My Project Week Trip to India

My godson Justus is becoming a world traveler! I pray he sees every continent!

Chicago Private Schools | Morgan Park Academy

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By Justus Pugh ’16

Editor’s Note: A key part of Morgan Park Academy’s global curriculum is a week of school-wide global explorations each March, which this year included a Project Week trip to India.

Our experiences in India ranged from breathtaking to heartbreaking.

As soon as we landed, it felt as if we were in an entirely different world. The architecture, the people — even the air was different!

We spent time in the cities of Dharamsala, Agra, Amritsar, and New Delhi. Each city we visited was a completely different type of amazing, and I learned so many different things from every one.

[Read more about this trip and view our explorers’ photo gallery.]

Dharamsala gave us a look at the world from way up in the mountains! We got a chance to see the beauty in nature and service, and experience the culture of the Tibetan people.

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Okra Fritters

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Buttoni's Low-Carb Recipes

Click to enlarge Okra Fritters

This little experiment came out quite tasty!  And ever so easy once I thawed the okra.  This is not suitable until the grains rung of OWL.  Those still on Induction might try subbing flax meal for the bake mixes and then it would be OK for Induction.  I RARELY deep fry (mostly oven fry now), as I don’t like using oil this way, but I will occasionally make these when I get a craving for them.  My Oven-Fried Okra is good, but just not as easy as making these little lovelies.  🙂  If you prefer, you can use all Carbquick or all Jennifer’s bake mix.  Your call on that one.  I just like the synergy the two mixed together brings to the table.

You can have many more tasty low-carb recipes at your fingertips with your very own copy of the team’s cookbooks.  See a sampling of the…

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Memorial Day Mention 1944 to 2014

Memorial Day Mention

According to the story in about 1944 my dad Ovie Akins left Little Rock Arkansas at about the age of 15.


My father Ovie Akins 1944-1948

He falsified his age as 18 and joined the Air Force.  With the hopes of being with The Great Tuskegee Airmen he was on his way.  He didn’t become an Airman. He did get the great opportunity to have his own bike and deliver mail on the post. He learned a lot of things that the City of Little Rock would have never provided. He traveled and learned to be a good soldier, very disciplined. He is always prompt, neat and orderly, and demands that you are the same among other things.  Even in his 80s he continues to rise early and is a stickler for being timely.

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The Never Ending Saga of Black Women and Hair

I stumbled across yet another hair discussion on another social media platform in the never ending saga of of beauty culture among Black Women.  This discussion focused around Black people seizing the industry from Koreans. In the last 20 to 25 years Korean merchants have cropped up in predominantly black communities cornering the health and beauty market for hair care products and hair extensions products.

I do however want it to be exceedingly clear that I am not condemning or demeaning anyone who ascribes to a different standard of beauty than my own.  I have personally developed my standard of beauty over time. I have vacillated between straighten hair and natural hair in my adult life.  Emerging with a preference and appreciation for the natural beauty of my unprocessed hair. Note: Unprocessed does not mean unstyled, not coffied.

I do want us to be brutally honest with ourselves of our historical trajectory to processing/straighten our hair and/or bleaching our skin in the Americas. We have to consider that we as a people have always adorned ourselves.  We were the 1st to establish beauty culture and have and continue to set major trends in the Western Beauty and Fashion Industry. I just like to deal with root causes.  I say we should never forget Drs Mamie and Kenneth Clark #WhichDollWillYouChoose


Drs Mamie Kenneth Clark Doll Test

Let us be truthful with our Black selves and love our Black selves more.

I state what I state in Truth and Love.

Everything AIN’T for everyBody to Wear!!!


It’s that time of year when I must declare that everything AIN’T for everyBody to wear! If you know those shorts are in need of a resort don’t place your port (as in portly) into those sorts of clothing that is pinching, grabbing, wincing, and whining asking the Lawd for binding. If you are constantly pulling, pressing, and prospecting. . .the garment that you are donning is objecting!  Do know that you aren’t finding the type of attention that you want in fact you are blinding and it’s quite alarming!

Therefore, I request that you find clothing that you can fit properly “Ensure All Your Clothes Fit Perfectly“!

Here’s some tips from Women’s Day on fit!

Thank you!

Peace & Blessings!