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Love in America - King Sized Love

From Love in America | Part of the Love in America series | 29:00

Deadwood's butterfly invasion; Is there really puppy love?; a jail break of compassion; "Deaf" jam in Des Moines; Love story of Stephen and Tabitha King; Roads to Happily Ever After narrative - Naked Freedom

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Life never slows in Deadwood, including garbage truck burnouts and a butterfly invasion! How do you know that your dog really loves you? How could a jail full of inmantes have a break out in which no one escapes but the guards? An encounter with a group of young deaf ladies in Des Moines iis an opportunity to find out how to say “I Love You” to people who can’t hear us say it. All this, plus the love story of Stephen and Tabitha King, and finally, a narrative tale that asks the question: Would you recognize freedom if it rode past you in a golf cart wearing nothing but its Mardi Gras beads? 

"It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.”  As motorcycle “longriders”, Lovin America storytellers Scotte and Toni Burns live by this expression. Their delighted search for America’s thoughts about life and love follow that same road. Lovin America doesn't offer advice or the 10 Easy Steps to anything, but instead, brings out the wit and insights of love's diverse expressions, as told through American history, culture and the people they encounter along the American road. What does it mean to be in love in America today - with our mates, our lives, with our deepest passions for place and purpose? These are the tales of being love in, and in love with, America.  Riding along on this quest, readers and listeners also learn the wonders of the American highway - who makes the best chili, the worst drivers, the most profound memorials and the funniest local events? Be renewed, as Scotte and Toni constantly are, by the inspiring power of Lovin America!

Twitter - scotteandtoni

Website - www.lovinamerica.us

Podcast - http://lovin-america.blubrry.net/

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Love in America - Recalled to Life

From Love in America | Part of the Love in America series | 29:00

A traffic jam in Deadwood, complete with horns – Big Horns! Yoopie and Troll love with lovely crinkly edges; Saved from prison by children; a revolutionary love story; from The Roads to Happily Ever After - Motor Maids and Bubble Gum!

Mr Storytellers Lovin America open with the tale of a bighorn traffic jam in Deadwood, then take listeners on a Harley tour of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and a Yoopie love story. a modren day Alexandre Manette (A Tale of Two Cities) a father is saved from prison and a life of drugs and violence by the love of his children. Our Love in History features the remarkable love story of John and Abigail Adams, followed by Scotte's colorful depiction of the history of women motorcycle riders in his narrative, Motor Maids and Bubble Gum. 

"It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.”  As motorcycle “longriders”, Lovin America storytellers Scotte and Toni Burns live by this expression. Their delighted search for America’s thoughts about life and love follow that same road. Lovin America doesn't offer advice or the 10 Easy Steps to anything, but instead, brings out the wit and insights of love's diverse expressions, as told through American history, culture and the people they encounter along the American road. What does it mean to be in love in America today - with our mates, our lives, with our deepest passions for place and purpose? These are the tales of being love in, and in love with, America.  Riding along on this quest, readers and listeners also learn the wonders of the American highway - who makes the best barbecue, the worst drivers, the most profound memorials and the funniest local events? Be renewed, as Scotte and Toni constantly are, by the inspiring power of Lovin America!

Links:Deadwood Traffic Jam

Deadwood Traffic Jam
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1952633291659009&set=a.1492100654378944.1073741829.100007370715549&type=3&theater

Deadweird https://www.deadwood.com/event/deadweird/

Michigan:
U.P.s and Trolls!
https://thepeninsulas.weebly.com/the-blog/yoopers-and-trolls
Mackinac Island
https://www.mackinacisland.org/

Jason a/k/a Alexandre Manette
https://www.lovinamerica.us/single-post/2017/06/18/Happy-Fathers-Day-Alexandre-Manette

Love Story - John and Abigail Adams
http://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/ageless-love-story-john-abigail-adams/

My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/My-Dearest-Friend-Letters-Abigail/dp/0674057058/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510442978&sr=8-1&keywords=john+and+abigail+adams+letters

Narrative – Motor Maids & Bubble Gum:
From the book: Lovin America, the Roads to Happily-Ever-After

Lovin America YouTube Channel

Love in America - Addicted to Love

From Love in America | Part of the Love in America series | 29:00

What it takes to get on a first name basis with the Deadwood PD; very real insights on life from an addiction counselor in Bangor ME; our "best shot" at the old west love story of Annie Oakley and Frank Butler; Today’s narrative from The Roads to Happily Ever After - Love is a Breeze.

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Love storytellers liven things up in Deadwood, getting personally introduced to the Deadwod police. After, listeners come along on a tour by Harley to Bangor, Maine and a remarkable tour de force on love, wisdom, devotion and addiction with counselor Jim LaPierre of Bangor's Higher Ground Services. Heading back west fro Love in History, discover the love story of Annie Oakley and Frank Butler and where "Annie Get Your Gun" got it all wrong. Ahe weekly narrative from Lovin America: The Roads to Happily Ever After is Toni story of love weathering all things in "Love is a Breeze."  

"It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.”  As motorcycle “longriders”, Lovin America storytellers Scotte and Toni Burns live by this expression. Their delighted search for America’s thoughts about life and love follow that same road. Lovin America doesn't offer advice or the 10 Easy Steps to anything, but instead, brings out the wit and insights of love's diverse expressions, as told through American history, culture and the people they encounter along the American road. What does it mean to be in love in America today - with our mates, our lives, with our deepest passions for place and purpose? These are the tales of being love in, and in love with, America.  Riding along on this quest, readers and listeners also learn the wonders of the American highway - who makes the best chili, the worst drivers, the most profound memorials and the funniest local events? Be renewed, as Scotte and Toni constantly are, by the inspiring power of Lovin America!

Twitter - scotteandtoni

Website - www.lovinamerica.us

Links:

Snippet from our interview with Jim LaPierre,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0lFcS0AECk

Annie Oakley and Frank Butler:
http://stargazermercantile.com/2014/02/10/annie-oakley-frank-butler-love-story/
https://www.annieoakleycenterfoundation.com/faq.html
https://nationalpurebreddogday.com/annieoakley/

Narrative - Love is a Breeze
From the book: Lovin America, the Roads to Happily-Ever-After

Lovin America Website

Lovin America YouTube Channel


Love in America - Act of Love

From Love in America | Part of the Love in America series | 29:02

Motorcycles with skis; Milwaukee's best... loving couple; the love story of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, an acting couple whose activism was no act; life’s simple pleasures in our Roads to Happily Ever After narrative: Simplicity.

Simplicity_240x240_small Love storytellers Scotte and Toni Burns explore the Heart of America, seeking and sharing tales of her deep and abiding loves - of one another, of the things we do, and of the American places we call home.

Following a Crooked Little House update on life in Deadwood, we'll share the stories on an encounter with a former meth dealer and junkie in Minneapolis, redeeming each other through love and building a new, inspiring life together. The tale of Hollywood acting couple and civil rights activists Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, from their meeting on Broadway through their affiliations with King and Malcom X, to their final act together. Sharing an excerpt from our book, Lovin America: The Roads to Happily Ever After, here's a look at the rough side of Milwaukee and finding meaning through the eyes of marriage and homelessness. 

Links

Snowmobiling, sleds, or motorcycles with skis

Kendrick and Amber in Milwaukee, WI
Full Lovin America Interview

Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee
From: EverythingGirlsLove.com
From: Ebony.com
Raisin in the Sun from Amazon.com

Narrative - Simplicity
From the book: Lovin America, the Roads to Happily-Ever-After

Lovin America Website:

Lovin America YouTube Channel

Love in America - Oh, Deer!

From Love in America | Part of the Love in America series | 29:00

Know your deer – Bambi versus reality!; Daryl and Stacey – a Loving legacy in Atlanta; When scientists are mad about each other: Christina Maslach, Philip Zimbardo and the Stanford Prison Experiment.

Lovin America Patrons also receive a combined weekly Lovin the Dogs and narrative feature: Who You Callin’ Old?

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A brief unknown history of the beloved Disney classic, Bambi, precedes a look at the hairy reality of deer and motorcycles. Lovin America's Scotte and Toni Burns then take to the road through Atlanta Georgia to look at the legacy of the Loving's and interracial marriage in the US through the love of Daryl and Stacey, middle school administrators and new parents relocating from Seattle to the South. Love in History this week features the tale of Drs. Philip Zimbardo and Christina Aslach and how love shaped the event and history of the Stanford Prison Experiment.

Patrons will enjoy a combined Lovin the Dogs/Narrative with a tale of dealing with our pets' mortality.

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Lovin America YouTube Channel:
Lovin America YouTube Channel

Patron Extended Features

Lovin the Dogs - Article by Janet MacLeod, Who You Callin’ Old?

Love in America - Pure Imagination

From Love in America | Part of the Love in America series | 28:59

Turkeys Drop - and not on Cincinnati!; and, our Lovin History feature is a tale of pure love, and pure imagination: the stories of Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner/Karen Boyer.

Pure_imagination240_small The Turkey Drop wasn't invented by WKRP in Cincinatti, but came from a real event in The Black Hills of South Dakota! We're also devoting the entire balance of the show to the remarkable story of Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner, and then how Wilder found the strength to move on and find happiness again with Karen Boyer. 

Links:

Lovin America Website

Lovin America YouTube Channel

Patron’s Extended Feature Links:

Love in America - Nightmares and Fairytales

From Love in America | Part of the Love in America series | 29:00

Lovin the historic small towns of America, including the largest town of its size, anywhere!; All’s “Faire” in love, with the Bristol Renaissance in Kenosha, Wisconsin; This week’s Love in History: Welcome to our Lovin Nightmare (we hope we don’t scare you) with the story of Alice and Sheryl Cooper.

Alice_and_sheryl_still240__small Riding coast-to-coast, collecting and sharing these tales of love from every culture and landscape across America, Scotte and Toni discover not only why every small town is historic, but a specific remarkable few that'll certainly make you want t ride out and visit too! Who can resist the majestic irony of being the "Home of the World's Largest Welcome Sign," or "The Town Where the Battle Wasn't?!" Rolling down that road, Lovin America also stops in Kenosha, Wisconsin, site of The Bristol Renaissance Faire, for a look at the lighted side of the Dark Ages of love. Then, the Muscle of Love gets a good workout with the love and life stories of rocker Alice Cooper and his wife of 42 years, ballerina Sheryl Goddard.

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***A very SPECIAL THANKS to Jocelyn and Aaron Freeman (Meet the Freeman’s https://www.meetthefreemans.com/) for the use of comments from their recent interview with the Coopers!***

Love in America - Leather, Love and Laughter

From Love in America | Part of the Love in America series | 29:00

A stage coach approaches Deadwood; Leather, love, and laughter from the Center of the Everything with Belle Fourche’s Kerry and Bernadette; Some lives say a lot about love, even if those who live them say nothing at all – the love story of Harpo and Susan Marx.

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Storytellers and motorcycle longriders Scotte and Toni Burns begin this week's journeys Lovin' Deadwood South Dakota, and exploring the return of the Deadwood stagecoach, as well as the town's more modern technologies, the trolley and music carried through electricity! Then, the route takes listeners up through Belle Fourche, The (Geographic) Center of the Universe (well, the US, anyway)and a spirited visit with leatherman Kerry Wilcox and the Lady Bernadette. Love in History this week takes listeners through the passionate and revealing tale of comedian, husband and father Harpo Marx and his lifelong love, Susan Fleming.

Extended features for Love in America patrons (www.lovinamerica.us) include the story of two Alaskan huskies who saved the town of Nome, and a narrative from the book, Lovin America: The Roads to Happily Ever After, a tale of discovering Dr. Seuss via Harley - In Search of the Flouncy Puffaloss. All this and more, on Love i America! 

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USS Vaudeville - A Tale from The Heart of America

From Love in America | Part of the Tales From the Heart of America series | 05:41

A tour of the battleship USS Alabama and WWII submarine USS Drum has storyteller Toni Burns diving deep for memories of her father, John Wright, and how gentleman, comedian and soldier can be the same man. A little song, a little dance...

John_as_clown_small Strolling the decks of the New Jersey-class battleship USS Alabama in Mobile Bay, mingling with Japanese, Muslim and other world tourists, it's striking how much the world can change in just a few years. And yet, the people who make up that world can change no at all, especially in fond memories. In this poignant and compelling memoir of her late father, storyteller Toni Burns (Lovin America) weaves the tale of a man who was at once a comedian, a gentleman, a doting father, a self-proclaimed "yellow dog democrat" and a soldier, and how his life still rolls and swells with the waves beneath the ships he loved. 

Love in America 039 - Lovers, Dreamers and Me

From Love in America | Part of the Love in America series | 39:39

This week is all about lovers, dreamers and me, starting with the Portlandian dream of lovers Deb & Kol and their Caravan Tiny House Hotel; next, a love story between the great “Maza Shelaza” of the Muppets and her gentle giant: Jane and Jim Henson; the big crazy South Dakota dream of Korczak Ziolkowski and the Crazy Horse Memorial; and from our upcoming book Tales from The Heart of America, a story about differences between wishing and making dreams happen, called: Around the Corner.

Jim_and_jane_henson_portrait_with_kermit_720fdb_6074167_small In a previous On the Road segment, we interviewed the History Alive troupe of Salem, MA, a charming member of which claimed Kermit singing The Rainbow Connection as her favorite love song. In that spirit, we're shariing stories this week all about Lovers, Dreamers, and Me - starting with: On the Road-the Portlandian dream of lovers Deb & Kol and their Caravan Tiny House Hotel; next, Lovin History-a love story between the great “Maza Shelaza” of the Muppets and her gentle giant: Jane and Jim Henson; Lovin SoDak-the big crazy South Dakota dream of Korczak Ziolkowski and the Crazy Horse Memorial; and from our upcoming book Tales from The Heart of America-a story about differences between wishing and making dreams happen, called: Around the Corner.

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Love in America 040 - Where No Love Has Gone Before

From Love in America | Part of the Love in America series | 38:29

A trek through the stars with Star Trek Elvis in Ticonderoga, New York; then, where no love has gone before - the story of DeForest Kelly and Carolyn Dowling; Lovin SoDak this week, we’ll share a Blue Book chapter on the Ellsworth Incident; finally, our narrative is about seeking out new life and new civilizations of the heart, through a tale called: Story Time.

Deforest-and-carolyn-kelley_small Love in America takes to the stars this week, starting with an On the Road story featuring Jim Cawley in Ticonderoga, NY. The nation's foremost Elvis recreator, Jim is also the founder and owner of the Star Trek Original Series Set Tour - a complete and lovingly detailed recreation of the entire original USS Enterprise, using Desilu Studios original blueprints. Jim's passion for his work and deep affection for his historic upstate NY town combine to show how love, humor, and vision can become an unstoppable force - with a pompadour and a phaser! Next, a revised and updated story on Star Trek actor DeForest Kelley (Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy), his lady, Carolyn Dowling, and their remarkable lives of devotion and balancing Hollywood careers with midwestern mores. It all begins with a Lovin SoDak segment on South Dakota's most famous UFO encounter, and concludes with a new Tales from the Heart of America narrative about seeking out new life and new civilizations of the heart, in a tale called: Story Time.  

Show Links:

Lovin America YouTube Channel: https://tinyurl.com/YouTube-LovinAmerica 

Love in America 042 - The Unfinished Work

From Love in America | Part of the Love in America series | 38:56

Love triumphs, even through the Civil War, with a union within the Union – the love story of Ulysses S. and Julia Grant; On the Road, discover a Union among confederates with Daniel and Haidee at the Nevada State Fair; our Lovin SoDak feature explains how the war made South Dakota taste better (thanks, Aunt Lou!); and our narrative is a Gettysburg Tale from The Heart of America in a story called: Monumental.

Ulysses_and_julia_grant_small The American Civil War produced some of the bloodiest battles in U.S. history, but amidst the darkness love would arise, from the bonds between couples thrust together in the storm, to the renewed sense of devotion to principle and sacrifice marked in Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Love in America explores tales from the Civil War this week, including a love that bridged the divide between states and families - the story of Hiram Ulysses "S." Grant and his bride, Julia Dent. On the Road, you'll share an interview with Daniel and Haidee, Civil War reenactors and veterans of love's struggles and triumphs through advancing age, mixed races and learning to dance together. Also, the Dakota Territory reaps the legacy of war with an unexpected culinary and civil rights hero; a powerful Love in America narrative written from the Battlefield at Gettysburg, called Monumental.

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Monumental - A Tale from The Heart of America

From Love in America | Part of the Tales From the Heart of America series | 09:53

From the Battlefield of Gettysburg and the memoirs of fifteen year old Tillie Pierce comes a tale of our duty to honor the sacrifices made for liberty, and a very human legacy of love in America - the last, best hope for humanity.

Tillie_pierce_small From Monumental

As we left the battlefield to begin the ride back to our room in Chambersburg, and tomorrow into West Virginia, our attention was captured by one last towering obelisk, a soaring statuary tribute simply called A Soldier’s Monument at Gettysburg. At its massive foot, a group of twenty or so black college-aged students gathered, ROTC candidates I thought, under the direction a leader. As we neared, the leader raised a hand held video camera and each member took a turn reciting a line from Lincoln’s Gettysburg address.

 “...dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” And that hollow spirit that had weighed my heart and searched for meaning in all this began to fall away.

 “It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.” So that you and I, though we may not speak today, or ever know one another through our words, have been united by these. We’ve been given a chance for brotherhood, to right the wrongs of the past through the sacrifices made here, to be equal, free, American.

 “...a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” And in a time when our country seems so desperately divided once again, there is still in this country, love, hope, possibility. America is still the last, best hope for humanity - a place where all people are equal - so long as we remember, together, why that is a thing worth fighting for.

 But more importantly, worth living for.

Love in America 044 - Tough as (Painted) Nails!

From Love in America | Part of the Love in America series | 39:51

Lovin the tough ladies! On the Road stays close to home with two powerful women in one - and woe to them who stand in the way of either - Deadwood’s own Calamity Jane, actress Jena Sierks; In Lovin History, you’ll be glad we had this time together - a love story with life and comedienne Carol Burnett; Lovin SoDak is a slew of ladies showing their... grit, in Deadwood!; and our original Tale from The Heart of America is the narrative of a woman who’s strength turned struggle into kindness, called: Karma Margo.

The_charwoman_small The men had their turn last episode, so it's Sadie Hawkins' turn with a Love in America celebration of American women. We start On the Road right here in Deadwood, South Dakota with a colorful in-studio talk with the Deadwood Alive history troupe's own Martha "Calamity" Jane Cannary, actress and historian Jena Sierks. Jena discusses Jane's story, her place in Deadwood's history and the grit it takes to be a thespian in the Dakotas. Toni also takes listeners on a whirlwind tour of a few other notable tough gals from the Dakota Territory! Our Love in History feature this week is a courageous and heartfelt love with life itself, through the eyes of both comedy and tragedy, in the ongoing story of comedienne and actress Carol Burnett. Finally, the narrative from our upcoming book, Tales from The Heart of America, shares the treasure of Margo, waitress at the Goshen Diner in upstate New York, and her path from a forced marriage as a teenager in Russia, through hunger, abuse, neglect, traveling to America alone, and emerging from it all with a profound and enduring love for life and the people she meets everyday - a tale called Karma Margo

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Harpo and Susan Marx - An American Love Story

From Love in America | Part of the Love in History - American Love Stories series | 17:30

Some lives say a lot about love, even if those who live them say nothing at all - the love story of Harpo and Susan Marx.

Harpo_and_kids_small Story is the key to understanding what is love, because throughout human history, the way we’ve shared meaning, purpose, culture, even morals, has been through our stories. As one Native American storyteller told Love in America, we find knowledge by being told what something means - but through story, we find our own meanings, and in that way discover the wisdom we really seeking. In this episode, that insight comes from the warmth and humor of the love story behind one of America's most beloved comedic actors and vaudevillians, Harpo Marx, his wife, Zeigfeld Follies girl Susan Fleming,  their children, menagerie of admirers, and legacy.

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Complete, Divided Attention - A Tale from The Heart of America

From Love in America | Part of the Tales From the Heart of America series | 09:13

Wildlife encounters on a motorcycle at eighty miles an hour can teach us a great deal about our inner selves!

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Humans are storytellers and seekers, while answers are destinations - once we think we’ve found one, we stop questing, and a journey ends. Instead, our questions and aspirations are the journey we're really seeking, one that shapes who we are constantly becoming, as travelers, as human beings, and as Americans. Among those travelers then, especially Harley “longriders” like Lovin America's Scotte and Toni Burns, there is a familiar saying that, “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” American’s continual search for meaning in life, love and time follow that same road.

Evoking the spirits of Kerouac, Fulghum and a little Erma Bombeck gripping the sidecar, these tales are the ongoing story of what it means to live, to find love in, and a love with, America. You won’t find the meaning of life here, but you will find its many expressions. You won’t find answers to the Great Questions, but you’ll discover instead that you’re not alone in asking them, and that means that you’re never really alone at all. In short, what we hope you’ll find is the wisdom of America’s history, culture and people, revealed over the miles as we’ve listened to America tell us what it means to be happy together, what is our place in the world and with each other? What are our deepest passions, keenest insights and farthest views? Riding along on this quest, you’ll also find the wonders of the American highway by motorcycle - hope, inspiration, a few laughs, and a renewed sense in these troubled days that America’s greatest story is still being written by us all, together. 
Out of Many…One.