Exploring California’s Gold Country

As much as I love Southern California I’m eager to explore as much of the state as I possibly can. This past Fall my family and I decided to tackle its Eastern portion and explored both sides of the Sierras. One of the areas we were most eager to visit was Gold Country and, let […]

Visiting The Oakridge Estate – Barbara Stanwyck’s Former Home

As a classic film lover I’m very lucky to live in Southern California where Hollywood history seemingly lurks on every corner. From movie palaces to filming locations to star hangouts to their former residences the area has it all. In fact, I love visiting the former homes of Golden Ages stars and luckily there are […]

Christmas at Union Station

Tomorrow is Christmas and I’m ready for it. The presents are wrapped, the tree is trimmed and I’m filled with holiday spirit. At the beginning of the season I strove to embrace it and, with the help of my family and friends, I succeeded. Together we attended celebrations celebrations, had festive decorations and decorations and […]

Visiting From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience at Universal Studios

Somethings I’ve loved as a kid I’ve long moved on from (Micro Machines and English Toast Pizza I hardly knew ya) but somethings I love to this day. Like animated films. Ever since my first viewing of Snow White as a toddler I’ve enjoyed them. Whether hand drawn, computer generated or stop motion I find […]

Enjoying a Holiday Meal at North Woods Inn

It’s no secret I love a landmark restaurant. If it’s existed over 50 years, looks like a time capsule and serves food rarely served anymore I’m there. Miceli’s, Tam O’Shanter, The Apple Pan, Dupar’s….I love ’em all. Once of the establishments long on my list to visit was North Woods Inn. With its signature log […]

Viewing Diamonds: Rare Brilliance at Natural History Museum LA

When I was young one of my favorite stores to visit was Natural Wonders. No longer in business, it was a store that had a huge selection of gems and minerals and I loved looking at all their unique sizes and shapes. To this day I still love looking at them and one of the […]

Spotlight on Bells Are Ringing

On March 29, 1951 the 23rd Annual Academy Awards were held and there was stiff competition in the Best Actress category between two grand dames of Hollywood. Would Bette Davis take it for All About Eve or would Gloria Swanson grab it for Sunset Blvd.? Imagine the audience’s surprise when a little known actress named […]

A Vintage Christmas at the Banning and Homestead Museums

It’s no secret I love a good historic home and when that home is all decked out for Christmas it’s extra special. Two of my favorite local museums are The Banning Museum in Wilmington and the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum in the City of Industry and both recently held Christmas fairs. Of course, […]

Imbibing in Christmas Spirit at Miracle on Santa Fe

When I watch a classic Christmas flick I love seeing the the cozy watering holes the characters visit. Whether it’s the dining car in White Christmas or Restaurant Felix in Christmas in Connecticut or good old Martini’s in It’s a Wonderful Life I wish I could step inside and have a nice hot toddy. Well, […]

Enjoying the Unauthorized Musical Parody of Home Alone

It was the winter of 1990 and I was a bored preteen in Northern Indiana. One evening my mom took me to the twin cinemas at the mall and I settled down with my popcorn and red vines to watch a new release – Home Alone. I didn’t know anybody in it but it looked […]