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  • Lynn and Mary
    Losing a loved one
    We are all at the age when we are starting to lose the ones we love. It could be a mother; it could be a sister, brother or a father. It could be a dear friend or a pet.It just comes with the territory, losing the ones we love. As many of you know...
  • Do you still have a landline?
    Who still has a landline?
    Who still has a landline? I do, and I’m glad I have it.Although I’ve got a groovy iPhone 6, I certainly don’t want to be stuck if the power grid goes down. Many of my friends say I am wasting money by keeping my house phone, but...
  • My address book
    Who still has an address book?
    Who still has an address book? I do, and I am proud of it.I have it stuffed in my purse, and although I don’t use it as often as I used to, it is still there as a backup for my iPhone.I’m not sure how long I’ve had it, probably...
  • Legendary Vocalist Gladys Knight
    Celebrating Black Music Month!
    You’ve probably noticed changes in your radio stations, that’s because June is Black Music Month. Established in 1979, we pay tribute to a musical genre, that has thrilled generations for over 50 years!by Peggy S. ButlerIn the &lsquo...
  • Tree house
    Lazy days in the tree house
    My twin sister Teresa and I hated dolls. I remember decapitating Barbie dolls and using them as hand-grenades, sending them to an early grave. No more dolls for us, but a tree house? That’s more like it!Summer swelled with possibilities, and...
  • You can go home again
    Nostalgic visit to our family home
    You can go home again. And that’s exactly what we did this past weekend when we visited my family home in Studio City, California. Every few years, we drive down Pacoima Court, to savor the memories, and note the changes in our neighborhood....
  • McGrath Christmas
    Looking back to summer in the '60s
    Summer is coming, and with it, all the memories of growing up on a cul-de-sac in Studio City come into focus. Life was easy back then, with endless messes in the mud, hours of hide-and-seek, and other tomboy adventures.The afterschool playground...
  • 'Great Performances': Annie Lennox in a live concert of 'Nostalgia'
    'Great Performances': Annie Lennox in a live concert of 'Nostalgia'
    In February, Annie Lennox put a spell on viewers of the 57th Grammy Awards in mid-February. She was dressed simply in a loose black shirt and pants. Her platinum blonde hair was cut short.Lennox didn't need to show flesh, to dance or to push...
  • 5 cars that I'm surprised I still see
    5 cars that I'm surprised I still see
    As the Rolling Stones song goes, "time waits for no one," and it's true. Either you keep up with time and with society, or it will leave you in the past to be forgotten and abandoned. It's quite a sobering thought.The automotive...
  • The Wonder Years: The Complete Second Season, DVD Review
    'The Wonder Years: The Complete Second Season' DVD Review
    'The Wonder Years' TV show was on for six seasons and for most of that time it was in the top 20 of all TV shows. It dealt with children growing up in the late 1960's and early 70's. This was the period of the Vietnam Nam War and...
  • Christmas at McGrath's
    What do the holidays mean to you?
    Today would have been my mother's 101st birthday. It’s odd to think that she has been gone almost 15 years, and not a day goes by that I don’t think of her and the joy she brought us despite her many hardships.Many baby boomers...
  • Childhood pranks
    A crowded home makes everything fun
    Imagine eight people crammed into a 1200 sq. ft. home. Well, that was the McGrath clan, at 12022 Pacoima Court, coupled with a dog, an occasional cat, some stray birds, lizards and whatever else we brought home from the gully.Looking back, I can...
  • Sophie Tucker
    Things you could learn from 'Red Hot Mama' Sophie Tucker
    Susan and Lloyd Ecker are on a mission. They want to make America fall in love with Sophie Tucker.Of course, America once did love Tucker, but the world-famous comedian / entertainer died in 1966, nearly a half-century ago. But this does not seem...
  • The Eckers and Sophie Tucker
    "The Outrageous Sophie Tucker" tells the tale of an early superstar
    Before Barbra, before Bette and way before Gaga, there was Sophie. Now a new documentary, "The Outrageous Sophie Tucker," which opened Friday, both pays homage to Tucker and provides a case study worthy of Harvard Business School by...
  • DVD Review: The Wonder Years Complete Series
    'The Wonder Years Complete Series' DVD Review
    It was 1988 and it was right after Super Bowl XXII and a new show was debuting. It was called 'The Wonder Years'. It starred Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, Dan Lauria, Alley Mills, Jason Hervey, Olivia d' Abo, and Josh Saviano. The show...
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