Mack's Corner

This Week

I wish that I knew then what I know now ..

My first few days at College were very educational. My parents dropped me off with all my stuff, mostly 2 week's worth of clothes, gave me a big hug and went home. Our dorm rooms were furnished with built-in furniture and were so small there was no place to put anything else. I think I brought a lamp and a radio. That first week was freshman orientation week. The first day we were all invited to some near-by park to hear the President of the university and to have a BBQ lunch. I have no idea what he said, maybe something about this being a new beginning…blah, blah, blah. There were a bunch of really smart people there and a bunch of people trying to appear smart. The first guy I met in the dorm was John. He was from someplace up north. He wanted to be sure that I knew how smart and cool he was. He seemed to talk non-stop for the first 4 hours. I told him I would meet him for dinner in the cafeteria that night. He showed up wearing a jacket with leather patched sleeves. This was August, but maybe he was cold? He started back in pontificating about the history of the world and his opinion of some form of government over dinner and then when we were done he pulled out his pipe to have a smoke. His pipe! Like he was Albert Einstein or somebody. This guy was 19 years old. That was the end of that. You could always tell freshmen because of the things they did. They always walked around in groups. If you saw 10 guys walking together you knew they were all freshmen. Freshmen made multiple trips to the mailboxes every day. I bet I checked my mailbox 8 times a day the first 4 months. If you saw someone there several times day, you could bet that that person was a freshman like you. Freshmen had to have pre-paid all-year meal tickets so if you spent all of your money on stupid stuff you could still eat. The meal tickets were only good in the two on-campus cafeterias. Freshmen never ate breakfast, always ate lunch and sometimes ate dinner. Freshmen ate in the central cafeteria because they didn't know about the other one. The other one was in a girl's dorm on the other side of the campus and it was close to the athletic fields so all of the meals for the athletes were server there too. They had way better food, the coaches made sure of that, and it was running over with girls. I had breakfast there every morning along with 60 football players and 400 upperclassmen girls... how could that be bad? I met lots of people in the classes I took, but not really any close friends. I was a Young Life Volunteer and met lots of people there too. I had two really close friends. One was studying physics and wanted to be a career Navy officer like his dad. He loved Opera and lived right across the hall. He found out that I had grown up in the Episcopalian church and asked me to go with him to the little church on campus. We walked to the IHOP every Sunday morning discussing news, people, and sports, ate breakfast reading the paper, walked to church, then walked back to the dorm talking about how bad church was. The music was bad, the preacher was bad.. we did that every Sunday, it was a great time. The other guy was a Senior. He was a mentor and a great friend. We spent a lot of
time together. He totally changed my life.        

Gods like that: He gave us friends for a reason. Your friends are your assignment.. They are way more than entertainment..I wonder if those 2 guys have any idea what effect they had on me?


Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes:

Charlie Trotter is one of the all time great American chefs. This recipe is great because of the lemon juice, which is exactly the kind of thing Charlie Trotter does, a complex dish with one simple flavor. It's a perfect summer dish… Quinoa is a grain, kinda like rice. You can find Quinoa at Whole Foods . This is so good!! 

Leek-Tomato Quinoa:

1 1/2 cup quinoa 

2 cups water

1/2 tsp salt


1 tbsp butter

2 cups finely chopped leeks (white part only)

1/4 cup chicken stock (store-bought is ok)

3 tbsp olive oil

2 medium size tomatoes, seeded, chopped

3 tbsp chopped green onions

3 tbsp chopped fresh basil

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Place the quinoa in a strainer and rinse under cold water until the water runs clear (just like rice). Mix quinoa, water and salt in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook until quinoa is just tender and almost all of the water is absorbed, about 20 min.. Drain and set aside.

Melt butter in a large skillet on medium heat and add leeks. Cook for 5 min.

Add stock. Cover and simmer for 5 min. Add quinoa and olive oil. Cook until heated through

Stir in tomatoes, green onions, basil and lemon juice. Season with salt & pepper

I you have some left over, mix it in to a salad the next day.


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When you give Platelets it's like giving St Jude $700 - $1000. If we don't give them, they have to buy them.

Giving Platelets is like giving blood, it just takes longer (2 hours) and you get all of your blood back (so you can do it every week if you want) . I know it's a long trip to go all the way down to St Jude, but you may be saving a kid's life . plus you get to watch a movie while you're there. Call Kim at 901.595.2024 and she'll setup an appointment and treat you like family. Just tell her you're from Hope.

Directions: From Poplar, turn north on Third Street, then right on Lauderdale/Jackson Ave (first right after you go under the expressway). Enter through the north guard gate (you'll see the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Gold top).

Tell the guard at the gate that you are here to donate blood. The guard will instruct you where to park. You will then enter the hospital by the red side door closest to the blood donor parking lot. The Blood Donor Center is in the southwest corner of the hospital on the ground floor.

Appointment times are generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Except on Tuesdays they start at 9am.



2 Chronicles 7:14 . if my people, who are called by my name, will pray then I will hear from heaven.

So I need everybody to pray. If you don't pray much, do it one time. You can just say "God help these people. I pray in Jesus's name". That will be good enough. Let's see what God will do. Do it right now!

Christiana, Brian, Brent, Tracy, Craig, Alexis, Joni, Russ, Andi, Emily, Carol, Ronnie, Jack, Brady, Amanda, Smith, Terri,  Miracle, Hutch, Cheryl, Craig, Thomas, Wade, Dalton, Morgan, Brady, Tracy, Pierce, children of St.Jude, Louanne, Jason, Hatley, Cam, Chet, Judy, Addyson, Jay, Greg, Mitzi, Matt, Grace, Jennifer, Scott, Cristen, Alexandria, Cole, Jerry, Ron, Jeremy, A Dillon, Rev Cole, Samuel, Morgan, Terry, Kaz, Lauren, Allison, Christian, Marilyn, Ken, Ashley, EJ, Lora, Paige, Kyle, Franca, B- Family, Dylan, Gary, KJ, Cliff, David, Billie, Julie Ann, Jessica, Pam, Doug, Martha, Jason, Nolan, Hayes, Bennett, Joyce, Layla Grace, Joe, Tina, Chris, Daniel, Jacob, Tyler, Don, Charlotte, Heather, Margaret, S- Family, Kavious, Wayne, Raymond, Cody, Judy, Laura, Sue, Eden, Tammy, Mike, Ron, Ed, Jaxon, TM, Kelsey, Blake, Charlie, Brad, Kirk, Will & Ben, Pat & Tracy, Kimberly, Brooke, Gary, Raymond, Michel, Jimmy, Mike, Carol, Karen, Robin, Joe, Forrest, Metis, Ben, Genie, Walt, Sheri, Lisa, Brooke, Yater, Barbara, Don, Rick & Barbara, Ana & Will & Mary Margret, Jonah, Kay, Jim, Freddie Mae, Meredith, Ron, Saeed, Laurie, Sean, Susie, Phillip, Arnell, Lauren, Will, Carla, Martha, Cara, Luahn, Ljuliana, Max, Parker, B Family, Jane, Graham, Grason, Mary , Bill, Mike, Verne, Livi, Kenny,Angela, Lynne, Mike, Edie, Todd, Danny,  LO, Kenny, Ricky, Suzan, Mike, Jimmy, Sarah, C-Family, Polly, Cassy, Kathy, Jerome, Betty Lou
, JM, Edie, Kathy, Melinda, Joe, May, Jim, Mandy, Teri, Roe, LG, Melanie, Mike, Will, Lynne, Bob.

See you this weekend. Bring a friend. It's going to be great!!!



Posted by Mack Oates at 11:53 AM