The theme song for Gilligan’s Island did not include the Professor and Mary Ann during the first season. They were identified as “all the rest” even though they were integral to the plot.

The Inspired Life category for Modern Retro Woman is akin to “all the rest.” These are posts that don’t fit neatly into the other categories but I think they are still worth sharing with you. Inspired Life features some of my random thoughts about things that inspire me as I strive to live a gracious and elegant mid-century lifestyle.

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Are you stuck? 22 ways to get motivated.

Are You Stuck? 24 Ways to Get Motivated

Do you ever get stuck and can't seem to get motivated to do what you want or need to do? ...
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What is the Essence of the Holidays for You?

Dear Friends, I'm going to talk "friend to friend" with you right now. Because, our expectations for the holiday season ...
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Mid-Century Home Ec Teachers vs. Modern French Chic Advice

The other day I started laughing out loud. And it wasn't because of the serious medication I've been on to ...
The Ideal v. The Lived Experience; Charm Magazine, January, 1951; Source image courtesy of The Vintage Traveler.

The Ideal v. The Lived Experience

After having it sit on my desk for a month, I finally got a chance to sit down and read ...
Off-Color {A Cautionary Tale}

Off-Color {A Cautionary Tale}

"First a nasty word...Then a dirty story...Then an invitation..." Off-Color is a short story by Adela Rogers St. Johns that ...
"That'll Be $10.43."

Wise Words of the Day: Courtesy

Courtesy is priceless yet costs nothing. ~ Unknown We've all been there...bemoaning the lack of customer service in our modern ...
Seven Reasons I Love Being a 1950s Style Woman

Seven Reasons I Love Being a 1950s Style Woman

Dear Friends, Why would a feminist who fought her way almost to the top in a male-dominated profession relish being ...
My Name Is Julie-Ann and I'm a Perry Mason-aholic

My Name Is Julie-Ann and I’m a Perry Mason-aholic

Dear Friends, As you may recall, our television is not connected to the outside world.  We only use it for ...
All or Nothing at All?

All or Nothing at All?

“When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur. When you improve conditioning a little each day, eventually ...
To The Moon, Alice!

To The Moon, Alice!

I once had a boss who would shoot down every single idea that I had because he was afraid that ...
Does Cleaning The Toilet Generate Enthusiasm For You?

Does Cleaning The Toilet Generate Enthusiasm For You?

“Your heart must be in your work. Stimulate others,” says John Wooden on Enthusiasm When I look at the big ...
Not Either-Or...But With-And

Not Either-Or…But With-And

"You are not the only person with good ideas. If you wish to be heard, listen. Always seek to find ...
June v. Margaret v. Lucy v. Donna v....

June v. Margaret v. Lucy v. Donna v….

As I've continued to ponder the notion of the ideal 1950's housewife and have talked to women who were, themselves, ...
What Would June Cleaver Do?

What Would June Cleaver Do?

Fake it until you make it.  How many times have I heard that advice?  It seems trite, but there is ...
Pyramid of Success: Friendship

Pyramid of Success: Friendship

"Strive to build a team filled with camaraderie and respect: Comrades-in-arms." ~John Wooden "I can't deny the fact that you ...
I'll Take Corny Any Day

I’ll Take Corny Any Day

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation ...
Letters to Home

Letters to Home

When I was younger, I believed the romanticized version of war based on the Hollywood movies I watched while growing ...
Remembering the Sabbath Is Easier Said Than Done

Remembering the Sabbath Is Easier Said Than Done

Remember to observe the Sabbath as a holy day. Six days a week are for your daily duties and regular ...
Busy-ness

Busy-ness

“Most people are so busy knocking themselves out trying to do everything they think they should do, they never get ...
I Just Can't Take Anymore

I Just Can’t Take Anymore

We live in a culture of over-stimulation. Or, should I call it hyper-stimulation? I began thinking about this while I ...
Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to my wonderful reader-friends.  I will be taking a few days off from writing to spend time with ...
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Do You Still Get Carded?

Many years ago, My Honey and I had an annual competition: The sender of the first Christmas card we received ...
My Early Interest in Retro/Vintage Ideals

My Early Interest in Retro/Vintage Ideals

I've always watched old movies.  Always.  In the days before Turner or American Movie Classics on cable, or the treasure ...
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D.Y.I. Or Self-Sufficiency?

We've had a couple of "adventures" with our  pickup in the past week.  The heater core decided it would start ...
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But, but, but…That’s Sacrilegious!

It is three weeks until Thanksgiving in the United States.  That time when we gather around the television set to ...
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Order! Order in the House!

I'm not saying that last week was a week from you know where, but there were demands and issues from ...
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We Can Do It!

Both of my grandmothers were young wives during The Great Depression, although my paternal grandmother had already given birth to ...
It's the Values, Stupid

It’s the Values, Stupid

It seems like the politicians have taken on "It's the money, stupid," as their refrain. As I was putting a ...