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Thumbnail image from Pixabay BY RANDAL C. HILL  A leisurely drive on a country road can offer a chance to leave city stresses behind for a while and enjoy nature’s scenic wonders.   Sometimes, though, such a usually ordinary event can prove life-changing. 
Thumbnail image from NPR.org BY RANDAL C. HILL  Have you ever heard of musician Billy Strange? Born William Everett Strange in 1930 in Long Beach, California, he became an in-demand session guitarist/arranger in Hollywood who recorded with...
Thumbnail image from Pixabay BY RANDAL C. HILL  Imagine a world where nobody is inconvenienced by school, parents or illness. Where life involves no work schedules, no church services, no money problems. Where nobody riots for civil rights, wreaks inner-city destruction, protests an unjust war, embraces illegal drugs or murders prominent leaders.  
Thumbnail image from Pixabay BY RANDAL C. HILL  In 1949, Dutch businessman Ben Pon became responsible for putting the first Volkswagen Beetle on America’s roads. But it wasn’t just the little German bug that captured Pon’s interest; he was also intrigued by the plattenwagens—small, utilitarian, rear-engine trucks that zipped...
Thumbnail image photo by Elviss Railijs Bitāns from Pexels By RANDAL C. HILL  Humor writer Dave Barry once invited the readers of his weekly syndicated newspaper column to vote for the worst pop song of all time. When over 10,000 letters piled up on his Miami office desk,...
Thumbnail photo by Stas Knop from Pexels By Randal C. Hill  Tiny Tim is typically remembered as a disposable novelty performer, but he deserves better than being a mere footnote in entertainment history.  About Tiptoeing Tiny...
Thumbnail image from Pixabay By Kathy A. Megyeri  It was a mammoth undertaking for 95 scholars, researchers and staffers to cull through the entire Smithsonian’s collection of artifacts to choose 280...
Thumbnail image from Pixabay By Randal C. Hill “Bond. James Bond.”   Film critic Peter Bradshaw once wrote, “It is the most famous self-introduction from any character in movie history. Three...
By Jan Larraine Cox In these times of COVID-19 and economic woes, who wouldn’t love to escape to a Blue Zone of Happiness? The truth is, we can make some choices today that can lead us there. 
Thumbnail image from Pixabay By Randal C. Hill Kris Kristofferson has earned a place in the history books as one of the great American songwriters. That honor, though, has come at a...
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