“Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue” PSA (1990): Guess What? Drugs Are Still Bad!

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On Saturday morning, April 21, 1990, something pretty special hit the airwaves. A cartoon cross-over of epic proportions. Joining forces were: Bugs Bunny, Garfield, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Muppet Babies Kermit, Gonzo and Miss Piggy, the Smurfs, Alf, Michelangelo of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Huey, Dewey and Louie of Ducktales, and Ghostbusters Slimer.

What were these beloved cartoon characters coming together to do?

Warn children about the dangers of doing drugs.

Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue aired commercial-free on all four major networks (Fox, ABC, NBC and CBS), as well as on many independent local stations and other cable networks. Continue reading

Today Is the Day

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Today is the day that I stop letting other people’s actions dictate how I live my life.

Today is the day that I stop letting other people’s wickedness affect my ability to function as a human being with responsibilities and worth.

Today is the day that I accept the things I can not change.

Today is the day that I accept that the Lord is in charge, and will always provide justice in the end — even if I have to wait until we’re on the other side.

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Winter Baking: Cinnamon Bun Cake

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It’s winter. You look out the window and see big, lazy snowflakes falling, taking their time as if they haven’t a care in the world. It’s cold outside, but you’re sitting by the fire, wrapped in a soft, cozy blanket. And even though it’s January, your colourful Christmas lights are still twinkling away at 3 in the afternoon. There’s only one thing that could possibly make this moment better.

A sweet, homemade cinnamon bun, warm and sticky right out of the oven.

But if you’ve ever made cinnamon buns from scratch, then you know it is a LOT of work. It’s also takes HOURS. Knead the dough, let it rise, punch it down, roll up your buns, let the buns rise again, THEN bake… it’s worth the effort, no doubt, but gee, I wish there was an easier way.

Turns out — there IS. Cinnamon Bun CAKE.

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Do Not Let Your Heart Be Troubled

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Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.

~ John 14:1-4

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Christmas Is Coming!

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You know what made 2020 finally a little bit bearable?

Christmas decorations.

I am but a mere mortal woman, so I was not immune to the effects of this year, and it took me until half of November had passed before I could work up the energy to haul my red and green boxes down from the closet. But once I got started, the glow of the holiday season started to work its magic. This year, I went all out — because its 2020, and the more Christmas cheer that I could light up my house with, the better!

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Christmas Literature: 5 Must-Have Classics for Your Bookshelf

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I’m sure everyone has a holiday tradition of some kind. I can still remember the first time I watched MGM’s 1938 masterpiece film “A Christmas Carol” as a small child — it scared the bejesus out of me.

And I’ve wanted to watch it every single year since — and practically have!

D’Arcy Corrigan was a terrifying Spirit of Christmas Future

As Christmas Eve approaches each 24th of December, I look forward to what is, in my opinion, the very best adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic.

Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Ann Rutherford, Leo G. Carroll, Barry MacKay — if you’re a true connoisseur of the Golden Age of Hollywood, then this all-star line-up alone should fill you with more Christmas cheer than you know what to do with.

Reginald Owen with Ann Rutherford — the Spirit of Christmas Past

While movies are great, we’re not here to talk about Christmas cinema today. This time we’re here to celebrate the printed word, and my five must-have Christmas books.

Since I intro-ed with the Dickens’ classic in film-form, we might as well begin our book list with it too. For me, it’s the single most quintessential holiday tale — Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Continue reading

Scooby Haul 2020: One Year’s Worth of Collecting

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Are you getting tired of hearing about and seeing my Scooby Doo collection yet?

Well, too bad, because here I am, and we’re going to talk about it again!

But if you stick around, I promise it will be worth your while to see me cosplay as Daphne. Yes, that’s right. Guess who saw a Daphne Halloween wig at the store last month and had to have it? Yep. This girl. Note to self: Never, ever, ever dye your hair red. Definitely not my colour!

It’s been more than a year since I published my “Updated Collection Tour In Celebration of Scooby-Doo’s 50th Anniversary” post, and as you can imagine, a gal can accumulate quite a bit of new Scooby memorabilia in 13 months. I also cleared another shelf to help better display my collection, which is currently expanding like Shaggy’s stomach at a Texas BBQ on the Fourth of July.

If you caught my 40 minutes of YouTube fame back in May when I was featured on episode 2 of Mike Pingle’s “Collector’s Haven” series, then you’ve already seen a few new things.

But that too was a whole 5 months ago, and my friend Megan recently sent me a Scoob-tastic package in the mail, filled with frightfully delightful Scooby items: A few that I purchased and had sent to her, and a couple of marvelous Scooby gifts that she picked up for me because she’s an awesome friend and I absolutely do NOT deserve her.

I also could not resist the Daphne Halloween wig I spotted at Walmart a few weeks ago, and I needed an excuse to make a fool of myself on the internet by wearing it for something… and here we are!

So welcome back to the scary, spooky, sometimes ooky (what the hell is “ooky”, I don’t know!) world of a middle-aged woman and her Scooby Doo hoarding collecting…

Jeepers! There may be bonus pictures at the end…

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