Author: Helen Fowowe

Oh, The Places You Must Go!

Oh, The Places You Must Go! In the words of Dr. Seuss, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.” It is always a delight to read about the struggles of The Greats, you know the kind of people we remind ourselves about whenever we try to convince ourselves that our lives can still turn out well if we decide to quit school, quit our job, take a leap of faith on a business idea, or sleep-in instead of going to your 8am lecture on a Friday morning. I mean Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Racheal Ray, Kevin Rose, Ellen DeGeneres and other successful people, yeah, those people. …

“Grown Up”: Sour Pouch or Encyclopedia of Wisdom?

“Grown Up”: Sour Pouch or Encyclopedia of Wisdom?         What does it mean to grow up?  I have pondered upon this question for a while now and I cannot seem to find the right answer. I was talking to one of my students few weeks ago, a 8th grader going to high school next year. We were debating on the topic of ‘Why Humans Cry’ and as the “grown up” I told him that crying is a way we cope with stress and the human life woes. Everyone cries, I began with what I thought was an epic speech waiting to happen. Everyone cries and should cry because there is so much relief and therapy in the release of pain and frustrations through tears. He of course, did not accept my epic statement.          In fact, he objected and said “I don’t cry.”  Crying is unnecessary. You can imagine my reaction as I tried to pack up my drools and control my jaw to the dismissal of my experience-giving insight. …

Reminder for when you are feeling “Blah”

                 If your childhood was similar to mine, you went to your place of worship at the end or beginning of each week (for me it was going to church on Sundays) and “The Adults” in your life, be it your parents or older siblings forced you to go to the children’s church instead of causing distraction for them in their “adult services.” In the Children’s Church, you sang songs like ‘You got the whole world in your hands,  Father Abraham, Rise & Shine and give God the Glory’ and other Children’s Melodious Hits. The cool thing about these songs back then was that they were too sophisticated to be sung standing still so there was always a great choreography to match each song, thanks to the Children’s Church adult volunteers. 🙂         Out of all of the songs we sang and danced matching choreography to, ‘You have got the whole world’ was my favorite. Its choreography was the silliest in my eyes because all …

Wonders

Wonders Life is not a bed of roses but a field of challenges, don’t give up on your dreams, don’t stop trying. If one dream does not work out, step back and dig deeper, we were all born to be great at something and to contribute something substantial to our world. In other words, Don’t stop believing! Words and Works from M. C. Escher says it best. He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.  – M.C. Escher     To have peace with this peculiar life; to accept what we do not understand; to wait calmly for what awaits us, you have to be wiser than I am  – M.C. Escher   The things I want to express are so beautiful and pure.  – M.C. Escher   So let us then try to climb the mountain, not by stepping on what is below us, but to pull us up at what is above us, for my part at the stars; amen  – M.C. Escher Life is not a bed of roses but a field of challenges, don’t give up on …

Salad of the Week: Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad with mixed vegetables, curried black eyed peas and sweet potato. Ingredients: 1/3 bag of frozen mixed vegetables 2 medium sized sweet potatoes 1 cup of mixed color quinoa 2 cups of black eyed peas 2 cubes of cilantro knorr seasoning 1 tablespoon of curry, 1 teaspoon of thyme and 2 tablespoon of dried cilantro Directions: 1.Boil black eyed eyes peas for 30 minutes on med- high heat. Season with knorr seasoning, curry, thyme, cilantro. 2. Peel and slice the sweet potatoes, then Boil them for 20 minutes on med-high heat and set aside. 3. Microwave/ warm frozen mixed vegetables. Then set aside. 4. Boil quinoa mix for 20- 30 (based on preferred softness) minutes and then set aside. 5. Place the quinoa in a bowl, add the mixed veggies, add sweet potatoes, black eyed peas and toss. 6. Serve as desired! Bon Appetit!