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Amira last won the day on January 30 2017

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  1. I teach a class twice a day on zoom, with about 5 high schoolers in each class. I would love to learn some new virtual teaching strategies. I use breakout rooms a lot, along with lots of different screen sharing things, but they're just tired of looking at a screen for everything (most of their classes are online right now) and they cannot stay engaged the entire class. I encourage them to work on something with their hands while they're listening which helps some of them. My students have limited bandwidth. Using other apps generally isn't a good option for a couple of students. I
  2. Here’s a savory sweet potato apple galette. You can use different seasoning than Old Bay, depending on what you like. Use whatever pastry you prefer. I generally use a half recipe of 1.5 cups whole wheat flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 cup grated cold butter, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and a bit of water. Prick 2 large sweet potatoes and cook them in the oven or microwave till they're nearly done. Let them cool, then peel and chop into bite-sized pieces. While the sweet potatoes are cooking, chop one large onion and a tart apple. Sauté the onion till soft, then add the apple and cook
  3. I love this sour cream apple pie, especially with tart apples like Bramleys. This version has about half as much sugar as the original recipe. I rarely have sour cream available, but I’ve used whatever locally-available thickened dairy product I can find and all have worked. Unbaked pie crust in an 8" plate 3 cups chopped apples 2 tablespoons flour 1/4 cup sugar, or to taste 1/4 tsp salt 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 cup sour cream 1 egg 1/2 tablespoon vanilla 1.5 tablespoons butter 2.5 tablespoons sugar 2.5 tablespoons flour 1 tsp cinnamon Combine the apples,
  4. Here’s one that I really want to try, but can’t since I haven’t lived in a place with decent apples for a while. It’s from Apples of Uncommon Flavor and is good with Bramleys. Chorizo in Cider 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 pound chorizo, cut into ½-inch slices ½ onion, halved and thinly sliced 1 cup dry hard cider 1 apple, cored and sliced into half-moons Parsley for garnish (optional) Bread for serving 1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. 2. Add the chorizo slices and sauté until brown, about 2 minutes. The oil will turn a love
  5. To be fair, #savethechildren (the hashtag) was started by Save the Children, a legitimate organization advocating for children for 100 years. Their organization was already co-opted once by the CIA who attempted to use their vaccination program as a cover which resulted in major problems in getting children vaccinated in Pakistan. What happened in Pakistan makes my head want to explode. Save the Children recently had to put out a statement to disassociate itself from QAnon junk.
  6. That happened with two of my boys. I knew the curls would go when I cut their hair because the same thing happened to me and my sisters when we were little. Same with a couple of my nieces and nephews. All you can do is enjoy it while it lasts.
  7. In my congregation it has depended entirely on the children’s or youth leaders. The children have had weekly video lessons made by our community in two languages, the teenage girls have had regular zoom meetings, and the teenage boys have had almost nothing, unless they are invited to join in something the girls planned. Daily gospel study zoom meetings will resume this week for the high school students.
  8. Amira

    Jury Duty

    I’ve been called a couple of times, I think, but only when I’ve been out of the country. Dh was called once while we were in the US, but he’s an attorney so he wasn’t chosen. I really like the idea of people being able to take time off so family members can serve.
  9. I loved Jacinda’s statement to the victims and their families. It included the photos of everyone who was killed. New Zealand gives me hope in so many ways.
  10. We’re very strongly encouraged to attend church weekly, but it’s not quite an absolute requirement. Close though. But since any decent male member 15 or older can be ordained to the priesthood and authorized to administer communion/Eucharist/sacrament anywhere, many people can have a worship service during corona with the sacrament in their own homes, either with a son, brother, or husband doing the sacrament, or a visitor if possible. We’ve been doing church at home since March when every LDS chapel closed worldwide, and we’ve done it for years in the past when we lived in a country without
  11. We’re thinking about that too, although there are enough things online that it’s probably not necessary to create content ourselves. Mostly, I’m trying to find ways for effective feedback and encouragement for parents and children while they are learning, especially elementary school children who don’t benefit as much from online learning.
  12. I’m not so much arguing for something, because I honestly don’t know how to fix this, but I am arguing against the system we have in place now. I’m especially concerned about the justifications used to maintain that system. But yes, it seem like a minimum safety net would help.
  13. I’m thinking a lot about how some children get so much more than others, based simply on what the adults in their lives can provide. I really can’t figure out why we’re okay with this.
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