New Dating Method Rocks the Aegean

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New Dating Method Rocks the Aegean                  No, this is not a synopsis of the latest pickup lines or human pheromone potions.  Instead I want to inform you of a scientific dating method that sheds new light on archaeological discoveries in the area of the Aegean Sea. One of the most difficult and important tasks in Archaeology is dating a … Read More

My Cultural Context

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M. Bryan Strain Nathan Straight, PhD English 3520 1 September 2012 My Cultural Context             When I hear the word culture, I immediately start thinking of labels that effectively group people in to nice and neat categories. I also recall how angry people often get when they are placed within those groups by others. I find it’s an endeavor to … Read More

The Sing Song in Toni Morrison’s Recitatif

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M. Bryan Strain Nathan Straight, PhD English 3520 28 September 2012 The Sing Song in Toni Morrison’s Recitatif             The Oxford English Dictionary states that recitatif is a French variation of the Italian recitativo or the English recitative. It is described as a sing song voice for speeches between acts in an opera or an oratorio (OED). It reminds me … Read More

Comparative Analysis: Wilson’s Fences, Washington’s The Atlanta Address, and Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk: Is the Fence a Protection or Corral?

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M. Bryan Strain Nathan Straight, PhD English 3520 21 September 2012 Comparative Analysis: Wilson’s Fences, Washington’s The Atlanta Address, and Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk: Is the Fence a Protection or Corral?             Is the fence a protection or a corral? If you ask a teen, it’s a corral. If you ask a parent, it’s a protection. If … Read More

Crossing Borders: US Immigration Policy

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M. Bryan Strain Nathan Straight, PhD English 3520 12 October 2012 Crossing Borders: US Immigration Policy             For my article on the topic of US Immigration Policy, I choose a White House article on President Obama’s views for Immigration Reform. The article can be found on the Internet at http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/fixing-immigration-system-america-s-21st-century-economy. The White House expresses the need to reform our current … Read More

The Chocolate War Book Review

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Robert Cormeir The Chocolate War Ember (Children’s book division of Random House, Inc.), 1974 253 pages. 12+ An ALA Best Books for Young Adults, A School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, A Kirkus Reviews Choice, A New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year 3Q 4P The genre of Cormier’s The Chocolate War is young adult problem fiction.  … Read More

Soldier Boys Book Review

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Dean Hughes Soldier Boys Simon Pulse, New York, 2003 230 pages. Ages 12+ Awards: Iowa Teen Award Master List 5Q 4P Dean Hughes has written an outstanding book in Soldier Boys.  The genre is historical fiction.  The antagonist is a young hero from Brigham City named Spence, who joins the Army Airborne unit believing he will be able to show … Read More

Teaching Social Justice Through Young Adult Literature Journal Article Review

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Glasgow, Jacqueline N. Teaching Social Justice Through Young Adult Literature.  English Journal 90.6 July 2001. 54-61. Web.  29, August  2012. Jacqueline Glasgow has written an excellent article about teaching children how to deal with social justice/injustice through young adult literature.  She proposes that teachers of Jr. High and High School select readings that bring social issues like racism, sexism, agism, … Read More

My World, My Story Book Review

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Dorling Kindersley Limited My World, My Story Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, 2011 95 pages. All Ages 5Q 2P My World, My Story is a documentary book designed for the classroom.  It contains 22 stories about the lives of young adults all over the world.  The stories contained are from boys and girls in extremely diverse circumstances.  Some of … Read More

The Yearling Book Review

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Marjore Kinnan Rawlings The Yearling Aladdin Classics (Children’s division of Simon and Schuster), 1938 509 pages 8+ according to Amazon. However, I would say 12+. Younger readers may become confused with the author’s use of phonetic spelling to denote an uneducated English dialect. Pulitzer Prize 4Q 3P The genre of this book is historical fiction.  A publisher who had refused … Read More

Daniel and Nephi Book Review

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Chris Heimerdinger Daniel and Nephi Covenant Communications, Inc., American Fork 2001 211 pages. 8+ 4Q 4P Chris Heimerdinger’s book Daniel and Nephi is a Young Adult book written in the Adventure genre. If you believe The Bible and the Book of Mormon are historical documents, then you could also call his work historical fiction.  Heimerdinger is very skilled at taking … Read More

Beyonders Book Review

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  Brandon Mull Beyonders Aladdin, New York, 2011 464 pages. 8+ Awards: New York Times #1 Best Seller 5Q 5P Beyonders, by Brandon Mull, is one of my favorite Fantasy books of all time.  The protagonist Jason Walker, an everyday teen age boy who loves baseball and works at a zoo, hears music coming from the hippo tank.  He investigates … Read More

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Nature

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M. Bryan Strain Professor Robert King English 3365 18 September 2012 Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Nature             In Nature, Emerson is attempting to understand the mind of god.  He believes, if a man can truly behold all of nature, he would have all truth at his disposal.  His analogies and anecdotes are so lofty and so romantic that it is easy … Read More

Summary and Discussion of Jason Edward Black’s Essay: “Native Resistive Rhetoric and the Decolonization of American Indian Removal Discourse”

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M. Bryan Strain Professor Robert King English 3365 10 October 2012 Summary and Discussion of Jason Edward Black’s Essay: “Native Resistive Rhetoric and the Decolonization of American Indian Removal Discourse”             Black’s essay brings to light the strategies of rhetoric employed by Native Americans to resist the Indian Removal Act of 1830.  He points out the common belief that American … Read More

Ability Based Grouping: No Child Left Behind and No Child Held Back

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M. Bryan Strain Utah State University 20     March 2012 Ability Based Grouping: No Child Left Behind and No Child Held Back                 Education has been, and is currently, one of the most hotly debated topics in politics. Utah’s largest single budget expense is education spending.  The Utah State Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget shows that 49.4% of the total … Read More

Fancy Melon Basket

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Fancy Melon Basket

A few years ago I bought a set of carving razor blades at Hobby Lobby.  I use them to carve melons and pumpkins.  This image is a melon basket I did for my niece-in-law Kamie’s high school graduation. Ingredients Watermelon Cantaloupe Honey Dew Melon Grapes Thai Basil The hardest part is carving the designs into the melon.  I used a … Read More

Strawberry Cheese Cake Trifle

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Strawberry Creme Cheese Trifle

I made Vonda a Strawberry Cheese Cake Trifle for her birthday a few years back.  Trifles are relatively easy to make.  Usually you layer some fruit with whipped creme and chunks of Angel Food Cake.  However, I have fallen in love with using Philadelphia Cheese Cake filling that comes in a container like Cool Whip.  It turns a regular trifle … Read More

Poke Tuna

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Ingredients 1 Tuna Sushi Grade Steak chopped into 1/4 inch cubes 1/2 cup Soy Sauce 1 tsp. Chinese Chili Sauce 1/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper 1 Small Onion (Julienne cut) 3 Green Onions (chopped) 1 tsp. Fresh Ground Ginger 1 tsp. Sesame Oil 1 tsp. Kosher Salt 3 Cloves Garlic (finely diced) Mix everything except tuna and let it set for … Read More

Mango Lime Salsa

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Ingredients 2 bottles of Mangoes (about 4 mangoes if you are cutting and peeling your own. I prefer the bottles from the store because they are easier to work with and they are always sweet.) 2 small tomatoes (I like to use Roma’s for the color and lack of seeds. However, if you can find Mr. Stripey tomatoes they are … Read More

Joshy’s Jammin Dutch Oven Jambalya

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Ingredients 4 cans of chicken broth 4 hot dog sized links of Spicy Sausage chopped.  (I like Andoille or Adelles Jalepeno Mango) 1 lb of chopped boneless/skinnless chicken 1 bag of Frozen, Shell Off, Tail Off, Shrimp 24oz of White Basmati Rice 1 ½ tbl French Herb Rub 1 ½ tbl Chicken Soup base (Caldo Sabor a Pollo) 1 large … Read More