The other day, I was out with a friend who began to talk about boldly living one’s dreams versus passively dreaming about the life one wants to live. She was saying that many people never get around to reaching for their goals — grabbing that brass ring — because they find contentment in just imagining what they would enjoy doing. The musing and the make-believing give them enough satisfaction so they don’t feel the compulsion to chase down that elusive illusion.
Remaining photos courtesy of LuLu Tatum
Back in the Swinging Sixties, there was a very famous pop singer named Lulu. Born in Scotland, she became emblematic of everything British and bubbly, modern and mini-skirted. For folks in the United States, she is forever enshrined as the crooner of “To Sir, with Love,” a motion picture theme song that has never gone out of style. No matter the tumultuous decade or the state of the union, this tune always resonates with the public, and can even move grown men to tears.
Photos courtesy of Chatham Village Bears
There are two sides to Halloween. No, let’s make it three sides. To borrow the title of a popular Spaghetti-Western film, there is “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” In the cinema universe, dolls are seen as agents of death and destruction. Scratch any Chatty Cathy or Chucky, and you’re liable to be attacked by them later that night. In the plush universe, most huggable and cuddly critters are spared that scary reputation. Luckily for ursine fanciers, there is very little menacing found in mohair.