I Own a Chatty Cathy Doll

chattycathyShe’s older than me and was given to me by a cousin who passed away in a car accident as a teenager.  I am determined to learn how to restore her.  She has very little hair and cannot talk.


Here’s the original commercial-   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-sYQ8_2v_Q

I’ve always been fascinated by child-related antiques, because they tell a story of what life was like for our grandparents as children.


Patricia Neal


I love having mature women characters in my stories who are sexy and powerful.  This tendency was influenced throughout my life by strong women, both in fiction and real life.  I loved Patricia Neal in In Harm’s Way, co-starring with John Wayne.  Her voice, her eyes, she was a powerful, sexy, mature woman.  Amazing.  What a woman.  Kirk Douglas also co-starred in this one, another classic hottie.   Here’s a YouTube clip of her and John Wayne in the movie-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRhBOMyBsNg


Betty White at 94


2016 was just an awful year for losing Vintage Lives, but Betty White is still here!  She’ll be 94 years old next week.  I remember her best as Rose in the 1980’s tv show, The Golden Girls.  I loved that show about senior citizens, even though I was a young adult at the time.  This taught me an important lesson in life.

Friendship is Ageless.

Decades later, I have wonderful friends of all ages and I feel so blessed.

Betty White’s life teaches me that you just never stop doing what you love.  Ever.  Just keep going and going and going.

The Golden Girls will be on Hulu in February.  I can’t wait!   http://www.hulu.com/the-golden-girls


Debbie & Carrie

I think it’s easy for most people to forget that celebrities are human beings.  They live every day, eat, sleep, drink, make terrible personal choices, make wonderful decisions, fall in love, are blessed with beautiful babies, suffer illnesses, and die.


Carrie Fisher struggled with illness most of her life and I have no doubt her mother felt her every pain, as well as her own.  That’s how it is for mothers and we never grow out of it.


Love your mother, love your daughter, while you still have them with you in this world.  There is no escaping the heartbreak in this life, but the love and joy make it worth the ride.  Please send up a prayer for Carrie’s daughter, Billie.  She came from these two powerful women, but she lost them both almost at once.

Zsa Zsa Gabor


Before Paris Hilton, they say, there was Zsa Zsa Gabor, someone who was famous for being famous and rich and beautiful.  I was more familiar with her sister, Eva, because of her role in the t.v. show Green Acres, which I liked for the ‘fish out of water’ trope.  It was sort of a reverse Beverly Hillbillies.  Zsa Zsa passed away just yesterday at the age of 99, which is remarkable in itself.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zsa_Zsa_Gabor