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A Sparkling Vintage Life
13 minutes | Feb 14, 2021
Random Thoughts on Ripped Jeans
Are ripped jeans just a trendy fashion statement, or a powerful commentary on our values? Join Jennifer as she tears into her least-favorite fashion trend.
12 minutes | Dec 28, 2020
Where Do We Go From Here?
As 2020 draws to a close, Jennifer discusses what the new year holds for A Sparkling Vintage Life.
20 minutes | Aug 10, 2020
The Great American Road Trip
Summertime is when many families hit the road for vacation. Even in an age of social distancing, people are getting away for short day trips and jaunts in the countryside. In this episode Jennifer takes a nostalgic look back at the history of highway travel in America.
14 minutes | Jun 6, 2020
He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
As workers scrub graffiti off the Lincoln Memorial in the wake of racially-motivated protests, Jennifer looks back at another historic moment that took place at the Lincoln Memorial memory--the groundbreaking 1939 concert by Marian Anderson.
21 minutes | Apr 8, 2020
10 Top Tips for Working from Home
As the COVID-19 virus continues to rage and many listeners find themselves working from home for the first time, Jennifer offers her 10 top tips for working from home successfully. Not to depart completely from the topic of vintage living, she includes advice from that doyenne of mid-20th-century manners, Amy Vanderbilt.
20 minutes | Mar 16, 2020
12 Sparkling Vintage Ways to Tackle Tough Times
Whether it's the COVID-19 virus, a major storm or natural disaster, or some other unwelcome development, sometimes we find ourselves forced to grapple with a situation we didn't expect. Join Jennifer as she discusses twelve "vintage" ways our grandparents and great-grandparents survived, and even thrived, during upsetting times in their lives.
12 minutes | Feb 8, 2020
Be My Valentine
Join Jennifer Lamont Leo as she looks back on the legends surrounding Valentine's Day and suggests some Sparkling Vintage ways to celebrate.
11 minutes | Dec 26, 2019
Join Jennifer as she talks about "olden days" Boxing Day and muses about New Years resolutions.
24 minutes | Dec 7, 2019
A Sparkling Short Story: The Christmas Robe
As a special gift to listeners, Jennifer Leo reads aloud her acclaimed short story "The Christmas Robe." Grab a warm beverage and your favorite blanket and prepare to be charmed by this bit of vintage Christmas cheer.
30 minutes | Dec 2, 2019
9 Ways to Ease the Holiday Blues
Jennifer speaks from the heart to those spending the holidays alone, or experiencing the "holiday blues" for whatever reason. If you're feeling alone--well, you're not alone in feeling that way! Here are some practical ways to keep the holiday season from bringing you down.
14 minutes | Sep 26, 2019
Sparkling Vintage Football!
It's football season! Listen in as Jennifer discusses vintage football etiquette for the fans in the stands, what the well-dressed football fan wore in 1943, and more.
16 minutes | Sep 16, 2019
7 Reasons I Love Downton Abbey
To celebrate the release of the Downton Abbey movie, Jennifer shares the top 7 reasons she loves Downton Abbey.
32 minutes | Aug 29, 2019
Here Come the Coeds! College Women of Yesteryear
As we celebrate back-to-school time, join Jennifer Leo as she looks back at the life and times of college women in decades past, including Literary Snippets from Lucy Maud Montgomery and more.
14 minutes | Aug 9, 2019
Heat Wave! 31 Vintage Ways to Beat the Heat
If you're wilting in the hot summer weather, here are some time-tested ways to keep your cool. Visit http://www.sparklingvintagelife.com/podcast for show notes and other information.
9 minutes | Jul 16, 2019
Courtesy in a Violent World
Common courtesy is so much more than using the right salad fork. If we're ever going to solve the problem of hatred and violence in our world, we've got to start with treating each other with basic respect, kindness, and dignity.
13 minutes | Jul 5, 2019
Front Porch Life
Sitting on the front porch, visiting with family and friends or just catching a cooling breeze, used to be a regular part of summertime life, before air conditioning and television sent us all scooting back indoors. Come and sit awhile and reminisce with Jennifer about the front porches of yesteryear. Maybe you'll even be inspired to dust off that old wicker rocker--the one that creaked so soothingly as you watched the fireflies in the dusk.
15 minutes | Jun 21, 2019
An Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social
It's June in North America, which means the thermometer's rising and strawberries are in season. Bring on the ice cream and join us at that most vintage celebration of summer, the ice cream social!
16 minutes | Jun 12, 2019
Time for Tea!
Afternoon tea and conversation...the perfect combination! Come sit down, pour yourself a cuppa, and let's dish about the delight that is afternoon tea.
11 minutes | May 27, 2019
A special remembrance episode for all who've given their lives in the service of their country, including a reading of "In Flanders Fields." We will not forget!
13 minutes | May 20, 2019
Is Choral Singing the New Prozac?
From formal concert choirs to belting out tunes around a campfire with friends and family, research shows that singing as a group is good for us! So why does it seem to have gone out of style? Why do families no longer gather around the piano, or friends break into drinking songs down at the local pub? Jennifer discusses new research into the physical, mental, and psychological benefits of singing as a group, and why we need to bring it back.
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