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Jun 6, 2014

The Rosenburgs

During the Cold War, America’s fear of Communism was huge. Anything related to Communism was shunned, people were fired simply for being suspected of being communists, and people in the entertainment business were blacklisted for not cooperating with investigations into communism in America. This paranoia led to the Joseph McCarthy attacks - which didn’t prove much, if anything - and investigation into anything related to Communist spying. Julius Rosenburg began…   Read More >>

Jun 5, 2014

Tom Bihn Interview

Boyinks on Bihn

After we decided to go all-in on this full-time travel idea I decided it was time for a technology change. A long-time PC user, I felt it was time to switch to the Macintosh platform. I wanted to be as portable as possible, so chose a MacBook Air as my laptop of choice. That was actually the easy decision. The harder decision was how to carry it. There are a…   Read More >>

Jun 4, 2014

Sugar Ray

Sugar Ray Robinson was born Walker Smith Jr. in the spring of 1921. At the age of 15, he tried to get into a boxing match, but was not old enough to compete. He then went to his friend Ray Robinson, borrowed his birth certificate, and got in at the fake age of 18. Someone at the match referred to ‘Ray Robinson’ as being ‘sweet as sugar’, and thus Sugar…   Read More >>

Jun 4, 2014

How to Recreate Songs in Garageband

You just heard your favorite song on the radio. You think you would like to record yourself singing that song, however, you don’t want to buy the karaoke version. What to do? Instead of illegally downloading it off the internet, try making it in Garageband. First step: Open Garageband. This is under Applications, or, if you want to be all fancy, command-space-garage-enter. This saves you a little time and looks…   Read More >>

Jun 2, 2014

Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando Jr. was a renown American actor born on April 3rd, 1924 in Omaha, NE. Best known for the role of Don Vito Corleone in ‘The Godfather’, Brando has also been in movies such as ‘On the Waterfront’, ‘Apocalypse Now’, and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’. On March 5, 1973, Marlon Brando won an Oscar for his performance in ‘The Godfather’. However, he refused the award,  sending Apache descendent Sacheen…   Read More >>

May 31, 2014


World War II was underway, and America was slightly scared. Japan had managed an attack on a major US base, and if they could hit that, they might be able to attack the mainland. In 1941, the Manhattan Project began - a super-secret program to create an atomic bomb. As the war continued, the project became urgent. The bombs were completed by November 1943. Planes had to be modified to…   Read More >>

May 28, 2014

The King and I

‘The King and I’ ‘The King and I’ is a 1956 film written by Ernest Lehman and directed by Walter Lang. It was originally based on the 1944 novel written by Margaret Landon titled ‘Anne and the King of Siam’. In the film, a widow named Anna Leonowens and her small child journey to Siam to teach the children of the conceited King Mongkut. King Mongkut at first does not…   Read More >>

May 24, 2014

Catcher in the Rye

When J.D. Salinger published his book, “Catcher in the Rye”, he intended for it to be an adult book. However, teenagers picked it up instead, and it became one of the most controversial books of its era. The story revolves around Holden Caulfield, who is expelled from his school after fighting with his roommate. The rest of the book is his struggles with society and his family. The reception of…   Read More >>

May 24, 2014

We Are Small Town Residents. Almost.

Just one block off Main Street in Fremont, MI

Adventures - like houses - come in all shapes and sizes. Some have great curb appeal. Some have nothing notable about their exteriors at all, but require you to be inside and experience for yourself. After so many blog posts about visiting National Parks, swimming with Manatees, snorkeling in the Florida Keys, last-minute entries into BMX races and other events that seem more adventuresome and with more curb appeal we’ve…   Read More >>

May 13, 2014

Mother’s Day Weekend

MsBoyink with her Mom and Sister

We settled into our summer spot last week and most of the days since have been full of rain. I am so grateful, though, that the rain held off for most of the weekend so we could celebrate with our Mothers. On Saturday our family drove down to Kalamazoo, stopping on the way to pick up a large bucket of chicken and the fixin’s from Chicken Coop (My niece took…   Read More >>

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