Something For Nothing

It seems as if everyone wants something for nothing these days, regardless of age. Something For Nothing Some students want an "A", but they don't want to read, think, write, and reflect. Some parents want their children to be college-ready, but they don't want them to struggle and fail for a time to achieve academic … Continue reading Something For Nothing

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Snippets in Chalk

During the past few weeks, my oldest son and I have incorporated a new tradition into his bedtime routine. After brushing his teeth, we head outside to see the moon and get a gift (typically a leaf, stick, or handful of grass) for Mommy. This we have been doing for sometime, but recently we added … Continue reading Snippets in Chalk

I Prefer The Fire

First cold morning of the year Sitting by the fireside Flames cracklin' in my ear Thoughts that spread a mile wide   The orange dancers dance away Doing the job of a thousand shrinks Calming the worries from yesterday Helping me work out all the kinks   Something 'bout the focused heat Can't be achieved … Continue reading I Prefer The Fire

Wearing Yourself Out

Do you feel worn out? I do. Last night I collapsed on the couch and struggled unsuccessfully to keep my eyes open as my wife and I shared stories from the day. I was mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually exhausted. It wasn't that I had endured the kind of stress and turmoil experienced recently in … Continue reading Wearing Yourself Out

Recite After Me… (Teaching About Charlottesville)

via Daily Prompt: Recite The following is how I have been processing the events in Charlottesville through my lens as a social studies teacher. It seems like every time some national crisis involving race occurs, my email inbox and Twitter feed fill up with articles and curriculum designed to "help" students and teachers make sense … Continue reading Recite After Me… (Teaching About Charlottesville)

Microwave Prayers

"I've heard a thousand stories of what they think you're like But I've heard the tender whispers of love in the dead of night." - "Good Good Father" by Chris Tomlin Today this song was played in church, and as tears welled up in my eyes, I was transported back to one of the most … Continue reading Microwave Prayers

OPERATION: Thanksgiving in Africa

A throwback to our 2011 Thanksgiving experience in Africa.

Into the Heartland

 

 Written By: Special Agent Jillian Leigh Hunt

 MISSION:

To Recreate a Favorite American Holiday on the Other Side of the World.

OBJECTIVE:

Plan and Shop for all Necessary Supplies in Order to Cook a Traditional Thanksgiving Meal for Around (10) People.

COMPLICATIONS:

Limited Budget, Non-Working Oven, Propane for Gas Stove Might or Might Not Last the Entire Day, Electricity Might or Might Not Stay on the Entire Day, Make Necessary Substitutions for American Ingredients Not Available in Uganda.

MENU: (3) Chickens, Stuffing, Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Garlic-Lemon Green Beans with Toasted Cashews, Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Carrots, Creamed Corn, Chocolate Coconut Pie, and Warm Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream.

 

METHOD: 

Once we realized it was already November (!!!), the other volunteers in the house realized we needed to start planning for Thanksgiving! Such a food centered holiday would take…

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