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Won’t come back from Dead Man’s curve!

Dead Man’s Curve was a 1964 hit for Jan & Dean about a wreck involving a Corvette Sting Ray and a Jaguar XKE. Dead Man’s Curve was a curve on North Whittier Drive, Beverly Hills. In 1966, Jan had a near fatal crash in his own Sting Ray near Dead Man’s Curve. He died in 2004 from a seizure possibly a result of the wreck.

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Pictish holiday?

St. Andrew’s Day, November 30, 2021 is the national day of Scotland—Scots, Saunt Andra’s Day—Gaelic, Là Naomh Anndrais. It is 1,000 years old, thought to be a day of slaughter from Samhain—perhaps a Pictish celebration. I dedicate this to David Suddeth, my 8th great-grandfather who was born in Scotland.

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She’s gonna get a ticket!

Go granny, go!

“The Little Old Lady from Pasadena” was a 1964 hit for Jan & Dean. Sorry, but Granny wasn’t real—part of a 1964 Dodge ad campaign.  If you confuse Jan & Dean with the Beach Boys, don’t feel bad—Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys wrote many of Jan & Dean’s songs.

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Happy Hanukkah!

Hanukkah begins Sunday November 28, ends December 6. I want to wish a Happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish friends!

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Holiday Treat


Biscuits from Eastern Band, North Carolina

2 cups flour, 1 1/2 tsp sugar, 1/2 cup oil, 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup mashed sweet potatoes.

Sift dry ingredients into a bowl. Add liquids, lightly with a fork until mixture holds together. Allow to sit for a few minutes, and then add mashed sweet potatoes. Knead gently until smooth, about 12 times. Roll dough 1/4 inch thick, cut into rounds for biscuits. Bake 425 degrees 10 to 20 minutes (can be fried).

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November 26, 2021 is National Native American Heritage Day. I honor all Native Americans, including some of my ancestors: Cherokee, Lumbee, Powhatan, Shawnee, Yuchi.

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I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Ulihelisdi ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ they are happy/thankful

Gatsv wigati? ᎦᏨ ᏫᎦᏘ Where are you going?

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Wampanoag Thanksgiving!

The Wampanoag met the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock. The Wampanoag are still around!

Here are a few Wopanaak (Wampanoag) words for Thanksgiving:

Nahenan – turkey

Pôhpukun – pumpkin

Wiwáhcum – corn

Wuyôkuhpwu – dine

Pun – potato

Masqusitash – beans

Pôcumunsh – cranberries 

Kutâputush – thank you

Nasaump, cornmeal porridge—Ancient Wampanoag recipe:  1 cup stone ground flint cornmeal, ⅓ cup small strawberries, ⅓ cup blueberries, 2 TBS crushed black walnuts, 2 TBS crushed hazelnuts, 2 TBS crushed pumpkin seeds, optional maple syrup. Boil in water for 15 minutes. Serve. If allowed to cool and harden, it can be fried as cakes.

Sobaheg—Wampanoag for stew: turkey or venison, mixed beans, hominy, dried onions, cubed winter squash/pumpkin, green beans, pounded sunflower seeds or nuts, green beans, optional clam juice and Jerusalem artichokes.

Puttuckqunnege—Wampanoag boiled bread: Moisten with very hot water and form into patties. Drop into boiling water. Patties rise to the top when cooked. Sweeten with maple syrup. half cup each:  cornmeal, corn flour, dried berries (cranberries, blueberries, currants), crushed nuts/seeds (walnuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds)

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Cherokee Thanksgiving Treat

Cherokee chestnut dish—disquani—ᏗᏍᏆᏂ

Boil 1 qt peeled, hulled chestnuts in 2 cups water and 1 cup honey/maple sugar about 15 min. Mash chestnuts with cooked pinto beans.  Flavor with your choice of ramps, onions, sassafras or sweetgrass (pictured).

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The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Cape Cod, Massachusetts is one of 2 Federally-recognized Wampanoag groups. 3,000 Wampanoag live on a 300-acre reservation. Yes, they and other Wampanoags met the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock.

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