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“Happiness is to look at what we have and feel grateful.”

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Isabella Rossellini, 66, walked the runway with her daughter, son, and grandchild in the Dolce & Gabbana fashion show in Milan this weekend that featured models of all ages and sizes. She says "Happiness is a discipline" and says of her iconic red lipstick: "It can’t save your life, it can be a step toward feeling good."

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A Taste of Autumn

It’s officially Fall. Time to bring on pumpkin spice, well, everything. 

But don’t let those tastebuds fool you, there’s no pumpkin in that pumpkin spice.

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How Did We Get Here?

First pumpkin spice reference dates back to 1796, but it was McCormick & Co. who brought it to store shelves in 1934.

McCormick uses cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg & allspice – not pumpkin.

Starbucks debuted its pumpkin spice latte in 2003, which is credited for the craze as we know it today.

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“It represents a sense of goodness, natural abundance and old values that people think are good.”

Cindy Ott, author of “Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon," on how Americans have used pumpkin pie & the spices in it to maintain connections to nature and our country's beginnings. America is the only country in the world that consumes pumpkin as a seasonal food or drink.
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Peak Pumpkin Spice?

  • Americans spent $500M on pumpkin-flavored food in the last year, a new all-time high & up 15% vs. 2017.
  •  In 2005, pumpkin-flavored items were on 6% of U.S. restaurant menus. By 2015, the number grew to 14.5%, with the most in the northeast.
  • Fastest growing pumpkin-spiced product? Dog food. Seriously.
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Starbuck's sprang forward this fall, debuting its famed pumpkin spice latte in late August. The #PSL drink, now in its 15th year, does include actual pumpkin puree and even has its own Twitter account (@TheRealPSL) boasting 110K followers.

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Quick Quotes

“They’ve changed the science… I don’t think any two people come close to the impact they have had.”

David Boies, a high-profile attorney who suffers from dyslexia, reflecting on Sally and Bennett Shaywitz who lead Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. Married and in their 70s, the Shaywitz have researched dyslexia, the most common learning disorder, for 35 years and discovered it impacts an est. 1 in 5 people.
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“I am writing to request an immediate postponement of any further proceedings related to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, in a letter to Sen. Grassley, the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee. On Sunday night another allegation surfaced against Supreme Court nominee Bret Kavanaugh, claiming he exposed himself to a woman at a college party. Kavanaugh and his first accuser are expected to testify on Thursday.
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“The Europeans have a decision to make…. So yes we will have decisions to make in terms of whether they get exemptions or not but I’ll tell you right now we’re gonna be really tough on Iran.”

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley on whether the other parties to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal will face penalties for doing business with Iran. Pres. Trump said the U.S. would withdraw from the deal in May. A second set of sanctions targeting Iran is set for November.
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“We will overcome this situation and America will regret choosing the wrong path.”

Iranian Pres. Rouhani speaking about the U.S. exiting the nuclear agreement & re-implementing sanctions that hurt Iran's economy. Rouhani also spoke about an attack at a military parade this weekend that killed 25 people and wounded 70, blaming the U.S. & allies for backing the attack.
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“Everyone will want to know if Cosby is given a pass after all this. If the answer is no, that’s a message that will reverberate.”

Deborah Tuerkheimer, former sex crimes prosecutor & Northwestern University law professor, as Bill Cosby (81) returns to the courtroom for a 2-day sentencing Monday after a jury found he drugged and molested a woman in 2004. Cosby faces and 30-year maximum term. His lawyers are expected to appeal.
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“I sort of feel like Amazon is playing chess when everyone else is playing checkers…”

Andrew Lipsman, eMarketer principal analyst, as Amazon unveils a dozen, voice-activated Alexa products, including a $60 microwave. Lipsman says Amazon's efforts to get people talking to their microwave might seem insignificant, but upend how people interact with their devices.
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“I had a hard time not crying coming up the last hole.”

Tiger Woods to NBC News after winning the Tour Championship - his first major win in 5 years. Once the top golfer in the world, Woods has come back from 4 back surgeries, a divorce that revealed a sex scandal and an arrest for DUI.
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“We are trying to make the world a better place by taking as much pain out of it as we can.”

Charlotte Gill, owner of Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Maine, who is sedating lobsters with marijuana smoke in hopes of killing them more humanely. State health inspectors say the practice is illegal, but Gill says she's confident the lobster, which is not yet available sale, can be sold without violating state laws or codes.
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HOMECOMING…

at The United Nations

Once a year, 193 nations meet under one roof, where each country has one seat & one vote, for one big face-to-face “dance”.

Why the UN General Assembly matters (and why it doesn’t).

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“WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED
to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and
to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights…”

The UN's founding Charter signed in 1945. Pres. Roosevelt believed an international body would help prevent future world wars; Congress agreed & approved America's membership.
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General Assembly: General Debate

  • Tuesday: One huge meeting where every leader gets to speak.
  • Brazil gave first speech in 1947 & that tradition continues. USA, the host country, speaks second.
  • In reality, very little substantial decisions happen during this time, BUT it allows for informal conversations between leaders that can have a lasting impact.
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What To Watch For:

  • Pres. Trump’s speech on Tues. In the last year, the U.S. arranged a historic summit w/North Korea & withdrew from Iran Nuclear Deal.
  • S. Korea will reportedly deliver a secret msg. to U.S. from NoKo: a condition of nuclear disarmament.
  • Pres. Trump will chair UN Security Council meeting Wednesday. Topic of discussion? Non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.
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Something To Consider:

  • America pays for 20% of the UN’s total budget. Last year: $1.2B
  • We pay more because of a formula in the UN charter tied to country size and wealth.
  • Critics say the UN doesn’t achieve its goal aimed at bringing world peace and actually works against America’s interests; Gallup poll = majority of Americans agree the UN is not helping solve problems.
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On Tuesday, Pres. Trump and the First Lady will host a cocktail party for current & future members of the UN Security Council. *Permanent* member nations include Russia, China, U.K., France and the U.S. - 10 additional countries serve 2 year terms.

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Quote of the Day

“It taught me about the importance of prayer. It taught me the importance of surrendering to God, surrendering your fears to Him, and just knowing that whatever happens, whether it’s going to be a bad outcome or a good outcome, He is going to be there to help you get through it.”

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Kristen's daughter, Gianna was born with a deadly brain stem tumor. Given nearly no chance at survival, Gianna defied all odds. As Kristen describes in this week's podcast, a miraculous chain of events led to this outcome. Listen:

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3 years ago, Gianna Masciantonio, suffering from a terrible brain tumor, was kissed by Pope Francis on Market Street in Philadelphia. Weeks later, she began to make a miraculous recovery that earned her the nickname "Miracle On Market" . But that's NOT the true story. Listen to it as told by her mother Kristen and be forever changed.

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Quick Quotes

“Whether overseas or right here at home in D.C., we didn’t think — we just knew we needed to act. That’s the Marine in all of us.”

Marine Capt. Trey Gregory, who rushed into a senior public housing complex in DC alongside fellow Marines and firefighters to rescue residents. 10 people had minor injuries but everyone survived. The DC Fire Chief said that might not have been the case without the Marines.
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“This shy lady walks in and sings ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ and the show turned into full color.”

Simon Cowell, speaking about Carrie Underwood's audition at American Idol 14 years ago as he honored the Country Music Star receiving her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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“… the world would start to rot.”

University of Delaware entomologist Doug Tallamy on why we need non-pest insects, like ladybugs, bees, fireflies, moths, and butterflies. While challenging to research and quantify, scientists say they see signs these type of insects are on the decline, but they don't know why; mosquitoes and tic populations appear just fine.
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“She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety. A hearing on Monday is not possible and the committee’s insistence that it occur then is arbitrary…”

Christine Ford's lawyer responding to Sen. Chuck Grassley's deadline on whether she'll testify Monday about her allegation that SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the 1980s. According to AP, Ford's atty said she would testify Thursday instead, but no official decision has been made.
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“What’s going to happen after fentanyl?”

Dr. Hawre Jalal of the University of Pittsburgh, on a recent study he co-authored that examined drug overdose statistics over a 38-year period. According to the study, while America is hyper-focused on the opioid epidemic, our drug overdose problem is far more wide-ranging and complex than any one drug. Nearly 600,000 Americans died from a drug overdose from 1979 - 2016.
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“The power of food is more than just the meal itself — it is the story behind it. And when you get to know the story of the recipe, you get to know the person behind it.”

HRH Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex, at the launch lunch of ‘Together: Our Community Cookbook’ celebrating the Hubb community kitchen, which was created by a diverse group of London women displaced after a horrific high rise apartment fire in 2017.
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PRICELESS CULTURE

What do Van Gogh, a Tyrannosaurus Rex, &
a WWII aircraft carrier have in common? 

Well, typically, not very much… but this Saturday is the exception.

 

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MUSEUM DAY

Saturday, September 22nd

  • 1,500 museums & zoos in all 50 states will offer FREE admission.
  • Sponsored by Smithsonian magazine to encourage free entry as its DC-based museums do.
  • Visitors must download one ticket per email address that’s worth free admission for two people.
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How Much Should It Cost?

  • About one-third of America’s 35,000+ museums are free.
  • But with funding under pressure, museums struggle with how much to charge.
  • Ticket prices are crucial: Admissions represent 7% of museum’s financial support, behind endowments (22%) & museum store purchases (8%).
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This year's Museum Day theme is “Women Making History" recognizing female trailblazers in arts, sciences, innovation, and culture. Click to find participating museums in your area.

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“United States is prepared to engage immediately in negotiations to transform U.S.-DPRK relations.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on restarting talks immediately in hopes of denuclearizing North Korea (DPRK) by January 2021. The announcement follows a meeting between North & South Korea in which the North's Kim Jong Un agreed to dismantle its nuclear site in front of U.S. & international inspectors.
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“When you have two 500-year floods within two years of each other, it’s pretty clear it’s not a 500-year flood.”

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper on the struggle of how and where to rebuild after Hurricane Florence just 2 years after Hurricane Matthew. The Governor says it's time to rethink the strategy & "be smarter" about recovery. Early estimates have the damage from Florence nearing $20B, but that number is expected to rise.
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“I’ll be doing things over the next two weeks having to do with immigration, which I think you’ll be very impressed at.”

Pres. Trump in a wide ranging interview with The Hill newspaper, suggesting more to come on immigration before the midterm elections. He mentioned $1.6B used for repairs and an 80-foot stretch of border wall, as well as his desire for more; the U.S. Southern Border is nearly 2000 miles.
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“I can give you lots of reasons but they don’t matter. What matters is it was my responsibility it didn’t happen and I have to be held accountable for it.”

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban responding to the independent investigation into his team, which found there was improper workplace conduct, including sexual harassment & violence toward female employees. Cuban will donate $10M to women's causes.
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“When Dr. Ford came forward, I said that her voice should be heard and asked the Judiciary Committee to delay its vote on Judge Kavanaugh. It did so. I now implore Dr. Ford to accept the invitation for Monday, in a public or private setting. The committee should hear her voice.”

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) on the latest attempts to move forward with the accusations facing Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
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“Here’s why we chose her: She’s not crazy.”

Nancy Antrum, Miami Herald Editorial Page Editor, on the paper's endorsement of Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera who is running in the Republican primary for a South Florida district. Rodriguez Aguilera claims tall, blond aliens kidnapped her at age 7 and took her on a spaceship. The Herald says it does not believe her views or past experiences affect her ability to be an "effective public servant."
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On This Day

September 20, 1973




“BATTLE OF THE SEXES”

90M across the globe watched Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in what is still one of the most-watched tennis matches of all time.

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Battle of the Sexes

Riggs (55), a tennis champion and self-proclaimed male chauvinist, challenged King (29) a year earlier.

After the match, Riggs said “Billie Jean was just too strong for me. She was too quick in the exchanges. I thought I had her out of court many times but she made the shots.

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Why King Matters

In 1971, King was the first female athlete to win over 100K in prizes.

In 1972, Congress passed Title IX, banning gender discrimination in school programs (including sports) that receive federal fund$.

After her victory against Riggs, King said “I thought it would set us back 50 years if I didn’t win that match.”

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King’s Lasting Legacy

  • Ranked #1 in women’s tennis worldwide six times
  • Awarded 39 Grand Slams & the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Founded Women’s Sports Foundation & magazine
  • First female with a major sports arena named in her honor

Her advocacy for gender equality on and off the court continues.

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“We always put our hands up for Billie. We love her. She has a tremendous history, not just in women’s tennis, but in leading rights for people, in general, no matter who they were.”

Venus Williams, April 2018, after joining the advisory board at the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, a nonprofit founded by King aimed at eliminating workplace inequalities & promoting diversity.
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King recently sat down for her first television interview since Serena Williams alleged sexism at the US Open. King said sexism still exists in tennis, but that "crisis creates opportunity" and this is an opportunity to get things right.

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To A Certain Degree

About 33% of adults over 25 have a Bachelor’s degree.

Why the future of college education may be ditching the traditional campus.

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The Future of Learning?

  • Univ. of Pennsylvania (Penn) will offer an online bachelor’s degree next year through its College of Prof. & Liberal Arts Studies.
  • First Ivy League college to offer online bachelor’s degree.
  • 2 paths to admission: general application *or* “prove your way” in 4 foundation courses.
  • Costs 30% less than on-campus.
  • Visit campus twice before degree.
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“When you’re working and raising a family or you’re part of the sandwich generation, it really makes it very difficult to get through the 30 to 36 courses needed to get an undergraduate degree. And it’s not terribly affordable.”

Nora E. Lewis, vice dean of professional and liberal education at the University of Pennsylvania
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Why It Matters

  • Higher education without the higher cost.
  • Increasing demand for less expensive degrees from top-tier schools
  • Penn sees more colleges offering online bachelor’s.
  • National unemployment rate for those with college degree (2.1%) about 1/2 what it is for those with only a high school degree (4.3%).
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Several Ivy League universities offer online degrees at the graduate degree level, including Penn, but its undergraduate offer is a first. Approx. 80% of online-only students are over age 25, unknown if younger students will be interested.

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Current Events

Mark Your Calendars

We will all get the same text message…on the same day…from the President of the United States.

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What’s Going On?

FEMA testing a “Presidential Alert” – an announcement from the President for use only in the event of national emergencies.

The “text test” was scheduled for THIS Thursday Sept. 20 at 2:18 p.m. EST, but will instead go out on October 3rd because FEMA says it’s focusing on Hurricane Florence recovery.

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Why Now?

  • 95% of Americans own a cell phone.
  • Congress authorized “emergency wireless alerts” to communicate with the public. Amber alerts for kidnapped children or tornado warnings often use this system.
  • You can opt out of receiving Amber Alerts but NOT for this national alert.
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Some argue this is a great tool for communicating with the public during dire times; others say it presents a risk for hacking or abuse. Either way, this will be the first wireless emergency alert directly from an American President.

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