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#4M Relaxing Piano Mewsic + @AprilA2Z 2017 Theme

 

Good morning, kittens and dawgs!  Before I launched into my mewsic choices today, I want to share next month’s A-Z theme – Art Sketching through the Alphabet .

After I started college and then moved from career life to motherhood my artist ability (what little I had) sorta vanished.  I did some doodling while the kids were small but my mind was not devoted to it and I couldn’t nurture these interests.  So, it fell by the wayside until last year and that’s when I had an awakening to rekindle the glimmer buried within and it stunned me to see there is still hope!  I am challenging myself to sketch anything that captures my eye using the daily alphabet prompt.  I’m not sure how well this will translate but perhaps if nothing else it will encourage others to massage a dormant talent to life.  I hope you’ll decide to join me each day as I share a bit of me with you A-Z!

Now, I invite you to hit the dance floor with the “Monday’s Music Moves Me” gals – Marie, Stacy, Colette, and myself.  This week’s theme is “freebie picks – your choice”  😉



I enjoyed the above selection of Kern’s that I decided to share with you this YouTube playlist to chillax with this morning.

 

 

What mewsic moves you today? 😉

 

I have scheduled posts set for the rest of the week for your enjoyment and my convenience but something came up last Tuesday that shocked my world. I can’t talk about it because I don’t like airing publically things that are sensitive and I find myself struggling to stay on top of this storm-tossed sea but all I can do is ask for your prays for DS.

I’ll do my best to make my rounds and I hope to see you back for Tuesday Tunesation!!

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All Things Vintage: Ziegfeld Follies and Girls #AprilA2Z

Good-morning, kittens and dawgs! This month zinged by, didn’t it? Your zeal in returning day after day puts a zip in my step and a smile in my heart. In my last chapter of All Things Vintage is about Ziegfeld Follies.

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Florenz Ziegfeld (1867-1932) was an American Broadway producer and known best for his theatrical series, Ziegfeld Follies (1907-1931). These were spectacular productions featuring beautify girl with elaborate costumes and stage settings.

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Ziegfeld Follies weren’t contain to the theater. His productions crossed into the movie industry starring many old stars such as like Lucille Ball and Fred Astaire. YouTube has a variety of film clips on Ziegfeld Follies, if you’d like to check them out.

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Ziegfeld Follies Girls made the show special, while looking for images, I found several from Look Magazine March 1, 1938 from What Became of the Ziegfeld Girls? The History Ziegfeld Group has these photos on their site, here. It was amusing to read what became of the Ziegfeld Girls.

Ziegfeld glorified the American girl, which I love. Here’s a fantastic video of some of the Ziegfeld Girls.

 

I found a delightful story in the New York Times, Former Ziegfeld Girl Recalls the Glory Days, which was an interesting read.

It was a joy to find blogs and bloggers who find the Ziegfeld days appealing, as I did while researching the topic. Bette’s Classic Movie Blog writes, The Ziegfeld Follies and Their Perfection, and Retro Cinema by Wet Circuit writes two post of the topic, The Great Ziegfeld  and Ziegfeld Girls  (both about movies).

Applauds and special thanks to the incredible A2Z Team for hosting all the April fun!

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
Heather M. Gardner
Jeremy @ Hollywood Nuts
AJ Lauer
Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian
Damyanti Biswas @ Daily Write
Zalka Csenge Virág @ The Multicolored Diary
Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot
John Holton @The Sound of One Hand Typing

This wraps up this month and year for biggest challenge in Blogosphere. I invite you to hop with me for one last look to see what these amazing A2Zers are sharing. Don’t forget, if you like music then come back Monday for Mewsic Moves Me. Have a good weekend and thanks for hanging with me in April!

All Things Vintage: Yo-Yo #AprilA2Z

Yoyo, kittens and dawgs! Many of us have come to think of yoyo as a way of saying hello, but in All Things Vintage, I’m sharing a favorite childhood toy of many, the Yo-Yo.

boyplayingyoyoWhen I was a kid, I played with a yo-yo. I can’t remember if it belonged to me or a sibling or a friend, but I do recall that it was a wooden yo-yo. I always thought this was a toy from the 40s and 50s, but I found out that the yo-yo dates back to 500BC. Are you shocked with this discovery? I was!

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This is 1791 illustration of a woman playing with a bandalore. These were used to relieve stress like the modern day stress ball.

The modern yo-yo we know today is a design of Pedro Flores, a Filipino immigrant to the United States. In 1928, he opened Yo-yo manufacturing company in Santa Barbara, California. About a year later, an entrepreneur recognized the potential in Flores product and bought everything. The new owner, Donald F. Duncan. It was 1932 when Yo-Yo became a registered trademark and that same year a gent from London England by the name of Harvey Lowe won the first World Yo-Yo Contest.

 

 

 

 

Tricks performed with a yoyo always fascinated me; here’s some old footage of Yo-Yo tricks.

 

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Here’s an old commercial promoting Duncan Yo-Yos inside Post cereals. Do you remember getting a prize in your cereal box?

Did you play with a Yo-Yo? Could you do neat tricks? Were you good enough to enter a contest?

Applauds and special thanks to the incredible A2Z Team for hosting all the April fun!

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
Heather M. Gardner
Jeremy @ Hollywood Nuts
AJ Lauer
Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian
Damyanti Biswas @ Daily Write
Zalka Csenge Virág @ The Multicolored Diary
Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot
John Holton @The Sound of One Hand Typing

Now, I invite you to hop with me in checking out some of the amazing A2Zers playing along this year and I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for the last installment of All Things Vintage.

All Things Vintage: X-Ray Discovery #AprilA2Z

Good-morning, kittens and dawgs! The end of the #AprilA2Z challenge is drawing near. Thank you for coming back for my newest installment of All Things Vintage!

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The first X-ray is a 19th century invention by a German scientist in 1895. Prior to this discovery, diagnosing broken bones or tumors was pretty much guess-work on the physician’s part. A Professor at Wuerzberg University in Germany by the name of Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen observed while working with a cathode-ray tube a fluorescent glow of crystals on a table near the tube, which consisted of a glass bulb with enclosed positive and negative electrodes and no air, but when high voltage was used the tube emitted a fluorescent glow. He protected the tube with heavy black paper and found a green colored fluorescent light triggered due to an unspecified (the article didn’t say) material within a few feet from the tube. Later the same year, Roentgen took the first x-ray image of his wife’s hand.

The disk on Roentgen's wife's hand is her wedding ring. This Professor's discovery of X-ray technology earned him the first Nobel Prize in Physics.

The disk on Roentgen’s wife’s hand is her wedding ring. This Professor’s discovery of X-ray technology earned him the first Nobel Prize in Physics.

You may want to check out Craziest X-ray: How did that get in there?! for some very interesting x-ray images. I will heed a word of warning to the weak of heart, while these pictures aren’t graphic (full living color), they are a bit disturbing and may wig you out a bit. It did me!

When was the last time you had a x-ray and what was the purpose of it?

Applauds and special thanks to the incredible A2Z Team for hosting all the April fun!

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
Heather M. Gardner
Jeremy @ Hollywood Nuts
AJ Lauer
Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian
Damyanti Biswas @ Daily Write
Zalka Csenge Virág @ The Multicolored Diary
Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot
John Holton @The Sound of One Hand Typing

Now, I invite you to hop with me in checking out some of the amazing A2Zers playing along this year and I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for more All Things Vintage!

All Things Vintage: War Bonds #AprilA2Z

Welcome, kittens and dawgs to another chapter in All Thing Vintage!

Today’s alphabet letter prompt “W” is for War Bonds. What are War Bonds? War Bonds were popular during the WWI and WWII. The way I understand War Bonds is basically the government is borrowing the money from the citizens to finance the war. Let’s say, Willie Wigglepants buys a $25 war bond for $18. In 10 years the bond reaches its maturity at which time its face value earns Mr. Wigglepants a small return on the money Uncle Sam borrowed. This means to raise funds to support wars made many uncomfortable to invest in a new uncertain market and others saw it as a means of coercion to be patriotic.

I thought it would be fun nonetheless to look at the old patriotic propaganda used to sell War Bonds.

 

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The Canadians called their war bonds, Victory Bonds.

 

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People who love their country, like I do, are patriotic and proud. They want to serve the best they can by joining a branch of the military or national guard or other volunteer posts, but misuse of government influence over its people is rarely tolerated and often results in a backlash as saw during WWII with disappointing sells of the war bond.

Applauds and special thanks to the incredible A2Z Team for hosting all the April fun!

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
Heather M. Gardner
Jeremy @ Hollywood Nuts
AJ Lauer
Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian
Damyanti Biswas @ Daily Write
Zalka Csenge Virág @ The Multicolored Diary
Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot
John Holton @The Sound of One Hand Typing

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Now, I invite you to hop with me in checking out some of the amazing A2Zers playing along this year and I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for another installment of All Things Vintage!