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March 9, 2016

You are traveling across the desert by camel. Write a ten-line journal entry on your experience.

Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The Museum is located in the Brompton district of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, in an area that has become known as "Albertopolis" because of its association with Prince Albert, The Albert Memorial, and the major cultural institutions with which he was associated. These include the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the Royal Albert Hall. The Museum is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the department for culture, media, and sports. Like other national British Museums, entrance has been free since 2001.

One of the most fascinating collections is the Theatre and Performance Collections. The collections were founded in the 1920s when a private collector, Gabrielle Enthoven, donated her extensive collectio…

Poppy Seed Ham Sandwiches

For this recipe, you will need the following:
2 pans of dinner rolls 1 melted stick of butter 3 tablespoons of onion powder 2 tablespoons of dry mustard 2 tablespoons of poppy seeds Half a pound of thinly sliced deli ham Half a pound of Swiss cheese
Mix the butter, onion powder, mustard, and poppy seeds together. Slice open the dinner rolls and spread some of the mixture on the bottom of the rolls. Layer the ham and cheese, then top it off with more of the mixture. Put the rolls together to make little sandwiches. Wrap them in foil and put in a warm oven, about 350 degrees, until the cheese is slightly melted. Maybe 10 to 15 minutes.

Homemade Sandwich Spreads

Creamy Sandwich Spread
1 8 ounce jar of pickle relish
1 16 ounce jar of Miracle Whip
1/4 cup of Kraft Thousand Island dressing

Drain the pickle relish. Mix the relish with the other two ingredients. Store in a quart jar.

I like this on hot dogs!

Art: Evening Snow on the Heater

This piece of artwork is a Japanese print by Suzuki Haronobu from the 18th Century. It is one of a set of "Eight Views of a Sitting Room," which echoed teh famous landscapes "Eight Views of Omi" and Eight Views of Xiaoxiang." This image parodies their classic view of snow in evening by showing a woman preparing wadding from white silk floss by placing it on a heater.

A haiku is a very specific type of Japanese poetry. A haiku represents the yin and yang of an idea. The middle line is the juxtaposition. A haiku contains a symbolic or descriptive word that gives an implication of the season.

Types of Dictionaries

Different types of dictionaries contain different kinds of information. However, all dictionaries contain certain general features.
An abridged dictionary is one that is shortened or condensed. It contains most of the words that you are likely to use or encounter in your reading or writing.
A specialized dictionary defines words you are likely to use in a particular profession, field, or area of interest.
An unabridged dictionary contains nearly all the words in a language.

"Words are pegs to hang ideas on." ~Henry Ward Beecher, in Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit
A dictionary is a collection of words in one or more specific languages, often alphabetically with usage of information, definitions, etymologies, phonetics, pronunciations, translation, and other information. To say it simply, it is a book of words.

A broad distinction is made between general and specialized dictionaries. Specialized dictionaries do not contain information about words that are used in language for …

How to Make Stocks and Broths

Bring to the simmer in water to cover a collection of raw and/or cooked chicken bones, trimmings, gizzards, and necks (but no livers). Skim off scum that rises to the surface for several minutes then salt very lightly. Cover loosely and simmer for one to two hours, adding water if needed. You may also wish to include chopped onions, carrots, celery, and an herb bouquet. Strain and degrease.
To make a strong stock, boil it down to concentrate its flavor.
When the stock is cool, cover and either refrigerate for several days or freeze.
To make turkey, veal, or pork stock, proceed as for the light chicken stock.
To make ham stock: For 2 quarts of ham bones and scraps, include 1 cup each of chopped carrots, onions, and celery, and an herb bouquet consisting of three imported bay leaves, one teaspoon thyme, and five whole cloves or allspice berries. Proceed as for the chicken stock, but simmer about three hours.
Brown chicken, turkey, or duck stock: Chop the bones and scraps into one-half…

Sweet Land Movie Review

Sweet Land is a 2005 American Independent period drama film written and directed by Ali Selim. It is an adaptation of the 1989 short story "A Gravestone Made of Wheat" by Will Weaver. The film stars Elizabeth Reaser, Tim Guinee, Lois Smith, Ned Beatty, John Heard, Alex Kingston, and Alan Cumming.
In the aftermath of World War I, Inge Altenberg, an orphan Snasa, Norway, arrives in America to a very cold reception. The parents of Olaf Torvik remain in Norway where they met her. Dialogue reveals that the four of them have worked out an agreement that allowed her to emigrate to America for the purpose of marrying Olaf. The Minnesota village of Audubon, in which her intended husband lives, is horrified to learn that she is a German immigrant with no papers. To make matters worse, she has accidentally obtained membership papers for the American Socialist Party. Scandalized, both the town's Lutheran minister and the county clerk refuse to marry them.
When events lead them to …

Hot Tea

It has gotten quite chilly tonight. It is a good time to settle back with a cup of hot tea. It is always relaxing to pour up a mug of tea, read, and just chill. 
I am reading Still Waters right now. It is a murder mystery set in Norway. 
I just finished the single handed series. I'm not sure what I will watch next.

Hump Day Collage

Well, it is hump day. Thank you to the Lord. Teaching is trying me more and more. It is all I can do to put a smile on my face.
The students finished presenting their Space Junk essays today. The students were scored on enunciation and volume. 
Tomorrow, the students read and annotate "The Osage Firebird." We move along quite quickly. 

Scrapbook idea

I love the layers and colors in this piece. 


Rusla, nicknamed the "red maiden," was a Norwegian shield maiden in the tenth century. Rusla was the daughter of a Viking king of Telemark called Reig, and sister of Tesandus, who lost the throne dispossessed by a Danish king named Omund. Rusla ventured to from a Viking fleet to attack all Danish ships as revenge for the affront to her brother. Rusla was always accompanied by her sister, Stikla, who was her deputy in all raids.
Rusla indiscriminately attacked ships and coastal towns in Iceland, Denmark, and the British isles. however, Omund was a trickster king so persuaded Tesandus to side with the Danes, took him as a foster son. Tesandus captured his sister Rusla, grabbing her by the braids while his crew killed hew with blows of rowing.
Rusla had a reputation as bloodthirsty and custom of take no prisoners. Rusla went down in history as the most cruel of all warrior Norse women.

My Sway about Rusla

Space Debris

Space Debris

Space debris is the collection of defunct man-made objects in space--old satellites, spent rocket stages, and fragments from disintegration, erosion, and collisions--including those caused b debris itself.
As of July 2013, there are over 170 million debris smaller than half an inch. About 19 thousand have been tracked. Space debris are denser than meteoroids; mostly dust from solid rocket motors, surface erosion debris like paint flakes, and frozen coolant from RORSAT nuclear-powered satellites. They cause damage akin to sandblasting, especially to solar panels and optics like telescopes or star trackers that cannot be covered with a ballistic Whipple shield (unless it is transparent).
For comparison, the international space station orbits in the 300 to 400 kilometers range and the 2009 satellite collision and 2007 antisat test occurred at 800 to 900 kilometers. The ISS has Whipple Shielding, however known debris with a collision chance over 1 in 10,000 are avoided by maneuv…

How to Puree a Soup

To use an immersion blender, set the machine upright in the center bottom of your soup pan, turn it on and move it around, but do not bring it to the surface. To use the food processor, strain the soup and turn the solids into the processor, adding to them a little of the liquid, then process, adding a little more liquid as needed. To use the vegetable mill, strain the soup and add the solids gradually to the mill, passing them through with small additions of the liquid.

How to Prepare Leeks

Trim off the root ends, keeping the leaves attached. Cut off tops so the leeks are 6 to 7 inches long. Starting 1/2 inch from the root and keeping leaves attached, slit each leek lengthwise in half and then in quarters. Wash under cold running water, spreading the leaves apart to rinse off all dirt. Leeks can be braised whole or sliced crosswise into pieces for soup. To julienne, cut leeks crosswise into 2-inch pieces, press leaves flat, and slice length-wise into matchsticks.

Single Handed, the Irish television crime drama

"Single Handed" is the Irish television drama series, first broadcast on RTE Television in 2007. Set and filmed in the west of Ireland, it focuses on the life of the Garda Siochana, Sergeant Jack Driscoll. The role of Driscoll is played by Owen McDonnell. Three two-episode, single-story series aired one each on consecutive nights in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Series four, consisting of three stories told over six episodes, began on RTE One November 2010.
An Garda Siochana is an Irish word meaning "the guardian of the peace." The Civic Guard was formed by the provisional government in February 1922 to take over the responsibility of policing the fledgling Irish Free State.

Leek and Potato Soup

3 cups of sliced leeks 3 cups of chopped potatoes 6 cups of water 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt 1/2 cup of sour cream
Bring ingredients to a boil in a 3-quart saucepan. Cover partially and simmer twenty to thirty minutes, until vegetables are tender. Add more salt if needed. Serve as is or puree.
You can substitute onions for leeks. You can also make a cream soup by pureeing and adding heavy cream to the soup. Do you like watercress? Then add it to the soup in the last five minutes. "Soup du Jour" simply means that you add whatever you have on hand for the day.

Daily Devotional Day 61

Though it is so difficult to remember sometimes, God made each and every one of us. I know that sometimes those certain students try our patience to the very limit. I know that sometimes we hang our heads and wonder why we ever chose this career. But in those trying moments, remember that God, the Almighty, made each and every one of those children. There is a reason why that child is sitting in your classroom. There is a reason why you are his teacher.
Pray today:
Dear Lord, help me remember that everything that is made in this universe is by Your Hands. Give me the courage and wisdom to accept every child and adult as they are. Give me special wisdom to know how to act and react in every situation. In the name of Jesus, Amen.