October 29th Show
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On today's show:
Naples International Film Festival
Special Guest, Jason Porath, Rejected Princesses; Tales of History’s Boldest, Heroines, Hellions and Heretics.
Chris Lombardo, Candidate for North Collier Fire District, Attorney for Woodward, Pires & Lombardo.
Today, October 29th in history:
1945 The first ball-point pen is sold by Gimbell’s department store in New York for a price of $12.
1964 Thieves of an infamous burglary, carried out by Jack Murphy, known as Murph the Surf, and two other men, steal a jewel collection–including the world’s largest sapphire, the 565-carat “Star of India,” and the 100-carat DeLong ruby–from the Museum of Natural History in New York. The thieves are caught and most of the jewels recovered. They were ransomed from $25,000 and both recovered. The Delong Star was found at a designated drop off site - a phone booth in Miami while the Star of India was found in a bus station locker in Miami.
The Star of India is a 563.35-carat (112.67 g) star sapphire, one of the largest such gems in the world. It is almost flawless and is unusual in that it has stars on both sides of the stone. Some 2 billion years old, it is also one of the most well-known objects in the world. discovered, allegedly more than 300 years ago, in Sri Lanka, where excellent sapphires are still to be found in deposits of sand and gravel left by ancient rivers. Industrialist and financier J. P. Morgan presented the sapphire to the New York Museum of Natural History in 1900. Today, the Star of India is one of the most renowned objects in all of the Museum's collections.
1998 John Glenn, at age 77, becomes the oldest person to go into outer space. He is part of the crew of Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-95. He is a former aviator, engineer, astronaut, and United States senator (Ohio). He was selected as one of the "Mercury Seven" group of military test pilots selected in 1959 by NASA to become America's first astronauts and fly the Project Mercury spacecraft. He is 95.
1946 Peter Green, guitarist, songwriter, founder of the band Fleetwood Mac; regarded as one of the greatest guitarists of all time.
1948 Kate Jackson, actress, director, producer (original Charlie’s Angels TV series, Scarecrow and Mrs. King TV series).
One of my favorite things about fall is the transition of seasonal produce coming into the markets. Like:
Greens (collard, kale)
Winter Squash (butternut, acorn, delicata, spaghetti, pumpkin)
(shred fresh to toss with salad greens, cut in half and toss with balsamic and chopped figs to roast)
Many of these items are shied away from because they may have longer cooking times, but as we here at life with Moxie are regularly espousing Prepping theses items ahead of time makes most of that all go away!
Pick a few of these seasonal favorites, find a recipe to make with them, and when you get home from the store with the fresh produce, clean and prep them into the parts you’ll need when it comes time to cook. Some bits you can even cook ahead of time.
Best Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe
Make the popular coffee house pumpkin latte at home. Canned or homemade pumpkin puree both work well in this recipe.
Created By: Joanne and Adam Gallagher
Yield: 2 Drinks
You Will Need
2 cups coconut or almond milk
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 to 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more for serving
1/2 cup strong hot coffee
Coconut whipped cream, for serving
Add milk, pumpkin puree, and sugar to a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until hot, but do not boil.
Whisk in the vanilla, spices, and coffee. Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and the coffee.
Serve the drinks. Divide the mixture between two mugs. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
Notes and Tips
Milk: This tastes best with a plant milk with the fat in it, non-fat is not recommended.
Sugar: This recipe calls for 1 to 3 tablespoons of sugar. How much you use is up to you. We tend to prefer less sugar in our drinks.
Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend: Find pumpkin pie spice at the store or make it at home. You likely have everything you need to make it already. Mix the following spices in a spice jar: 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon + 2 teaspoons ground ginger + 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg + a pinch of ground cloves.
Recipe inspired by Inspiredtaste.net
History of Halloween
The Origins of Halloween
Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of (Sowin) Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.
Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, Scotland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death.
Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Sowin- Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.
In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.
The night before, Oct 31st it was believed that ghosts emerged from the dead so people would leave food and wine and treats at their doors to keep them at bay. People would leave their houses wearing masks so they would be perceived as fellow ghosts.
In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween.
Souling and Guising
On all souls day Nov 2nd the needy would beg for pastries known as soul cakes, in return they would pray for peoples dead relatives. This was known as souling.
In Guising, young people would dress up and accept food, wine and gold in exchange for signing, telling jokes. –Today, we’ve created Entitled monsters for getting loads of candy for doing nothing!
In 19th century America, Irish immigrants revived these old tradition which resulted in trick or treating. It was more about the tricks until the 1950’s that it took on the kid friendly kid centered form.
Today Halloween is big business with U.S. consumers spending 2.5 billon on costumes and decorations, add candy and the number goes to 6 billion, only second in spending to Christmas!
Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.
Tales of History’s Boldest, Heroines, Hellions
Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, & Heretics
by Jason Porath
A MUST READ for girls (12+) and women alike!
Over time, complex, real-life heroines have been supplanted by sparkly, doe-eyed, animated damsels as the most prominent women in our collective imaginations. REJECTED PRINCESSES: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics by Jason Porath (Dey Street Books Hardcover) provides an alternative to the mainstream princess persona. Porath, a former animator at DreamWorks is the creator of the hugely popular blog of the same name. With nearly 200,000 followers, the REJECTED PRINCESSES are “the fairytale princesses you never knew you wanted” (MTV.com). In this fully illustrated and deeply researched collection, Porath celebrates 100 women too uncompromising, too untoward, or too uncomfortable for the animated mold.
This stunning, fully-illustrated book features over 100 extraordinary women who are anything but the traditional princess types. Readers will learn about some of the toughest, most brazen, and most overlooked women from history and mythology, whose incredible stories will change the way we think about what it means to be a strong woman.
The REJECTED PRINCESSES book features exclusively, and for the first time, a huge number of new stories of fearless femmes and distressing damsels. Fun, feminist, and educational, the REJECTED PRINCESSES anthology proves that—spoiler alert—women have been kicking butt for a long, long time and will continue to do so.
Chris Lomardo, Candidate for North Collier Fire District
Chris Lombardo, an attorney with Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, Chris has tremendous civic pride, has been an active collier county resident since the early 80’s and is an incumbent running for North Collier Fire Distict. Chris shares with us the reason for so many choices on the ballot, how the district is doing, current and future challenges.