secret of genius

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, 
which means never losing your enthusiasm. 
Aldous Huxley 

Last time, first time

My adult son asked this on his Facebook page. I thought it was DEEP (of course I always think deep)

When was the last time, you did something for the first time? 

It could be as simple as yesterday - eating something culturally different than what you are used to

or it could be meant as a wake-up call - to get out and live life.

While it is nice to be settled and cozy at our age, we don't want to get too comfortable where we miss out on living and trying new things.

So, when was the last time you did something for the first time?

Remember Dark Shadows?

While I was sick - I started watching old reruns of Dark Shadows. The 1966 afternoon soap drama for teenagers. It used to come on after General Hospital 4pm. It was about a rich family, named Collins, who lived in Collinsport, Maine.

Hulu + starts with Season 1 - episode 210- when Barnabus Collins first makes his appearance. Really, the whole show revolved around him. At least I thought it did. It's not scary like it was back in 66. I was really into it. My mom watched it with me and used to comment about the bad acting.

It wasn't that it was bad acting, it was that it was live-tv.  So when a set would fall down, or they couldn't remember their lines, it was noticed. They couldn't just cut the scene. It was there for all to see. That was one of the things I loved about it.

Did you know that the show was so popular, that Tricia Nixon invited Jonathon Frid, to dress up, fangs and all, to the White House?

Christians called it the Satan's favorite TV show.

The show was entertaining and my mom approved. I had trading cards and magazines sharing all the gory gossip from Collinsport and Josette's music box.