Saturday, December 16, 2017
Friendships made in youth were based upon what "could be," "dreams," "whims," "opportunities," and figuring out the world together. Sometimes, we wanted to grow up too fast, dreaming of cars and careers and living on our own, and other times we were happy with age-appropriate milestones like adolescence, periods, and first kiss.
This is the season to rediscover that -
Friday, December 15, 2017
Humans have an amazing desire to stay alive. We overcome living in the most extreme conditions. No more extreme condition is worse than being stranded in the snow. Here are a few cases from the past that make us wonder what we would do in such a situation....
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Rosalia Lombardo, born in 1918 in Palermo, Italy only made it to the age of two, died of pneumonia in an era without antibiotics and tragic losses such as this were common. Her father, in his immense grief, approached an embalmer for help in preserving his little girl forever. The embalmer used methods that were unknown, but the results were so stunning that, to this day, her body is just magically alive looking. Hers was one of the last bodies added to the Capuchin Catacombs.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Lawn gnomes are cheerful and yet...creepy. They are garden dwarfs whose origin was in 19th Century Germany. Even though they are best known as happy little garden statues that are protectors of our prize begonias and daisies, they are also considered the object of pranking or "gnoming" someone.
Monday, December 11, 2017
Some neighborhoods know how to take Christmas and make a magical wonderland for families to feel the traditions and children to stare and point in wonder. The 2600 block of Upland Drive in Chandler, AZ knows just how to do that in the biggest and best way possible!
You thought horror season was over with Halloween? Oh no! If the visiting relatives descending upon you in tight quarters isn't enough, there are some excellent icy, snowy horror movies and Christmas-themed ones that give chills and thrills. Get your blanket and your hot cocoa with Kahlua and curl up!
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Friday, December 8, 2017
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Mt. Everest at 29,000 feet and other mountains in the Tibetan Plateau that tempt hikers to climb to their summits are also magnets for unexplained mysteries. The Himalayas are the tallest peaks in the world and growing a fraction of an inch each year. If para experiences occur rampantly in geologically active areas, then Tibet is surely one of the most spooky places in the world!
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Monday, December 4, 2017
Tonight on ABC a new season of The Great American Light Fight begins. Families compete to have the best holiday display ever!
Enjoy! (and wear your sunglasses)
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Tumbleweed Christmas Tree, Chandler, AZ
I've lived in the Southwestern US the majority of my life. You cry a little bit through summer and fall because it's, well, miserable weather. But, if you hold out, December opens up to be mild low 70s and 40s and 30s at night and you remember what is to love about this inhospitable place. Holidays here are different too. Some traditions are unusual and quirky which, for this geek, are just fine. Let me share some of the charm that is Southwestern Holiday Season.
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Steampunk is a style that borrows from the Victorian Era and revolution of the steam engine. It is in fashion, literature, art, lifestyles, and movies. Those who love that romantic time period and the gritty gadgetry and the rich fabrics, fancy clothing involved in turn-of-the-century, safari, and Egyptology will adore movies that exude that class. Here's a list of my favorites -
Friday, December 1, 2017
**This was co-authored with a great researcher and mind, James Carroll**