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Celebrate With Some Unusual Thanksgiving Day Traditions

Celebrate With Some Unusual Thanksgiving Day Traditions

A national holiday is celebrated in as many ways as there are households in America. The quintessential Thanksgiving Day celebration is perhaps best portrayed as Norman Rockwell envisioned in his painting, Freedom from Want. Roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and all the fixings are served as families gather around the dinner table, ready to give thanks and feast. Many American families celebrate this time-honored tradition, but some have added new twists in celebrating the big day. Sometimes, the wackier the tradition, the more memorable the holiday. Frozen Turkey Bowling While many people settle in to watch football on Thanksgiving Day, others flex their muscles in preparation for turkey bowling. A frozen turkey and unopened plastic bottles of soda serve as a bowling ball and bowling pins. Sometimes, actual bowling pins are used. The frozen bird is flung onto smooth supermarket aisles, slick ice, or slippery sheets of painter’s plastic. Derrick Johnson, a grocery clerk at a Newport Beach Lucky supermarket, laid claim to the idea in 1988. He saw a store manager slide a frozen turkey across the floor that accidentally
Cranberry Harvest: Ocean Spray’s Fruits of Labor

Cranberry Harvest: Ocean Spray’s Fruits of Labor

The world’s largest cranberry grower preserves generations of cranberry family farming. The air is crisp, fall is in full swing as trees turn their colors, and cranberry bogs have peaked for harvest. These edible little gems will be served up as sauce, jelly, juice, or fresh in just about every American household this holiday season. It takes a lot of berries to do that, about 80 million pounds worth, and there’s one brand up to the task to handle that. Ocean Spray is the world’s number one producer of cranberry products, selling two-thirds of the world’s supply. The small bright red wetland fruit was first harvested by Native Americans inhabiting the New England area for making medicines, dyes, and pemmican, a nutritious, concentrated blend of dried venison, tallow, and tart cranberries shaped into patties. Dutch and German settlers first called the fruit “crane berry” because the blossom resembled a crane’s head and bill. The humble cranberry most likely made an appearance at the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. In colonial times, people enjoyed cranberries in sauces, tarts, and preserves. In
The Amazing and Undeniable Beauty Benefits of Pumpkin

The Amazing and Undeniable Beauty Benefits of Pumpkin

’Tis the season for all things pumpkin. From Halloween through Thanksgiving, and on till Christmas, pumpkins can be found almost everywhere you turn. Although the Pumpkin-Spiced Latte from Starbucks may not be the healthiest source from which you get your pumpkin (note: it’s not!), I do urge you to take advantage of this super-food while it’s in season. So, for all of you would-be fairy-princesses out there, dressing up for Halloween (yes, we ALL should still be dressing up), be aware that Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother may have been on to something truly “magical” by choosing this amazing super-food for Cinderella’s carriage.  The health benefits of pumpkin are numerous. This colorful gourd promotes good vision and a healthy heart, lowers blood pressure, acts as a cancer-preventative, boosts your immune system, and improves your mood. (Why do you think Jack-o-Lanterns are always smiling?) However, less publicized are the beauty benefits of pumpkin. Yep, that’s right, adding pumpkin to your diet will make you look better. Hooray! Here is why. 1) Pumpkin gives you a hefty dose of Vitamin C, which aids in protecting your
Essentrics: The Revolutionary Art of Aging Backwards

Essentrics: The Revolutionary Art of Aging Backwards

Revolutionary,  low-intensity stretching and strengthening exercises can set you on a path to aging backward. Turn back the hands of time! Aging isn’t all that fun when aches, pains, and brain fog set in. But take heart. Men and women of all ages are discovering a gentle form of exercise that is more effective and less damaging to muscles, joints, and connective tissue than conventional “compression” style workouts. It even helps strengthen and maintain the functioning of brain neurons. Essentrics is a revolutionary fitness technique that views fitness as the ability to “move freely, live actively and without pain” rather than increase muscle mass, boost speed, or add miles. The goal is creating balance in the body so that one’s muscle strength doesn’t hinder movement, enhancing mobility. The body becomes toned through gentle strengthening and stretching exercises, enabling a full range of motion for muscles and joints. It is exciting news for an aging population and those who suffer from painful conditions that can be improved through these techniques.   Essentrics was created by Miranda Esmonde-White, a Canadian fitness trainer
Healium: Using Your Body’s Electricity to Manage Stress

Healium: Using Your Body’s Electricity to Manage Stress

Self-managing stress and anxiety through the power of thought are not only possible; it’s proven. Battling epidemics, anxiety, and stress are just some of the health challenges we face today. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults, yet only 36.9% undergo treatment. Add to that, the coronavirus pandemic, which is increasing stress among the U.S. population. According to Gallup, that’s bad news since the U.S. already ranks as the fourth-highest stressed population in the world. Mental health professionals across the country see an uptick in demand for their services by new and existing patients. More people are taking steps to help relieve stress, such as learning relaxation techniques, exercising more, reducing caffeine intake, etc. – all have their benefits. But what if you could manage stress and anxiety through the power of thought. Not just thinking about nice things, but a clinically validated way to self-manage anxiety, increase positivity, improve mood, and elevate empathy. Increasing Mental Fitness Healium is a groundbreaking mental fitness
Bulletproof:  Boost Brain Power with a Buttery Brew

Bulletproof: Boost Brain Power with a Buttery Brew

A journey to find self-enlightenment leads to a seemingly impossible transformation. When Dave Asprey had his epiphany, it was at 18,000 feet in the mountains of Tibet, but he did not expect it to be over a cup of yak butter tea. It changed his life. He trekked at high altitude in minus 10-degree Fahrenheit conditions, taking a brutal toll with every step. Physically and mentally exhausted, he barely made it to a guest house. Served the brew, Asprey welcomed it if just to feel its warmth. Drinking it, he soon felt wholly rejuvenated. The experience was transformative. Asprey, the seeker of enlightenment, became the Father of Biohacking when he set his sights on figuring out why the tea worked so well. Before the Great Awakening But to see where his research leads, let’s take a look at where this all started. All of his life, Asprey had a weight problem and felt a lack of energy. No matter what he tried in diets and exercise, he could not overcome the problem, which only grew worse. He became alarmed when
Wow the Home Chef  with Cool Kitchen Gadgets

Wow the Home Chef with Cool Kitchen Gadgets

Every great cook needs quality tools of the trade, here’s a list of genius kitchen gadgets for the home kitchen. Choosing what to get for the chef in your life who already has everything can be difficult. Using stylish, functional, innovative tools can make culinary craft even more enjoyable for the home chef. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of kitchen gadgets fit for a professional that will inspire creativity in the kitchen. Molecular Gastronomy Kit For the truly adventurous chef, here’s something that will tantalize their inspiration. Molecule-R’s Cuisine R-Evolution makes molecular gastronomy accessible, fun, and easy for anyone. The do-it-yourself kit is fully loaded with everything needed to experiment molecular techniques at home. Take culinary art to the next level and experiment with mixology, styling, and flavoring. Turn any occasion into an elevated event. The kit comes with 20 sachets of food additives, a silicon mold, and three pipettes. Playing with food has never been this fun! Check it out on the Molecule-R website or get it on Amazon. Breville Joule Sous Vide This little
Monthly Gift Clubs: Goodies that Keep Coming All Year Long

Monthly Gift Clubs: Goodies that Keep Coming All Year Long

With a gift club, there’s something for everyone, every taste, every personality, every month! Whew, you made it through the holidays. After all the holiday preparations, entertaining, gift-giving, festivities, and feasting, you or someone you know deserves a pat on the back for a job well done. And there’s no better way to accomplish that than being treated to a special surprise every month. Make it something really special like fine wines, wellness boosts, beauty samples, or grooming goodies, there’s so much to choose from. We’ve put together a list of some of the most popular and unique men’s and women’s monthly and quarterly gift clubs for your perusal. Go ahead, enjoy surprises all year long! The Wordy Traveler Perfect for the traveler who reads and loves tea. Every quarter a seasonal collection box of curated travel-related goodies is shipped. Receive a book, a limited-edition fine art print, ethically-sourced free trade organic tea, and a special gift —all relating to a specific region. This quarterly subscription has an added bonus: every box provides education for an underprivileged woman or girl
Coffee Lovers Gift Guide: In Pursuit of the Perfect Cup

Coffee Lovers Gift Guide: In Pursuit of the Perfect Cup

Make gift-giving a smooth brewed experience for you and the impassioned coffee lover in your life. “Love is in the air, and it smells like coffee.” – Unknown Thinking of giving another coffee mug as a gift to a coffee connoisseur? How about surprising them with high quality must-haves that will wow the most experienced barista or novice. We’ve listed some unique finds for every taste – coffee on the go, cold brew, pour-over, French-press style, iced, and more. Take a look at these hot items that are highly rated by users. Wacaco Nanopresso If your coffee lover is always on the go, they can still quench their craving for an espresso anytime, anywhere with the Wacaco Nanopresso. This handy instant espresso machine delivers a powerful 261 psi of stable pressure to extract every bit of flavor and aroma from finely ground coffee beans. Using single-handed power, it takes less effort than other models to produce a fine 2.7 fluid ounce size brew with a dense crema layer. It’s an elegant personal pocket-size wonder to use anywhere you are. Get
Diane Latiker: Chicago South Side’s Founder Of “Kids Off The Block” (KOB)

Diane Latiker: Chicago South Side’s Founder Of “Kids Off The Block” (KOB)

Chicago South Side’s Ms. Diane opens her heart and home for at-risk youths to realize their potential. A Memorial Like No Other Another stone is placed on a memorial wall in Roseland, a neighborhood in Chicago. Bearing a name and date, the stone is carefully and lovingly displayed among the other 800 stones that have been collecting there since 2007. The wall is a sad testament of young lives cut short by the barrel of a gun. Worse yet, the wall has been rebuilt 15 times since 2007, and is over 400 stones behind! Diane Latiker, a community activist and founder of Kids Off the Block (KOB), set up the memorial wanting to shock “her community and the youth she served,”  KOB is a non-profit started in 2003 in Roseland, one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago, where walking home from school could mean dodging a gauntlet of bullets. Even Latiker is not immune to her neighborhood’s violence. Her own van was found shot up by gangs. On another occasion, she says she found herself between two guns with
Haben Girma: A Champion of Disability Inclusion as Part of Diversity

Haben Girma: A Champion of Disability Inclusion as Part of Diversity

From refugee to Harvard grad: She champions inclusion and dignity for people with disabilities.  We Are All Able The word “disability” usually comes with a negative connotation. It seems to deny the fact that there are people of all shapes, sizes, and skills that require judgement-free social services. Today, sadly, it seems that the differences that make our world colorful, unique, and progressive can also be a cause for isolation for many people. But Haben Girma, a deaf-blind Harvard scholar, is living proof that we are all able to complete grand missions no matter our abilities if we have the courage in our hearts and the support of our communities.  Girma is a public speaker and disability rights advocate with international fame. She aims to have inclusive practices for people with disabilities in every aspect of our daily lives. And she believes that technology can level the playing field.  She’s a lawyer, activist, and author who has been named a White House Champion of Change by President Barack Obama, spoken at national conferences, and gave a lecture on accessible design
Estella Mims Pyfrom And Her Brilliant Bus For Underprivileged Kids

Estella Mims Pyfrom And Her Brilliant Bus For Underprivileged Kids

Underprivileged kids take charge of their destiny on a magical mobile learning lab. Magic School Bus  In today’s digital age, information is everywhere. This has made for a more informed general public, but some poor and rural locations have fallen behind due to a lack of resources. That’s why Estella Pyfrom, an 82-year-old activist and educator from Quincy, Florida, is giving those who need it an “education on wheels.” Her ‘magic school bus’ established a movement to make education accessible to all. The Brilliant Bus is a non-profit, designed to help both underprivileged children and adults access education, modern technology, and educational resources no matter where they live. The project is helping to eliminate the digital divide in communities and has been featured during a Microsoft Super Bowl commercial, in O, The Oprah Magazine, and was a recipient of Toyota’s Standing O-vation award. Pyfrom was also named a CNN Top 10 Hero. You can watch her hero story here… Retirement Redefined When most people retire, they usually spend their savings on traveling, moving to a different country, or satisfying their
Grand Hotels from Florida’s Gilded Age

Grand Hotels from Florida’s Gilded Age

Industrial tycoons and visionaries transformed Florida’s frontier into luxurious playgrounds for the rich. If you build it, they will come. That’s precisely what happened with a handful of visionaries during the Gilded Age of the late 19th century and Florida’s land boom from 1920 to 1925. Men who contributed to the building of modern America, embarked on their own missions to draw the leisurely wealthy of the frozen north to exotic sub-tropical playgrounds in Florida. During the late 19th century, while the wheels of industry turned and economic prosperity grew in northern states, Florida was still a backwater with some populated areas carved out of its mangroves and swampland. These visionaries saw Florida’s pristine beaches and balmy breezes as a golden opportunity to build tourist destinations for the rich and famous. Build it they did, and the tourists came. Today, snowbirds continue their seasonal migration to Florida’s sunny shores. Some enjoy stays at grand hotels, iconic symbols of Florida’s past. They remind us of a more genteel time when railroads and tourism began to flourish. The groundwork laid, Florida transformed
Ker & Downey: Return to Kenya’s Wild

Ker & Downey: Return to Kenya’s Wild

So you’re ready to travel again but don’t know where to start? Start here, with three of Ker & Downey’s favorite private Kenyan safari homes. Do you find yourself watching tv and thinking to yourself, “They are standing too close together.” Or, “What are they doing in such a crowded space?” After months spent social distancing, we are going to have to learn how to be in genuine community again. As we start to travel again, the last thing you probably want to do is surround yourself with a group of strangers. Luckily that has never been Ker & Downey’s modus operandi. Our philosophy on travel has always been private, fully customized travel that reflects who you are from start to finish. We aren’t going to book you onto a bus tour that hits the well-worn tourist highlights with a bunch of people you’ve never met. Instead, we seek out authentic experiences you won’t find on Trip Advisor. We prefer small, boutique-style properties that specialize in attention to detail and specialized service. Private Kenyan Safari Homes That’s where these three
Ancient Wonders of California

Ancient Wonders of California

Connect with the distant past by exploring early civilizations and ancient natural wonders in the Golden State. California has a lot to offer tourists. Many make their way to see glitzy Hollywood, scenic Pacific Coastal Highway, surfer waves in Santa Cruz, San Francisco cable cars, or picturesque Napa Valley. But California also offers tourists a chance to see some of the most ancient wonders in the Americas. The Cerutti Mastodon Discovery Researchers have made a stunning discovery that could rewrite human history. They found signs of human activity dating around 130,000 years ago at the Cerutti mastodon site in San Diego, making it the oldest archeological site in the Americas. The discovery predates previously known human activity by 100,000 years. Although no human bones were found, a mastodon skeleton, molars, tusks, bone flakes, and large stones were found, indicating the site was used as a bone quarry. Mastodon bones were smashed to extract marrow or were used as raw materials for making tools. Learn more about this exciting discovery and museum hours at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Petrified

Mental Health

The Importance Of Sleep

The Importance Of Sleep

Modern life has disconnected us from our sleep — here are some ways to fix it. After studying sleep for 10 years as a PhD in Cognitive Psychology, I’ve seen this disconnect first hand. People should understand and talk about their sleep like we talk about our diet and exercise. But we live in a society that admires the sleep-deprived workaholic and disregards the fully rested and more thoughtful among us. It can be hard to focus on our sleep health, so I’ve compiled 10 main takeaways from my decade in the sleep world. Hopefully these tips will help you improve the quality of your sleep, your health, and your overall well-being. 1) Don’t underestimate the Circadian Component. People generally have an idea about how much sleep they need (called the homeostatic component of sleep). For example, I know I need about 8 hours. But people often know little about their individual internal 24-hour clock, aka the circadian rhythm. Here’s what you need to know. Everyone has a 24-hour cycle that is impacted by this weird German word called zeitgebers.
Social Interaction Extends Your Life

Social Interaction Extends Your Life

Surprising science-based evidence shows face-to-face contact matters more to your health, happiness, and longevity than you might think. Developmental psychologist and awarding-winning journalist and columnist, Susan Pinker, suggests our social interactions directly impact our survival. She has poured over stacks of studies involving large populations, and her findings reveal social integration cultivates immunity and resilience within us. She illuminates us with her observations in her latest internationally acclaimed book, The Village Effect detailing how face-to-face contact makes us healthier, happier, and smarter. She explores how in-the-flesh encounters and forming tight bonds with families, friends, and communities harbor a unique effect on our mental and physical health. “Neglecting to keep in close contact with people who are important to you is at least as dangerous to your health as a pack-¬a-¬day cigarette habit, hypertension, or obesity,” she writes. Keen Observer of Modern Life Pinker has spent over two decades in clinical practice and teaching psychology after earning a BA degree from McGill University and a MASc degree from the University of Waterloo. Her weekly column, “Mind and Matter,” focuses on advances
How To Survive A Panic Attack

How To Survive A Panic Attack

Do you experience panic attacks and do not know what to do? A person can experience a panic attack when they least expect it. This can cause a great deal of fear and anxiety for the person. Here are six easy steps a person can follow when a panic attack strikes unexpectedly and how to overcome anxiety Take A Break: The first thing a person must do when experiencing a panic attack is to stop whatever they are doing. A panic attack can be very uncomfortable and can affect a person’s everyday thinking. Take a break to help regain your sense of comfort. Take Deep Breaths: A person should take some deep breaths to help feel better and to get rid of some of the excessive fear and anxiety. There are also many kinds of breathing exercises a person can learn to follow with the help of a mental health counselor. Taking some deep breaths can help a person relax right away. Distract Yourself: A person should try to distract themselves from the panic they are experiencing. A person could
Folds of Honor: Giving Back to America’s Fallen Heroes

Folds of Honor: Giving Back to America’s Fallen Heroes

By heeding to a higher call, one man’s mission is helping to ensure no family is left behind on the field of battle. Honoring our fallen military heroes is the least we can do for their ultimate sacrifice. But so often, their valor has been overlooked as we fully engage in the very freedom they fought to protect. Defenders of our liberties, many leave behind families who not only suffer the loss of their loved one but have an uncertain future ahead of them. In 2007, Major Dan Rooney sought to change this indifferent attitude and help military families when he founded the Folds of Honor Foundation. The non-profit provides scholarships to spouses and children of severely disabled veterans or those killed in action. The organization creates a legacy for the fallen, helping to ensure the continuing education of the loved ones they left behind. A Light in the Darkness To know the impact the organization is having is to hear the stories of Folds of Honor families. At a time of devastation, Folds of Honor helps bring closure for
Nikon Small World: The Tiny World of Microphotography

Nikon Small World: The Tiny World of Microphotography

Super-resolution microscopic photography brings never-before-seen images to public view. Discovering magnificence in photographs so detailed, we are swayed to think the subjects are otherworldly. Microscopic wonders abound all around us, dazzling us with their surreal beauty when captured on film. They appear as extraterrestrial landscapes, fantastical creatures, intricate patterns, and strange structures. What the public cannot see with the naked eye, individuals using super-resolution microphotography are bringing to light. Recently, Nikon Instruments announced the winners of the forty-sixth annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. Since 1974, the annual competition has been open to anyone interested in photography, including scientists, artists, and hobbyists. This year’s judging panel consisted of scientists, journalists, and photographers who selected twenty winning images based on the best combination of originality, informational content, technical proficiency, and visual impact. First Place Winner The top prize was awarded to Daniel Castranova, assisted by Bakary Samasa, as they worked in Dr. Brant Weinstein’s laboratory at the National Institutes of Health. The winning entry of a full-bodied juvenile zebrafish was artfully rendered and a technically immaculate photograph. The zebrafish, suspended in
The Exquisite and Exotic Wood Carvings of Bali

The Exquisite and Exotic Wood Carvings of Bali

Artisans are preserving their cultural tradition of wood carving on the Island of the Gods. Turning blocks of wood into intricate sculptures is a classic art form in Bali. Known as the Island of the Gods because of the preponderance of Balinese Hinduism in daily day life and architecture, Bali became the center of traditional Hindu-Javanese wood carving. Early wood carvings always portrayed religious themes, and later were intertwined with everyday life, turning a cultural heritage into a distinctive art form. Crafting a Tradition Prior to the 20th century, Balinese wood carvings were not intended for decorative home use as they are today. These hand-carved creations were mainly used in ceremonies, temples, and palaces. Ceremonial figurines depicting deities and masks were made to ward off evil spirits. Balinese wood carving started about the 11th century with Buddhist and Hindu influences. It wasn’t until the 14th century that it flourished along with painting, gold and silversmithing, and stone carving by artisans of the Majapahit Kingdom, of which Bali was a colony. During this period, Hindu influence prevailed and continued the tradition
Dominic Walliman and Professor Astro Cat

Dominic Walliman and Professor Astro Cat

Knowledge and humor combine to make science exciting and easy to understand. Nighttime has arrived, and you’re about to put your child or grandchild to bed, and he or she asks you to please, please read a bedtime story. You gladly oblige and see some books neatly stacked on a shelf and reach for Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but the child asks for the book about the laws of physics. Puzzled, you reluctantly agree, wondering how you will ever get through that material, fully expecting to be peppered with questions you can’t answer. On top of that, you’ll miss that primetime television show you’ve been waiting for all day. Opening the book, you begin to read, and the child eagerly awaits as if ready to embark on an great adventure. Before you know it, you too are absorbed in the subject matter, engrossed in the easy to understand language, and soaking up knowledge. You notice sleep has overcome the child, and you find yourself reading more. A Passion for Science Who knew subjects like quantum physics and mathematics could make such
Bernadette Placky: Climate Central’s Weather Expert

Bernadette Placky: Climate Central’s Weather Expert

She’s educating the public on extreme weather events and the impact of climate change. Weather the Storm There is no Planet B. Climate change is real and it is threatening the way most people live. Bernadette Woods Placky says there is no debating the science that weather is heating up and that the global population is feeling the effects. Woods Placky is the Chief Meteorologist and Program Director for the Climate Matters program on Climate Central, a nonprofit news organization focused on climate research. Discussing the effects of greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide, fossil fuels, and human consumption on our ecosystem are normal conversations for Woods Placky. She understands the dangers of extreme weather patterns, like sea level rise, drought, heat, and more. As an accomplished journalist, she has a knack for simplifying complex terms and spitting out the truth. She’s appeared on MSNBC, Public Radio, ABC, PBS, and other major networks linking our weather to climate change. “You can’t go outside if the weather is not cooperating. I learned this lesson when I was young, and it still applies to
4ocean is “Changing the Tide on Ocean Pollution”

4ocean is “Changing the Tide on Ocean Pollution”

Two entrepreneurs are effectively eradicating plastic pollution by creating the first economy for ocean plastic. Facing a Tidal Wave of Plastic For Andrew Cooper and Alex Schulze, it was the surfing trip of a lifetime when the two recent college grads went to Bali to enjoy big waves and exotic beaches. Once there, they were taken aback at all the trash piled up along the shore, spoiling their dream vacation. A local lifeguard told them the beach had been cleaned earlier in the day and what they saw washed ashore within the past few hours. Their trip of a lifetime turned into a long-term commitment to clean the oceans of plastic waste. “When you spend that much time on the water you really have an affinity for the ocean and an appreciation for it,” Schulze says to CNBC Make It. Cooper and Schulze both grew up with a love of surfing, boating, fishing, and sandy beaches. The two met at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, and became friends. As they looked into the problem of plastic waste, they