It all began on a dark and stormy night in the early 1960's.....ok, not really but I've always wanted to use that as an opening line!!!
I was born and raised in Indiana and for the past twenty four years have worked for a law enforcement agency here. In an unstable economy, it's comforting
to know that crime is constant and provides a bit of job security.
I have two full time cats and one foster cat (that needs a home, so if you're interested.........) and just recently made the final payment on my home. I
purchased a run down little house in 1997 that had been a rental for twenty years and have spent most of my time and money, not to mention that I've called
in every favor that ANYONE has ever owed me, turning it into a cozy home. I have to say, it's been a very satisfying journey.
My interests include reading (Charles Dickens and Jan Karon are my favorite authors), travel, classic movies, Old Time Radio programs (everyone should hear at
least one episode of Fibber McGee and Molly or Our Miss Brooks in their lifetime) and scrapbooking.
In the late 1980's to early 1990's I became fascinated with classic movies and, perhaps as a result, developed a deep interest in the 1940's WWII
era. There's very little about that decade that I don't find inspirational, from the dedication of the men and women who were overseas to the unity of
spirit on the various homefronts, to the strength of spirit of those who were rebuilding their countries after the war, to the new era of prosperity and
innovations in the post-war US. As a result, both my all time favorite movie and all time favorite television show are related to that same era.
My favorite movie is The Best Years of our Lives, which was directed by William Wyler and starred Frederic March, Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright, Dana
Andrews, Virginia Mayo and newcomers Harrold Russell and Cathy O'Donnell. It's the story of three WWII vets coming home and learning to re-adjust to
civilian life, while their families are learning to re-adjust to having them home. If you have three hours to spare sometime, I can't recommend it enough.
The television show Homefront was of a similar theme, focusing on three families in the fictitious River Run, Ohio (which was based on the town of
Mentor, OH) in 1945. The middle class Metcalf family, the wealthy Sloans and their servants, the Davises. It was a visually impressive show, but also touched
on many historical issues of the time, including the formation of Unions in factories and why they were needed, the struggle that women had readjusting to
somewhat menial and stereotypical jobs after working in high paying positions in factories during the war, racial and ethnic prejudices and many other issues
of the day. In addition, the design and costuming was spot on and the writers did an impressive job of creating wonderful, memorable characters, so watching
Homefront is often like receiving a painless, entertaining history lesson. Unfortunately, the show has never been released commercially so, if you've never
had the opportunity to watch it on American Life, you may never see it. This show led another Homefront devotee, who I am proud to call a friend, to establish
a Yuku site dedicated not only to the television show but to all things 1940!
In early 2006, I discovered another Yuku community dedicated to my favorite western program from childhood, The Big Valley! I have since become engrossed with
the stories posted by some of the most talented fanfiction writers on the internet. I have developed several wonderful friendships and have even dabbled in
writing a bit myself. I enjoy the insights that many of these folks have into the day to day lives of the Barkley family and am thrilled that, after forty plus
years, there is a group of individuals who still share the fondness for the Barkleys that I do!
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Updated information about foster kitty, Tickle! Tickle has found a loving home with my oldest sister, who is a widow, and is being well and
properly doted on. I'm sure that he couldn't be happier in his new surroundings, and I couldn't be happier to see my two cats re-emerge from under
the couch and dresser where they had been hiding ever since Tickle came to stay with us. It's a happy ending all the way around!