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Foodie Friday: Grab Some Milk! It’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day


C is for Cookie. A little thing…that can mean so much!

There are certain things in life that we take for granted—be they traditions, pastimes, or everyday objects. Today, we consider one such seemingly ordinary treat: the humble Chocolate Chip Cookie. This iconic symbol of the American sweet tooth is a story of instant and astounding success.

In honor of National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, let’s look into the history of this celebrated cookie and salute the pioneering culinary force—chef, entrepreneur, and inventor Ruth Wakefield—who brought it into our lives and culture. (more…)

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Foodie Friday: Spotlight on Nathan Rice, Futurist Foodie

nathanHappy Foodie Friday! This week, we shine the spotlight on a true visionary who uses of-the-moment brand and social media marketing to connect people to a whole new world of great food.

Nathan Rice
Digital Director at Haberman,
storytelling-focused marketing organization in Minneapolis, gave us his insight on what it takes to change the food landscape in America and how pioneering storytellers are blazing the trail to greater health and happiness. (more…)

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Bloggin’ Birthdays of Note…

Today's Notable Quote: "You're not getting older…you're getting better…" – lame attempt by an anonymous admirer intended to curry favor with the object of the flattering remark.

Several celebrities share this birth date. Some are actors, some musicians, some merely famous for being famous:


Graeme Edge (Moody Blues) turns 68 today

Eric Clapton – 64 years young…

MC Hammer – 46 and going strong.

Tracy Chapman – Riding in a fast car at 45.

Celine Dion – 41 for the first time…

Nora Jones – No longer 20-something…at 30 today.


Richard Dysart turned 80 today.

Former "man about town" Warren Beatty" is 72.

Paul Reiser is "Mad About" being 52

Mark Consuelos, soap star and husband of multi-tasking actress-host Kelly Ripa is 38 today.

Famous for being famous:

Peter Marshall, long-time host of "Hollywood Squares" turns 83 today! Circle gets the square Peter!

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Remembering Rosa…

Today’s Notable Quote: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead (1901 – 1978)

When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man 52 years ago on December 1, 1955, she was tired and weary from a long day of work.

That’s how the event has been retold and recorded in high school and college history books. Yet, this explanation alone does not do justice to the woman whose act of courage "jump-started" the wheels of the civil rights movement on that Montgomery City Bus more than half a century ago.

Rosa Parks was physically tired after a long day’s work. Even so, given different circumstances, she would likely have given up her seat to a child, elderly or disabled person. But Parks had grown tired of the treatment she and other African Americans lived with daily due to the racism, segregation, and "Jim Crow" laws of the time.

"Our mistreatment was just not right, and I was tired of it," writes Parks in her revealing book, Quiet Strength, (ZondervanPublishingHouse, 1994). "I kept thinking about my mother and my grandparents, and how strong they were. I knew there was a possibility of being mistreated, but an opportunity was being given to me to do what I had asked of others."

The rest of Parks’ story is American history…her arrest and trial, a 381-day Montgomery bus boycott, and, finally, the Supreme Court’s ruling in November 1956 that segregation on transportation is unconstitutional.

Parks’ personal history has been largely overlooked. In the years before her arrest, Mrs. Parks worked quietly and diligently to change the injustice and inequity that she observed around her. She served as secretary of the NAACP and later was named an Adviser to the NAACP Youth Council. Rosa Parks wanted to vote, and sought to register on several occasions when it was still nearly impossible to do so.

Thank you Rosa, for your example of faithful, diligent and firm resolve. Thank you for refusing to leave your seat on the bus on this day in 1955. Your actions are an inspiration to me as a middle-aged, middle-class, middle-American person to stand for what I know is right, even when it is costly.

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Gates, Wilkens, and Daniels…

Today’s Notable Quote: "No wise man ever wished to be younger." – Jonathan Swift (1667 – 1745)

Happy Birthday today to three very different–yet, in their own rights, three very influential individuals:

Bill Gates (founder and CEO of Microsoft–you know "the PC") – born on this day in 1955 (52 years of age).

Lenny Wilkens – (perennial all-star player and coach in the NBA) – born on this day in 1937 (70 years young).

Charlie Daniels – (the "uneasy rider" and master fiddlin’ performer) – born on this day in 1936 (71 today).

Happy Birthday, gentlemen…enjoy some cake along with my friend below…


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Almost Unbelievable: Art meets Etch-A-Sketch…

Today’s Notable Quote: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder–or…the holder of the Etch-A-Sketch." -Anonymous

Thanks to Andy Nulman for pointing this out in his entertaining and insightful blog "Pow! Right Between the Eyes…and his post Come Inside And See His Etchings . Artist George Vlosich III delivers an amazing and absorbing visual experience using a child’s toy. See it and believe it for yourself!

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An interesting “Autopsy” on Starbucks

Today’s Notable Quote: “I had found with Starbucks a better reality … not based on external status symbols but on a real feeling of confidence and support and genuine affection and even admiration for and from the Partners and the Guests. And Crystal. Crystal and Starbucks had saved me. Saved me from my pursuit of empty symbols, but also my anxiety about a fear-filled superficial life that hadn’t been, in the end, helpful or even enjoyable for me.” – Michael Gates Gill, from his book HOW STARBUCKS SAVED MY LIFE

In John Moore’s enlightening post from yesterday’s Brand Autopsy comes a story about the extraordinary journey of a man who decided to "drop out" of the corporate "rat-race" to become a Starbucks Barista. It speaks of his relationship with another Barista named Tiffany, who mentors him during the process. Read on for more How Tiffany Saved Michael’s Life – and be sure to read to the end of the post for John’s interesting take on Starbucks’ response to this book.

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Jim Carrey becoming “Autism Whisperer”?…

Today’s Notable Quote: "He speaks a language Evan understands, and Evan feels safe with him." – Jenny McCarthy, referring to Jim Carrey’s ability to communicate with here autistic son.

For more, read on…Jenny McCarthy worried about finding a good man. Interesting article. Shows another side of the Canadian funnyman. Not a very flattering photo, however…

Carrey_and_mccarthy Carrey is nobody’s "Charlie McCarthy…

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A “Dynamite” Video: Bill Gates Goes to College…

Today’s Notable Quote: "Vote for Steveo" – Slogan from "Bill College’s" T-shirt.

Thanks goes out to Seth Godin and Longhorn Blogs for this video share.

Bill Gates Goes to College

Posted Sep 15, 2005

The Microsoft bigwig teamed up with Napoleon Dynamite in this spoof video from PDC 2005. The camera’s a little shaky, but you get the idea.

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