This is the Insurgent Radio Kiosk for Tuesday, December 3rd
Let’s talk Turkey!
No, not the Butterball sitting in the Oval Office. I’m talking about the real thing, the big bird, 46 million of which we Americans will devour on this Thanksgiving Day.
It was the Aztecs who first domesticated the gallopavo, but leave it to the Spanish explorers to “foul-up” the bird’s origins. They declared it to be related to the peacock – Wrong! They also thought the peacock originated in Turkey – Wrong! And, they thought Turkey was located in Africa – well, you can see the Spanish were pretty confused.
Actually, the origin of Thanksgiving is confused. The popular assumption is that it was first celebrated by the Mayflower immigrants and the Wampanoag natives at Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1621. They feasted on venison, furkees (Wampanoag for gobblers) eels, mussels, corn, and beer. But wait, say Virginians, the first precursor to our annual November Food-a-Palooza was not in Massachusetts – the Thanksgiving feast originated down here in Jamestown colony, back in 1608.
Whoa, there, hold your horses, pilgrims. Folks in El Paso, Texas, say it all began way out there in 1598, when Spanish settlers sat down with people of the Piro and Manso tribes, gave thanks, then feasted on roasted duck, geese and fish.
“Ha!” says a Florida group, asserting the very, very first Thanksgiving happened in 1565 when the Spanish settlers of St. Augustine and friends from the Timucuan tribe chowed-down on “cocido” – a stew of salt pork, garbanzo beans and garlic – washing it all down with red wine.
Wherever it began, and whatever the purists claim is “official,” Thanksgiving today is as multicultural as America. So let’s enjoy! Kick-back, give thanks we’re in a country with such ethnic richness, and dive into your turkey rellenos, moo-shu turkey, turkey falafel, barbecued turkey. . . .
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It’s today’s Action Calendar!
A free mindfulness meditation session will be offered from noon to 12:45 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, December 4th, at the Monona Terrace Community Center, One John Nolen Drive. Spending a few minutes in meditation can reconnect you with a sense of calm and inner peace. The session will be led by M.D. Sarah Moore, a mind-body practitioner and therapist, who has practiced meditation for 20 years. Walk-ins are welcome. SSM Health sponsors the session. Phone 261-4000 for information.
The UW-Madison financial aid team will be available to provide information detailing the financial aid process tomorrow, Wednesday, December 4th from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Goodman Library, 2222 South Park Street. Learn how to submit the free Application for Federal Student Aid and apply for scholarships using the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub. For information, phone 266-6395.
The Urban League of Greater Madison is in need of volunteer tutors to provide individualized academic coaching for middle school students as part of the League’s Schools of Hope Middle School Program. Make a difference by volunteering just 2 hours a week. Tutoring opportunities are available at 12 schools in Madison, Oregon and Sun Prairie. A variety of times are available to accommodate schedules. Phone 729-1226 for more information or to apply.
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