Exit 42 I-95n To: GA 99 near Brunswick, Georgia
Okay y’all now listen up. And listen good. And I hope you selected the Text to Speech Voice in your mobile device that is neither American nor British nor Australian on account of this being heard best in a true Southern Drawl. Does your phone have "Southern Drawl" on it? If not — too bad. Because we are about to launch into a discourse about a talented singer. A country singer who is as Georgia as peach cobbler. She is more Georgia than moonlight over them there pines.
We are fixin to speak about one talented pretty lady known as Trisha Yearwood. Since she also acts, Trisha Yearwood is actually a triple threat having acted both on TV and in Major Motion Pictures.
And of course everyone knows that Trisha Yearwood is a country singer extraordinaire. In fact, Trisha believes to sing well she needs to become a character in a play; the love sick lady, daddy’s little girl, or even our favorite, the open road traveler. Trisha uses method acting to get into her songs and that makes her audience believe her musical stories.
She must sell her characters well. In her day job as country and western musician, Yearwood has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. She has won three Grammy Awards, three Country Music Association Awards, and two Academy of Country Music Awards.
Yearwood rose to fame in 1991 with her debut single "She's in Love with the Boy”, followed by hits, "How Do I Live”, "Walkaway Joe", and "I Would've Loved You Anyway”. But do they know the triple threat is that this real farmer’s daughter is also a diva in the kitchen?
Trisha, and I call her Trisha because we are friends, loves to cook up classic southern dishes. She whips up candied lemon slices and of course, Georgia Peach Cobbler. Yearwood has so much fun with cooking she has ventured into the culinary arts writing and releasing three successful cookbooks. Since she does everything good these books earned her the status of two-time New York Times best-selling author.
She does love to bake cakes though and to many of her cooking fans, cakes and Peach Pies are this diva’s forte. But what about this person Garth? Does he love her home cookin'?
Garth Brooks must have loved it plenty. They started dating and became the biggest couple in country music and then some! Today he is her biggest fan on stage and in the kitchen. According to Yahoo news, "Ask Garth and her three stepdaughters what her signature dish is though, and they'll reply with something totally ordinary: mashed potatoes. "That was the thing I think that really won them over when I first moved to Oklahoma," Trisha shared. “The kids were like, 'Okay, this girl can marry our dad because she makes really good mashed potatoes!’"
But what about Garth? Can he cook? Mostly sandwiches it turns out. And that ain't cookin'! But that’s just fine cause sometimes it's ok for us to skip a meal. Especially when the meal is made by a man in a black hat. Ain’t that right, my fellow Georgia Peaches?
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EXIT 70 I-95s: To Palm Beach
Do you know what is unique about swanky Palm Beach? Forget the Winter White House or the billionaire's Mansions or even that fabled shopping street, known as Worth Avenue. These are a dime a dozen in places like Newport, Rhode Island or Beverly Hills, California.
What is unique about Palm Beach is it boasts the most significant amateur paleontologist in the world. That's right. A rookie bone collector lives here. Amazing, right? I’m talking about a young man who personally dug up the best evidence of the day the world ended.
Robert DePalma holds the unpaid position of curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Palm Beach Museum of Natural History.
In a very rich community, The Palm Beach Museum of Natural History is a struggling museum with little exhibition space. But that should change right?
That’s because in 2012 up in Bowman, North Dakota, DePalma heard that a private collector had stumbled upon an unusual site on a remote cattle ranch. DePalma went out into the prairie and dug around.
DePalma unearthed a scene of frantic death. He found hundreds of animals who had all died at one time on one single day over 66 million years ago.
It is widely believed that the fish and reptiles expired en masse in a massive asteroid strike. But even more remarkable, the strike was about 3000 miles away. That’s roughly the same distance as New York to San Francisco. Or twice the drive from here to New York. Scary, huh?
66 Million years ago, an asteroid blasted into the sea near Mexico and obliterated all life within 1000 miles. Fires as hot as the sun incinerated forests. Tsunamis of molten water scoured distant shores. In the sky, clouds of poison gas asphyxiated life all around the globe. The dust created a nuclear winter so severe that 99 percent of life went extinct.
Ironically, the sequence of events provided an opportunity for insignificant burrowing animals to evolve into the dominant animal species. These rat-like animals were our ancestors and they were called mammals.
Robert DePalma's discovery catalogues hundreds of creatures in a river mouth in the northern plains. It became a veritable slurry of dead. Here perished ancient river fish, dinosaurs and even a small mammal hiding from the onslaught in its burrow. It is a snapshot frozen in millennia. It records the moment a forced flood reached its zenith and left the detritus of the apocalypse — an apocalypse which had occurred moments earlier and thousands of miles away.
But does this affect us today? Indeed it does. Paleontologists are so frightened by what they learned of the impact’s destructive nature that many have become leading voices in calling for a system to neutralize threatening asteroids. “There’s no uncertainty to this statement: the Earth will be hit by an asteroid again, unless we deflect it,” one claims. “Even a three hundred meter rock would end world agriculture.”
Maybe you should EXIT right and drop by the museum to help support its struggling budget? Given this staggering discovery, would not an entire museum be worthy much less a large exhibit in a municipal museum?
What with its great wealth, one would assume that Palm Beach County could create a world class exhibit around Robert DePalma’s world threatening discovery.
On the other hand, perhaps it is actually that the threat to their lifestyle scares the super rich; despite their great wealth, this too will pass. After all, Florida is best pitching Disney World than doom and destruction.
Okay, maybe that is too much to ask of the millionaires and billionaires. But perhaps by now, the rich folks can at least offer Robert DePalma a paying job. Right?
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