Dive Into A Summer Book

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Ramble and Roar: A 1920’s Novel 

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What Do You Get When Peaky Blinders Marries Downton Abbey…

What do you get when the television shows Peaky Blinders and Downtown Abbey marry and form a baby?

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I’m glad you asked.

From the love of their union comes a child known as Ramble and Roar.

Ramble and Roar is the combination of high-level mobsters and dream-driven flappers. There’s danger, humor, longing, and a wild array of adventure. With twists around every corner, it’s hard to know who to believe or what is true.

Find out more about this unusual baby today.

It’s now on sale on amazon.com: paperback $9.75 and kindle $2.79

 

The Slogan of the 1920’s: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry…For Tomorrow We Die.

Following World War I, an attitude of cynicism and disillusionment infected the mindsets of most people resulting in a decade where living for self and enjoyment became top priority. It produced a people that lived by this code or slogan: “Eat, Drink and Be Merry…For Tomorrow We Die.”

One of my favorite books on the 1920’s is by Frederick Lewis Allen called Only Yesterday. In this book he says, “Morality was dethroned, the old codes of ethics hung out to dry, replaced with a disillusioned sense of freedom, and the pursuit of this led only to emptiness and futility.”

I painted the picture below to represent the heroine in the first book of my 1920’s series.

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Monday Morning Humor: Hairstyles of the 80’s

These pieces of history were not that long ago. I know most of you still remember!

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Mullets and Big Hair

 

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This is a family photo of my mother, my sister and me on the right. Granted this was early 90’s, but the big hair and big bangs were still very much in!

So how about you? Do you have a photo of yourself sporting the crazy 80’s hairstyle? Share it with us on my Author Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/authorcatiecordero

 

 

References:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/briangalindo/25-photos-of-80s-hairstyles-so-bad-theyre-actually-good#4h9am43

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/pictures/view/270687/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/20/80s-hair-photos_n_4302897.html

 

#hairstylesofthe80’s #history #mondaymorninghumor

 

History in a Hat

I collect hats. But not just any hats. I like hats that are old, used, and have seen life from years past. I want hats with history.

And over time, I’ve collected a lot of them. Some are from the 1800’s and some from the 1900’s. My daughter loves rummaging through my collection and trying them on.

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A few hats in my collection

 

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Going gangster in my fedora
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I’m so fancy

But one of my most prized hats of all is the one I acquired from my grandfather, Lavern “Pete” Overbeek.

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My grandpa wore a blue, wool newsboy hat wherever he went. It was special. When my grandpa passed away in 2008, I asked my grandma if she could part with his hat. I feel honored and privileged that she entrusted his prized possession to me. Every time I wear his hat, I feel like I’m carrying on his legacy. My grandfather enjoyed the simple things in life but most of all, he had a deep love for family and friends. He worked hard and appreciated the many blessings God had given him throughout his life. He was a great man and was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. I hope to follow in his footsteps. Thanks, Grandpa.

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Monday Morning Humor: The 70’s

If you need a good laugh, look what people used to wear in the 70’s.

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The 1970’s fashion was simply stunning.

 

 

References:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/blackdynamite/25-outrageous-fashion-ads-from-the-1970s-5e97

http://www.messynessychic.com/2012/10/09/15-of-those-awkward-moments-in-history/

http://www.messynessychic.com/2012/09/23/the-tale-of-the-1970s-fashion-apocalypse/

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http://attackoftheuglycrochet.tumblr.com

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TV Free Activities: Boxcars, Potato Heads, and Dino Hunts

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Attentions Parents: I have a great book with fun activities for both you and your kids! It’s called, 365 TV-FREE ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR CHILD by Steve and Ruth Bennett. This week, my daughter and her cousin picked out a couple of them.

1. Potato Heads

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2. Boxcars

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We made our boxcars into Autobots!

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3. Dino Hunt

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I looked up the bone structure for a Brachiosaurus and created it in pieces of pipe cleaners. I hid the “bones” under sheets and pillows. After the kids found all the bones, I constructed the dinosaur.

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Monday Morning Humor: Jokes from the 1900’s

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From Wit and Humor for Public Speakers, 1916
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From A Bunch of Laughs, Gathered from several different Laugh Shops, by Horace Huron, 1904
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From The Toaster’s Handbook, 1914
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From Caricature: The Wit & Humor of a Nation in Picture, Song & Story, 1911
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From Wit and Humor for Public Speakers, 1916

 

Reference: http://someoldjokes.tumblr.com/tagged/1900s+jokes

My Lucky Strike

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In book one of my current Roaring Twenties Series, my main character runs to New York City and becomes entangled with a vivacious flapper named Mattie O’Keefe. Mattie introduces her to Lucky Strike cigarettes. I decided on this brand while doing my research for the novel and up until a few weeks ago, I had only seen the tin on the internet. But to my absolute joy, I came across an actual Lucky Strike cigarette tin at Harvest Antique and Collectibles in Holland! I bought it right away. I plan to keep my business cards inside of it.

Owning pieces of history is wonderful.

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Lucky Strike Flat Fifties Cigarettes
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American Tobacco Company, product made from 1920s-1940s

 

 

 

 

Reference: http://collections.richmondhistorycenter.com

Monday Morning Humor: 1920’s Slang

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American woman teaching English boys to dance the Charleston, Great Britain, 1925

Don’t lose it, re-use it!

Here are another Top 10 Hilarious 1920’s Slang Phrases that we ought to bring back:

10. Bank’s Closed – no kissing or making out –  “Sorry, Mac, the bank’s closed.”

9. Dry up –  get lost – “I’m not interested. Do me a favor and dry up.”

8. Don’t take any wooden nickels – don’t do anything stupid- “Be careful with your friends tonight and don’t take any wooden nickels.”

7. Balled Up- confused, messed up-  “Mom, I’m all balled up and don’t know where I am!”

6. Hoofer – dancer- “Wow, I never saw anyone move like you. You’re quite the hoofer.”

5. Live wire – a lively person –  “Boy oh boy, you’re a real live wire!”

4. Wet Blanket – a solemn person, a killjoy-  “Olga, stop being a wet blanket and smile.”

3. Chassis – the female body – “I have to admit, you have the best chassis I’ve ever seen.”

2. Banana Oil – nonsense – “You’re the first boy who’s ever kissed me.” “That’s banana oil.”

1. Mrs. Grundy – a priggish or extremely tight-laced person – “Hey Mrs. Grundy, would ya kindly pull the bloomers from your crack and settle down.”

 

(See my older post entitled “Talk Like the Twenties” for more great phrases.)

Reference: http://local.aaca.org/bntc/slang/slang.htm

Picture Reference: http://www.vintag.es/2013/11/american-woman-teaching-english-boys-to.html