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This week 08-11-15

Is  there an age limit on this stuff?

I was at the Leadership Summit this week at Christ Methodist. All of the speakers are good, some are amazing. One year I heard Wendy Kopp, CEO and Founder of Teach for America.  . When she graduated from college she had an idea: Get new college graduates to commit to teaching school in low income public schools for 2 years. She wanted the best of the best from Harvard, Yale, places where every graduate had an instant job as soon as they got out. She wanted them to put off going to Wall Street or starting law school for 2 years and go be a leader/teacher. She wanted kids who couldn't afford to go to the best prep schools to get the best prep school teaching. Everybody told her it would never work, nobody was going to give up a 6 figure salary to teach school to a bunch of poor kids. They were wrong! She knew that people came out of college with big ideas and big hearts. In 2008 25,000 people from 500 colleges, 1,800 cities and all 50 states applied to Teach for America, 3,700 were chosen. 35 percent come from the social sciences, 14 percent from language and literature, and 13 percent from math, science, and engineering. They started in Memphis in 2006.  
By the time she was finished I was ready to go back to teaching. I could do 2 years, I could change a kid's life, I was smart enough .. I wonder if they would take me? .. As it turns out, a bunch of those 2 year commitments turned in to life time commitments. She has people who are now leading whole school systems (remember these are the best of the best, they are going to rise to the top).. She may change public schools in America, all it takes is a bunch of people who want to make a difference…

God's like that: For some reason God uses people to do things. I don't get it, it seems very inefficient, but he does. Do you qualify? Can you coach a little league team and change a kid's life? Can you teach a 4 year old Sunday school class and change a kid's life? Could you help a Caldwell parent with her taxes and change her life? Could you help tear down sheetrock to build a home for somebody and change their life? Could you change a tire in the parking lot for somebody and change their life? Could you be a greeter with a big smile and make somebody feel welcome and change their life? Could you be a friend that listens to somebody and change their life? Can God use you and change your life? How about a 2 year commitment?

I wonder if Teach for America has an age limit? I know God doesn't…


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

 I love stuff like this. This is poor people food. Cornmeal And mushrooms. But it is so great. The flavors in this simple dish are amazing. Small bites, taste everything.. Be sure to reseason the Cornmeal by itself. And the mushrooms by itself. Both parts should be well seasoned before you put this together.

Baked Polenta with Mushrooms

4 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups coarse or medium cornmeal
3 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 teaspoon dried sage
7 tablespoons grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 pounds mushrooms, sliced thin
1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
6 ounces fontina, grated (about 1 1/2 cups) Or any great cheese. Something you like all by itself.

Heat the oven to 350°. In a medium saucepan, bring the water and 1 teaspoon of the salt to a boil. Add the cornmeal in a slow stream, whisking. Whisk in 1 tablespoon of the oil and 1/4 teaspoon of the sage. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until very thick, about 20 minutes. Stir in 3 tablespoons of the Parmesan.

Meanwhile, butter an 8-by-12-inch baking dish. In a large frying pan, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter with 1 tablespoon of the oil over moderately high heat. Add half the mushrooms, 1/4 teaspoon each of the salt and sage, and 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms are golden, about 5 minutes. Remove. Repeat with the remaining mushrooms, 1 tablespoon each butter and oil, 1/4 teaspoon each salt and sage, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

Pour half the polenta into the baking dish and spread in an even layer. Top with half the mushrooms, followed by half of the fontina and 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan. Repeat with the remaining polenta, mushrooms, fontina, and Parmesan. Bake until the cheese is bubbling, about 15 minutes.

Does that sound yummmmy or what!!!


Posted by Mack Oates at 4:45 PM