The Walls of Troy

"Our walls can't be breached." - Hector, from Troy (2004) In Homer's Iliad (or the movie, Troy, for those of you who prefer Hollywood to Greek classics), the city of Troy is besieged by a coalition of Greeks led by Agamemnon. The Greeks are trying to achieve the impossible feat of breaching the walls of … Continue reading The Walls of Troy


The Noise

The first time my wife went on a road trip with my brother and me back in college, she was overwhelmed by all of the noise. It was our habit to blast alternative rock as loud as possible, sing along, and then engage in intermittent discussion without turning down the music. Sitting in the back … Continue reading The Noise

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

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

Finding Your Way

"A man's steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand his own way?" - Proverbs 20:24 Over and over again I try to find my way and understand my purpose here on Earth. I do so to the point that I get caught up in the thoughts percolating within my own head. … Continue reading Finding Your Way

OPERATION: Thanksgiving in Africa

A throwback to our 2011 Thanksgiving experience in Africa.

Into the Heartland


 Written By: Special Agent Jillian Leigh Hunt


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


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


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.



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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