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The Upbeat Times Entertains, Educates & Inspires! T


‘Just Chillin’ homas


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Summer Solstice: Happy 242nd Birthday, USA! & Do Pikas Love Pasta?


by Ellie Schmidt of Santa Rosa, CA. ~ eschmidt@upbeattimes.com Jeff erson once


wrote: “I may be an old man, but I am a


young gardener!” Inspiring lines to all who love gardening. Trea- sure every bloom you encourage, whether in plants in the ground, or in pots and containers that can transform a porch into a special place to relax. Shiſt ing sunlight


moves around each bloom, aims a spot- light on bees and but- terfl ies alike, warms each plant, and re- minds us what a breathtakingly


beau-


tiful, colorful world this can be thanks to all the grow- ing gardens bursting in July, like fi reworks. T e late, extremely talented


Peter Stone, multiple award win- ning writer for theater, television and fi lms, was a fellow student of mine at Bard College, decades ago. During his all too brief, great career, Peter re-wrote the book Sherman Edward, a fabu- lous musician—who also had an NYU degree in American History--had written. Together, in 1969, they turned out the


highly successful


Broadway mu- sical: “1776.” Ac- curately using his- toric sources, they drew us into those blisteringly hot days in Philadelphia when the Continental Congress con- tentiously struggled to produce and to fi nally sign our nation’s Declaration of Independence. No surprise that Amazon has is- sued a great, restored, director’s cut DVD of “1776,” the Holly- wood fi lm of the musical that was fi rst released in 1972. An excel- lent family fi lm for $9.29 to enjoy


this 4th of July weekend. No DVD of Lin Manuel Mi-


randa’s block-buster musical Hamilton exists yet because a Hollywood fi lm version of that Broadway phenomenon has yet to be made. For now, from the fi ne book, sheet music, t-shirts to coff ee mugs, and much more, Amazon certainly is providing lots of Hamilton re- lated choices howev- er. T e original cast recording in a 2 CD package is $18.99. Cool listening over the hot, holiday weekend. If you have recently


won a lottery, and plan a visit to costly NYC, be sure to drop by the much improved New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Housing more than 500 thousand fold- ers of clippings on people and everything under the heading of performing arts, it also has a huge amount of photographs, engravings, lithographs, drawings and other col- lections. One small, delightful memorial exhibit is the artist and caricaturist Al Hirschfeld’s actual drawing desk and his fa- vorite


barber


chair. He cre- ated extraordi-


Broadway


caricatures, actually capturing history


nary pages of celebrity for decades


in the NY Times, working daily until he was almost 100 years old—producing more than 3,000 drawings in his more than 74 years of creating art.—Is being 99 a special state of mind? In the writings of St. Augustine,


“Time comes from the future, which does not yet exist, into the present, which has no duration,


and goes in to the past, which has ceased to exist.” Words to ponder. Surely my environmentally bril- liant friends will wince, but I do love a special member of the Ochotonidae family, called the pika (you can say pie-kah or peek-ah). Guess I am not alone. In 1996, the Japanese artist, At- suko Nishida made an initial An- ime design of Pikachu. Later it was used famously in Nintendo’s Pokemon series. Pikachu ranked 2nd Best Person (?) of the year 1999 Time Magazine, aſt er Ricky Martin, but ahead of ubiquitous J. K. Rowling. Pikas are absolutely adorable tiny critters. July always makes me nostal-


gic for hiking trips around Boul- der, Colorado, where we lived for decades. Brainard Lake, at 10,350 feet elevation was a favorite destina- tion for a much needed break for a picnic by the time you got there. Noth-


ing was greater fun than while eating a sandwich, being joined by a pika that would suddenly shrilly whistle, sit on a rock near you, and steal any small piece of bread or crust you would give it. Somehow related to rabbits, they are tiny, round, furry, and have shiny small eyes. T ey are defi - nitely vegans, that is, herbivores, have burrows in many small rock spaces and only live at high eleva- tions. Sometimes, we took along a small container of cooked thin spaghetti. Now, this is true: Pi- kas love pasta, any shape, but tiny pieces, please. T ey are a noble, bright, freedom- loving, friendly, dwindling group of critters. No, I’m really not political.


Best Recipe for Pasta You will need 2 eggs for each cup of fi ne fl our you use.


If the eggs


are small, you may wish to add 2 beaten egg yolks as well. Learn- ing how to do this, or any other cooking, is always best if you see


... continued on page 30 “Maybe everyone can live beyond what they’re capable of.” ~ Markus Zusak UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • July 2018 • 5


UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • July 2018 • 5 “America is


another name for opportunity.”


Ralph Waldo Emerson


BUYING U.S. GOLD COINS


$1.00 GOLD...............................................................$140.00 & up $2.50 GOLD...............................................................$190.00 & up $3.00 GOLD...............................................................$550.00 & up $5.00 GOLD...............................................................$260.00 & up $10.00 GOLD.............................................................$520.00 & up $20.00 GOLD..........................................................$1,150.00 & up $50.00 GOLD 1851 to 1855..................................$10,000.00 & up


BUYING


SILVER DIMES 1964 & Before...................................... $1.08 & up SILVER QUARTERS 1964 & Before..............................$2.70 & up SILVER HALF 1964 & Before.........................................$5.40 & up SILVER HALF 1965 to 1970...........................................$1.52 & up SILVER DOLLAR 1878 to 1904....................................$17.00 & up SILVER DOLLAR 1921 to 1935....................................$13.00 & up


HALF CENTS 1793-1857 LARGE CENTS 1793-1857


BUYING – OLDER U.S. COINS –BUYING DIMES 1796-1891


$30.00 & up $10.00 & up


FLYING EAGLE CENTS 1856-1858 $12.00 & up TWO & THREE CENTS 1851-1889 HALF DIMES 1794-1873


SHIELD NICKELS 1866-1883 LIBERTY NICKELS 1883-1913 . BUFFALO NICKELS 1913-1938


$7.00 & up $7.00 & up $8.00 & up .40 & up .25 & up


TWENTY CENTS 1875-1878 QUARTERS 1796-1891


HALF DOLLARS 1794-1839 HALF DOLLARS 1839-1891 DOLLARS 1794-1804


TRADE DOLLARS 1873-1885


$7.00 & up $55.00 & up $11.00 & up $30.00 & up $14.00 & up $700.00 & up $45.00 & up


SEATED DOLLARS 1840-1873 $150.00 & up


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