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The Quote

"October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!" ~ Rainbow Rowell

The Quirky Observation

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The Quirky Fact

Pumpkin spice is about spices, not pumpkins.

Pumpkin spice refers to the mix of spices used for pumpkin pies: 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg, 1-½ teaspoons ground allspice and 1-½ teaspoons ground cloves. Now you have the start for making your own pumpkin spice cough drops, salsa, chicken sausage, body lotion, lip balm, and highlighters. Bet you can’t wait.

The Quiz

Here are the first three questions on a trivia quiz about Scary Urban Legends that you can access in full as a Power Point slide show here.

Can you tell which of the following stories are true?

1. An elderly woman, in an attempt to dry her just-bathed miniature poodle faster, put him in the microwave and pressed the defrost button. 
True ___  False ___

2. Baby alligators from Florida that were flushed down a toilet, grew into a thriving colony of large alligators living in the New York City sewer system.
True ___      False ___

3. That little bit of crunch in Fig Newtons could be due to the bugs that inadvertently get into the fig paste.
True ___      False ___

Answers at the end of this document.

The Request – a Freebie!

I have now completed almost two dozen highly visual and entertaining (if I do say so myself) slide shows, each more than 100 slides long. Each contains trivia quizzes, word games, discussion topics and (usually) reminiscence questions.

Would you review one of the Wiser Now slide shows and write a review that I might use on my website? I will send for FREE to the first 10 people (maybe more) who respond, a Wiser Now slide show of your choice to use personally or in your senior community or health care waiting room – wherever! – with the request that you write an honest review you are willing to have me use with your name and location on my website. This is a downloadable product, so it’s yours to use indefinitely.

My hope is that you will think it’s terrific, but if you have suggestions for improvement, I welcome that feedback as well. The more specific you can be about how many people it was shared with and in what kind of setting, the better it is for me to know whether I’m meeting my goal.

If you’re willing, contact me at and tell me which slide show you would like to see and review, and I will send you the link pronto!

The Question

Lately I have found myself trying to provide guidance to a number of care partners and friends of people living with dementia. As a result, I have begun writing a weekly series of short articles called “Dementia Minute” for LinkedIn. The first ones can be found here. And here. Do you have a question you would like answered? Send me a note at and I will do my best to answer it in a future article, or find someone who can.

The Kiosk of Resources

Re the quiz: Urban legends are stories that spread like wildfire but may or may not be true. Learn more at

Re the fact: Here’s the source so you can read nine more:

Re the quote: My goal with the weekly quote is to conjure lovely images and positive thoughts. This week in honor of autumn, I simply typed in “quotes on pumpkins” but I receive daily inspiration from Morning Smile and recommend it for you, too.

Quiz Answers:

  1. False, and let’s keep it that way. No living thing is safe in a microwave oven!
  2. False. This one has been around since the 1920s, but no alligators have ever actually been sited.
  3. True. The Food and Drug Administration allows for fig paste to have up to 13 insect heads per 100 grams. Because the fig flower relies upon wasps for pollination, many wasps end up harvested along with the figs, and are nearly impossible to eliminate entirely. Still, the crunch is mostly from the fig's seeds.
Copyright (c) 2019 Kathy Laurenhue | All rights reserved.

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