In the 1940s, a Baptist pastor from Georgia, traveled to Germany to learn more about the Protestant Reformation. He was so inspired by the work of church reformer, Martin Luther, that he changed his name from Michael King to Martin Luther King Sr. He also changed the name of his five year old to Martin Luther King Jr.
Princess Harriett Hambone isn’t your typical princess, even for a hamster. She doesn’t like getting all dressed up and hanging around the palace. She dislikes her etiquette lessons. She doesn’t want to be sad or melancholy like other princesses. She loves ridiing her quail, Mumsey, and pretending to slay dragons.
Harriet’s parents can’t help but be a little overprotective. They know that their daughter is under the curse of the wicked fairy, Ratshade (listed third on Fairy-God Mouse Today’s Most Wicked List.)
Ratshade showed up uninvited to baby Harriet’s christening party and cast a spell. On her 12th birthday, Harriet will prick her finger on a hamster wheel and fall into a deep sleep. There are three conditions:
- Harriet will not need food or water while asleep.
- She will not need to use the bathroom.
- The kiss of a prince will wake her.
Harriet’s parents tell her about the spell on her tenth…
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I was riding down I-85 and a billboard catches my eye stating that forty percent of food in America is wasted, and I know immediately that I am guilty.
So I went to http://www.savethefood.com/. This website has lots of helpful shopping and storing information. They share a few powerful statistics but lots of solutions. It’s perfect for people like me who thumbed their nose on home economics classes to pursue more practical pursuits like academia. I confess that lack basic shopping and food preparation skills. This website has some practical help on shop ping and meal planning. There is lots of information on storing food.
So I am making a resolution and going public with it to quick throwing food away. This means getting better at shopping, food preparation and storing food.
I confess that I am a terrible grocery shopper. I tend to shop while I’m out and throw random objects into the cart. Planning ahead has never been my specialty. To top that off, I am way too optimistic about how much I am actually going to cook. I am also lazy. It’s time to admit to myself that I am unlikely to take the time to cut up a cantelope or a pineapple. It’s easier just to buy it cut up.
Summer is a particular challenge. I crave fresh fruits and vegetables and some stores make them look so good especially the Harris Teeter and Publix. I am crazy about the Ingles salad bar.
This practical website has greater implications for me than saving a few bucks at the grocery store. Christianity, at its best, is radical. It shakes our world. As Americans most of us know that we live much better than 90 to 95% of the world. My friend, Dwight Mangum, has said that he needs to visit a third world country on a regular basis just to keep life in perspective. At the time, we were both part of a missions trip to the Philippines.
I think SavetheFood.com is a great place to start. This site is not about guilt, it’s about practical solutions. For me, being a global Christian begin with curbing waste.
An excellent book on the church and the world hunger situation is Ron Sider’s Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving from Affluence to Generosity.. I first read this book in my twenties and it’s still in print. Ron Sider is the president of Evangelicals for Social Action. He last updated this book in 2005.He has written many others
While He acknowledges that issues of world hunger are complicated, He offers practical solutions for us today.
Possums are not cute!
Unless you’re reading Epossumondas by Colleen Salley and illustrated by Janet Stevens
When I was very young my mother used to read me a story called Epaminondas by Sara Cone Bryant (copyright 1938). I remember loving the story about this boy “who didn’t have the sense he was born with.” I didn’t remember that the boy was black I only remembered that he did foolish things that make me laugh..
Actually, this tale had a long oral tradition often known as the noodlehead tale. A noodlehead is a person who brain is filled with noodles instead of brains.
Epossumondas is a dutiful obedient possum with no common sense. When his mother tells him to be careful how he steps in her pies, he slowly and deliberately steps right in the middle of every single one.
I love how Colleen Salley and Janet Stevens redeemed this tale by portraying the character as a possum. The second graders at Sara Collins Elementary School howled with laughter at this picture of a possum wearing a diaper. They wanted to know how about the safety pins.
Epossumondas’s human mother and aunt are modelled on author Colleen Salley, a resident of the French Quarter in New Orleans also known as Queen Colleen, a popular Mardi Gras figure. She has written three other books about Epossumondas, all based on Southern folktales.
An updated post from January 2016