I’m sure Lulu does too….

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Remembering Julie London

I really discovered Julie London when I was in my ’30’s….

I, like most of my generation, really only knew her as Nurse Dixie McCall on “Emergency.”  This was a TV show that was popular when I was a child.

I remember watching it with my Father in the den and him saying:  “No one remembers this, but Julie London was a helluva singer.  Everyone just thinks of her of now for this TV show.  But, that dame could sing.”

He was right.  She and her husband, Bobby Troupe, who was also on “Emergency”, where major jazz musicians.

Years later, I bought a Julie London CD on a whim in a discount bin and was blown away.  She truly owns “Cry Me a River.”  This was back when we were all switching from albums to CD’s and this was one of my maybe two dozen CD’s.  So, I played it a lot….

I heard her singing today in my car, on my satellite radio station that mainly plays Sinatra.  And I was blown away again…

I wish more people remembered Julie London, the singer….

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Dancing In the Streets

This is the other song I can’t get out of my head….

It’s like a bridge song between two phases in my life….

At college, at Washington and Lee, we would dance to Martha and the Vandella’s singing this song…

Then Bowie and Mick did it in the early 80’s when we were moving out to the “real world.”

It was the MTV era and this played constantly….

And no one, but Bowie, could pull off a faux camo, pseudo paisley jumpsuit….

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Allentown

One of my colleagues at work today asked me to cover for her in September while she went to a wedding.

I said, sure, but asked her where she was going…

She said home to Allentown, Pennsylvania….

I haven’t been able to get this song out of my head ever since…

I’ve loved Billy Joel since “Piano Man”, one of the great songs of my generation.  Right up there with Carly Simon’s “That’s the Way I Always Heard It Should Be” as an anthem for my generation.  And our parent’s generation….

Most people love the “Stranger Album” and I do, too.  But my favorite will always be “Turnstiles”.  Wonderful album.  Less commercial, but….”James”….”Say Good Bye To Hollywood”….”I’ve Loved These Days”…and a true classic: “New York State of Mind….

But “Allentown” is still so timely….

I love Billy Joel and always will…

Even if he aged worse than I did….

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