Category Archives: The Catrobat

All Saint’s Day

Thanks to Bill Ferencz for the You Tube That was Louis Armstrong with When The Saints Go Marching In. Who else on All Saints Day should play When the Saints Go Marching In? Halloween has become a very big deal … Continue reading

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Route 66 — Cultural History

The blue line in the map stretching Southwest from Chicago to Oklahoma City and then West to Los Angeles is Route 66. (Map Courtesy USGS) Route 66 is a big part of mid 20th Century cultural history.   This song, for … Continue reading

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Frank Sinatra — Put Your Dreams Away For Another Day — The Catrobat, Chuck Cecil

Put Your Dreams Away was music that inspired The Catrobat. Dan (The Captain) and Leilani, like my parents, were part of an older cohort of the so called Greatest Generation. That is, by the time World War II was over, … Continue reading

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Martha Tilton and the Catrobat

I first heard and saw Martha Tilton on a short fifteen minute television show called the Curt Massey Show. She and Curt Massey took turns singing songs accompanied by Joe “Country” Washburn’s small band. Country Washburn had once been part … Continue reading

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Chuck Cecil and the Swingin’ Years have retired

                          As I noted last week, WPPB announced the retirement of Chuck Cecil and the end of his Swingin’ Years program.  If he changes his mind, that would … Continue reading

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Lillian Gabrielson Rollo (1908-1996)

Today would have been my mother’s 108th Birthday.  Say It Isn’t So was a favorite song of my mother, through most of her life.  Mostly, she would whistle it, but sometimes sing part of the lyric. Say It Isn’t So, was written … Continue reading

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Dogs and Learning: a followup to Cats and Learning

Last year, or more specifically, October 21, 2013,  I wrote a post titled “Cats and Learning,”   here’s the link.  It featured a video by Matt Hirst of his cat and dog trying to make a jail break through a … Continue reading

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Tara the amazing cat

I’m sure by now most of you have seen the amazing video of Tara the cat.  Tara and her family live in Bakersfield, California.  The neighbor’s dog, an 8 month old  Lab-Chow mix, attacked the little boy.  Tara sprang seemingly … Continue reading

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Back to the State of Nature?

Instapundit linked to a shocking and scary article by Maryn McKenna on the shrinking effectiveness of antibiotic drugs.  This is a subject that strikes very close to home.  In my novel,  The Catrobat, Captain Dan Boyd who is loosely based on … Continue reading

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Remembering Veteran’s Day

Today is Veteran’s Day, formerly known as Armistice Day.  It is a day to remember Veterans of all of our wars, but I think mostly of my father on this day.  He was a World War II veteran, somewhat older … Continue reading

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