September 24th Show
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On today's show:
Author Dylan Thuras of the book
An Explore's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
Moxify with the
Blue Zones Power 9
Today, September 24th, in History
1789 The First Supreme Court
The Judiciary Act of 1789 is passed by Congress and signed by President George Washington, establishing the Supreme Court of the United States as a tribunal made up of six justices who were to serve on the court until death or retirement. That day, President Washington nominated John Jay to preside as chief justice, and John Rutledge, William Cushing, John Blair, Robert Harrison, and James Wilson to be associate justices. On September 26, President George Washington nominates John Jay the 1st Chief Justice… all six appointments were confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
The U.S. Supreme Court was established by Article 3 of the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution granted the Supreme Court ultimate jurisdiction over all laws, especially those in which their constitutionality was at issue. The high court was also designated to oversee cases concerning treaties of the United States, foreign diplomats, admiralty practice, and maritime jurisdiction. On February 1, 1790, the first session of the U.S. Supreme Court was held in New York City’s Royal Exchange Building.
The U.S. Supreme Court grew into the most important judicial body in the world in terms of its central place in the American political order. According to the Constitution, the size of the court is set by Congress, and the number of justices varied during the 19th century before stabilizing in 1869 at nine.
1789 US Congress establishes Post Office Department and US Attorney General Office following the new constitution
1853 1st round-the-world trip by yacht (Cornelius Vanderbilt)
1869 The “Black Friday” Gold Scandal
On September 24, 1869, the U.S. financial sector descended into chaos after rebel speculators Jay Gould and Jim Fisk attempted to corner the nation’s gold market. The robber barons hoped to make a mint by driving the price of gold into the stratosphere, and to help pull it off, they built a network of corruption that extended from Wall Street and the New York City government all the way to the family of President Ulysses S. Grant. The conspiracy finally unraveled 145 years ago on what became known as “Black Friday,” but not before Gould and Fisk had dragged the entire U.S. economy to the brink of catastrophe.
1954 Tonight Show premieres on NBC (Johnny takes over 8 years later)
1968 "60 Minutes" premieres on CBS-TV
1977 1st broadcast of "Love Boat" on ABC-TV
1896 F. Scott Fitzgerald, American author (Great Gatsby, Zelda), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1940)
1936 Jim Henson, muppeteer (Sesame Street, Muppet Show), born in Greenville, Mississippi (d. 1990)
1952 Joseph P Kennedy II, is 64 today (Rep-D-Massachusetts)
Last week we covered a lot. The museum of you, fall interior design trends and Blue Zones and a lot of people were really listening and wanted more.
So a few people reached out about the Museum of YOU segment where we spoke about only keeping things that have meaning. So these women, probably walked back into their homes having just listened and started noticing things sitting around that they couldn’t remember even buying.
One of our listeners went through her living room and looking around started noticing all these "objects" that she had no recollection of finding or buying, they meant nothing to her and she noticed that she didn't even like them. So she started taking them down and bring forward the few pieces that she did love. She eneded up reagganging her entire livingroom and for the first time in years is totally in love with her living room! Go Joan!
One women went on about a collection of nutcrackers that she had been growing for YEARS that she didn’t even initiated, it had just become a habit based on someone elses idea! That collection is now getting prepared for sale on ebay... Congrats Sharon, on taking your space back!
Moxihome for Moxiliving
When you walk into your home, are you embraced with the warmth and nurturing of your surroundings? If you're not, you can be. We've become so over-marketed to about how our homes are "supposed" to be that we end up designing based on what other people will think of us when they see it, trying to control an image or having bought into all the "this will make your life easier" sales pitches that routinely fail to deliver. The result is a home designed for someone else. OUR home is filled with only things that we love, admire, bring us joy, provide for us and offer us comfort... it is our safe haven. Let's create this for you, because you deserve it.
It's time to return to your senses.
To begin MOXIliving, one must live in a space that supports it. For those who have not done a master clearing of their home in the last two years... or ever, this will likely be more singularly empowering and peace generating than any other activity aimed at self-improvement. We have no idea how much weight we are carrying in "stuff" that is completely unecessary and is sucking our energy and we don't realize it until we clear it.
Pick a discrete space. Start small to gain momentum, like a junk drawer, then closet, then room. With each success you'll be motivated to start the next. With the junk drawer you'll feel like you lost a pound, with a room... more like 30 pounds. I personally know women who, during this process (over a course of weeks tackling the whole house), lost actual significant quantities of actual weight because they were "storing" so much emotional baggage they had attached to the "stuff" and it was physically attaching itself to their bodies.
Going forward, remind yourself of the new sacredness of these cleared spaces and resist adding more. Consumables such as candles or incense burners are welcome, but things like magazine holders, when we shouldn't be keeping magazines are not.
Pick a reward for your hard work. Did you create a cozy reading corner for yourself? Then treat yourself to a new super soft blanket or a beautiful candle to burn while your reading. Embrace and support your new found peace.
We only have one short life to live, and we shouldn't waste it being tasteful.
Special guest, Author Dylan Thuras of the book
An Explorer’s Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders.
Several listeners wrote in wanting more inforation about the
Blue Zones concept, so here are the foundation elements
The Five Blue Zones
Barbagia region of Sardinia – Mountainous highlands of inner Sardinia with the world’s highest concentration of male centenarians.
Ikaria, Greece – Aegean Island with one of the world’s lowest rates of middle age mortality and the lowest rates of dementia.
Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica – World’s lowest rates of middle age mortality, second highest concentration of male centenarians.
Seventh Day Adventists – Highest concentration is around Loma Linda, California. They live 10 years longer than their North American counterparts.
Okinawa, Japan – Females over 70 are the longest-lived population in the world.
We then assembled a team of medical researchers, anthropologists, demographers, and epidemiologists to search for evidence-based common denominators among all places. We found nine:
The Power 9
1. Move Naturally. The world’s longest-lived people don’t pump iron, run marathons or join gyms. Instead, they live in environments that constantly nudge them into moving without thinking about it. They grow gardens and don’t have mechanical conveniences for house and yard work.
2. Purpose. The Okinawans call it “Ikigai” and the Nicoyans call it “plan de vida;” for both it translates to “why I wake up in the morning.” Knowing your sense of purpose is worth up to seven years of extra life expectancy
3. Down Shift. Even people in the Blue Zones experience stress. Stress leads to chronic inflammation, associated with every major age-related disease. What the world’s longest-lived people have that we don’t are routines to shed that stress. Okinawans take a few moments each day to remember their ancestors, Adventists pray, Ikarians take a nap and Sardinians do happy hour.
4. 80% Rule “Hara hachi bu” – the Okinawan, 2500-year old Confucian mantra said before meals reminds them to stop eating when their stomachs are 80 percent full. The 20% gap between not being hungry and feeling full could be the difference between losing weight or gaining it. People in the Blue Zones eat their smallest meal in the late afternoon or early evening and then they don’t eat any more the rest of the day.
5. Plant Slant. Beans, including fava, black, soy and lentils, are the cornerstone of most centenarian diets. Meat—mostly pork—is eaten on average only five times per month. Serving sizes are 3-4 oz., about the size of deck or cards.
6. Wine @ 5. People in all Blue Zones (except Adventists) drink alcohol moderately and regularly. Moderate drinkers outlive non-drinkers. The trick is to drink 1-2 glasses per day (preferably Sardinian Cannonau wine), with friends and/or with food. And no, you can’t save up all weekend and have 14 drinks on Saturday.
7. Belong. All but five of the 263 centenarians we interviewed belonged to some faith-based community. Denomination doesn’t seem to matter. Research shows that attending faith-based services four times per month will add 4-14 years of life expectancy.
8. Loved Ones First. Successful centenarians in the Blue Zones put their families first. This means keeping aging parents and grandparents nearby or in the home (It lowers disease and mortality rates of children in the home too.). They commit to a life partner (which can add up to 3 years of life expectancy) and invest in their children with time and love (They’ll be more likely to care for you when the time comes).
9. Right Tribe. The world’s longest lived people chose–or were born into–social circles that supported healthy behaviors, Okinawans created ”moais”–groups of five friends that committed to each other for life. Research from the Framingham Studies shows that smoking, obesity, happiness, and even loneliness are contagious. So the social networks of long-lived people have favorably shaped their health behaviors.
To make it to age 100, it would help to have won the genetic lottery. But most of us have the capacity to make it well into our early 90’s and largely without chronic disease. As the Adventists demonstrate, the average person’s life expectancy could increase by 10-12 years by adopting a Blue Zones lifestyle.
Included among the the HUNDREDS of amazing places are
A musical composition playing continuously in an old lighthouse in London for the next 1,000 years
An Amsterdam zoo devoted to creatures (molds, yeast, bacteria, viruses) invisible to the naked eye
The Icelandic Elf School, where classes focus on the distinguishing characteristics of Iceland’s 13 varieties of hidden people and include a tour of Reykjavík’s elf habitats
Galileo’s severed middle finger, displayed in a goblet accented in gold in Florence, Italy
Thousands of synchronized fireflies that inexplicably flash in unison in a cluster of mangrove trees outside Kuala Lumpur.
The “Door to Hell”, a fire that has been burning in the Turkmenistan desert for over 45 years
A Buddhist temple to the souls of insects that died for science
The yearly Escaped Animal Drill in Ueno Zoo, in which staff members dress in animal suits and attempt to storm the gates of the zoo and wreak havoc on the streets of Tokyo
A sealed test tube containing Thomas Edison’s last breath
An Alabama museum displaying finds from unclaimed airline baggage, including a 3,500-year-old Egyptian burial mask and Hoggle, the dwarf puppet from the 1986 film Labyrinth
Along the way, ATLAS OBSCURA reveals the world’s deepest places, hidden tunnels, greatest self-made castles, notable arbotecture (the art of shaping a living tree in order to create art or furniture), giant Buddha statues, epic film sets you can visit, murder houses, dinosaur parks, lake monsters of the USA, historical methods of preventing premature burial, a guide to psychotropic drugs used to enhance religious experience, abandoned nuclear power plants, and much, much more.
Moxify with the Power 9
Patrick very thoughtfully pointed out my Naples Herald Article about Coffee from last weekend, if you would like to take a look you can find it here! Coffee: The Bean of Perfection