Ted Cruz is excited about his “spicy tacos” in South Texas.
“My job was easy,” Cruz beams about the fundraisers he hosts for three Latina Republican House candidates: Monica De La Cruz, Mayra Flores, and former Cruz staffer Cassy Garcia.
Over the past few centuries in the West, we’ve made every attempt to explain away questions at the expense of living them.
We’ve sought, in other words, to do away with mystery. Various “isms,” mechanical utilitarian ideologies, and interest only in sharply defined certainties have left us with a completely underwhelming sense of who we are.
But after the past century left our modern certainties among the crumbling rubble of war-torn nations, chaotic global economies and the rising tensions of political reactionaries, we are coming to grips with the reality of our unstable world.
This can be unsettling. But I think it has also brought us around again to an opportunity to live into mystery and wrestle with questions again – to truly seek wisdom.
In essentially every area of our lives, we are moving again back to the big questions: What does it mean to be a human being? What does it mean to love? What is joy? What is a good life? Or, a good death?
We are, in other words, waking up to wisdom. We’re again becoming comfortable with addressing spiritual, even theological questions. We’re turning back toward mystery – embracing the inexplicable and uncertain parts of ourselves and our world.
The issues of our day are at once personal, global, social and political. An economist will spend their life working with ethical and social paradigms.
If you’re a neuroscientist, you will, from various fascinating angles, confirm what nearly 800 years ago theologians like Aquinas, or more recently philosophers like Wittgenstein, were saying that we become what we practice – you will be in essence exploring virtue.
If you’re a historian, it’s becoming more and more clear to us in the chaos of our world and uncertainty of our own selves that you’re not only looking at what has been before but learning who we are now.
Everything from economics to climate is now pointing us back to human agency. All our technological advances are leading us to think again about human relationships: What does society mean when we’re suddenly living interdependent lives with people on the other side of the planet? What is friendship, what is belonging, in a world where social media is our most frequent point of contact with others and advertisement is our most common form of communication?
We are all returning to questions of wisdom. We’re all moving more and more again into the realm of mystery. We’re recalling that we are a spiritual species.
We can live entirely satisfied in our sharply defined certainties, at least for a while. But eventually life catches up with us. Eventually, an experience of love, or loss, of sorrow or joy, or being knocked off our feet by beauty, overwhelms us, and we then need to have the intellectual and spiritual maturity to pay attention. It’s in the overwhelmed-ness of life where we learn the humility necessary for wisdom.
And the wisdom it offers looks particularly foolish in our modern world. In our individualist society shaped by impersonal power struggle and the mindless fog of consumerism, it’s “wise” to nourish inequality, to get ahead by trampling others, to join the powerful at the expense of the vulnerable, and to ignore or even cover up our limitations.
Wisdom is seen as carefully reasoned precision bent on success and looking after ourselves and our own goods. We speak of wise business deals and investments not of wise living toward equality and justice. Love is always risk, and it doesn’t fit into our paradigm.
One of the things that continues to draw me back to the wisdom of Jesus is that it lives in protest and subversion to that paradigm. With Jesus, the risk of love is everywhere evident.
It’s a radical love that brings the marginalized to the center of the story, that inhabits human need and poverty, that dines with outcasts, that embraces the sick, and in the end, becomes the ultimate rejected victim as Jesus is executed as a criminal for the sake of others.
Where do you turn in the overwhelmed-ness of life? Maybe you don’t know, and that’s OK. But allow yourself the freedom to live into life’s mystery.
Asking the questions is far more essential than having all the answers.
The Rev. Jarred Mercer is rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newburyport.
Sometimes I wish we could walk down an aisle at Walmart or some big-box store and grab a large carton of Wisdom. You know, the stuff that enables you think through and evaluate situations and usually come up a reasonable solution or response? Or to formulate a balanced perspective on life’s uncertainty and perpetual chaos.
Looking around our world, we might easily conclude that if wisdom were a commodity, then there’s been a serious disruption in the supply chain – because the shelves seem virtually empty. Maybe the good ship Wisdom is permanently moored offshore with its precious cargo stuck in the holds below decks.
The late author and biochemistry professor Isaac Asimov stated years ago, “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” Things haven’t improved since then.
Wisdom, unfortunately, isn’t something you can order online or purchase at the local mall.And even for those who do possess a good measure of wisdom, they didn’t acquire it in bulk. They gained it one tiny bit after another, and usually not in rapid succession. Because wisdom is a product of years and experience. As someone has said, wisely I might add, “Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.”
When my children were learning how to drive – as my grandchildren are now – my greatest concern was not their abilities and training, but the fact that you can’t teach experience. It comes only through time and the process of living life; consequently, wisdom also can be accumulated only over time.
We typically must learn from our mistakes, hoping those mistakes aren’t bad ones. Novelist William Saroyan offered the insight that, “We get very little wisdom from success, you know.”
Fortunately, gaining wisdom isn’t solely the product of things we do. Our experiences also include things we see; what we observe. I’ve learned a lot from older, wiser people who understood far better than I did how life works – and how it doesn’t. Watching how they responded to circumstances, ranging from keeping their cool in times of crisis to their approach to handling personal finances, has helped me immeasurably. Some things are better caught than taught, I’ve discovered.
There’s one more way for gaining wisdom. Perhaps the best way of all – one that many people in our world apparently have little interest in. It’s the wisdom that comes only from God, and most commonly from memorizing and studying His Word, absorbing its truth and striving to put its teachings into practice.
As Proverbs 1:7 asserts, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 2:6 adds, “For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
How valuable is biblical wisdom? The Scriptures themselves put it this way: “Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the main who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her” (Proverbs 3:13-15).
But as I’ve written before, decades ago our society began the process of eliminating thoughts of God from our collective conscience, and I believe we’re paying the price. In the Ten Commandments alone, if we were to consider and apply them consistently, would deliver us incredible wisdom in how to effectively address many of our world’s greatest problems, from poverty to violence to turmoil in our homes and workplaces.
The Bible offers clear principles about finances, including avoiding debt, being diligent to save, living within our means, giving generously to help others, and recognizing that ultimately, God is the owner of everything. Imagine if the Federal government operated within those guidelines.
The alternative is described in Proverbs 10:14-15, “Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks judgment. Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.” As the centuries-old adage tells us, “A fool and his money are soon parted.” We could arrive at similar conclusions about those who fail to seek and use wisdom in other key areas of life.
Godly wisdom doesn’t come easily, but neither is it withheld from us. It only demands a heart that is willing to submit to the Lord, acknowledging that “Father knows best.” As Proverbs 15:33 declares, “The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.”
Would that He might bless us with wise, humble leaders – and that we would seek to become humbly wise as well.
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Robert J. Tamasy is a veteran journalist, former newspaper editor and magazine editor. Bob has written, co-authored and edited more than 15 books. These include the newly published, ”Marketplace Ambassadors”; “Business At Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today’s Workplace”; “Tufting Legacies,” “The Heart of Mentoring,” and “Pursuing Life With a Shepherd’s Heart.” A weekly business meditation he edits, “Monday Manna,” is translated into more than 20 languages and sent via email around the world by CBMC International. The address for his blog is www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com. His email address is email@example.com.
Ted Cruz is excited about his “spicy tacos” in South Texas.
“My job was easy,” Cruz beams about the fundraisers he hosts for three Latina Republican House candidates: Monica De La Cruz, Mayra Flores, and former Cruz staffer Cassy Garcia.
“I essentially had to get out of the way and let them shine. They quickly dubbed themselves the spicy tacos, with apologies to Jill Biden,” laughs the senator, referencing a widely criticized gaffe by the first lady in remarks to a Latino audience.
While conventional wisdom suggests Cruz is correct that the rightward shift of Latino voters will turn South Texas red in the midterms, national polling shows Latino voters still favor Democrats by wide margins. The spicy tacos could win all three House races in South Texas, but it’s more likely that they’ll pick up just one or two of the seats.
The stakes couldn’t be higher for both parties at the polls next month, especially after Donald Trump over-performed with Latinos in Florida and Texas in 2020. Neither party can win the White House in two years without significant Latino support, while a half-dozen House seats are up for grabs now by Latino candidates from both parties.
De La Cruz’s race against Michelle Vallejo is the easiest pickup opportunity for Republicans in South Texas after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee did not invest in the race. Axios now reports that the House Majority PAC is canceling its ad reservations for Vallejo, an ominous sign for the Democrat.
“If they end up winning that seat, the media will run with a narrative that ignores the fact that the district was redrawn,” said Joaquin Castro, the two-term House Democrat from San Antonio, but it was a Democratic retirement, not Republican redistricting, that brought Flores to Washington in June.
Flores won a special election after Democrat Filemon Vela promptly retired midterm, making Flores the first House Republican from the Rio Grande Valley since 1871. Her Democratic opponent is a fellow incumbent, Vicente Gonzalez, who stumbled early by advertising with a blogger who dubbed Flores “Miss Frijoles” and other racial epithets.
“It was unfortunate,” Gonzalez told me in July, after immediately canceling future advertising with the blogger. “I clearly condemn what was said … and no different than I condemned Donald Trump for saying that Mexico isn’t sending their best and that they send murderers and rapists. That was just as offensive to me.”
Gonzalez saw his district redrawn last year, forcing the two-term Texas Democrat into a head-to-head match with the formidable Flores, who has built a huge following online. Flores, an immigrant from Tamaulipas, Mexico, was celebrated in a June ceremony on the House steps where I asked House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy about Trump’s infamous 2015 remarks about Mexican immigrants that launched his presidential campaign.
Flores is “the very best,” said McCarthy, pointing out that she is a naturalized American citizen. “She’s standing before you right now … as the first woman born in Mexico ever elected to this body, where less than 12,000 people have ever had that honor [of becoming a member of Congress], and that’s the question you ask?”
There are currently 46 Latinos serving in Congress—33 Democrats and 13 Republicans. Democratic election consultant Chuck Rocha predicts the number of Republican Latinos in the House won’t change, while House Democrats will add six: Robert Garcia and Rudy Salas in California, Delia Ramirez in Illinois, Maxwell Frost in Florida, Greg Casar in Texas, and either Gabe Velasquez in New Mexico or Andrea Salinas in Oregon.
Daniel Garza, executive director of the conservative Libre Initiative, predicts Democrats will lose up to three Latinos in the House, while the GOP will add three to five Latinos to their House caucus. Whatever the outcome, the midterm elections will be another case study in Latino voter behavior to be examined and applied to the presidential race, where Latino voters have proven to be a dynamic and unpredictable demographic over the decades.
Flores told the San Antonio Express-News that, on her father’s advice, she voted for Barack Obama in 2008. Obama’s presidential reelection four years later is the high-water mark for Democratic outreach to Latino voters. Seventy-one percent of Latinos picked Obama compared to 27 percent who picked Mitt Romney.
“If they want a different direction, they gotta choose a different party,” said Romney, now the junior senator from Utah, when I asked him about a Pew poll showing seven in 10 Latinos are dissatisfied with the direction of the country—a jump from 49 percent last March.
Last July, I asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi what Democrats should be doing to thwart the rightward shift of Latino voters. “Part of our issue in the last election was we couldn’t go door to door to get out the vote,” she said, adding how proud she was of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus members for elevating Latino priorities. “Some of the issues are newer issues to the discussion.”
But several Hispanic Caucus members I spoke with for this story said Latinos determine their vote based on how pocketbook issues affect them. “Many are low-wage earners,” said Representative Chuy Garcia, a Democrat from Illinois. “Inflation proportionally takes a bigger bite out of their paychecks. Cost of living is tough. Many have to drive to work. Gas prices are high. So I think [the dissatisfaction] is an expression of that in totality.”
Despite the hardships facing Latino families, the latest polling shows Latino views of Democrats are generally positive. Nearly three-quarters of Latino adults say Democrats work hard for their votes, while 60 percent believe Democrats represent their interests. Latinos answered favorably for Republicans 45 and 35 percent of the time, respectively, when asked the same.
“Republicans are a brand that are attacking Latinos,” said Representative Tony Cárdenas, a four-term California Democrat. “Republicans have polarized the country when it comes to immigration. The word immigration for Republicans is an attack on mostly Latinos.”
Few believe Republicans will win Latino majorities nationwide anytime soon, but the marginal gains Donald Trump made with Latino voters after years of demonizing immigrants while aggressively courting voters surprised a political establishment that hadn’t done its research.
“I was not particularly surprised by our gains with Hispanics,” said Giancarlo Sopo, a Trump campaign operative focused on Latino voters in 2020, by email. “We saw in the 2016 Florida numbers that Senator Rubio had outperformed then-candidate Trump in neighborhoods with large pockets of Republican and independent Hispanic voters, like Hialeah and Kendall. We also saw how well Senator Rick Scott performed with Boricuas in Central Florida and how, in Texas, Governor Abbott won 42 percent of Latinos (mostly Mexican Americans) in 2018. So we knew that with the right message and smart outreach, we could make significant inroads.”
Still, Trump lost the overall Latino vote in a landslide. “If you actually study the numbers, there was actually a very strong vote for Joe Biden” among Latinos, Pelosi told me last July. In 2020, Biden won Latino voters by a margin of 2-to-1 overall, and 3-to-1 in battleground states Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. “That’s an overwhelming victory,” Representative Joaquin Castro of Texas said. “I think the Republican Party has a long way to go in demonstrating that it can not only attract but sustain Latino support in Texas.”
Cruz, not surprisingly, disagrees. “We’re looking at a fundamental generational shift,” said Cruz, vowing to continue campaigning for the three “spicy tacos” in South Texas and other Latina candidates across the country, including Catalina Lauf in Illinois, Anna Paulina Luna in Florida, and Yesli Vega in Virginia. “I gotta say the business leaders at the fundraiser I hosted for them were blown away.”
Back in South Texas, it’s unclear if Cruz’s fundraising efforts will be enough for Cassy Garcia, his former aide, in a tight race against incumbent Democrat Henry Cuellar. “They know me,” said Cuellar, a border Democrat from the Rio Grande Valley, of his constituents.
Cuellar survived a strong progressive primary challenge from Jessica Cisneros earlier this year despite his opposition to abortion rights and despite the FBI raiding his home and campaign headquarters. Pelosi backed Cuellar as a practical matter, fearing that Cisneros’s policies, especially on climate and abortion, would cost Democrats the seat.
Democratic House leadership’s relationship with Cuellar exemplifies, in many ways, the complex relationship both parties have with Latino voters. Just as GOP leadership must concede a majority of Latino voters by including a chorus of xenophobes on its party ticket, Democrats feel they must back anti-abortion, anti-climate lawmakers like Cuellar to keep themselves in play.
Latinos are the new swing voters. There is no such thing as “the Latino vote.” There are numerous Latino votes. The burgeoning demographic can no longer be considered a reliable supporter of either party. Barack Obama’s success in the demographic offered an illusion that Latinos would permanently be part of the Democratic coalition. The midterms will be an indicator of how much Trump’s successes with Latino voters last election cycle brought the pendulum swinging back—and of where things are headed in 2024, when Latino voters will constitute crucial blocs in key swing states.
Have you ever wondered why so many people end up with impacted wisdom teeth, which cause discomfort, pain and infection, and often require expensive surgical removal? A University of Saskatchewan (USask) graduate student researcher says your childhood diet may have something to do with it.
"Dialing back the clock just a few hundred years to before the Industrial Revolution, we don't see impacted wisdom teeth in most people, including our great-great-great-great grandparents," said Elsa Van Ankum, an evolutionary developmental anthropology Ph.D. student in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology in USask's College of Medicine.
"While working as a University of Alberta undergraduate student analyzing skeletons at archaeological sites in Greece and China, I couldn't help but compare their straight teeth to my own orthodontically challenged teeth. I've had braces and all four wisdom teeth removed.
"I started to question why braces and wisdom tooth surgeries were so widespread today, and I've been following this thread ever since."
Many things in the diet changed after the Industrial Revolution, including consuming soft-textured foods that were now being processed in factories by machines that partly "chewed" our foods before we bought them. As well, the diets increasingly lacked vitamin D.
Through lab experiments, Van Ankum has found that mice raised on a soft food diet that was also deficient in vitamin D tend to have smaller, differently shaped jaws. Vitamin D is important for healthy bone and tooth formation and growth. Lack of vitamin D also appeared to result in wider tooth roots, which connect the tooth to the jawbone, influencing the size of the root canal.
Because humans and mice process vitamin D in slightly different ways, Van Ankum is traveling to Britain to collect data from human skeletal remains excavated from archaeological sites. She is sampling skeletal remains from before and after 1850, the year that serves as a general marker of when dietary changes due to the Industrial Revolution become evident in teeth and jawbones, among other bones. Van Ankum plans to test whether wisdom tooth formation and jaw shape and size differ between pre- and post-Industrial populations.
"Wisdom tooth surgeries are painful and costly. For instance, over a period of four years, even just one insurance provider in Saskatchewan processed 13,500 wisdom tooth extraction surgeries, costing $2.2 million dollars," said Van Ankum.
"My Ph.D. study is the first to test if the timing of molar development is linked to food texture, vitamin D, and jaw form using human archaeological samples. We are closer to explaining why our wisdom teeth deliver us such problems, which could lead to non-invasive strategies, like changing what we eat as kids, to prevent wisdom tooth impaction."
Van Ankum has presented her preliminary research findings at several academic conferences since 2019, and made an award-winning presentation at the 2020 meeting of the Canadian Association for Biological Anthropology. Her work is supervised by USask Professor Dr. Julia Boughner (Ph.D.).
"This project is an example of foundational science," said Van Ankum. "This type of research seeks to understand why nature does what it does, towards one day shaping policy development and practical applications for dental patients in Canada and beyond."
She'll also further explore the links between vitamin D and tooth development in mice, using the information gleaned from human skeletal studies in Britain. She hopes to shed light on why differences in tooth size, shape and eruption can occur across time periods, cultures, and even mammalian species.
"I feel grateful to be a part of this process, especially at a time with many exciting avenues of collaboration between disciplines."
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October 11, 2022 | 12:00am
Give your servant a discerning heart . . . to distinguish between right and wrong. — 1 Kings 3:9
Two-year-old Kenneth went missing. Yet within three minutes of his mom’s 9-1-1 call, an emergency worker found him just two blocks from home at the county fair. His mom had promised he could go later that day with his grandpa. But he’d driven his toy tractor there, and parked it at his favorite ride. When the boy was safely home, his dad wisely removed the toy’s battery.
Kenneth was actually rather smart to get where he wanted to go, but two-year-olds are missing another key quality: wisdom. And as adults we sometimes lack it too. Solomon, who’d been appointed king by his father David (1 KINGS 2), admitted he felt like a child. God appeared to him in a dream and said, “Ask for whatever you want me to deliver you” (3:5). He replied, “I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. . . . So deliver your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong” (vv. 7–9). God gave Solomon “a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore” (4:29).
Where can we get the wisdom we need? Solomon said the beginning of wisdom is a “fear” or awe of God (Proverbs 9:10). So we can start by asking Him to teach us about Himself and to deliver us wisdom beyond our own. — Anne Cetas
In what areas do you need God’s wisdom?
What might deliver you a teachable heart?
I’m always in need of wisdom, God. I want to follow Your ways. Please show me which way to go.
Actress Angela Lansbury, who passed away at age 96 on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022, left behind a tremendous body of work in film, television and stage — but that's not all.
She also left behind words of wisdom and inspiration — and spoke directly and honestly about her career and life over the years.
"I worked much harder on a character in the theater than I do playing Jessica," she told Barbara Walters in 1985 during a television interview about her then-famous TV character, Jessica Fletcher, the sleuthing star, mystery writer and retired English teacher whose escapades were followed in "Murder, She Wrote."
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"Jessica's much closer to home for me … She's an easygoing woman," Lansbury told Walters.
"It's just that I can relate to her," she added.
Lansbury also told Walters of the early leading ladies who always got their man in the movies — roles that she, as a young character actor, did not often get — "I desperately wanted to look like the girls who sat at the makeup tables next to me at MGM. And I envied them."
She also said bluntly of the ingénue in those films, "She had a better dressing room than I did. Things like that. Silly how those things really rankle when you're young," she added, laughing.
Here are a whole range of other quotes and comments by Lansbury over the years, which display her self-awareness and her overall life wisdom, collected from a variety of sources.
1. "Better to be busy than to be busy worrying."
2. "I believe age should not stop you from keeping on."
3. "I never regretted what I turned down."
4. "I’m astonished at the amount of stuff I managed to pack into the years that I have been in the business."
5. "Work in the theater just keeps revitalizing me — it keeps giving me the excitement and the fun of something new coming up and that's a great gift."
6. "If one keeps one’s health and strength and you’re pretty damn careful about how you conduct your life, then you tend to hang on for many years."
7. "Jessica [Fletcher, her character in ‘Murder, She Wrote’] has extreme sincerity, compassion, extraordinary intuition. I’m not like her. My imagination runs riot. I’m not a pragmatist. Jessica is."
8. "Actors are not made, they're born."
9. "The theater is magical and addictive."
10. "I think of myself as a journeyman actress. I will attempt almost anything that I think that I can bring off. It could be almost anything."
11. "Bringing humor and bringing happiness and joy to an audience is a wonderful opportunity in life, believe me."
12. "I was a very serious teenager … and I considered the work to be the most important thing and I concentrated on that. I was a bit goody-goody. I didn't fool around at all, which is a bit of a shame, I think. I've missed on a lot of fun, but I've made up for it later."
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13. "Women in motion pictures have always had a difficult time being role models for other women. They’ve always been considered glamorous in their jobs."
14. "I really don’t know how to relax to the degree that I could just stop … So when something comes along and is presented to me, and I think ‘Gee, I could have some fun doing that,’ or ‘I think I could bring something to that,’ I’ll do it," she told Katie Couric on CBS in 2009.
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15. "I really can't honestly deliver any tips [for success] beyond hang onto your dream. Hang onto what you want, what you feel you want to achieve and go for it. We are all the victims of our own talent and our own shortcomings sometimes, and we have to be aware of those things because they will trip us up and stop us from achieving what our aims are."
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16. "I've never been particularly aware of my age. It's like being on a bicycle — I just put my foot down and keep going."
17. "We all have levels of performance."
Ryan Scarpelli became the youngest person to have a wisdom tooth extracted when his tooth was removed at the age of 9 years and 327 days old. Photo courtesy of Guinness World Records
Oct. 5 (UPI) -- A 9-year-old Virginia boy earned an unusual Guinness World Record when he became the youngest person to have a wisdom tooth extracted.
Guinness World Records said Ryan Scarpelli's orthodontist, Dr Kelly Morgan of Morgan Orthodontics, noticed in April 2021 that the boy had a wisdom tooth and a molar growing on top of each other in the upper-left side of his mouth.
"My orthodontist said it needed to be removed so that the molar could drop properly," Scarpelli told Guinness World Records.
Scarpelli's tooth was removed when he was 9 years and 327 days old, making him the youngest person to have a wisdom tooth extracted. The previous record holder, Matthew Adams, was only a few days older when his tooth was taken out at 9 years and 339 days in 2002.
Wisdom teeth, the last permanent teeth to come in, typically show up -- and are often removed -- in a person's late teens or early 20s.
"It was scary, but it really wasn't that bad. And before I knew it, my mouth was back to normal," Scarpelli said.
His mother, Shelly Scarpelli, said she did some research after the operation and confirmed her suspicion that her son was a new world record holder.
"I knew that 9 years old was very young for a wisdom tooth to be removed so I did some research and learned that the youngest person on record was 9 years and 339 days," she said.
Registration is now open for FOCUS Greater Syracuse’s 2022 Wisdom Keeper celebration.
This year, the board of directors of FOCUS Greater Syracuse will honor Calvin L. Corriders, Regional President for the Syracuse Market for Pathfinder Bank and Pamela M. Brunet, Executive Director of Leadership Greater Syracuse as the 2022 Wisdom Keepers.
Wisdom Keeper is the annual fundraiser for FOCUS Greater Syracuse celebrating efforts of a growing list of Wisdom Keepers who show leadership, continual caring and understanding of the importance of vision for tomorrow.
The celebration will take place in-person on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Daniella’s Fresh Seafood and Pasta House, 581 State Fair Blvd in Syracuse. Refreshments will be served, followed by a presentation of the Wisdom Keepers and a program focused on their message of “Knowledge is Empowering.” Individuals can purchase tickets here or at focussyracuse.org.
More information about FOCUS’s Wisdom Keeper’s on their website at focussyracuse.org.
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