Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Here’s Eight Green Things I Love!

What better way to appreciate a day of wearing green than to celebrate things that are green?
It was hard to narrow down the list, but here are eight green things that I find especially cool:

1) Portrait of Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s Monster, by Basil Gogos.
The Monster is my favorite of the “classic” monsters. I find the original movie so heartbreaking. Basil Gogos was an American illustrator best known for his portraits of movie monsters which appeared on the covers of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, and painted these characters in an amazing array of c Continue reading

Christmas 2017 Aftermath: The Christmas Fun Box!


Christmas is gone, and in years past, a crushing depression would befall me this time of year. Taking the tree down is almost too much for me to bear; I am a Christmas junkie, through and through, and I don’t like it one bit when my fix is over.
Luckily, I belong to a couple of Facebook groups who are composed of Christmas kitsch collectors, and they have assured me that it is totally okay to want Christmas all year round in some way. They’re a fun bunch.
This year I am doing something new, and I wish I could grab a time machine and go back and tell my 20-year-old self to do it, too. I assembled a “Christmas Fun Box”.
See,I LOVE looking at old Wish Book catalogs,seeing what styles of decor were the thing, and seeing what toys were hot. What were the popular foods for the main Christmas dinner or snacks? And best of all, what sort of fun novelties and toys were the stores carrying that people bought for stocking-stuffing and party favors and last-minute gifts? This is what I wanted to curate; I’m already doing it with Halloween, and I got ready for  my Christmas collecting by getting a small, Christmas-decorated box…..

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Christmas Countdown 2017: The Box of EYES!

One of my best pals, Mel, sent me a box today that I think she called the “Hallowchristmas Box”. In other words, it contained stuff she had gotten me for Halloween and for Christmas! I gotta share this with you guys, because it’s just beyond amazing.

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The first thing I pulled out was this knockout of a purse. I forgot to take pictures of the neat magical symbols on the back and the green satiny eyeball fabric on the inside.

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The Beast of Bethlehem!

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When I was a kid in grade school, probably first or second grade, we often had to sing in school plays and Christmas pageants. One song we sang at Christmas in my school was called “Knock, Knock, Knock Went Joseph”. It went like this:

Knock, knock, knock went Joseph, at an inn in Bethlehem. “Can you shelter a family? It would be a big help to them.”

“No room, no room,” said the man in Bethlehem. “No room, no room,” said the man in Bethlehem.

Knock, knock, knock went Joseph, on the stable door so bright. “Can you shelter a family? For Jesus shall be born tonight.”

“Come in, come in,” said the beasts of Bethlehem. “Come in, come in,” said the beasts of Bethlehem.


Nice little song. However, I didn’t gather that the ” beasts of Bethlehem” meant the cows, donkeys, sheep, etc., in the stable at the inn.
I always heard “‘Come in, come in,’ said the Beast of Bethlehem.”

Not even joking. And my mind always conjured the large, hairy, but friendly creature above. After a few years of not hearing the song I heard it again someplace and realized my extreme mistake, but I still look fondly back at the image my weird little mind once conjured. 🙂