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Meal plan for the week of 1/16

It’s Martin Luther King Jr. day here in the US and I’m grateful to be spending the holiday with family, easing into what will likely be a challenging week (what, with the Inauguration and all).  I was reading through old posts inspired by Dr. King (including this one about my visit to Memphis, the Civil Rights Museum + the Lorraine Motel) this morning and couldn’t help feel both lifted and distressed.  

Dr. King’s words (and the example he set through his actions) about service to one another, unselfish leadership, peaceful vigilance, and creative resistance have (for better or worse) such application today.  Whether or not you have the day off, I hope you have a few minutes for quiet contemplation about the days ahead, and the person you can be for others.  Oh, and I highly recommend blasting James Taylor’s Shed a Little Light and Patty Griffin’s Up to the Mountain.  Grace and I spent a solid half hour dancing in the kitchen, singing along.

Is it weird to go from that to talking about this week’s meal plan?  Probably.  Sorry.  I’m having trouble coming up with a graceful segue.   Here’s a salad.

meal plan for the week of 1/16


I’m on such an arugula kick lately.  We stopped by the Orleans Winter Farmers’ Market Saturday morning and picked up several bunches.  I love that peppery flavor. 

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Re-reading Dr. King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail
  • Heading back to the city
  • Getting in a quick MB workout courtesy of my challenge partner 😉

What are you looking forward to whipping up this week?

Today: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Last spring, I had the chance to make a quick visit to the Lorraine Motel and the National Civil Rights Museum while I was walking working in Memphis (more on that here).  I was scrolling through pictures from that trip earlier today, and thinking how lucky (I’m wracking my brain for a better word, but my brain isn’t cooperating…) we are to have had people like Dr. King come before us.  People who had the courage to speak up and speak out.  People who shared their dreams and vision, and put the work in motion.

I was less than a month pregnant when I stood on the balcony outside room 306 at the Lorraine Motel, and even though our daughter was, like, the size of a lima bean or something at the time, it feels important that she was there with me.

I can remember a time when I thought the world needed to be fixed, even a little bit, before I could imagine having children.  It was shortly after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.  I was walking past a memorial at school, and saw a young family reading the messages penned on the wall.  I remember thinking, The world doesn’t feel good enough for children.  Things felt too raw, too worrisome, too complicated, too broken.

After years of working with young people, and now with a baby on the way, I can see the other side of things.  Bringing children into a broken world is one of the ways we fix it.  How we treat our children — whether as parents, relatives, teachers, friends, neighbors, leaders, etc.– and the values and dreams and visions we impart have tremendous transformative power.

Whenever I visit schools, we talk about role models and heroes and inevitably, a child mentions Martin Luther King, Jr.  I can’t help but be as grateful for these students as I am for Dr. King.  There is still so much work to be done, but I know they are the ones who will see it through.

Also On Tap for Today:

How are you spending your MLK Day?

Today: “Make it a day on, not a day off.”

..Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now.

I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the Promised Land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.

Those were the words Dr. Martin Luther King delivered, on the eve of his assassination at the Bishop Charles Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee, April 3, 1968. [For the full text of “I’ve Been Up to the Mountain Top,” click here. ]

A few more things I think are worth sharing:

  • Patty Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)”, inspired by Dr. King’s final speech:

Today marks Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and for most people it’s a day off from work.  I am not one of those people, but going to work means I am spending his day just around the corner from Dr. King’s former home in Boston. If you are off today, you might consider making it a day on, as today is also a national Day of Service.

Dr. King lived at 397 Massachusetts Ave from 1952-1953, and later in an apartment on St. Botolph Street, while he was in graduate school at Boston University.  Both places are, quite literally, around the corner from my office. While I’d heard incredible stories from some of my colleagues about Dr. King preaching in the area, I didn’t know he had lived on the very street I walk or drive each day.

397 Massachusetts Avenue (Google Maps)

I wonder about how much that street and our neighborhood and this city has changed since he was living in that boarding house on Mass Ave.  And I thank him for influencing so many of those changes that are positive.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Please remember to vote in tomorrow’s historic special election, fellow Massachusettians (polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
  • Badass treadmill workout

How are you spending your day?  Who lived on your block?