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Happy Birthday, Ben Franklin! 5 FUN FACTS ABOUT AMERICA’S ULTIMATE RENAISSANCE MAN
When most people hear the term “Renaissance man,” Leonardo da Vinci comes to mind. But America actually has its own Renaissance man, a Bostonian who started out as a candlestick maker and grew up to be a diplomat, a Founding Father, and one of the greatest inventors our country has ever known. If you haven’t guessed already — yes, I’m talking about Ben Franklin! It’s no secret that I’m a history buff, and I couldn’t resist spending this edition on Franklin when I realized his birthday is on Jan. 17. If he had lived as long as his legacy, Franklin would be turning 315 this month. As it is, I’ll have to settle for sharing some of my favorite Franklin facts and quotes in honor of his birthday. • Franklin invented the lightning rod, swim fins, the flexible catheter, and the Franklin stove — but his favorite creation was the armonica. The armonica is a strange-looking musical instrument. As legend has it, Franklin loved the sounds made by musicians who played songs by running their fingers along the rims of water-filled glasses. Working with a glassblower, he created a large icicle-shaped instrument from glass bowls of various sizes that produce the same effect. According to The Franklin Institute, he said, “Of all my inventions, the glass armonica has given me the greatest personal satisfaction.” • Thanks to Franklin, American farmers can grow soybeans and rhubarb. According to The Daily Meal, Franklin was responsible for introducing
Franklin quotes include, “Well done is better than well said,” “A right heart exceeds all,” and “A true friend is the best possession.” He founded America’s first lending library, and co-founded the first volunteer fire department. In 1731, Franklin founded the Library Company of Philadelphia, the first lending library in the American colonies. He got the idea when the debate club he was part of dedicated an area of its meeting room to shared books. That snowballed into a subscription-based library that opened once a week to lend out texts to members. Five years later in Boston, Franklin co-founded The Union Fire Company — the first formally organized, all-volunteer
soybeans and rhubarb seeds to America. In the early 1770s, he sent packets of both from Europe, where he was traveling, to the Pennsylvanian horticulturalist John Bartram. Fast-forward to 2019, and the U.S. soybean industry was worth $31.2 billion. • Franklin was the master of packing a lot of wisdom into a few words. Some of my favorite nuggets come from ‘Poor Richard's Almanack.’ On top of everything else, Franklin was a businessman. He started the publication “Poor Richard’s Almanack” in 1732 under the pseudonym Richard Saunders and went on to publish it annually for 25 years. These little books were full of useful information and art, including poetry, recipes, trivia, and weather predictions. Some of my favorite
fire department in the colonies — in the wake of a horrible 1730 fire that devoured ships, warehouses, and several homes. • He helped negotiate the Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolutionary War. What more needs to be said? It’s truly humbling to look at the scope of Franklin’s accomplishments. Usually, the New Year is all about looking forward, but I think that looking back at history can be just as helpful. By reflecting on the past, we prepare
ourselves for a better future. Wishing you a bright 2021,
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TikTok for the Founding Fathers
WHY THOMAS PAINE’S 245-YEAR-OLD PAMPHLET “COMMON SENSE” IS STILL RELEVANT
Last year, nurses started using TikTok to spread awareness about COVID-19. You might remember seeing one particular video on the news. It featured a group in blue scrubs dancing to a mashup of “Baby Come Give Me Something” by Wiz Khalifa and “I’m a Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion. At the end of the video, the nurse in the center drops into the splits and screams, “Coronavirus!” The video was hilarious, but it also got its message across and proved that a single piece of media can spark a national reaction. Looking back at this month in history, it’s clear that some things never change! Founding Father Thomas Paine’s book “Common Sense,” which was published on Jan. 10, 1776, was basically the viral TikTok video of its time. It made the case for why the American colonies should break free from England and sold more than 120,000 copies in just three months. By the end of the Revolutionary War, it had reached half a million readers.
It’s hard to know if @nursekala’s viral TikTok video will be relevant in 245 years, but Paine’s book is full of advice that’s still applicable today. He wrote about King George and the monarchy, but he also set down some big ideas about equality, democracy, and the importance of working together, both as a country and throughout the world. Right now, these sentiments seem more important than ever. This is a tough moment for America. We’re facing political divisions, a pandemic, and other challenges, but Paine reminds us that we have always had obstacles to overcome. Here at Kevin Patrick Law, one of our favorite quotes from “Common Sense” is, “The intimacy which is contracted in infancy, and the friendship which is formed in misfortune, are of all others the most lasting and unalterable.” It’s a great reminder that we often emerge from trials by fire stronger and closer. We see this all
the time in our office, where our clients who’ve gone through tough times become our friends after we fight for them in court. Our hope for 2021 is that our country comes out of these fires united, and our clients continue to overcome their challenges with our help. If you know someone who needs a lawyer in their corner for a car accident case or a day care or nursing home incident, send them our way for a “Common Sense” defense.
The First Dog to Win a Nobel Peace Prize
Just this past October, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to what can only be one described as one the world’s goodest boys — a dog named Foxtrot, known also to his Instagram followers (of which there are nearly 7,000) as humanitarian_pup. While Foxtrot wasn’t responsible for improvements to auction theory (like Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson, who won the Nobel Prize for economics) or for a standout career in writing poetry (like Louise Glück, who won the Nobel Prize for literature), this incredible canine shared the Nobel Peace Prize with the World Food Programme (WFP) for their work in combating world hunger. As the organization’s official mascot, Foxtrot shared in the win with the thousands of other WFP workers worldwide. Foxtrot lives in Bangladesh (one of the most densely populated countries in the world) at a WFP outpost that works to supply one of the world’s largest refugee camps. According to an NPR article that spotlighted Foxtrot and the efforts made by his WFP humans, they worked not only to get food to refugees but also to flatten hillsides to make room for shelters for Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar.
Foxtrot himself became part of the effort to combat world hunger during a WFP beach cleanup in his home country.
Workers found him as a 4-week-old pup, and after failing to locate his owners, took him in as one of their own. For the past two years, Foxtrot has helped however he can to further the WFP’s efforts to end hunger in Bangladesh. This usually includes accompanying his humans
while they work, wearing an adorable custom-made WFP cape, and taking to Instagram to raise awareness about how anyone can join in the WFP’s mission.
After learning that he and his humans had won the Nobel Peace Prize, Foxtrot didn’t waste the opportunity to share his excitement with his followers. “Woweee,” the pup said. “I … think it would be even more amazing if we didn’t need any peace prizes because peace was the status quo in our world.” If Foxtrot and his humans keep up the good work that won them the Nobel Peace Prize, it seems like that status quo could be within reach.
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Ready to Warm Up With a Hot Cup of Tea? These Atlanta Tea Shops Are Waiting for You
January is National Hot Tea month, and we’re ready to celebrate! Georgia might be famous for its iced tea, but when it gets chilly outside, nothing beats a steaming mug of English breakfast or Earl Gray. If you agree, here are three of our favorite tea houses in Atlanta to stop by for a cuppa. DR. BOMBAY’S UNDERWATER TEA PARTY (DRBOMBAYS.COM) This outpost in Chandler Park is what teahouse dreams are made of. Its website lists its services as, “high tea, coffee, books, pastries, desserts, ice cream, sandwiches, and Wi-Fi,” and really, what more do you need? Though the cozy atmosphere and vintage furniture inside are off-limits right now because of COVID-19, you can order a cup of tea from the walk-up “Warm Scone Window” Thursday–Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. JUST ADD HONEY TEA COMPANY (JUSTADDHONEY.NET) Loose leaf tea reigns supreme here, and tea lovers can get their shopping done and grab a cup to sip all in one place.
Just Add Honey has a wide selection of tea accessories and blends for sale that you can buy online or in store, including unique flavors like “Berries on the Beltline,” “Black Coconut,” and “Cacao Rose.” The cafe on John Wesley Dobbs Avenue is open Tuesday–Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for grab- and-go pickup of tea and coffee.
browse the shop’s selection of loose-leaf teas (for iced or hot tea) and tea-infused lemonades online, or stop by one of the two Tea Spots — one each in East Lake and East Atlanta. The caramel apple tea and pumpkin chai were both big hits this fall, and if they’re still around, you won’t want to miss them. To learn more about these three tea houses, visit the websites listed above. Be sure to check for COVID-19 restrictions, as the menus, hours, and pickup methods we described here are subject to change at any time.
JAYIDA CHE HERBAL TEA SPOT (JAYIDACHE.COM)
“Jayida” means “good” in Arabic, and “che” means “tea,” so the name of this shop says it all! Jayida Che is known for its organic, fair-trade, and local ingredients. You can
Easy One-Pot Lentil Soup
Ingredients • 2 tbsp coconut oil • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 2 shallots, diced • 4 large carrots, sliced thin • 4 stalks celery, sliced thin • Sea salt, to taste • Black pepper, to taste
• 3 cups red potatoes, cubed • 4 cups vegetable broth • 2–3 sprigs fresh rosemary or thyme, chopped • 1 cup uncooked green lentils, rinsed and drained • 2 cups chopped kale 4. Add lentils, stirring until soup returns to a simmer. Then, turn the heat to low and cook soup uncovered for 15–20 minutes. 5. Finally, add kale and additional salt and pepper as needed. Cook for 3–4 minutes, thin soup with additional vegetable broth as needed, and serve! Inspired by MinimalistBaker.com
Directions 1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat and sauté garlic, shallots, carrots, and celery for 4–5 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste. 2. Add potatoes to pot, along with more salt and pepper. Sauté for 2 minutes. 3. Add vegetable broth and herbs, then bring soup to a simmer.
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Inside This Issue 1 5 Fun Facts About America’s Ultimate Renaissance Man 2 TikTok for the Founding Fathers The First Dog to Win a Nobel Peace Prize 3 3 Atlanta Tea Shops to Help You Warm Up This Winter Easy One-Pot Lentil Soup 4 Don’t Miss These Cooking Shows!
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Don’t Get Lost in the Sauce The 4 Best Cooking and Travel Shows
Streaming services are booming right now, and there’s no shortage of entertainment between HBO Max, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+, and more. But the important question is this: What are the best binge-worthy cooking shows? Here are four streamable culinary shows you’ll love. ‘THE CHEF SHOW’ Get cozy at home and turn on Netflix to watch Chef Roy Choi, the man responsible for bringing the food from the movie “Chef” to life, on “The Chef Show.” You’ll get incredible home-cooking tips while enjoying appearances from your favorite celebrities, like Tom Holland trying oysters for the first time. This show travels all over the world to explore recipes and honor the tradition of sharing good food. Four seasons are out now! ‘ANTHONY BOURDAIN: PARTS UNKNOWN’ If you’re not familiar with the late Anthony Bourdain, you’re missing out on one of the most influential, internationally lauded chefs of the past few decades. “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” one of his longest-running TV shows, filmed 12 seasons over seven years, and all 12 seasons are streaming on HBO Max. The show follows Bourdain as he travels and discovers little-known places in order to celebrate diverse cultures by exploring their food and dining rituals.
‘GORDON RAMSEY: UNCHARTED’ Want something a little more recent? Hop on Disney+ to watch Chef Gordon Ramsey of “Hell’s Kitchen,” who has seven Michelin stars, leap out of helicopters to take some of the most epic adventures you can imagine — ranging from the icy waters of Alaska to the plains of New Zealand — all while learning to cook local food along the way. The latest two seasons are available right now! ‘GREAT CHEFS OF NEW ORLEANS’ Whatever your favorite cooking show may be, it was likely influenced by this classic. One of the oldest cooking shows in the U.S., “Great Chefs” has aged like a fine wine. In this series, you’ll meet some of the best chefs in New Orleans and learn how they create and prepare an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Two seasons are available to Amazon Prime members!
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