Happy National Spumoni Holiday
Spumoni is an Italian ice cream, originating in Naples, Italy.
Here is an easy recipe:
- Spread pistachio ice cream into pan and smooth the top.
- Place the mix into the freezer until semi-frozen, about 20 minutes.
- Stir vanilla ice cream, chopped cherries, almonds, brandy, and almond extract until combined.
- Stir in food coloring (if using) to desired shade of pink.
Have some Spumoni ice cream! Celebrate Spumoni Holiday!
by Henry Ramsey
Of paramount importance and relevancy to true and lasting human accomplishment is the way we deliberate between short term gain and long term accomplishment. The overriding consideration must be our degree of thoughtfulness. Thoughtfulness means an honest examination of the desired objectives over time.
Corporations dominate the landscape.
The majority of us toil in increasingly meaningless, stressful and time demanding occupations, with credit and consumption heralded by the mass media our reward. A relentless barrage of commercial miasma invades our psychic at every venue, branding their version of morality into the fabric of our daily lives. Image makers, indiscriminately selling manufactured desire, have elevated the irresponsible personality to social prominence, even hero worship.
Without intervention, and none appears likely, the declining circumstance of all our lives will continue to deteriorate as greed and intolerance perpetuates itself. We have abdicated our intuitive duty to build a more sustainable existence by giving power over our lives to the purveyors of fear and greed.
In a perverted antithesis to the quest to find relevancy and meaning in the world,
mass media advertising is providing manufactured identity, through product worship, to target audiences, most egregiously to the young and searching. Mass marketers cater to moral insecurity and foster irresponsibility through aggrandizement of inane idols. They endorse and promote immediate gratification and intimidation through peer pressure.
They supplant the quest for substance and meaning with drivel and triviality. In attempts to appear righteous they unabashedly employ insidious public relations tactics to play on emotion or loyalties. The absurd and demeaning circumstance of popular culture shows how much we hunger for access to meaning within ourselves, and how far short we have fallen in attempting to find it.