June 17th Show
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On today's show:
NYTimes Bestselling author Lisa Gardner
on her book FIND HER
Michelle Spitzer, own of MaidPro of Southwest Florida
Today June 17th In History
1597 Sir Francis Drake claims San Francisco Bay for England.
1856 The Republican Party opens its first national convention in Philadelphia.
1931 British authorities in China arrest Indochinese Communist leader Ho Chi Minh.
1932 The U.S. Senate defeats the Bonus Bill as 10,000 veterans mass around the Capitol
On this date, by a vote of 211 to 176, the House passed a $2.4 billion World War I veterans bonus bill sponsored by Wright Patman of Texas. Prior to that vote, veterans’ groups had unsuccessfully requested the Herbert Hoover administration to pay immediately a congressionally-mandated bonus for World War I servicemen scheduled for 1945. Thousands of veterans and their families, devastated by the Great Depression, participated in the “Bonus March,” descending on Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress for a cash payment which would amount to roughly $1,000 per veteran. They camped in vacant federal buildings and along the Anacostia Flats, several miles from the Capitol. High drama marked House debate. Representative Edward Eslick of Tennessee died of a heart attack on the House Floor while delivering an impassioned speech on behalf of the bill. A day later, when the measure passed, hundreds of veterans jubilantly celebrated in the House Gallery. The Senate subsequently rejected the Patman Bonus Bill by a wide margin.
1950 Surgeon Richard Lawler performs the first kidney transplant operation in Chicago.
1972 Five men are arrested for burglarizing Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C
1994 Millions of Americans watch former football player O.J. Simpson–facing murder charges–drive his Ford Bronco through Los Angeles, followed by police.
1239 Edward I (Longshanks), King of England (1272-1307).
1703 John Wesley, English evangelist and theologian, founder of the Methodist movement.
1742 William Hooper, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
1880 Carl Van Vechten, writer. – December 21, 1964) was an American writer and artistic photographer who was a patron of the Harlem Renaissance and the literary executor of Gertrude Stein. Georgia O'Keeffe, Alvin Ailey, Laurence Olivier, Roald Dahl, Salvador Dalí, Vincent Price, Diego Rivera,
1882 Igor Stravinsky, Russian-born U.S. composer (The Rite of Spring, The Firebird- 22 minutes).
1914 John Hersey, novelist and journalist (Men on Bataan, Hiroshima).
It was December 1907, 361 men left over 1,000 children fatherless after a tragic mining accident in West Virginia. It was a local mother that suggested to her pastor that these men be remembered and celebrated as fathers. Woodrow Wilson considered making it an official holiday 1916 but declined noting that it would just be commercialized. It wasn’t until 1972 that Richard Nixon signed into being Father’s Day as a permanent national holiday, 50 years after Mother’s Day was established.
Fatherhood itself has had an extraordinary transition, paralleling the morphing of manhood. From once having the sole expectation of being the authoritarian breadwinner, fathers in the 20th century were being pressured to be “dads” as well, to actually parent, be involved, know their kids. This required men to be gentle, to listen, to be present and sensitive which was not the ideal model of a man at the time and they were to do this, all without abandoning the post as breadwinner. Thankfully that image of manliness has started changing in beautiful ways that benefit children and partners alike, yet the societal establishment has lagged far behind in supporting that balancing attempt.
With modern dads often doing their fair share of the housekeeping (or all of it if they are single dads) with a baby strapped to their chest and/or sports equipment in tow, dads are wanting the dream of what being a dad looked like, before it all actually happened- and looked nothing like the dream. Dads seem to be craving the nostalgic experience (fantasy) of being a dad, more like a 50’s TV dad, with the family all around him. Let’s all just take a moment to transport ourselves to June and Ward Cleaver’s, in their lovely immaculate ranch house that smells of cookies and mums… in that pristine alternate universe of idyllic American life. That is what we are aiming for. Even though June was only wearing pearls to cover up her scar and wore heels so she could remain taller than her boys, it was charming.
So what does life look like as a Father’s Day gift? If dad can be home with the family it looks like a weekend day with an appreciative partner looking lovely and pulled together, fixing the dads favorite dinner while managing the needs of the children. Encouraging him to head out with his friends to do what ever he’d like for the day, children neat and clean, behaving like church mice as if the Queen would be stopping by, dog resting peacefully, while dad is enjoying uninterrupted time drinking a beverage of choice while enjoying catching up on reading or programming of sorts. So other than maybe a bottle of Gentlemen’s Jack and a custom coupon book for others to stop talking or do dad’s regularly schedules chores; dads are really wanting what my dear friend refers to as a “command performance” from their family, with everyone showing up as their best self.
For the dads that are away, technology is your best friend. So call, Skype, Facetime, Whatsapp, whatever, but get in touch. Snail mail still works too and those letters and cards can be saved and treasured by those dads who are away for extended time.
More Men are becoming conscious of really caring for themselves- beyond just working out, they are looking to care for their skin and are actively starting to avoid what they no is bad for them after what may be years of unintentional abuse- so why support them in doing what they are trying so hard to do to better themselves and gift them a set of Moxie Creed skincare? Works on sun damage, wrinkles, while nourishing the skin and protecting it from future damage.
Better than anything that could be found on gift guide filled with stuff that no one needs, just be your most grateful and appreciative self for all the hard work he’s put in. Do what you know he’d love you to do most and say thank you… he’s earned it.
Lisa Gardner, NYTimes Best Selling author joined us to talk about
FIND HER, this summers must-read thriller.
Every once in a while an author writes a game changer—a book that makes people stop everything to finish it. FIND HER was that book for Lisa Gardner in February 2016, hitting the New York Times list at #4 and garnering rave reviews from major media outlets to bestselling authors like Karin Slaughter and Harlan Coben, who said that FIND HER “is a novel that shouldn’t be missed.”
FIND HER’s protagonist, Flora Dane, is a survivor. After being kidnapped and held by her captor for over a year, anyone would say that her matriculation back into a “normal” life was an all-around success. But normal isn’t exactly how Flora feels. When a college student–who reminds her far too much of herself–goes missing in a strikingly familiar fashion, Flora knows that she must do something to help, despite that fact that it could mean putting herself in danger. Flora is the only one who knows what a captor like that is capable of, even after all these years.
The search to find the kidnapper at large and unravel Flora’s past twists together in a compelling dual-narrative. Gardner dives into the dark underbelly of Boston’s nightlife while also casting light onto one of the lesser-known branches of the FBI, Victim Specialists.
FIND HER in its trade paperback format will be the beach bag accessory of the summer. It’s a perfect introduction to Lisa Gardner for new readers and an exciting addition for dedicated fans.
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