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Pineapple Harvesting

Pineapple Harvesting

Pineapple Harvesting…Libby’s modern machinery and skillful pickers labor together in Hawaii’s fertile pineapple fields harvesting the “King of Fruits.”

Nurses Three: A Very Special Girl

by Jean Kirby (1963)
Nurses Three: A Very Special Girl

A Tracy Scott Story

Blond, blue-eyed Tracy Scott gazed up at young Dr. Hardwick and smiled wistfully. He cared for her, and the knowledge made her ecstatic one moment, panicky the next. She had not expected to find romance on this assignment–but then, almost everything at the Indian Service Hospital had come as a surprise.

It was a completely different world, with people and ways of life she had never known, strange customs and beliefs. She found patients who desperately needed her help in many ways–patients who inspired her to be the best nurse possible.

There were obstacles, and not the least of them was her moody, wildly jealous roommate. It was a trying year for Tracy and an exciting one. In the course of it she found new warmth and understanding within herself–and those around her felt lucky in knowing a very special girl.

The back cover is worth a look, too…

Nurses Three: A Very Special Girl

But, as you can probably guess, the “very special girl” was eventually fired for…

Blatant Violation

Blatant violation of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act


…Fraternizing with male employees…

Enticing Small Children

And attempting to entice small children with candy.

Japanese Girls Doing Synchronized Dance Movements To A Jazz Riff On Lerner & Loewe

This should probably be over in the Tidbits section, but…a real-time clock featuring Japanese girls doing synchronized dance movements to a jazz riff on Lerner & Loewe? Come on! How insanely cool is that?

I think they’re selling polo shirts, but, as I always say, do you really need an excuse for Japanese girls doing synchronized dance movements to a jazz riff on Lerner & Loewe?

Is there a 24-hour cable channel in Japan with this sort of thing? You know, “All Japanese Girls Doing Synchronized Dance Movements To A Jazz Riff On Lerner & Loewe…All The Time?”

If not, there should be.

[Note: I’ve turned the sound off by default so you aren’t driven insane by the constant ticking, so be sure to click on the small speaker icon in the lower right for the full effect. Also, you can click on the movie or visit the UNIQLOCK site for a full-screen version.]

Nurse of the Midnight Sun

by Mary Collins Dunne (1973)
Nurse of the Midnight Sun

Cory Hanson didn’t consider herself a man-chaser, but it was six months since her fiance, Paul Farron, had left Oregon for an engineering job with the Trask Valley project in Alaska–and she missed him! After writing Paul that she was flying out for a vacation, she gave up her apartment and her hospital job and boarded the plane for Kovarik.

Once she reached the small sawmill town of Datlow Springs, Cory had to wait two weeks for Paul’s arrival. When he finally showed up, it was with the overwhelming news that he had just gotten married.

Though Cory wanted nothing more than to return to Oregon immediately, an accident at the mill changed her plans–and laid the foundation for a surprising turn of events in the Land of the Midnight Sun.

Nurse Hanson looks like she’s in her mid-50s, the dashing doctor looks like one of those one-episode “featured actors” from Hawaii Five-O.

And for the briefest of moments I thought that was a unicorn in the background.