April 29th Show
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On today's show:
Michelle Spitzer, owner of MaidPro
Discussing allegy season and Mother's Day
Today April 29th In History
1492 Joan of Arc leads French forces to victory over English at Orleans.
nicknamed "The Maid of Orléans" she is considered a heroine of France for her role during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years' War and was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint. She was born to Jacques d'Arc and Isabelle Romée, a peasant family, at Domrémy in north-east France. Joan said she received visions of the Archangel Michael, Saint Margaret, and Saint Catherine of Alexandria instructing her to support Charles VII (7) and recover France from English domination late in the Hundred Years' War. The uncrowned King Charles VII (7) sent Joan to the siege of Orléans as part of a relief mission. She gained prominence after the siege was lifted only nine days later. Several additional swift victories led to Charles 7's coronation at Reims. This long-awaited event boosted French morale and paved the way for the final French victory.
If Joan of Arc is someone you are interested in learning about I have a great book recommendation from what may seem an unlikely source.
Mark Twain, famous for humorous witty writing of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn wrote a serious historical book about Joan of Arc, his last in fact, and said:
"I like Joan of Arc best of all my books; and it is the best; I know it perfectly well. And besides, it furnished me seven times the pleasure afforded me by any of the others; twelve years of preparation, and two years of writing. The others needed no preparation and got none." --Mark Twain
Very unlike his other writing and very accurate, Twain pays due respect in this very significant work.
1813 Rubber is patented by Thomas Hancock. It was for the application of rubber in clothing where some elasticity was useful, such as braces (suspenders) or slip-on boots. Thus began his wish to find uses for rubber, which until then had limited worth due to its poor properties, being hard and liable to crack in winter cold and sticky in summer heat. Later, he invented a “masticator” which fed waste rubber through a spiked roller rotating in a hollow cylinder and produced a homogeneous mass of solid rubber resulting from the pressure applied and heat generated during the process. When rolled into sheets or compacted into blocks, the product was suitable to make various articles. Thus, he became the founder of the British rubber industry. On Amazon: Charles Goodyear, Thomas Hancock, and the Race to Unlock the Greatest Industrial Secret of the Nineteenth Century, by Charles Slack. - book suggestion.
1825 The first edition of Peter Roget’s Thesaurus is published.
1913 Gideon Sundback of Hoboken patents the all-purpose zipper. Clothing, luggage, sporting goods, camping gear, all sorts of things. In the 1930s, a sales campaign began for children's clothing featuring zippers. The campaign praised zippers for promoting self-reliance in young children by making it possible for them to dress in self-help clothing. The zipper beat the button in 1937 in the "Battle of the Fly", after French fashion designers raved over zippers in men's trousers. Esquire declared the zipper the "Newest Tailoring Idea for Men"
1945 The German Army in Italy surrenders unconditionally to the Allies.
***** The Nazi concentration camp of Dachau is liberated by Allied troops.
As World War II draws to a close, Adolf Hitler marries longtime partner Eva Braun in a Berlin bunker and designates Admiral Karl Dönitz as his successor. Both Hitler and Braun will commit suicide the following day.
1818 Alexander II, Czar of Russia. Alexander's most significant reform as emperor was emancipation of Russia's serfs in 1861, for which he is known as Alexander the Liberator The tsar was responsible for other reforms, including reorganizing the judicial system, setting up elected local judges, abolishing corporal punishment, promoting local self-government, imposing universal military service, ending some privileges of the nobility, and promoting university education.
1863 William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper publisher. He was an American newspaper publisher who built the nation's largest newspaper chain and media company Hearst Communications and whose flamboyant methods of yellow journalism (journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers. Techniques may include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering or sensationalism. By extension, the term yellow journalism is used today as a pejorative to decry any journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical fashion. ) influenced the nation's popular media by emphasizing sensationalism and human interest stories.
Hearst entered the publishing business in 1887 after being given control of The San Francisco Examiner by his wealthy father. Moving to New York City, he acquired The New York Journal and fought a bitter circulation war with Joseph Pulitzer's New York World that sold papers by giant headlines over lurid stories featuring crime, corruption, graphics, sex, and innuendo. Acquiring more newspapers, Hearst created a chain that numbered nearly 30 papers in major American cities at its peak. He later expanded to magazines, creating the largest newspaper and magazine business in the world.
He was twice elected as a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives, and ran unsuccessfully for President of the United States in 1904, Mayor of New York City in 1905 and 1909 and for Governor of New York in 1906. His life story was the main inspiration for Charles Foster Kane, the lead character in Orson Welles's film Citizen Kane. His famous mansion, Hearst Castle, on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean near San Simeon, is now a State Historical Monument and a National Historic Landmark.
1879 Sir Thomas Beecham, founder of the London Philharmonic
1899 Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, renowned jazz composer and musician. Beginning in 1927, Duke’s three-year engagement as house bandleader at Harlem’s famous Cotton Club further whetted his appetite for writing show music. Surrounded by glamorous entertainers, he was called upon to support such acts with a wide variety of musical settings, delivering outstanding results. Duke was handsome, elegant, well-mannered, and well-spoken, plus he made a point to present his band members in top form. Moreover, his broad appeal transcended racial barriers. As a result, in 1929, Ellington landed a role in a high-profile short film drama titled Black and Tan. For those of you who haven’t seen it, I’ve got the link on lifewithmoxie.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLJmgzMnOjQ
1901 Hirohito, emperor of Japan during and after World War II.
So Mother’s Day is 2 weekends away on May 14th, so we are discussing it now so you have time to properly plan.
So the ads would have you believe that we want chocolate and jewelry and flowers. Yes those are all lovely but most moms are struggling with their weight and figure and chocolate crates a terrible love/hate with the gift, we do love flowers… who doesn’t, but what we’d really love is for someone to plant a flower bed for us to enjoy every day.
1- TIME OFF. Every mom has a list of about 20 things she'd like to get done on any given day, but she usually only has time to successfully conquer three. Our moms would love a day to tackle their To-Dos or just to be free to do whatever they want, no questions asked.
Moms think going to sleep when they are tired on Saturday and awakening on their own without the alarm clock or the voice of a child on Sunday is a dream come true. Plus, it's 100 percent free!
Extra credit: Give mom a full night's rest and a nap, preferably in a hammock with a good book and a cold drink.
3- Clean House
Being a mom is stressful, and coming home to a clean house, even if it only lasts 10 minutes, is like a little slice of heaven for us. Hire a professional or, at the very least, get the kids to help pick up around the house.
Extra credit: Purchase a housecleaning package from a coupon site to use throughout the year, or hire a pro to come in and tackle deep cleaning or organizing projects.
4- Spa Day
A massage, mani/pedi or facial are all wonderful gifts to show us how much we're appreciated. Older kids could get creative and set up a home spa with candles, homemade scrubs, etc.
Extra credit: A whole spa day full of pampering.
5- Not mom for a day
We love being moms; we really do. But we would also love a day free from the "mom routine." That means no dishes, laundry, chauffeur duty, dressing little ones, getting kids out the door, mediating sibling arguments, hear our own thoughts, etc.
A vehicle free from crumbs and clutter is like a commuting oasis.
Extra credit: Get it detailed.
7-Turn the Honey-Do into a Honey-Done List
Every time we walk by that broken _______ (fill in the blank), it drives us crazy. If you complete the Honey-Do List of lingering household projects, you will be one happy man come Father's Day — trust us!
8-What's for Dinner?
If you take care of dinner, including the grocery shopping, for one week, it would free us up to enjoy more quality time as a family, which is what we all want.
9-Coupon book to redeem for things we dread and thing we wish for like
Laundry, dishes, cooking, dry cleaning pick up, kid drop off… and girls night, facial, nail appt, romantic dinner. As being a mom really takes a toll on us feeling like beautiful women so anything in that window is going to feel wonderful.
10- Want to win mothers day gift giver of the year? Get her to take the day off on Friday so she can get herself caught up on her own list, then when it’s time for the kids to get home from school, send her off to a local hotel for the night with a pair of her favorite well worn pjs, a stack magazines, a candle and matches and tell her not to check back in until late the next morning on Saturday. Saturday early afternoon have a spa appt. for her at the hotel, then she can go back to the hotel room for a nap, then come home to you having made dinner, the kids neat and clean and her feeling delighted to be back among family who is feeling very appreciative that she’s home. Then on Sunday, everyone lets mom sleep in, the family makes breakfast for mom and cleans it up, or heads out to a nice brunch.
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Michelle Spitzer, owner of MaidPro of SW Florida joined us in the booth to share her recommendations for services coming into the summer months with all the pollen and fire ash we've been experiencing. It all comes down to peace of mind! And most importantly, Mother's Day is nearly here and according to our Mother's Day list above- a clean home is #3 most wanted on the list! So we recommend either getting her a gift certificate or calling to just go ahead and schedule it for her!
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How to help victimes of recent Collier County fires
GoFundMe accounts have been set up to help victims of the Golden Gate Estates brush fire. Here is how to help:
Forges Family: Pregnant woman due in month, homeless with two sons from Bear Creek fire
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rotondo family, Kearney Avenue: https://www.gofundme.com/the-rotondo-family
Mosser family, Kearney Avenue: https://www.gofundme.com/tess-scott-mossers-home-and-farm
Witcher family, Smith Road: https://www.gofundme.com/Witcherhousefire
Hamm family, Inez Road: https://www.gofundme.com/984d9w-the-hamm-family-fire-relief-fund
The NGALA Wildlife Preserve: https://www.gofundme.com/ngalawildlifepreserve
Donovan Smith, CEO of NGALA Wildlife Preserve, was injured trying to protect the preserve from the brush fire: https://www.gofundme.com/DonovanSmith-NAGLA