Wednesday, July 1, 2020

What's Your Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream?

Spinning Your Gold: Words that Open Hearts and Inspire Actions 
 “You should not be replacing more than one meal a day with ice cream. We do not consider a pint or tub of ice cream to be a single serving.” 
–Jerry Greenfield, Co-Founder, Ben & Jerry’s

Did you know that July is called the Ice Cream Month? And today, July 1 is National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day?

There’s a good reason as this 2,000-year-old treat can always cool and soothe the hot summer blues, body, and creative soul. Marco Polo returned to Italy from his Far East expeditions with a recipe for sherbert. Seems Catherine de Medici of Italy later enjoyed her “cream ice” in 1553. And it didn’t take long before everyone could buy a scoop starting in 1660!

Did you also know that your favorite ice cream flavor speaks volumes about your personality?

To verify this, there’s research conducted by neurologist Dr. Alan Hirsch, founder of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation. “Seems Hirsch uses various standardized psychiatric test results to make statistical correlations, explaining that the same part of the brain (the limbic lobe) is responsible for both personality traits and food preference.”

Hirsch says the taste for your favorite ice cream is set during childhood and tends to remain constant throughout your life.

As an author, this invites me to consider myself and story characters –not to mention family and friends- in this new, sensory light. Hmmm…I wonder what ice cream my 3x Great Uncle Liberty Raymond killed at the Battle of Fort Wagner in the Civil War enjoyed as a child on his New Hampshire apple orchard?

It’s fun to wonder what other sheroes enjoyed like Ann Hasseltine Judson, Julia Tarrant Barron, Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Golda Meir, and Mother Teresa. I’m also curious about the favorite ice cream flavors of writers like Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Rumi, Isaak Dinesen, Hafiz, or Peace Pilgrim. 

As I now write while juggling a somewhat melting cone…

Descriptive adjectives flow.
Plot twists sweeten.
Vocabulary gets sprinkled with multi-syllabic words.
Creative insights gather.
Memories of happy moments drip ... drip ... drip.

For fun, here are my assigned ice cream flavors from Hirsch’s research to seven well-known people with birthdays in July:

* The Dalai Lama, July 6 - Vanilla
* Sylvester Stallone, July 6 – Rocky Roads
* Tom Hanks, July 9 – Chocolate
* Malala Yousafzai, July 12- Vanilla
* Ernest Hemingway, July 21 – Coffee
* Robin Williams, July 21 –Butter Pecan
* J.K. Rowlings, July 31 – Chocolate Chip

So what’s your favorite ice cream for cooling down this July? What do you think about the ice cream matches above?

P.S. Your special invitation awaits you to join me and other sister writers in my free, private women's Facebook group, the Writer’s VisionQuest. Our intention is sharing and giving resources to “transform your words into somewhere brilliant.”

P.P.S. Visit my Amazon Author Page to learn about upcoming workshops and events, and books to enjoy for your summer reading.

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  1. Mine is Vanilla. I love that it is also The Dalai Lama's.

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  3. My favorite is peach and since I am also a July baby, I declare that flavor to be the official one for July. Also, being vegan I have to either travel far and wide to find that flavor in non-dairy, or make it myself. Either way it just adds to its value!

    1. Of course, you should decalre July as he Peach Ice Cream Month, Barb! Why not? Happy Early Birthday!

  4. This was very interesting!!! Mine is chocolate!


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