Book Review – Extraordinary Records

An Ode to Great Album Art

I started a new feature, for my blog, in May of 2022 with posts about “Colored Vinyl“. I’ll be adding Picture Disc posts later on but I thought this would be a good time to review one of my favorite books. Taschen’s latest is a celebration of great album art, of the designs that helped define some of the most iconic artists of all time.

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Digging Into Skinwalker Ranch by Ryan Skinner and Cheryl Carter

UFOs to Portals to Shapeshifters

Skinwalker Ranch is a place of high strangeness and is associated with all sorts of phenomena from UFOs to Portals to Shapeshifters. The television series “The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch” on the History channel got me interested in the location. My friend Katie gave me this book for Christmas and I just finished it. Not the best-written book, nor the best editing (misspelled words) but it certainly kept my attention to the end. Ryann Skinner has written a whole series of books on the Skinwalker Ranch.

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What Can I Save With A Foodsaver Vacuum Sealer?

Sealing food and more!

I recently replaced my Tilia Inc. FoodSaver Vac 550 with a new model. It hadn’t stopped working, just was in need of new gaskets and was 20 years old. It had worked great over the years and I was sad to see it go but the parts are hard to come by these days.

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Mount Shasta Mysteries

One of the most sacred places on Earth and is called, by many people, the magical mountain.

Part of the Shasta–Trinity National Forest, Mount Shasta is a potentially active volcano at the southern end of the Cascade Range in Siskiyou County, California. The Cascade Range is a major mountain range of western North America, extending from southern British Columbia through Washington and Oregon to Northern California.

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Louie Anderson Dies

One of the country’s most recognized and adored comics

Louie Anderson was born Louis Perry Anderson on March 24, 1953, in Saint Paul Minnesota. His father was a trumpeter for singer Hoagy Carmichael. Anderson described his father as “abusive” and an alcoholic. His mother Ora Z gave birth to 16 children.

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Betty White Dies

The First Lady of Television

We got the bad news today, New Years’ Eve 2021, that the near 100-year-old Betty White had passed away. She was an American actress and comedian born in Oak Park, Illinois, on January 17, 1922.

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2022 – A Look at 100 Years Ago

What was happening 100 years ago this year?

We made it, through another year of the Covid pandemic, worsening at the end of 2021 with the Omicron variant. But it’s 2022. I never thought, as a child, that we would ever make it this far. I thought this would be a good time to look back 100 years to 1922.

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Ann Rice Dies

Her gothic tales reinvented the blood-drinking immortal as a tragic antihero

Ann Rice, the writer of gothic tales has died at the age of 80. She was born October 4, 19461 in New Orleans, Louisiana where she would base several of her books. Her dad worked for the postal service but made sculptures and wrote fiction on the side.

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Shotguns and Stagecoaches by John Boessenecker

Wells Fargo always had courageous men to protect it’s treasure

I read the 2018 book “Shotguns and Stagecoaches: The Brave Men Who Rode for Wells Fargo in the Wild West” by John Boessenecker (American historian and author, a lawyer specializing in trust and estate litigation, and a former police officer, is considered one of the leading authorities on crime and law enforcement in the Old West). It is published by Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martins Press, New York. It has an embossed dust cover designed by Rob Grom (skateboarder, artist).

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Rebecca Romney

A rare book dealer, appraiser, and author

You might have seen Rebecca on Pawn Stars. The rare book dealer was born in Los Angeles in 1985 as Rebecca Angeline Engeat. She speaks several languages including English, Japanese, Latin, Ancient Greek, and French.

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