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“Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day for my pants.”
Kevin James, The King of Queens

 

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Child in Poverty Gets a Brand New Smile

Have you ever heard of Children’s Day, October 12th? Well it is a celebration that is heavily regarded in Brazil. The children get showered with gifts, toys, and anything else that a little one could possibly want. There was one little boy whose gift on this holiday was different than all the others. Ryan, a child from a little town called Guajeru, lost all the teeth from the top of his mouth and a few from the bottom due to a disease he had when he was three-years old. A dentist, Amanda Mattos, met young Ryan while in Bahia and immediately wanted to help. Mattos used her own materials and supplies to give Ryan a sparkling smile. All Ryan wished for was to have teeth like his friends, and now he has the best smile around. To read more about this touching story, click here.

 

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Adorable Puppies Found in a Cooler On Side of the Road

Nothing warms a heart like a story about adorable puppies. In Sulphur Springs, Texas, there was a dark blue cooler just sitting on the side of the road. A woman pulled her car over, opened the lid, and found nine German Shepherd puppies on the inside. According to veterinarian, Karri McCreary, the little pups wouldn’t have lasted much longer if they hadn’t been found as quick as they were. McCreary deemed all the overwhelmingly cute puppies healthy and ready to be adopted by loving families. If you would like to read about these puppies, click here.

 

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The History of Thanksgiving

During the Civil War, in 1863, Abraham Lincoln made a proclamation asking for all Americans to give thanks and “heal the wounds of the nation” by celebrating Thanksgiving on the last Thursday in November. However, that’s not how it all began. I believe the story of Thanksgiving starts with the Mayflower, a small ship from England that was in search of the prosperous New World, a world where they could practice their religion freely. Next thing you know these Pilgrims are settling down and establishing their own colony in what we now refer to as Massachusetts. After the first winter, only about half of the colonists survived due to scurvy and other disease outbreaks. Over time they met other people in the New Land, including a member of the Pawtuxet tribe named Squanto. He taught the Pilgrims the lay of the land, how to provide food and helped them cultivate an alliance with the Wampanoag. It was November 1961 when the settlers had their first successful corn harvest and invited a group of Native American allies to a celebratory feast. It was a three-day festival that is now referred to as the first Thanksgiving. If you would like to learn more about the history of this great holiday, click here.

 

THIS MONTH’S RECIPE

24547Honey Baked Apples

Ingredients
6 Green Apples
1 ½ cups fresh cranberries
2 ¼ cups of water
¾ cup packed of organic brown sugar
3 tablespoons of organic honey
6 scoops of low-fat vanilla ice cream

Preparation
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
2. Core the apples, and remove the peel from the top third of each one. Place them in a baking dish, and fill the core holes with as many cranberries as you can fit.
3. Meanwhile, stir together the water, brown sugar, and honey in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar and honey if necessary. Once it comes to a boil, pour the mixture over the apples.
4. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, basting with the juices every 15 to 20 minutes.
5. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

bd2bc1e26a2d84c500297d73_324x344Hello! My name is Genevieve Servoss and my passion in life is the entertainment industry and pizza. I am a media assistant at PLA Media and have enjoyed every second of it. Having the opportunity to get involved in the music industry while in music city is a blessing and something I will never take for granted.

I originate from the great state of North Carolina. I was born in Durham, raised in Chapel Hill, went to school in Raleigh, and now my parents live in a place called Youngsville. The parental unit, David and Linda Servoss, raised three very different and energetic girls, bless their hearts. I have a big family, but you know what they say? The bigger the family, the more food you get served at Thanksgiving.

Besides my family, dance is an ongoing passion in my life. It has always been there for me. Reality can be hard sometimes, so dance helped me escape all of that. More than that, it helped me understand and deal with some of the things that I was going through. It is my one true love.

Currently, I am a junior at Belmont University and getting my degree in Entertainment Industry Studies while minoring in Dance. I am very content with the path I have chosen for myself and can’t wait for what’s up ahead. Graduation isn’t too far away, which is scary to think about. Right now, I need to enjoy these next couple of years and aim for that one goal I set myself a while back, to be happy.