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Thirty-six years ago at just about this time, Father DiNardo said "I now pronounce you man and wife!" Wow -- 1980. The olden days! No PCs, no internet, no cell phones or tablets, nope! Just family, friends, good food, laughter, dancing, and champagne! We met in August, 1979. It was a whirlwind courtship! He said, "I love you" first, but I said it back right away. He proposed in December; I didn't even realize he... Read more →

Saturday 9: Papa Don't Preach

It's Saturday, it's Caturday, it's World Juggling Day -- time for the Saturday 9! If you're not familiar with today's song, you can hear it here. 1) Madonna has sold more than 200 million records worldwide. Do you have any of her songs on your iPod/mp3 player/phone? Not a one. I'm probably committing heresy here, but I've never been a big Madonna fan. 2) When she first arrived in New York in search of fame... Read more →

A Life in Pictures

Happy birthday to my Mom, who would have been 105 today! Here she is, from just after birth to just before death. I'll let the photos speak for themselves. 1911 - just a baby 1913ish - about 2 1922 - 11 years old Late 1920s or early 1930s 1933 - wedding portrait with Pop 1942 - with my older sister 1961 - my older sister's wedding 1960s - rockin' the platinum hair 1978 - 50th... Read more →

Saturday 9: Ode to Billie Joe

I remember when Ode to Billie Joe came out! I was 15 in 1967 -- in between Freshman and Sophomore year in high school. I didn't really like the song because it seemed very soap opera-y to me. I mean, of course it was a baby they threw off the bridge, right? Anyway, on to the Saturday 9! Ode to Billie Joe (1967) If you're not familiar with today's song, you can hear it here.... Read more →