On a Lighter Note…

The long-running Donald Trump’s Strangest Bedfellows series will return to my Starr Trekking blog in January.  (And new entries on different topics will be added to this Meet MythAmerica blog as soon as that series is finished.) My family and I are currently in the midst of exhausting preparations for a major family move to another part of our state in early January.

Meanwhile, I intend to call reader’s attention to some much earlier blog entries that are more light-hearted, something desperately needed some days–given the troubling times in which we are living in the U.S. .  Today’s offering was originally written in 2013, but updated to include a reference to 2017.

Check out…

The Creepiest Christmas Custom of All

peasant field

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Put on a Happy Face

In the 1960 Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie (and in its movie reincarnation in 1963) Dick Van Dyke urged everyone in song to “Put on a Happy Face.” (Can you believe that he is STILL around, smiling and singing and dancing up a storm at 91!)

I don’t know about you, but it’s been really hard lately, given circumstances both nationally and internationally, for me to put on that happy face. My mood is often pretty gloomy.

So I thought today I would take a break on this blog from the usual serious content, and  offer everyone, myself included, at least a small antidote. This is a blog entry from my Ameripics blog, that I created in 2013. It’s made up of a bit of nostalgia, a bit of history, and a bit of inspiration. May it at least temporarily chase away some of the gloomies.

Happy (Face) History


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Selling America

“Donald Trump’s Strangest Bedfellows” is back!
I’ve been swamped with many responsibilities and projects since the day we were ordered to evacuate Savannah for Hurricane Irma in early September, and had to put the ongoing StarrTrekking blog series on hold.
Things have calmed down a bit, so today it’s back up and running.
So those who have been following the series (and any newcomers wondering what it is all about) can click the link below to read the new installment,


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The Birth of Labor Day: Rooted in Pullman Hell

This is being posted on the eve of Labor Day 2017. In honor of Labor Day tomorrow, I’m offering a slice of Labor Day history.

The link below is to an entry I created for Labor Day 2015 on another one of my blogs. I had only just discovered for myself “The rest of the story” about why and when we observe Labor Day. And I wanted to share my findings with others who, likewise, probably didn’t learn most of the nitty-gritty of this “stuff” in high school history.

As usual in my blog entries, lots of nostalgic vintage photos, lots of fascinating tidbits of historical and cultural trivia…and a heavy dose of reality for a chaser.

The Birth of Labor Day: Rooted in Pullman Hell

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The Original Big Mac Attack

The latest entry is now available in the Donald Trump’s Strangest Bedfellows series on the StarrTrekking blog. Click the link to read about

The Original Big Mac Attack 

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Ignoring the Ogre

The next entry in my blog series on “Donald Trump’s Strangest Bedfellows” is now available on my StarrTrekking blog.

Click on the link below to read….

Ignoring the Ogre




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This blog will get back to links to the series on my StarrTrekking blog on Donald Trump’s Strangest Bedfellows in a few days. But so much is going on in the nation right now that is tied directly to US History that I feel a need to take a short detour and address some of that.  This is being written on the Tuesday after the hellish Neo Nazi/White Supremacist chaos in Charlottesville VA that led to the death of one woman, the injury of 19 others in that single terrorist incident, along with other injuries around the city.

With the bizarre press conference today, we now see the astonishing lengths Trump will go to, to distance himself from actually admitting what it is about Neo Nazis and White Supremacists that is despicable and deserving of strong public denunciation from the President of All the People.

In this context I offer a blog entry I wrote in March last year, when David Duke was also in the news as he is today. It gives a brief, documented and illustrated, overview of the history of the last time America saw a very open, in-your-face surge of Neo Nazism. And brings it up to the time of last year’s election season. The connections to today will be obvious.

I present for your consideration… the history of the HATENANNY.

This Land Ain’t YOUR Land, This Land is MY Land


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