Well, Red loves lists … and Black likes to be organized and efficient, so here's a list of the Banter Bites we posted this month:
1: Walking Toward A Better Future?
2: Idiot! Jerk! You're Weak! Now How Do You Feel?
3: A Peaceful Protest + Passion = Powerful
4. No Empathy? How About A Little Human Kindness?
5: You Should Be Safe. Night Or Day. Black Or White.
6: Coronavirus Has Touched Everything … Even Pizza!
8: When Camp Becomes A Dilemma
9: Facts First. Opinions Second.
10: Voting May Not Be Easy … But It's Critical
11: Frankly, My Dear, I DO Give A Damn
12: Can A Monument To The Past Help Make A Better Future?
13: Here's A Radical Remedy For Exhaustion!
15: Do You Think Your Secrets Are Safe With Your Family?
16: A Supremely Wonderful Decision
17: Roller Coasters, Mad Dashes, & Fairy Tales
18-1: Want To Get People's Attention?
18-2: Making Dreams Legal
19: Don't Just Say It, Mean It
20: Camp's An Escape From Reality. Isn't It?
22: A Clever Phrase? Or A Critical Message?
23: The Winner Of This NASCAR Race? All of Us!
24: Leave My Air Alone!
25: Attention Young People – Older People Need Your Help!
26: You May Be The Difference Between Life & Death
27: The Better Half of Hide-And-Seek
29: Finding The Truth Shouldn't Be A Scavenger Hunt
30: To Quote The Rolling Stones …
A businessman, a horticulturist, and a missionary. Sounds like the start of a joke, but it's a description of the legend known as Johnny Appleseed.
BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: Red, and her two daughters, learned about Johnny Appleseed (who was born John Chapman) in elementary school – a man wandering the frontier and randomly planting apple trees. Looking back, it sounds more like a Disney story (in 1948, it actually was its own video as part of the Melody Series); but Red like to think she's indebted to him because she loves all varieties of apples, especially the ones that are best in the fall, including her favorite, Honeycrisp.
Although Black vaguely remembers the folk story (she was pragmatic even as a child), she's fascinated by the real-life story of John Chapman … a strategic businessman who traveled west and found unclaimed land, planted apple nurseries (not edible apples, but ones for making apple-based alcohol which was very popular at the time) on them to claim ownership, and then later sold the trees and land. But he was about more than making money, as his values (he was a missionary, advocated for animal rights, and ultimately became a vegetarian) defined him … as a man and a legend.
P.S. – There are two dates for Johnny Appleseed Day, September 26 because it's his birthday, and March 11 because he died in March (but not on the 11th) and it coincides with prime apple planting season.
Happy Meals. Lasik surgery. A Supreme Court justice. Any idea what these three things have in common?
BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: Although Hispanic Heritage Month started in 1968 as a week-long event, Red, the straight-A student and lover of history, is a bit embarrassed that she didn't know about it, but the theater major in her realizes they're under-represented (and misrepresented) in the movies. When we talked about the comparison of "In The Heights" to "West Side Story," Black wasn't only focused on the business aspects but also how it reflects the times, and now is interested in the many contributions (including patents) made by Latinx, and the need for inclusion and diversity.
P.S. – We were both curious why the month-long celebration begins mid-month (September 15) and discovered it's in honor of the anniversaries of national independence for many Latin American countries.
Can something be "new" if it's made with "old" ingredients?
BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: Black's fascinated by the business and marketing aspects of food mash-ups (especially the multi-generational angle), while Red's excited that her beloved Dunkin' has collaborated with Post Cereals and there's now Dunkin' cereal (and both of us love the tag line, "Now you can have your coffee and eat it, too!). Funny thing is that we've all probably been doing our own "mash-ups" for years (ok, maybe not Black).