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December 2, 2014
★~ Today’s Quote:
“Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest.”
And the boy did.
And the tree was happy.”
― Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree
★~ Giving Tuesday:
￼This day is an opportunity to step back from the chaos of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and embrace the best part of the holidays—the season of giving. Find a way to give back to your community or support the causes that mean the most to you!
To celebrate Giving Tuesday, donate to your favorite nonprofit, drop off some canned goods at your local food pantry, or organize a neighborhood coat drive. For more ideas about how to get involved in the national day of giving, visit Giving Tuesday.
The above ^ comes from the Giving Tuesday website. All fine ideas. But we might also want to consider giving our community food for the soul: a smile, hug, understanding, patience, tolerance, open mind, kind words…..
★~ Apple Fritter Day:
Fritters are delicious fried cakes filled with fruit or meat. They can be served as a snack, side dish, dessert, or even the main course!
There’s actually not much difference between pancake and fritter batter. They are both made with the same ingredients. It is only once fruit or meat is dipped into the raw batter and then fried that it actually becomes a fritter.
The first historical record of the fritter dates back to 1665. Samuel Pepys, an Englishman who served as a Member of Parliament during the English Restoration period, noted in his diary that he would be enjoying some fritters before Lent!
Enjoy eating a fritter today, or perhaps you would rather celebrate by frittering the day away.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1901 – American King Camp Gillette designed the first razor with disposable blades. Up until this time, men shaved with a straight-edge razor that they sharpened on a leather strap.
♥~ 1952 – George Jorgensen, a former G.I. who had gone to Denmark in 1950, prepared to return to the U.S. this day — as Christine Jorgensen. She, er, he, had undergone 2,000 hormone injections and six operations performed by sex change surgeons.
♥~ 1959 – Behind the Great Wall, a truly stinking motion picture, was seen at the Mayfair Theatre in New York City. A somewhat noxious scent was piped through the ceiling vents during certain portions of the show. The effect was called AromaRama. It didn’t catch on…
♥~ 1964 – Student activist Mario Savio made a speech on behalf of the Free Speech Movement that inspired hundreds of students to take over Sproul Hall at U.C.-Berkeley. Savio said, “There comes a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part, you can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies on the gears, and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve go to make it stop.” (Police moved in the next day and arrested 780 people, which in turn, prompted a general student strike.
♥~ 1978 – Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond’s You Don’t Bring Me Flowers hit #1 in the U.S.
♥~ 2007 – A 3.3-pound truffle discovered by a dog in Italy brought a record-breaking $330,000 at auction. Luciano Savini said his truffle dog, Rocco, discovered the highly prized fungus near Pisa. Billionaire Stanley Ho, a Chinese casino tycoon from Macau, outbid British artist Damien Hirst and Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi to win the fungal delicacy, the BBC reported. Savini who donated the proceeds to charity.
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1925 – Julie Harris, Emmy Award-winning actress: Hallmark Hall of Fame: Little Moon of Alban [1958-1959], Victoria Regina [1961-1962]; Knots Landing, The Family Hovak, Backstairs at the White House, Carried Away, Scarlett, The Dark Half, Gorillas in the Mist, The Bell Jar, Voyage of the Damned,Harper, A Doll’s House, I Am a Camera, East of Eden, Member of the Wedding
♥~ 1963 – Ann Patchett, novelist published her first short story in The Paris Review when she was still an undergraduate at Sarah Lawrence College. Critics raved, and the story appeared in lots of anthologies. After college you faced her first rejection notices and writer’s block. During this time she moved back in with her mom and waited tables at T.G.I. Friday’s in Nashville. To keep herself awake while rolling silverware at two in the morning, she made up a story in her head that became her first published novel, The Patron Saint of Liars (1992).
♥~ 1968 – Lucy Liu actress: Ally McBeal, Bang, Jerry Maguire, Charlie’s Angels, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
♥~ 1981 – Britney Spears dance-pop singer: albums: Baby… One More Time, Oops!… I Did It Again; TV performer: The Mickey Mouse Club, Time Out with Britney Spears, Britney in Hawaii.
♥~ Doesn’t everyone need one of these mugs? ^ Or at least the sports enthusiast in your life.
♥~ Memory loss. Aches and pains. An inevitable slide into the pit of nevermore. Growing older is no fun. At least that’s what we thought. But according to the WSJ: “A growing body of evidence indicates that our moods and overall sense of well-being improve with age. Friendships tend to grow more intimate, too, as older adults prioritize what matters most to them.” Why everything you think about aging may be wrong. (Seriously, get of my lawn with all these new theories…)
♥~ Why Everything You Think About Aging May Be Wrong.
♥~ The Zen Habits Holiday Gift Guide
♥~ Washington Post – The physical evidence in the Michael Brown case supported the officer [updated with DNA evidence]
I’ll be back to catch up more later, but right now I am heading out with my campers to Prairie Wolf. I plan to eat an Apple Fritter along the way! Really! Hope everyone has a terrific Tuesday.
Odd Loves Company!
6 thoughts on “Giving Tuesday, Apple Fritter Day”
I like fritters and the bakery sells tasty apply one’s. I might have to stop and buy some for the office. It is giving day.
That basketball mug would be a good gift for my son. Do you have an equally clever idea for my daughter?
Have to get moving. Have a good one.
Me too! Fritters are good.
I’ll work on an idea for your daughter. I may have a few suggestions.
El Morno will be off and on this month. Our Prairie Wolf schedule with the campers is wearing me out and getting the best of my time some days.
Having covered bazillions of criminal trials, I found the link to the Washington Post a good read. As it pointed out, physical evidence doesn’t lie. Yes, the case is tragic — would that none of our young people had to die — but it’s also tragic that a young police officer is losing his career.
Have never had a fritter, but I don’t feel left out. That’s one cool mug, and I’m going to follow the link to see what else they’re offering.
Happy day with your campers. It’s cold and cloudy here, and I have dozens of things on my To-Do List!
Yes. It is heartbreaking for both sides. Of-course, losing a child does not compare to losing a career but you can’t indict if the evidence doesn’t support it. And I do feel empathy towards the officer and his family. I suspect this is something he will carry with him the rest of his life.
Uncommongoods has a lot of fun stuff. Some useful and some whimsey. The mug a bit of both.
Hope you’re working your way through your list.
We did canned goods for Giving Tuesday. But I like your idea of giving a smile or word of encouragement. Things are hard right now.
That mug would make the perfect gift for a friend. Thank you! The Zen holiday guide also has some thoughtful ideas.
Debbie ^ pretty much summed up Ferguson for me. I feel so sorry for Michael Browns parents beyond heartbreaking. And I’m glad a conversation around policing is now a priority.
I think the conversation piece is important. There does need to be a change in policing.
The mug is FUN. A bit of holiday whimsy.
I like keeping the food banks stocked too.
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