Archive for April, 2011

Free Lunch Day 3

Posted: April 28, 2011 in Free Lunch

Plenty of food available in the lounge today – vegetable tray, fruit tray, pigs in a blanket, brownies, cookies, even humus.

Today’s free calories: 800 – 1000


Breakfast was a bit sparse today. Wednesday is a slow day in the teacher’s lounge although someone was kind enough to send two Papa Murphy’s dessert pizzas rather than throw them out. I had a slice of cinnamon sugar. I guess it’s no worse than eating a donut.

Lunch was much better. I scored a box lunch from Newk’s at a meeting. Plain but meaty ham sandwich, chips and a brownie.

Estimated total of free calories today: 900 – 1000.

I recently visited with a pastor from Uganda while he was in the United States for the first time. While he was amazed at many of the conveniences so readily available in this country, I think he was most stunned by the easy access to food. It dispenses from a wall at the push of a button (yogurt). You say a number into a box and someone brings it to your car (Sonic).

As an experiment, I decided to test how ubiquitous food is in my environment by eating only free food. For the next few weeks (or months if I start to like the idea), I am starting the day with no plans for breakfast or lunch. I plan to “live off the land” which in my case means the teacher’s lounge and church office break room and whatever free food coupons and offers I come across.

Day 1

Tuesday and Thursday are usually good days for free food in the teacher’s lounge. Nothing in the Jr. High lounge today but the high school lounge had cookies, a vegetable tray with obligatory ranch dressing dip, and chips with some type of corn salsa. I easily consumed 400 calories grazing on this stuff. Add the bag of Cheezits that somebody gave me and I’m up to 500 calories.

What Is A Maundy?

Posted: April 18, 2011 in Theology

Maundy Thursday is the day before Good Friday. Do you know why it’s called Maundy Thursday? As it turns out, there is some controversy as to the origination of the name. Some say it is derived from the Latin word mandatum which is the first word in the Latin translation of John 13:34.

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”

These were the words spoken by Christ at the last supper which is traditionally believed to be on a Thursday.

Others believe the term comes from the Latin word maundsor which is the name of the baskets used to collect money for the poor on this day of the holy week.

Which one is correct? Christ commanded us to love one another. Giving to the poor is an expression of love. I say both Maundys.

Happy Easter!