Welcome to the Nostalgic Ramber

Hans Jeff Borger is heard on WRGE 97.9 FM in Ocala, FL featuring Christian programming.

"The Nostalgic Rambler" radio show previously heard on Gene Martin & Friends has been suspended due to my commitments at WRGE.

Why a blog? I wrote a book "The Little Grownup: a nostalgic Michigan boyhood" which should appeal to most baby boomers. A mass market book? Well, not yet...but the potential is there! (Be sure to buy it at "finer on line bookstores" everywhere!)

The comments presented in "The Nostalgic Rambler" probably won't be of interest to the masses...anymore. If grandma and grandpa and their friends were still alive, then it would be a different story.

I live in the past. My time warp is a comfortable cocoon even if it sometimes drives my wife crazy. The music of the 1940s and 50s, the stars of those days were big stuff in their day, but are now almost forgotten. Oddly enough, I was born in '64 so those iconic years were for the most part over by that time.

Through "The Nostalgic Rambler" I maybe can help share my love and knowledge for those times and things...all at one time important pieces of Americana but now a bit faded in memory.

The woman who did the blog about cooking all of Julia Childs' French Cuisine Cookbook in a year got a sweet movie deal out of her blog experience. I wouldn't mind that but would be happy to know that you are reading this....and maybe enjoying my time warp, too.

Hans Jeff Borger

Saturday, April 16, 2011

It's Easter Time

Spring is here and Easter is around the corner. This holiday has plenty of nostalgic images available and I'm presenting a few here.

There are strangely only a few Easter songs that stand out in popular music. Irving Berlin's Easter Parade is quite a relic now as I haven't seen an Easter bonnet in years nor an Easter parade for that matter. Click here for a lovely Easter medley from The Perry Como Show, including a song that you may not have heard before.

The significance of this day holds special meaning for me. Like Christmas and Santa Claus, the true meaning of this Christian holiday has been dumbed down by Easter bunnies and jelly beans, but it remains one of my favorite holidays. It calls attention to my risen Savior.

I recalled my childhood Easter memories in my book "The Little Grownup: a nostalgic Michigan boyhood" (which if you STILL haven't purchased, you can do so by clicking here ) Perhaps some of the family time we shared in the 1960s and beyond is still relevant today...

"Easter was a major holiday that included church, Easter baskets full of candy, and a family feast. The dinner would include the annual Easter egg fight. This involved us all choosing partners and cracking the ends of the colored hard-boiled Easter eggs against the end of our opponent's egg. The person with the last uncracked egg would be proclaimed the winner of the year.
After dinner we would usually join the adults for a card game Grandpa called "help your neighbor." I think he substituted the word "help" for something else, as you exchanged cards with the person next to you, usually to their disadvantage. Later Grandpa would usually play a game of chess with us..."

Happy Easter everyone!

above pics include Doris Day and a magnificent Saturday Evening Post cover featuring lots of chocolate bunnies being made! How cool is that?!

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