English Muffins

A. Ferment

  1. Warm 2 cups of milk to 110 degrees.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of honey (or agave nectar)
  3. Add 2 1/4 tsp yeast.
  4. Stir well.
  5. Let sit and foam (10)m.

B. Dry Ingredients

  1. Add 5 cups of flour.
  2. Add 1/2 tsp salt.

C. Wet Ingredients

  1. Melt 1/4 cup butter and add it to the sauce pan.
  2. Beat 1 egg and add it to the sauce pan.
  3. Mix.

D. Baking sheets

  1. Cover two sheets with parchment paper
  2. Sprinkle cornmeal on the surface.

E. Standing mixer

  1. Pour fermented mixture into the standing mixer (with the flour and salt).
  2. The dough will combine and pick itself up off of the inside of the mixer.
  3. At this “picking up point,” you can leave it in for another three minutes, or you can take it out and knead it like bread.

F. Bulk Rise

  1. Let rise, covered, in a large oiled bowl until it doubles an hour.
  2. Punch down in the center and divide into 12 equal balls.

G. Rest

  1. Squish those into discs about 4” wide.
  2. Place those discs onto cornmeal and sprinkle more on top.
  3. Set aside in a warm place and allow to rise (40m).

H. Fry

  1. “Fry” the English muffins in a greased skillet for 7-10 minutes per side until golden brown. I used bacon grease and a cast iron pan about low medium. You know you’re done it right if you can hear it sizzle on the pan, but not burn. Cast iron cooks hot. Regular pans will probably be best on medium.
  2. Split them with a fork.
  3. Eat them within 3 days or you will have to freeze them.

Unit: Culturally Relevant Podcasting (in progress) Lesson 1

This is my progress on my podcasting unit. I’m trying to put together some videos for some storytellers in the area to start their own podcasts. I have to redo the video, but I thought I’d make my first proof of concept. The next version will be using the podcasting presentation which is downloadable below. The lesson will be the first lesson. Tell me if you can follow it, be cruel, I need some help!

listen to recommended podcasts

connection: There are different ways to be entertained and again new information. (read a book, watch a youtube video, listen to your grandma tell stories)

Today I want to teach you that : People who want to be entertained and again new information sometimes listen to podcasts so that they can do other things at the same time like take a walk.

One way people do this is to preview podcasts that other people have recommended and listen superficially to that podcast.

Listen to me as I preview the podcast : All My Relations

1. what is the title?

2. Is the speaker trustworthy or entertaining?

3. Choose one to listen to.

4. Take a walk and listen… superficially.

5. Decide if you want to subscribe.

link to future learning: today we learned that people who want to be entertained or learn things and are also busy sometimes listen to podcasts. one way that we can do this is by listening to podcasts that other people recommend

today and every day before a walk, you can preview podcasts that other people have recommended and listen superficially to that podcast. Go and try that now!

In her own hand

Emily Dickinson

The unpublished manuscripts of those who have passed is protected 75 years upon their death. So, there is a wonderful collection of beautiful pieces of original writing from the hand of Emily Dickinson herself to download, print and frame, whatever you wanna do!

These scans are from her own hand

You can see that she did weird things with her writing, like, glue stamps and names of people she found in magazines to her writing. She started writing in pencil later in her life because she was having trouble with her sight. Pencil drew a predictably neater script.

Also, she was practicing spacing her letters further apart, like the writing that can be found of Helen Keller. Before Braille, there was a handwriting that people who had trouble with sight or could not see at all. Look at the spacing above and consider that the spacing will vary after she starts using pencil.

A lady of faith

But no matter what happened with her sight, she knew she had things to say. What a lovely example of a strong, female spirit. And, for those of you who happen to be ladies of faith, you’ll find a friend in Dickinson. She loved to sing, and many of poems can be sung to the tune of Amazing Grace, not this one, but many. Can you hear the strong sense of music in this short quip about song?

Things may seem hard right now, having to stay at home to work, not going out to eat with friends. But, fellow people, if you need to see an example of a fiery hermit, she’s your lady. Explore her collection of visuals, get fired up yourself, and let me know if you want me to create an Emily Dickinson Collection Bingo by commenting below.

Wait a Monday Minute: Can Spiders Breathe?

Today, we went to the swamp to take pictures. We got a few.

Spider choice

I saw a spider. Then, all of a sudden, I wondered if spiders could breathe. I mean, there are spiders all over the wetlands where my partner and I were stomping around, but I never see any spiders swimming. If I see a spider in the water, that was not a spider choice, right?

Spiders have lungs

I asked google. She told me that they, in fact have lungs.

Click me to read the article on spiders


Then she also told me that they’re not insects because, get this: they have fewer body parts than insect. They don’t have a separate head and body, they have one out together, called a cephalothorax.

Chest + head = cephalothorax

So if someone has a really thick neck and their head is a part of their chest cavity (their thorax) you could insult them by saying they have a cephalothorax. Here’s how I know I’m not the funny one.

The voice…

My partner then says with a heavy lisp, “Nice cephalothorax, nerd. You’re not joining our D&D game.”

See you next Monday. Till, then, keep birding.

The 2020 Tell It Slant Poetry Festival: Remote Event

If you have a lady friend to memorialize, this is a really nice place to make a donation in her name. Take some time to heal with a spiritual (happen-chance Christian) lady who passed on, but her spirit still fills our cup today.

There will be a marathon of Ms. Dickenson and BIG headliners who I’ve embedded some video samples for you to preview at the bottom of the article to see if they suit your fancy.


This remote festival will take place September 14-20, 2020. Skip to the schedule if you know you want to go already and just want to pick your classes. Think of the festival like a buffet. You don’t have to go to all of it, especially since you’ll be at home.

Read about it in detail.

Here is the whole 2020 Tell It Slant Poetry Festival website.

Only have time for one event?

The big names look like they will all be at one event called Festival Headliners Ada Limón and Jericho Brown with Music by Kimaya Diggs. which is on Sunday, September 19th at 7pm. Here are their bios so you can be blown away by their credentials and have no excuse not to go.

Jericho Brown

Holy cow, a poetry masterclass with this Jericho Brown on September 19th 1-2:30. He has so many letters behind his name from so many big named schools. Also, he’s going to teach you, for free (unless you make a donation.. then it’s still free… but you’re donating). And just listen to his voice.

Register for the Poetry Masterclass with Jericho Brown on September 19th, 1pm eastern, 12pm central. Sunday brunch with friends, ya’ll?

Ada Limon

Kimaya Diggs

She tugs on my heartstrings because she’s a storyteller. Anybody who knows me knows I love a good folk story. I’d like to call her a folk singer, but her bio calls her a master of a genre-defying style??? IDK man, she sounds sweet and talented.

Franny Choi

Queer, Korean-American poet who explores contemporary issues will read after a poetry open mic Saturday, September 18 8-8:45 pm. Register to listen in. Reading spots are full, but you can still listen!!!

Remember, these are just a sample of all the events. Tell me what you think! email me if you’re going. Maybe we can have a listening brunch and gossip over mimosas about how nerdy the open mic readers are.