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A Nostalgic Vacation | Disneyland

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– – – Guest post by stevengregory – – –

I was seven years old the first time I went to Disneyland. The year was 1975, and like many kids in those days, I knew a lot about Disney by watching The Wonderful World of Disney on television.

Sunday nights were a big family television night. Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom was first, and then, oh THEN it was time for the magic of Disney:

As the images of the Disneyland park flashed across the screen during that Wonderful World of Disney intro, I would develop an indescribable longing to BE there, to be at that amazing, magical amusement park. Just think! Colorful parades! Disney characters! A futuristic monorail train! (A MONORAIL, can you imagine!?). Disneyland looked to be exactly what they said it would be—the “happiest place on earth”—and I couldn’t wait for the day I would enter Walt Disney’s glorious imagination and walk through the gates of Disneyland! For a kid from boring ol’ Wyoming, the Southern California sun shining on Sleeping Beauty’s castle seemed like heaven.

And it was. Continue reading “A Nostalgic Vacation | Disneyland”

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10 Things We’re Loving Online | July

loving-online-july-nostalgia-diariesWe’re officially in the dog days of summer, and even though it’s been hot, hot, hot here, there’s just something like the feel of sunshine on your face, don’t you think? But as much as we love soaking up all the summer sun we can get, we sometimes have to stay inside—either as a respite from the intense heat or to stay dry when those afternoon thunderstorms start rolling in.

In those moments, we like to laze around the house: My daughter Zoey and I will color or put together a puzzle or whip up something delicious. If we’re feeling especially lazy, Zoey will watch a few episodes of her favorite show, Nerdy Nummies, and I’ll browse around online, scouring the interwebs for whatever “new” nostalgic things that might be out there, just waiting for me to discover and share with all of you.

This month was full of fun finds, so without further ado, here are 10 Things We’ve Been Loving Online for the month of July.

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10 Things We’re Loving Online | June

10 Things We're Loving Right Now | June | The Nostalgia Diaries

June marked the official beginning of summer and a sudden influx of sunny, hot days here in Colorado. This summer sunshine warmth found us feeling rather…well, nostalgic… around here (shocker, right?), so it’s no surprise that our internet finds this month really had a way of taking us back to simpler times, the ones where days lasted forever and everything seemed so much more “unplugged.”

It seems like we aren’t the only ones loving nostalgia these days… Continue reading “10 Things We’re Loving Online | June”

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50 Years of The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’: 5 Fun Facts

50 Years of Sgt. Pepper | The Nostalgia Diaries Blog

“We’re Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
We hope you will enjoy the show
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sit back and let the evening go…”

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles

Three years after first appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show, The Beatles released their eighth studio album on June 1, 1967. The album—Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band—was an experimental and innovative masterpiece that incorporated a wide range of stylistic influences, including music hall, vaudeville, circus, avant-garde, and Western and Indian classical music.

Although it was a far cry from the type of music that The Beatles were known and so widely loved for—irresistibly catchy tunes that perfectly blended rock ‘n roll and R&B—the success of this psychedelic-laced LP proved that no matter what The Beatles did, fans still couldn’t get enough of the Fab Four: within days of its release, the album hit the top of the charts, and it went on to spend 27 weeks on the UK albums chart and 15 weeks at number one in the United States. A year later, in 1968, the album won four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, making it the first rock LP to achieve this honor. Continue reading “50 Years of The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’: 5 Fun Facts”

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10 Things We’re Loving Online | May

10 Things We Loved This Month | The Nostalgia Diaries Blog

Did you know nostalgia strengthens a sense of meaning in life? In fact, nostalgia provides all kinds of positive benefits you may not know about.  Our goal here at The Nostalgia Diaries is to help you live a more simple, positive, and happier life by celebrating the past to create better days today. 

One of the ways we do that is by sharing cool, interesting, remarkable, fun, helpful, positive, motivating content (mostly centered around nostalgia) that we find around the interwebs. We do that here on the blog with our Music on Mondays, our Throwbacks on Thursdays, our #RememberReminders on Friday, and our Everyday Nostalgia on Sundays.  We do it every day on Facebook.  And while we don’t generally share other people’s stuff on The Nostalgia Diaries’ Instagram feed, we see some great content posted daily by our followers and those we follow. Like these shoes that Christina Campbell at _christina.pearl_  recently posted: Continue reading “10 Things We’re Loving Online | May”