Monday, December 21, 2015

Santa tells a story about the best gift ever


This Christmas story will warm your heart. Ho, ho, ho!


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More Christmas items.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Santa's elves are busy making toys


These dog and cat elves are having a good time while they work their tails off at the North Pole--making gifts for you and yours!


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More dogs and cats together.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Merry Christmas Jean-Claude Van Damme-style


You have to see this one to believe it. And perhaps you won't even believe what you see!


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Monday, December 14, 2015

Santa Claus is Coming to Town


Let's get happy! It's easy to do if you give a listen to "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" performed by The Jive Aces.


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More Christmas carols.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

"Jingle Bells" played by check-out scanners


The check out clerks at a German Edeka grocery store use their check-out scanners to play "Jingle Bells."


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More Christmas carols.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

the Smothers Brothers are back


What a treat to see the Smothers Brothers are back! Here they are doing a silly little skit about being a pilot.


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Monday, December 7, 2015

no frills section of the plane


After watching this hilarious skit featuring Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, and Carol Burnett, it does seem worth the $40 cost to bump up to First Class. Oh, if only planes were actually that sparsely populated!


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Friday, December 4, 2015

Janis sings "Piece of My Heart"


It's feel good Friday, so let's go back to the sixties and feel good with Janis Joplin as she performs in Germany.  I had the good fortune to see her live several times back then at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco and wasn't amazed--just enjoyed, and took it for granted.  At that time, we'd just dance around and smile.  It took time for us to glaze over later, as she became more famous.


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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

reindeer herd swims across arctic river


This amazing reindeer migration river crossing occurs in the arctic every year.


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Monday, November 30, 2015

diving dog


Though the music sounds Hawaiian, this jumping dog is actually in Malta.


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Friday, November 13, 2015

waterskiing squirrel


Twiggy is a waterskiing pro. Don't try this at home!


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Monday, November 9, 2015

marionette performs "Lucille"


This talented puppet rocks out to "Lucille." Now if only he also looked like Little Richard.


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Friday, November 6, 2015

if women catcalled men


If women were in charge of the catcalls, things would be a little different.


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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

giraffes diving into a pool


Someone in the special effects departments had some fun turning these giraffes into a diving team.


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Monday, November 2, 2015

the dog train


This farmer has built a train especially for abandoned rescue dogs.


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Friday, October 30, 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

owl chirps and moves to "The Monster Mash"


Orphan Oakley the Great Horned Owl practices his call and moves with a friendly stuffed owl pal singing "The Monster Mash."


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Watch some owls via live webcam.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

pirate cat


I want! The perfect Halloween costume for my kitty. Anyone know where I can get one?


More Halloween.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

the Righteous Brothers sing "Unchained Melody"


Here the Righteous Brothers sing "Unchained Melody" live in 1965.  Though I only see one of the boys (I think it is Bill Medley), it is quite a performance.  Believe it or not, I saw them live several times back then at a Los Angeles-area club called Cinnamon Cinder.  The song became even more popular when it was featured in the 1990 movie "Ghost."  


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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

whale watching in Iceland


Let's go whale watching in Akureyri, Iceland!

 
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Where to go in Iceland.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Elvis and Frank


Elvis appears with Frank Sinatra on Frank's show, just after Elvis returned from his military service in Germany in 1960.


More Elvis.

More singing.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

excited baby + cat


This baby is actually cuter than the cat!


More laughing babies.
Which one makes you laugh the most?

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item contributed by Jeff Feiffer

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

amazing house that is a home to cats


This house filled with catwalks and cat-friendly items is amazing! I'd so love to have even just one catwalk. Perhaps some of you who are handy can bring some of this to your own home.


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Monday, September 28, 2015

skilled contact juggler


Have you seen contact juggling before?


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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

dirt bike surfing


If you can look past the unpleasantness of this dirt bike messing with the peacefulness of Tahiti, this IS an amazing stunt performance. Robbie "Maddo" Maddison accomplished it by modifing his bike with special tires and surfing fins and a daredevil demeanor.


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Monday, September 21, 2015

U2 plays the NYC subway


But they do it incognito.  Would you have recognized them?


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Friday, September 18, 2015

baby bat gets groomed


Who knew a baby bat could be so cute?


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item contributed by Christine Russell Kemp

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

humans-as-castle competition


Every two years, participants gather in Tarragona, Spain, to see who can build the highest human castle.  It seems many fall but few get hurt.


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Monday, September 14, 2015

traveling toes photo gallery


I wonder if anyone hasn’t photographed their toes in a travel photo?  This photo collection puts the spotlight on the view from behind our toes, and in a few instances from behind toes covered by socks or shoes.

The toes here were photographed pool-side at the spectacular complex at the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii. 


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pool-side toes at Aqua Kauai Beach Resort in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii
image ©2015 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

Friday, September 11, 2015

castle hotels photo gallery


Do you long to spend the night in an authentic castle?  Check out these Dream Sleeps.  Believe it or not, they come in a broad price  range and include everything from a B&B to five-star luxury.

The castle hotel depicted here is Ashford Castle in Cong, Ireland. 


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exterior of Ashford Castle in Cong, Ireland
image © 2015 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

cats in commercials


You're going to enjoy these kitty commercials.


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More commercials.

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Friday, September 4, 2015

streetcar as house


Like historic houses?  How about this colorful 1920s streetcar tuned into a beach house, in Santa Cruz California?


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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

motorized picnic table


This guy has a great idea here, but he could make it even better.  Why not add a picnic to the table?  And I'm sure he hasn't seen this bicycle beer bar in Amsterdam or he would add some beer!


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Friday, August 28, 2015

carousels around the world photo gallery


I have a fondness for merry-go-rounds.  As I have traveled the world, I have seen and photographed many different styles.  I asked my fellow travel writers, photographers, and bloggers to share here a favorite picture they have snapped of a carousel

The carousel depicted here is the Wonder-Go Round at Children’s Fairyland in Oakland, California.  The fanciful mounts are characters from “Alice in Wonderland.”

the Wonder-Go Round carousel at Children’s Fairyland in Oakland, California


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image ©2015 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

scary job


Afraid of heights?  Might not want to apply for this job in Brazil.


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Monday, August 24, 2015

parachute landing in a cable car


Jumping out of a cable car has become too every day. Now, daredevils parachute INTO cables cars--moving cable cars--in the Alps!


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Friday, August 21, 2015

wine bottle opening machine


Every home needs one of these.  Except you could die of thirst waiting for it to finish its performance!


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More kinetic sculpture.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

take a peaceful swim with a turtle


Swim along with this turtle through the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.  The turtle's-eye-view lasts until he whacks the camera off his back and sails away alone.


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Monday, August 17, 2015

world's oldest living cat


Corduroy, who lives in Sisters, Oregon, is 26 years old and the official Guinness World Records oldest living cat.  He reminds me of my sweet Polly, a Maine Coon, who passed a few years ago.  This clip also introduces some other record-holding kitties.

 
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Friday, August 14, 2015

French magic show


This French magician duo performs some astounding tricks. The lady changes her outfits faster than I can put on a ring!


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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

the cat ate it


Here are some kitties that love to help with homework. My kitty helped us with our IRS forms by shredding them--they were the new ones we needed to send in. He also helped me with my blogging by jumping on my lap, missing, and instead bringing down the computer!


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Monday, August 10, 2015

wingsuit flight through a hole


This wingsuit flight looks like the guy is threading a needle.  It is truly amazing. 


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Friday, August 7, 2015

cats around the world photo gallery


Tomorrow is International Cat Day.  In its honor I am posting notice of this photo gallery of images taken of cats being cats all around the world.  

This kitty named Popsicle was hanging out in a kava bowl at the Coconut Grove resort on Taveuni Island in Fiji.  He looks like he might have finished off the dregs.  



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image © 2015 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

loos with a view photo gallery


Can you recall a restroom that had a view?  When I challenged myself with that question I came up blank except for a few memorable restrooms where the view was a scary hole in the ground and one that was in a clear plastic box of a room at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art--a Yoko Ono installation.  Interestingly, since my awareness was raised, just in the last few months I’ve come across three with a view.  I’ve also asked my fellow travel writers, photographers, and bloggers to share here  a favorite picture they have snapped of a loo with a view.  Several of them have come up with views of a Loo with a  View.  

ladies’ room at Thingvellir National Park in Iceland


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image ©2015 Carole Terwilliger Meyers


Monday, August 3, 2015

oldest trick in the world updated


Pulling the tablecloth out from out the table setting is a piece of cake.  But check out this version with a really long table and a motorcycle! 


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Friday, July 31, 2015

port-a-potty surprise


This will teach you never to wait too long before heading to the port-a-potty!


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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

fly zapper


This doesn't seem PC, but I think I want one. I know my dad, were he living, would LOVE it!


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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

how to make a clarinet from a carrot


This creative Australian teaches you how to turn a carrot into a clarinet. But do be careful with that drill!


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Monday, July 20, 2015

optical illusion


This cool optical illusion is created with warm candles.

 
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Friday, July 17, 2015

goats in Berkeley?


You've heard about cows in Berkeley, but have you heard about goats in Berkeley?  Actually, these goats are used to nibble grass in the Berkeley hills in California and they are being transferred to another area.


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Way more thing to do in Berkeley

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

singing ventriloquist


Julius perform “Ain’t No Sunshine” with the assistance of ventriloquist Terry Fator. 


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Monday, July 13, 2015

funny commercial


This lady doesn't realize she has a built-in handyman--everyone's dream!  Be NICE to him!


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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

funny ventriloquist


Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin performs a funny routine.  


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Monday, July 6, 2015

heli mountain biking


A helicopter gives this mountain bike-rider a lift to the top.


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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

pet bird takes bath in owner's hands


This is amazing! This sweet little finch can't wait to jump into its owner's hands for drink and bath!


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Monday, June 22, 2015

Friday, June 19, 2015

listen to lovely music on this 27-string guitar


Musician Keith Medley performs “Ancestors” on his unique 27-string guitar.  He made it himself.


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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015

fly with the Blue Angels


I actually once had the opportunity to fly in a Blue Angels plane during practice in San Francisco. But I was young and foolish and scared and so declined. This video helps make up for that.


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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

snowmobile river ride


On a cold day in Iceland, this guy takes his snowmobile off the land and right into a river.  


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Monday, June 8, 2015

how many capybaras can fit in a hot tub?


These cute capybaras are enjoying a soak in a hot tub at the Saitama Children’s Zoo in Japan.


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Friday, June 5, 2015

cotton candy in China


Where was this guy when I was in China a few weeks ago? I WANT! I wonder how much this beautiful bouquet of cotton candy costs. Anyone know?

 
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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

talking dog


This fluffy white pooch can talk and sing!


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item contributed by Irene Lloyd

Monday, June 1, 2015

shrine to shopping in China


Dubai--watch and weep.  Let's go shopping in the world's biggest building.  329 football fields can fit inside!


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Friday, May 29, 2015

best dog trick ever


OMG!  I wonder if I can teach my cat to do this.  Looks like this one was too late for Letterman.


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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

base jumpers launch from Princess Tower in Dubai


These base jumpers launch from the top of the Princess Tower at the Dubai Marina.  Watching them turns my stomach.  Be strong.


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Friday, May 22, 2015

friendly sea lion boards fishing boat


This friendly sea lion is welcomed aboard a fishing boat in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.


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Monday, May 18, 2015

a walk across China


This guy spent a year walking across China and growing a beard.  He documents it almost daily in this entertaining video.


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Friday, May 15, 2015

Chinese female soldiers strut their stuff


These Chinese female soldiers know how to march in a precise formation.


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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

walking the cat


When this cat gets put in a harness for a walk, he rolls over and plays dead.  Hilarious, but hmmmm.  I've been thinking about taking my kitty for a walk but now am having second thoughts.

 
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Monday, May 11, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015

honey-gathering made easy


This is amazing! But I am skeptical enough not to want to rush to send my money off. Has anyone out there joined in and given this a try?


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Friday, May 1, 2015

skydiving from a helicopter


These skydivers make it look like a piece of cake to jump from a helicopter over Pensacola, Florida and land on Navarre Beach.


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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

celebrity yodelers Brad Pitt and Jimmy Fallon


Two yodels--Brad Pitt and Jimmy Fallon--do some yodeling from the rooftops of NYC.


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Monday, April 27, 2015

how to remove hard-water stains from a toilet


How I wish I'd known this back when I visited my Grandpa's farm.


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Friday, April 17, 2015

this patient woman balances sticks and a feather


Are you patient enough to watch this all the way through?  Take a zen break, and do watch it until the end.


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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

recipe: SuperSimple Pecan Drop Cookies with Lemon Frosting


This SuperSimple Recipe for Pecan Drop Cookies with Lemon Frosting is a personal favorite.  I like to keep extras in the freezer.


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image ©2015 Carole Terwilliger Meyers   

Monday, April 13, 2015

magic mop


Watch closely.


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item contributed by Jeff Feiffer


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Friday, April 10, 2015

solo bus-riding dog


This dog regularly rides the bus solo to the dog park in Seattle.


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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ice skating cars in Russia


In this Russian car commercial, two cars "ice skate" with two human ice skaters.  The white car has studded tires but the black car doesn’t.


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More commercials.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015

kittens play with an Easter egg


I'm going to go throw an egg at my cat right now!


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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

laugh along with this April fool


Hmmmm, who is most embarassed here?


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item contributed by Helen Goldberg

Monday, March 30, 2015

prom dresses repurposed for Barbie


prom dresses repurposed into dresses for Barbie
image ©2015 Carole Terwilliger Meyers 

Like many women, I kept my prom dresses along with my wedding dress.  When I realized I'd never wear them again, I let my daughter and friends play dress-up with the prom dresses until they were in tatters.  But even then I still wasn't ready to let them go.  There was enough good fabric left to make doll dresses to fit my daughter's leftover Barbies--thus repurposing two items with one idea.  The sentimental seamstress was able to keep the stitches my mom had made when she created the dresses for me.  I had wanted the Elvis doll as their date but at the time could only find a Ken in a tuxedo, who gets lost in the fabric.  And I see blonde Barbie has lost her glass slippers!

Here is another take on repurposing an old prom dress.

video contributed by Barbara Carlson


What did you do with yours?  Please comment!

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Friday, March 27, 2015

cat finds purrfect way to warm up on a snowy day


This cat warms up by a heater and isn't going to share!


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

5 unusual hotels


Now that spring is sprung, it is time to do some serious daydreaming.  Which hotel do you want to stay at most?


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Monday, March 23, 2015

skateboarding cat


This is one cool cat, especially when he runs into three dogs.


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item contributed by Jeff Feiffer

Friday, March 20, 2015

Gene Kelly tap dancing in roller skates


Here's singer/dancer Gene Kelly singing "I Like Myself" in the 1955 movie "It's Always Fair Weather"--while tap dancing on roller skates!  It is a charming step back in time to when men wore hats and women wore gloves. 


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item contributed by Linda Randolph

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

speech to groom from father of the bride



Speaking as someone who becomes tongue-tied when asked to give a wedding toast, I am amazed at the ability of this father to remember and tell his story so beautifully.  I teared, will you?


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Monday, March 16, 2015

how to pour a proper Guinness


It's time to celebrate all things Irish, green, or related to St. Patrick. What better way to start the proceedings than to down a properly-poured Guinness?


Recipe for a Guinness Chocolate Cake. 

Recipe for Irish Brown Soda Bread that goes well with a Guinness. 

More St. Patrick's Day items. 

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video ©2014 Carole Terwilliger Meyers


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

owls are a hoot


Get your owl-watching fix here.  These fluffy guys are quite curious.


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Monday, March 9, 2015

these German shepherds love soda water


Here's something silly you'll probably only find in jolly old England. These German shepherds all LOVE soda water and will stand up at the bar and wait for it in their local pub.


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