Archive for ‘References’

April 29, 2017

Some Favourite Online Recipes

Here are some online recipes that I keep going back to! This list will continue to grow over time. Enjoy!

Savoury

Cauliflower and Squash Curry from curiouscuisiniere.com

Eggs Benedict from ricardocuisine.com

Indian Lentil-Cauliflower Soup from thehappyfoodie.co.uk

Israeli Couscous Salad with Smoked Paprika from foodnetwork.com

Leek and Potato Soup from onceuponachef.com

Macaroni and Cheese from allrecipes.com

Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew from freshoffthegrid.com

Zesty Quinoa Salad from allrecipes.com

Sweet

Almond Filled Speculaas from wholesomesweet.com

Brownies from epicurious.com

Buckwheat Parfait from ohsheglows.com

Healthy 5-Ingredient Granola Bars from minimalistbaker.com

Pancakes from allrecipes.com

Tiramisu from epicurious.com

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February 4, 2017

2016 in Books

Now that I’m finished school, I have grown a new love for reading! It’s not like I wasn’t reading (in fact university helped make me into a reader), it’s just that all my time was taken reading either required material or material for my thesis. Here are the books that I read this past year. I would recommend all of them, but the books with stars by them are the ones that had the greatest impact on me and I eventually want to write reviews of them.

Books read in 2016:

  • Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre
  • Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis*
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
  • The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
  • The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  • Prayer by Timothy Keller
  • Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison: Piper Kerman
  • The Unquiet Dead: A Novel by Ausma Zehanat Khan
  • A House in the Sky: A Memoir by Amanda Lindhout
  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand*
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer*
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June 8, 2016

Mully

My friend Becky knows about my interest in Africa and so invited me to see a documentary called Mully at the Hot Docs festival. We went to the 6pm showing on May 5th. The documentary was very well done and portrays the life story of a man, along with his wife and children, who makes a lot of sacrifices and leaps of faith to serve hundreds of the poorest children in Kenya. It’s one of those stories you almost can’t believe is true because there are so many crazy and miraculous parts to it. I want to share a bit of the story to remember and be encouraged by it.

The story follows a Kenyan man named Charles Mulli who is abandoned by his family at a young age. After begging in his village for some time, he soon makes the decision to walk to Nairobi to try and build a life for himself. He finds simple work, quickly moves up to bigger roles, and eventually starts his own taxi (matatu) business that really takes off. He becomes a millionaire as he begins to move into the oil and gas industries. In the meantime he marries his wife and they have eight children.

One day his car in Nairobi gets stolen by street children and this becomes a turning point for him. Charles feels God is asking him to do more with his life. After a lot of struggle and prayer he comes home to his family and tells them that he is never going to work for money again. He begins walking the streets at night, finding street children and taking them into his home. His wife and family think that he is crazy. His wife Esther remains steadfast and faithfully cares for the children. His biological children are at first resentful that these street children have come and impeded on their lives. His church no longer accepts him and his extended family into their community because many come from addictions and prostitution. As the number of children in the house grow, God provides through donations at just the right moment as resources begin to dwindle.

Eventually their home get’s so full that they move several hours outside of Nairobi to a piece of land that Charles owns. It is a dry and desolate piece of land because of recent droughts but he sees a big vision for the place. They start by living in tin shacks but slowly build houses. They build a bridge in a completely dried up river bed because he believes that God will provide water and that sometimes we need to act in faith before God does the rest. They do drilling for wells but come up with nothing, but one night while praying, God tells Charles to dig in a specific spot. They dig and dig on this spot, until finally an abundant stream of water sprays out! The spring is a continuous supply and they are able to store it and use it to plant trees and crops. Over time the local climate begins to transform and the land becomes green!

Today Mully Children’s Family is an organization that is a home and place of learning for hundreds of street children. The children affectionately call Charles “Daddy Mulli”. The organization has children homes and also puts them through school. Beyond that they have many programs in the community. To become more self sufficient so as not to depend completely on outside donations, the family farms vegetables and fish to sell on the global market. Charle’s and Esther’s biological children have joined in their father’s vision and serve in various positions within the organization. Charles is eventually welcomed again by his church and is also reunited with his parents. Mully Children’s family continues to grow and impact the surrounding communities. You can visit their website here to find out more.

I thought the movie was well done because it is very raw. Charles and his wife act out their adult selves and all of the members of the immediate family contribute to the telling of the story. Some parts of the story are reenacted, but many parts are real footage that was taken over the years. What was even more amazing then the movie itself was that Charles and Esther attended the showing along with the producers and came up for questions afterwards! Although he is a man of many accomplishments, he said that it was all in God’s power and leading. It is a reminder of what God can do if we but put our gifts and resources into His hands and say “use me”. Just be prepared that God’s response might be for us to do what everyone around us thinks is crazy.

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March 30, 2015

Music and Pattern

Since I don’t have time to write posts (final thesis crunch), I will just have to refer to other inspiring work. Here is another great video from Vihart, Mathemusician. I found it really opened my mind to how it is possible to experiment with music and how it can even be associated with spatial patterns. Music is another type of mapping.

March 18, 2015

Paper Towns

Here is a clip from John Green (vlogbrothers) talking about where the term “paper towns” comes from. It actually relates to the practice of mapping and how the map often informs the space instead of the other way around.

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January 3, 2015

10,000 Reasons

It’s funny how memories are often tied to songs. My time in Uganda and DRC had the theme song 10,000 Reasons. I kept hearing it again and again while I was there like an anthem, and how appropriate it was for the circumstances. It was six year old Graham’s favourite song and he would often sing it.

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

[Chorus]

You’re rich in love and You’re slow to anger
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind
For all your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

[Chorus]

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

Credits:

Matt Redman, Kingsway Music

 

 

 

“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.

As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children,
to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.
The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.

Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his word,
obeying the voice of his word!
Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
his ministers, who do his will!
Bless the Lord, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!”

– Psalm 103

December 10, 2014

Hope

I wanted to share this great post from my colleague Mary Henton who is an international staff at UCBC. She writes about how hope can be fulfilled in small and large ways and uses the example of an experience that two of our Congolese colleagues had when crossing the border on their way to join us for GIS training in Kampala. It’s a powerful story and I recommend the read!

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November 23, 2014

The Problem with the News

One thing that has been frustrating about recent events in Beni region is how poorly they are reported on by the media and therefore how distorted the situation must look to westerners. There was one particularly bad article that came out on Reuters and Yahoo a few weeks back that claimed an act of cannibalism without having any witnesses to the event. I was happy to find an article a few days later that countered the article and condemned the practice of using clickbait and stereotypes to gain readership. This is a similar lesson for news coverage of other conflicts around the world.

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November 23, 2014

A Look into Congolese Politics

During the recent insecurity in Beni, I have begun following more news of the Congo and reading more materials in an attempt to try to understand some of the complexity of Congolese politics. Here is a blog I found by Jason Stearns called Congo Siasa. He is the author of the book Dancing in the Glory of Monsters that I read a while back. He wrote one post in particular that discusses the recent insecurity. It’s a few weeks old but I want to share it because it does a much better job describing the situation than the news.

 

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August 1, 2014

Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God

Holy Spirit, living Breath of God,
Breathe new life into my willing soul.
Bring the presence of the risen Lord
To renew my heart and make me whole.
Cause Your Word to come alive in me;
Give me faith for what I cannot see;
Give me passion for Your purity.
Holy Spirit, breath new life in me.

Holy Spirit, come abide within;
May Your joy be seen in all I do–
Love enough to cover ev’ry sin
In each thought and deed and attitude,
Kindness to the greatest and the least,
Gentleness that sows the path of peace.
Turn my striving into works of grace.
Breath of God, show Christ in all I do.

Holy Spirit, from creation’s birth,
Giving life to all that God has made,
Show Your power once again on earth;
Cause Your church to hunger for Your ways.
Let the fragrance of our prayers arise.
Lead us on the road of sacrifice
That in unity the face of Christ
Will be clear for all the world to see.

Credits:

Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, 2006 Thankyou Music

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