Monroe Memories

So why is Marilyn Monroe’s beauty so iconic?

Movie star magic

In retrospect, she seemed to be a product, as well as a person.

Colouring her hair light blonde, affecting baby talk now and then, along with her wiggle-walk, seemed to cement her reputation as a vixen, automatically discounting her innate intelligence, and setting herself up as a target for exploitation and envy.

Sadly, she was not able to find serenity in her life, although she seemed to seek it by drinking booze, smoking cigarettes, and swallowing barbiturates.

(Judy Garland also passed away from overdosing on barbiturates.)

Marilyn left a lot behind when she died at the young-ish age of 36 in 1962.

Mostly captured on film, her lovely face and figure, along with her sweet voice, is forever available and easily accessible for all to enjoy.

What are some of your favorite films with Marilyn Monroe?

I really liked her in “Bus Stop,” and “Niagara.”

I’m sorry that she had to endure all kinds of emotional and mental issues, along with addiction problems.

When you consider it, addictions and drug abuse seem to be a sad fate of many rich and famous stars.

Many of them die young, or else prematurely.

Readers are leaders

In the end, what people see when they look at Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean Baker) depends on how you perceive her in the light of hindsight and our modern-day mindset.

Was Marilyn just a tragic beauty? Or was she just an enviable person out of touch with life’s realities?

Or was she like you and me, someone looking to live life, make friends and be happy.

Chances are, not being famous may be better than all the pressures of dealing with the public, and the share of criticisms, sufferings and insecurities that are often brought on by other people’s demands and expectations!

We will never know what really happened to Marilyn, since conspiracies abound surrounding her death, but in life she certainly made a splash!

On the Tube: Oxford, Morse, and Lewis

Lewis and Morse

I have to say that the late John Thaw has always been a favourite actor of mine.

His Inspector Morse series was always interesting to me.

The spin off on PBS regarding Inspector Lewis is also a lot of fun!

Oxford situated in the City of Dreaming Spires holds a special place in my heart!

Oxford University has 39 colleges

I do love England and what is more English than Oxford University?

So many wonderful writers came out of there, including C.S. Lewis and Tolkien!

It’s also a great research University as well.

You get a lot of Oxford in your eyeballs when you watch Inspector Morse and inspector Lewis.

If you love opera, Inspector Morse is right up your alley!

Morse loves Grand Opera

Apparently, the interest in Inspector Morse has not died, what with the new seasons and episodes of “Endeavour.”

Shaun Evans and Roger Allam

I like watching Endeavour too!

Mark Twain got an honorary degree from Oxford University and he was always wearing his robes even to his daughter’s wedding!

Yes! There are many fine universities you can go to throughout the world, but everybody has heard of Oxford University!

Saturday Small Town Talk: Bavarian Blast in New Ulm, MN

Alpensterne Band from Minnesota

I decided each Saturday I would review things I partook of in this city, or things that my city has to offer.

I live in the city of New Ulm, Minnesota.

This weekend we are having our big German celebration called Bavarian Blast!

Lots of German bands show up to perform their fine music!

People dance a lot to the oompah music.

Alpensterne

https://www.jodler.biz/

Dan Witucki, and his dual Alphorns

https://www.reverbnation.com/danwiituckiandmeinheimatlandmusikanten

Leon Olsen Show

https://m.facebook.com/pages/category/Musician-band/The-Leon-Olsen-Show-436876409808552/

Larry Olsen Band

https://www.larryolsenband.com/contact

Brian Brueggan & the Mississippi Dutchmen

https://m.facebook.com/590653344317744/

Marv Nissel Band

https://m.facebook.com/590653344317744/

Last night I went to see a band called Free Falling, a Tom Petty Tribute band.

https://www.freefallin.us/

Awesome Tom Petty Cover Band

We also saw some of the show, Shirts and Skins.

Shirts & Skins

https://www.shirtsandskinsband.com/

All these bands have appeared at one time or another at our Bavarian Blast.

https://www.bavarianblast.com/

Anyway I’m headed back there tonight to see the Stein Holding contest.

Anyway here I am introducing Leon Olsen

Schunkelfest 2022

Hubby wearing his free T-shirt!

This morning we met around the Glockenspiel for the 8th Annual Schunkelfest!

It was the most well-attended one we had so far, with over 100 people in attendance.

This is the weekend of our Bavarian Blast.

https://www.bavarianblast.com/

Each Friday morning from 7 AM until 8 AM during the weekend of Bavarian Blast we shunkel.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schunkeln

Free t-shirts, free food & drink, live oompah music and group dancing 🎶

It’s a fun time for the whole community!

Even the New Ulm Narren showed up to join in the fun!

The Narren were there too!

http://www.narrenofnewulm.com/

Memoir Writing Group

I can’t believe I survived college!

I am writing a little memoir of my college years.

Here is the Oxford dictionary definition of the word, “memoir.”

https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/us/definition/english/memoir

Or Monday I am going to the public library to attend a public memoir writing group.

I enjoy writing.

I really enjoyed college.

Too much!

I worked at the campus radio station for 15 years as a broadcaster as well.

And yes, like Albert Einstein I am a polymath too.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polymath

Unlike Einstein I did not discover the Theory of Relativity.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_relativity

My only phenomena was surviving two car accidents in two months that totaled both cars!

When I graduated I had over 500 credits from my University spanning 14 years.

I took a double major in Music and in English, along with a number of other credits in subjects ranging from anatomy, science fiction, film studies, to sailing, theater arts, chemistry, horsemanship and many, many more classes.

I took morning, noon and night classes.

I attended classes Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer.

My thirst for knowledge was driven by the fact I dropped out of high school at age 15.

I was a non-traditional student who began college at age 29. When I graduated I was in my forties!

I felt I needed to catch up intellectually.

I liked being a perpetual student.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perpetual_student

I will let you know how the memoir writing group goes next week. ✍

Thursday Book Review: Lose the Clutter, Lose the weight

Peter Walsh know his stuff!

Ok. So I am a pack-rat.

Where do I find the wisdom to change?

Peter Walsh!

I’ve admired his no-nonsense reasoning since the first time I saw him on TV.

But his book, “Lose the Clutter, Lose the weight,” is a good remedy for many who have too much

Here is a gem for you to consider.

Clutter comes from:

1. Bringing too much stuff into your home. 🏡 (Aquisiton)

2. Not getting rid of enough of it. (Difficulty discarding it.)

3. Allowing clutter to spread throughout your home to where it doesn’t belong. (Clutter’s core.)

So if you have ADHD like me, or just generalized anxiety disorder about your pig-sty, this book is a gem!

Of course you won’t get it all done  in 6 weeks.

But, the first step is understanding  what clutter is.

The first way to get started is to get educated, not overwhelmed.

Peace and love on Ringo’s birthday.

82 today. Glad he kicked the smokes and he’s a vegetarian too!

We can all do our best to make changes for a better life!

Farmer’s Market Song

Gigantic radishes

I love Farmer’s markets.

I even wrote a lovely original short song about it.  🎶

https://youtu.be/hc-ZjGYhX14

Home-grown tomatoes fresh off the farm
Lovely green onions

So, not only can you buy fresh produce at the farmer’s market, but fresh baked goods and jars of tasty delicious delights!

Yes! Farmer’s markets may be trendy, but they are growing in popularity!

Join the trend and treat yourself at your local Farmers market!

P.S. If nothing is ready, well you just have to watch and wait!😀

Freaque’s Guitarist’s Unique Techniques

Last night hubby & I went out for some live music.🎶

The group “Freaque” was made up of one singer & 3 musicians that accompanied on a variety of instruments.

It was all original music mainly composed and song by the lead singer Gabriel Roderick.

I was very much impressed with the unique guitar technique with the metal rod on the strings.

The Freaque band plays around Minneapolis

The lead singer calls his brand of song-writing dirt-folk.

https://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2019/08/29/dirt-folk-hero-freaque-shines-a-light-on-darkness

Fun with me & Jim also a music group 🎶

Singing with Hubby on stage last night

Last night our outdoor concert was moved indoors because of an excessive heat warning.

Temperatures were in the high 90’s. It was 97 degrees Fahrenheit (36.11 degrees Celsius) at 7pm, the time when we were supposed to be outside at the park to perform.

Happily, we got to perform indoors, on stage, at the local community center.

Loading up all the equipment was not too bad.

Teamwork and a dolly

I didn’t know if I wanted to dress up or style my hair.

So I just did the easy thing and pulled back my hair.

Ready to sing!

When we got to the venue, the Park and Rec director was there to open doors, turn on the lights and assist us.

She called Maddie O’Connor, a high school senior and fit athlete, to help lift and carry in our heavy speakers and other heavy equipment.

Maddie is a great lifter. She lifts weights, plays hockey, softball and basketball.

The performance venue was changed from German Park to the community center. People began to trickle in.

We eventually had a good-sized audience in spite of the heat outside!

I was a little distracted by all the people coming in at the beginning of show so I kind of got off track during our first number.

Here is a recording of our show last night.

https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/y5JeC

Lots of nostalgic songs, but very fun to perform!

Hubby sent me this to make me laugh 😍

On the Tube: College Capers

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_to_Be_Very,_Very_Popular

I recorded an on-demand silly yet fabulous film on YouTube TV starring Betty Grable.

When the movie works, it’s great.

This movie is involved with a hypnotized vulnerable exotic dancer and her friend who wind up in a fraternity, while they run away from a bald killer.

It is really funny in places, and the dance segments are phenomenal.

You have a college man, who ends up staying in college for 17 years.

I don’t want to do all the work for you, but if you like comedy mixed with hijinx you will totally like this film

The nice thing is that it is NOT a musical with dreaming and singing with invisible orchestras, so it seems cooler than that.

I hope you give it a glance if you want to laugh at people getting bonked on the head with a detached mannequin’s arm.