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‘Cuchi-cuchi’ still Charo’s trademark

By Marshall Jay Kaplan The flamboyant entertainer and talented flamenco guitarist is still flamboyant and still talented and still makes television and stage appearances. “Cuchi-cuchi!” Maria del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martinez Molina Baeza (yes, that is her real name!) was born January 15, 1951 in Murcia, Spain. Starting as a child right into her teenage […]

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Home Movie Video Review: Boredom

What is boredom and where does it come from? Can one really be “bored to death’? And how can you fight it? Director Albert Nerenberg (Laughology, Stupidity) continues investigating personality characteristics that everyone addresses every day in this high-quality documentary. This film offers great perspectives and approaches to boredom, taking a fairly satirical tone while […]

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Business is Booming: The Bad Boys of Boomertown

By Cynthia Poe The Baby Boom era brought many social changes, beginning when hospital maternity wards were swamped with young mothers. Expectant fathers were exiled to corridors and waiting rooms, as was the custom of the day. Fussing over babies, or emphasizing family involvement, was not portrayed as a manly value back then. When the […]

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VW bus lovers flock to national convention in Michigan

by Jan Hoffbauer Rick Cramer, of Hudson, MI, wanted to invite his Volkswagen friends to his hometown. He did that by working with Tom Siligato, also from Michigan, to bring the National Volkswagen Camper meeting to Hudson. People flew from as far away as Florida and one couple drove their VW from Atlanta, GA, to […]

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Witness to History: D-Day’s 70th Anniversary Memories

Frank Kocinski has had five hip replacements and hopes to have both knees replaced, but his aching joints haven’t slowed him down much. The 91-year-old retired millwright and World War II hero, who earned a Silver Star for bravery on D-Day, still tends a backyard garden and enjoys bowling every week. In a recent interview […]

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All ages can enjoy ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’

This impressive animated action film features several returning characters plus several key additions. Young Viking Hiccup, voiced by Jay Baruchel, and his dragon friend Toothless lead the good fight against a new evil power that includes a seemingly overpowering dragon army. Hiccup’s Viking friends Snotlout, Tuffnut, Ruffnut, Fishlegs, and Astrid also have companion dragons. Based […]

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Learning Opportunities While On Vacation

Travelers can experience amazing learning opportunities on vacation, especially when they take time to prepare and are willing to expand their original plans. Web searches can be very helpful in researching the who, what, when, where, why, and how. Most vacation destinations have helpful website that offer guides, supplemental materials, and extra activities you might […]