Episode 197 – Be Like Jello

    Jun 3, 2024

    In the days following my breast cancer diagnosis, I wrote in my journal,

    And then there comes a time when you get stinkin’ sick of thinking about mammograms and tumors  and treatment options and hormones and radiation and percentages of chances this will come back and wondering where it came from and what I might have done  to cause this, and if there was something I could have done to avoid it, and if so, how could I be so stupid, and where will it all end and what if it does come back and whatif, whatif, whatif, whatif? and should I start planning my funeral before it’s too late because I certainly don’t want any half -baked, boring funeral and maybe I should start a file for that. Plus I’m sick of all the inadvisable Googling I’m compulsively doing that’s filling my mind with worst case scenarios and questionable information. I can’t stand living in my own head sometimes. I can’t think about this any more. I just want to think about…Jello.  

    I am not making this up.

    Sometimes you just need to think about something uncomplicated. Sweet. Positive. Fun. Shimmery. Delightful. Comforting. Something that feels like home and makes you feel like everything is going to be all right. And apparently Jello fills the bill.

    I would go so far to say that Jello is a little bit sacred, something that is worthy to be pondered and emulated.

    So if your brain needs a refresh along about now, listen in to find out how studying this wiggly, jiggly dessert can bring new life to your life!


    Thanks for joining Jill Baughan today on Finding Joy …No Matter What.

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    Grey, Sarah.  “A Social History of Jell-O Salad: The Rise and Fall of an American Icon.” Serious Eats. February 7, 2023. https://www.seriouseats.com/history-of-jell-o-salad

    Kelly, DB. “The Untold Truth of Jello.” Mashed. April 20, 2021. https://www.mashed.com/138856/the-untold-truth-of-jell-o/

    Meyersohn, Nathan. “How Jello Lost Its Spot as America’s Favorite Dessert.” CNN Business, November 19, 2022. https://www.cnn.com/2022/11/19/business/jell-o-america-dessert-ctpr/index.html

    Tarulevicz, Dr. Nicole, Curator. “Jello: America’s Most Famous Dessert: Home Everywhere.” University of Michigan Online Exhibits. https://apps.lib.umich.edu/online-exhibits/exhibits/show/jell-o/overview#:~:text=Jell%2DO%20America’s%20Most%20Famous%20Dessert%3A%20At%20Home%20Everywhere%20(,no%20one%20class%20of%20people.

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