On this day in 1944, thousands of teenagers and young adults whose parents survived the Flu Pandemic of 1918 and who grew up during the Great Depression stormed the beaches of Normandy and saved the world.  They chose to be awesome despite crappy childhoods and poverty-stricken parents.  So, suck it up, Buttercup.  Get out there and choose to be awesome too.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normandy_landings

Vets say Saving Private Ryan is the most accurate portrayal of D-Day.  Check this out and then get the movie, if you haven’t already.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5p5j_K0CsY


A Vintage Life in England

My thoughts turn to England these days and, of course, I have a Vintage Heart.  If you want to have a Vintage Heart in England, I recommend these Historical Reality Shows set in World War II.  These are real people living like it used to be.  Wartime Farm features historical experts, but the others feature everyday Britons yearning for the past.


My favorite one is 1940’s House.  It focuses on one family, which lets you really get to know them and see greater details of everyday life with the constant threat of bombs, rationing, and the ol’ Anderson Shelter.  https://www.amazon.com/1940s-House-Geoffrey-Palmer/dp/B0000AYL47/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496666643&sr=8-1&keywords=1940s+house


The second is Coalhouse at War.  This one is set in Wales, so you get to meet a variety of dialects and such.  You also get to see how a *community* functions together, a school, a wartime factory full of women, and men down in a dark, dangerous coal mine.  https://www.amazon.com/Coal-House-at-War-anglais/dp/B002RAQM1C/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1496666764&sr=1-1&keywords=coal+house+at+war


Finally, there’s Wartime Farm.  Before the war, most of Britain’s food was imported.  So, they really had to come together and figure out how to feed their people.  They also took in refugees from the much more dangerous cities and kept watch for enemies.  They even flew messenger pigeons.  https://www.amazon.com/The-Complete-Wartime-Farm-DVD/dp/B00KS37I4K/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1496666683&sr=1-1&keywords=wartime+farm

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.