November 25th Show
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On today's show:
All the Must-See Holiday Movies
Holiday Gifts with Moxie
Special Guest, Chris Lombardo, Family Law attorney, about dealing with Ex's and child-sharing during the Holidays
Danielle Trussoni, author of
The Fortress, on her new book and how she manages child-sharing during the holidays as a single mom of two teens.
Holiday Movie Master List!
Hope this finds you still enjoying a food coma and with plenty of left overs. Last weekend, In my Naples Herald article I wrote a an article highlighting the best movies to watch to get you through the holidays!
Fireplace For Your Home: Nothing says the holidays quite like a roaring fire in the fireplace. However those of us living in the tropics are less likely to have a fireplace, let alone the fact that it’s 75 degrees outside, so this is DVD is the perfect compromise. It is the single most used DVD in my house for years now. Makes the crackling sound as well, with no worries of catching the rugs a blaze.
Everyones favorite Peanuts Holiday titles all in one set: Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving A Charlie Brown Christmas.
No one loves the cold months better than acerbic fat cat Garfield, who thrives on a bounty of junk food and traditional meals in the delightful collection of musical-comedy TV specials Garfield Holiday Celebrations. “Garfield’s Halloween Adventure” finds the portly hero and airhead-sidekick Odie the dog scrounging through owner Jon’s attic to find perfect costumes, then encountering ghosts and ghoulies that seem a tad authentic. “Garfield’s Thanksgiving” is a screwball special in which Jon harasses veterinarian Liz into being his Turkey Day guest. Trouble is, Jon is clueless about how to cook a big bird; fortunately, starving Garfield has the good sense to call in Jon’s spirited grandmother for a culinary rescue. Grandma shows up, too, in “A Garfield Christmas,” about a family get-together that covers all the nice holiday stuff and, of course, lots of bickering, pouting, and jealousy. As long as Garfield gets his Yuletide lasagna, however, all is right with the world. –Tom Keogh, from Amazon.com
Inspired by a short story, Isabella Caldwell is a high-society woman in late-1800’s New York. When Isabella’s estranged daughter Mary becomes ill and is too proud to ask her mother for assistance, Mary’s daughter, Tilly, takes it upon herself to contact her grandmother and plead for help. Isabella’s arrival causes an upheaval in many lives, but may also lead to reconciliation within the family.- from Amazon.com
Discover the moving, true story of the Native American named Squanto, who is captured from his beloved Pawtuxet tribe, taken to Spain, and sold into slavery. Years later, Squanto regains his freedom and embarks on a miraculous journey back to his homeland where he teaches the Pilgrims how to survive the difficult early years in the Plymouth colony–culminating in the first Thanksgiving celebration. A touching drama about trust, faith and renewal. Beautifully illustrated by Michael Donato. Ages 6 and up. –from Amazon.com
A wonderful, informed documentary on the reality of the first Thanksgiving.
Do you remember when…Santa asked Rudolph to guide his sleigh, Frosty
magically came to life on Christmas Eve, and Kris Kringle became Santa Claus?
Share the magic of The Original Christmas Classics!
Includes 7 Holiday Favorites:
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Whos got a nose for Christmas? Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Just in time for the holidays, here comes Rudolph in the most beloved special of all time! Packed with a sleigh full of memorable songs and unforgettable characters, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer lights up the hearts of young and old alike.
Santa Claus is Comin to Town
Where does Santas suit come from? Why does he slide down the chimney? Why does he live at the North Pole? The answers to all these questions and the origins of our favorite holiday traditions are revealed in this delightful classic about Kris Kringle, the world s most famous gift giver.
Frosty the Snowman
Look at Frosty Go! Whats become a bigger holiday tradition than building a snowman? Watching the original Christmas classic, Frosty the Snowman! Grab your scarf, bundle up, and get ready for the incredible adventure of a magical snowman whos got enough personality to win over the whole family. You can t go wrong with Frosty!
Mr. Magoos Christmas Carol
Bah Humbug, Mr. Magoo! In this first-ever animated holiday TV special, the bumbling and loveable Mr. Magoo is Ebeneezer Scrooge in a hilarious and heartwarming musical retelling of Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol.
The Little Drummer Boy
This story has touched the hearts of families everywhere. In this holiday classic, the true spirit of Christmas is revealed when a lonely orphan stumbles upon the birth of the baby Jesus and affirms what the holidays are really about giving and love. Featuring a beautiful soundtrack by the Vienna Boys Choir, this timeless tale of generosity makes the perfect addition to your holiday collection.
Cricket on the Hearth
A delightful, animated musical version of Charles Dickens classic tale, Cricket on the Hearth, tells the story of a poor toymaker and his daughter whom a helpful Cricket named Crocket befriends on Christmas morning. When tragedy strikes the family, it’s Crocket who comes to the rescue and restores peace and happiness. –from Amazon.com
My personal all-time favorite, A Christmas Story is a Christmas classic that tells the story of nine-year-old Ralphie (Peter Billingsley). In the movie, Ralphie wants only one thing: a Red Ryder Range 200-Shot BB gun. When he mentions it at the dinner table, his mother’s immediate reaction is that he’ll put his eye out. He then decides it’s the perfect theme for a report for his teacher, but her reaction is like his mother’s. He fantasizes about what it would be like to be Red Ryder and catch the bad guys. When the big day arrives he gets lots of presents under the tree including a lovely gift from his aunt that his mother just adores. But what about the BB gun? –from Amazon.com
Every who down in Who-ville likes Christmas a lot, but the Grinch who lived just north of Who-ville did NOT! So the cuddly as a cactus Grinch (with termites in his smile and garlic in his soul) tries to wipe out Christmas for the cheerful Who-villains, only to discover: maybe Christmas, he thought doesn’t come from as store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more! Magnificently narrated by Boris Karloff and animated by cartoon legend Chuck Jones, it’s an award-winning Who-roast-beast-feast of a holiday classic! –from Amazon.com
When their only daughter Blair leaves the family nest, Luther and Nora Krank (Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis) decide to book an island cruise to beat the yuletide blues and just skip the holidays. But their decision to boycott tradition has the whole neighborhood in an uproar, and when Blair calls on Christmas Eve to announce a surprise visit with her new fiancée, the Kranks have just twelve hours to perform a miracle and pull themselves and their neighbors together to throw the best celebration ever! With fast-paced energy and support from Dan Aykroyd, Cheech Marin, Jake Busey and M. Emmet Walsh, this hilarious adaptation of John Grisham’s best-selling novel, “Skipping Christmas” has become “an instant family classic!” –from Amazon.com
The most wonderful of feel-good classics, Ruined by a miser on Christmas Eve, a suicidal family man sees life anew thanks to his guardian angel.
The Nightmare Before Christmas is deeper, darker and more brilliant than ever — just as Tim Burton originally envisioned it. Can Christmas be saved? Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere!
The classic of all classics, Christmas elicits nothing more than “Bah, humbug!” from Ebenezer Scrooge (Scott), a miser whose sole pursuit of financial success has left him a bitter and lonely old man. But a Christmas Eve visit from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future ultimately teaches him to open his heart to the spirit of Christmas and to the joys of friends and family. –from Amazon.com
Another personal favorite, a romantic comedy from the director of Something’s Gotta Give and What Women Want, two women trade homes only to find that a change of address can change their lives. Iris (Winslet) is in love with a man who is about to marry another woman. Across the globe, Amanda (Diaz), realizes the man she lives with has been unfaithful. Two women who have never met and live 6000 miles apart, find themselves in the exact same place. They meet online at a home exchange website and impulsively switch homes for the holiday. Iris moves into Amanda’s L.A. house in sunny California as Amanda arrives in the snow covered English countryside. Shortly after arriving at their destinations, both women find the last thing either wants or expects: a new romance. Amanda is charmed by Iris’ handsome brother Graham (Law) and Iris, with inspiration provided by legendary screenwriter Arthur (Wallach), mends her heart when she meets film composer Miles (Black). –from Amazon.com
A fan favorite for the youngest among us- Disney’s biggest stars shine in a magical, heartwarming movie sure to become a holiday classic! Mickey, Minnie, and their famous friends Goofy, Donald, Daisy, and Pluto gather to reminisce about love, magic, and surprises in three wonder-filled stories of Christmas past. In the fine tradition of Disney’s superb storytelling, Minnie and Mickey recall the year they both gave up what was most important to them for the sake of the other, making for one unforgettable Christmas. Goofy and Max retell when they experienced a series of hilarious but season-shaking events … until a visit from the real Santa made it a most magical holiday. Thinking back to when they wished Christmas was every day, Donald’s nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie remember their dream turning into a comical catastrophe, eventually teaching them what true holiday spirit is all about. Featuring the entire cast in a finale of merry, magical Christmas songs — all the excitement of MICKEY’S ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS is ready to unwrap for holiday family fun! –from Amazon.com
The holiday season is in full swing when a cultured gentlemen with twinkling eyes, and ample belly, and a snowy beard is hired as Macy’s department store Santa. He claims his name is Kris Kringle, and soon fills everyone with Christmas spirit – except for his boss, Doris Walker, who’s raising her daughter Susan to not believe in Santa but when Kris is declared insane and put on trail everyone’s faith is put to the test as old and young alike face the age old question: Do you believe in Santa Claus?
Greetings, holiday movie fans and culture lovers, I am the Great Gonzo…or, as I am better known to fans of this classic motion picture — literary legend Charles Dickens. Ready to laugh, cry, sing, frolic, cavort and enjoy yourself beyond belief!? Well, you’re in luck, because this 20th Anniversary Edition of Disney’s THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL is guaranteed to put you in a holiday spirit that will stay with you forever — or at least until your Aunt Ruth starts complaining that nobody is eating the fruitcake she brought…again! Enjoy the incredible spectacle of Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as Emily Cratchit, Academy Award(R) winner Michael Caine (Best Supporting Actor, 1999, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES) as Scrooge, wonderful songs by Academy Award winner Paul Williams (Best original Song, 1976, “Evergreen,” from A STAR IS BORN), and, of course, my pal Rizzo the Rat as…well, Rizzo the Rat. A heartwarming and hilarious holiday classic, told as never before by yours truly! Yule love it! Happy Holidays! –from Amazon.com
The Polar Express is an enchanting holiday tale of a young boy who doubts that Santa Claus truly exists. On one special Christmas Eve, as the boy skeptically waits for the sound of sleigh bells, a magical train appears outside his home and the conductor invites him aboard. What lies ahead is an extraordinary adventure of self-discovery through which the young boy learns that for those who believe, the wonders of life never fade. This beautifully made film, based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg, will become a holiday tradition your family will enjoy for generations. –from Amazon.com
In 1994, Adam Sandler released the now famous “Chanukah Song,” and became the unofficial/official comedian spokesman for the holiday. Then, in 2002, he released the animated film Eight Crazy Nights. Despite its look, the film isn’t all that family friendly, but at least it gets the holiday spirit ball rolling. –from Bustle.com
The story of Mordechai Jefferson Carver, played by Adam Goldberg, who has one very important mission: to save Hanukkah! It’s a parody on the Blaxploitation films of the ’70s, so expect some pretty over the top comedy. –from Bustle.com
This animated film following a Jewish mouse and his immigration to America is a classic. Though Hanukkah isn’t the subject of the entire film, it serves a purpose, as Fievel (the mouse) receives his iconic blue hat as a Hanukkah gift from his father. –from Bustle.com
In the sequel for Meet the Fockers, the two families celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah together. Turns out Jack Byrnes is 1/23 Israeli? Who knew? –from Bustle.com
Though intended for a young audience, this is a TV special that everyone can enjoy. The Rugrats retell the history of Hanukkah with a fun and (really) adorable twist. –from Bustle.com
This episode is technically a blend of Christmas and Hanukkah (hence the name), but is definitely worth the watch because it totally understands the traditions of both holidays. –from Bustle.com
Like the Cohens, the Stevens family is of mixed religious heritage. This episode is basically a reimagined version of It’s A Wonderful Life but with some Hanukkah woven in. So, in other words, a total win-win. –from Bustle.com
In an effort to teach Ben about his Jewish heritage, Ross dresses up as an Armadillo (they were out of Santa costumes, apparently) and explains the Festival of Lights to his son. –from Bustle.com
Today, November 26th in History
1789 George Washington proclaims this a National Thanksgiving Day in honor of the new Constitution. This date was later used to set the date for Thanksgiving.
1863 The first National Thanksgiving is celebrated.
1901 The Hope diamond is brought to New York.
1922 Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter, archeologists, open King Tut’s tomb, undisturbed for 3,000 years.
1949 India becomes a sovereign Democratic republic.
1979 Oil deposits equaling OPEC reserves are found in Venezuela. The proven oil reserves in Venezuela are recognized as the largest in the world, totaling 297 billion barrels (4.72×1010 m3) as of 1 January 2014. In early 2011, then-president Hugo Chávez and the Venezuelan government announced that the nation's oil reserves had surpassed that of the previous long-term world leader, Saudi Arabia. OPEC said that Saudi Arabia's reserves stood at 265 billion barrels (4.21×1010 m3) in 2009.
Guri dam provides 75% of the power generation for Caracas, so the capital — previously shielded from issues such as outages and rationing due to its political importance — is extremely vulnerable,”
The water level at the Guri dam measured 262.89 meters in late September. The optimum performance water level for the dam is 271 meters and experts do not believe the dam will increase its water level significantly in the near future now that the rainy season is over.
1922 Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist who created “Peanuts” starring Charlie Brown. Died in 2000
1939 Tina Turner, singer, dancer , actress (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”). 77 Today
Many were excited to hear last week that that Life with Moxie had created a new skin care line called Moxie Creed so I wanted to share a bit more.
I founded the company on the belief that we would all make the best choices for ourselves if only we were up on the research available — allowing us to make the most educated decision. I personally am a bit of a skincare snob and if it doesn't actually work, it's pointless. Granted you have to give it a fair test over time.
Moxie Creed emerged out of my decades of extensive research on how individual food ingredients affect the body.
Compounded by my years of doctoral research on how marketing has aided the more toxic editions of processed food, it became clear to me that clean, natural food products were losing ground.
That’s when it occurred to me that the ingredients in our skincare, hair care, body care, makeup and perfume had the same dynamic as eating, since the skin is simply an organ of the body (in fact, it’s the body’s largest). Everything that stays on the skin gets absorbed into the blood stream, so just like eating healthy vs. toxic foods, using clean versus toxic-laden skincare will have similar parallels for effects — be it long-term chemical build-up that can cause cancers and cell damage, or nutrient build-up that regenerates cells, heals and creates a youthful glow.
And during my years of food politics research, it also became clear that the FDA does not have the capacity to regulate. (Skincare falls within the purview of the FDA.) Therefore, many skincare products containing known carcinogens remain on the market. In fact, many products claiming to be natural are clearly not. Many claiming to be chemical-free have simply and boldly (read: illegally) not included the chemicals on their ingredient lists, preferring instead to use terms like *complex, *solution or *blend, as covers for not saying what it really is. Why? To avoid disclosing ingredients they don’t want you to know about. Many on the market have not been FDA approved for sale, having to pass significant microbiological testing for safety.
For me, this awareness created significant distrust in what companies in this industry claim about their products. And so I created one. Moxie Creed is based on the understanding that nature created the perfect editions of what our bodies need to remain healthy, free of disease, and heal you, if needed. We at Moxie Creed pride ourselves on integrity and authenticity, furthering our personal well-being with nature at its finest.
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Chris Lombardo, Family Law
Chris Lombardo, family law attorney with Woodward, Pires and Lombardo joined us to talk us through getting through the holidays with shared custody and Ex’s. A must listen to for those at odds with how the scheduling is going. If you are looking for support in managing those dynamics, professionals are available. Call Chris Lombardo, (239) 649-6555 and get the support you need.
THE FORTRESS: A Love Story, is Danielle Trussoni’s riveting account of moving to a 13th century stone castle in the village of Aubais (pronounced obey as in love, honor, and aubais) with hope to save her failing marriage. To say it didn’t work isn’t giving anything away. To say how spectacularly it didn’t work is a breathtaking, and beautifully told, story that readers will never forget.
When Trussoni met a brilliant, mysterious novelist from Bulgaria at a party at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, it was love at first sight. They quickly discovered they shared a love of jazz and books and travel, and with him, Trussoni thought “the future was bigger and more exciting than I could have ever imagined.” They embarked on a whirlwind romance, and within months, are married and begin an adventurous life together.
Eight years later and their marriage failing, Trussoni googles a description of her dream home: sunshine, sea, mountains, vineyards, paradise – and discovers Aubais, a picturesque medieval village in the Languedoc. She took it as a sign: Paradise awaited! And the assumption that in such a beautiful ‘perfect’ place, there was no way to be unhappy. They ended up buying La Commanderie, a 13th century stone fortress which had been a command post originally built by the Knights Templar. Trussoni learns more about the dark history of the fortress, not only of the Knights – unrelenting warriors who never retreated in battle – but also about hidden treasure, subterranean chambers, Nazis, and ghosts. The house soon takes on a life of its own, becoming a haunting symbol of the walls growing between Trussoni and her husband.
During her years in Aubais, Trussoni’s marriage further deteriorates, but her time in France brings hard-won wisdom about authenticity, love, and family. Through her search for true happiness, Trussoni finds the strength to overcome her illusions and start again. THE FORTRESS: A Love Story is Danielle Trussoni’s long-awaited return to memoir, after her bestselling Falling Through The Earth, and is a tour de force that will change the conversation about desire and freedom.