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

Green Pastures & Quiet Waters

"The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul." - Psalm 23:1-2 (NIV) Back in the spring of 2015, I received a phone call from the headmaster of the most prestigious local private school, offering me the history teacher/department chair position. I had visited … Continue reading Green Pastures & Quiet Waters

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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