As a follow up to ze Tacos, I also must point out zis wonderful selection zat ze Pyro places out for us when we ‘ave our communal meals.

'E knows something about presentation, which always leads me to believe zat 'e is smarter zan 'e…..


Pyro….I can feed myself……

I…Pyro…I can……


I take it back.

oh amy, i hear the song of your sadness. you’ve lost someone i think.

Christel Smallman is on Brooklyn Jubilee’s staff, and a key player in the success of our community meals. Here, in her debut blog post, she provides and engaging, honest and fun insight into how it is to participate in one.

You need no training to serve at a Community Meal, you just need to coordinate with Christel: 


we had a résumé building workshop and community meal tonight. all the food except for some pasta was retrieved from a dumpster. half a dozen kids came from the playground and a dozen other adults stopped by. I don’t know it was just amazing the kids stockpiled honey buns. a girl played football with them for an hour and a guy tried to teach them to juggle

Flatbush Community Meal

As part of the new Brooklyn Jubilee food and nutrition ministry we are hosting a Community Meal with Sustainable Flatbush on August 18th, and are looking for volunteers.  


Please note you do not have to complete a volunteer training session in order to volunteer for the nutrition ministry.


The Community Meal

Every Saturday at noon, Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church (the oldest in Brooklyn) serves a free meal to anyone in the community who is in need.

At the Community Meal on August 18th, approximately 100 people from all walks of life will sit around the table together, enjoying a healthy vegetarian, diabetic-friendly, West Indian-inspired meal that is without charge and features locally grown, seasonal produce.


Anyone who wants to know more about healthy cooking can join in the preparation before the meal, or take away recipes to prepare at home.  A wonderful Jamaican-born dietician we’ve been working will share her advice on eating healthier at home. And we’ll have Brooklyn Jubilee staff and volunteers on hand to talk to people about food stamps, the Flatbush Farm Share, Sustainable Flatbush, and how they might have better access to fresh food.


Volunteer Needs

We need volunteers for different jobs to make the event a success:


•  Prep Work: On Friday night, August 17th, veggies need to be chopped, washed, stored for cooking the next morning.  This will be held at the church around 7:30PM (approx. 2-3 hours)


•  Event Day Cooks and Service: We need lots of volunteers to help prepare and serve the meal and clean up, on Saturday the 18th approx. 9:30am until 1:30pm.  Those don’t all need to be the same people, and many hands make light work, so the more the merrier!



Brooklyn Jubilee will be hosting these meals every other month, so if volunteers are interested, but not available in August, we’ll be hosting another meal very soon. 


To volunteer for this event people should reply to me, Christel Smallman at


Thanks so much!


We had a master feast the final night of our stay with Jean, Lanny, Charlotte, and Lloyd! We cooked oysters rockefeller on the grill, had grilled veggies (portobella, eggplant, peppers, onion, zucchini), and toasted rolls.

It was so very delicious. We all sat around for a few hours enjoying warm sake, great food, and the amazing company. 

What a fabulous end to our incredible trip.

Thanks Jean, Lanny, Charlotte, and Lloyd for reminding us why we do this and how amazing our lifestyle is. We’ll never forget you and hope to meet up again soon!

On February 15th we had yet another great event!

We volunteered from11:30 to 3:30  with St Francis Xavier Welcome Table for their meal service slot. There was a total of 14 volunteers and we worked different aspects. From passing out meals, collecting dishes, washing dishes, guiding guests and clean up. We helped serve over 1100 meals and over 100 meals were given as takeaway to those in need after the event. It was a great event and in the group we had 7 return volunteers. Yay NYC Kitchenettes! Thank you guys for working so hard, esp on such a cold cold day!

POTS Lunch Service
March 21st 11:50- 4pm
Bronx, NY

To register please email me with your name, number and age at

Only 4 spots left!


SHARING CERAMICS - Congratulations to Kirsten Olson who worked as a curatorial graduate student assistant in the ethnology & history department. She was also an MFA student in the College of Liberal Arts at UAF. Her poster presentation at the annual AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) conference received the “People’s Choice” award.

My inspiration as a ceramic artist is strongly grounded in anthropology, particularly cultural customs, ceremonies and rituals, inspired by the cultures of the North. I create vessels that enable us to share in a nourishing and intimate interaction.  The universal nature of utilitarian ceramics is such that it creates opportunities to share thoughts and stories with others over communal meals or coffee with others.  My vessels contain the memories of the shared event as well as the concepts and cultural muses from the North.  Handmade pottery serves as a reminder of the time-honored rituals, processes, and objects that embellish and enrich our daily lives.

Kirsten was the Larus Prize winner at the 2014 Arctic Science Conference, which allowed her to present her work last week at the AAAS conference in San Jose, which would not have been possible without that funding and support.

"I think this speaks so highly of the quality of the MFA program and wonderful interdisciplinary cooperation happening at UAF," said Annie Duffy, a member of the art department faculty. "To be presenting art-focused work at a national science conference and receiving a top award is definitely worth noting."

At top is a photo of Kirsten and her poster, “Modern Utilitarian Cermic Interpretation of Traditional Northern Native Designs.” Her abstract can be found online. Thanks to UAF photographer JR Ancheta for the photos of Kirstin’s thesis defense at the UA Museum of the North.

It wasn’t a studio at all,” Oberst says of the villa-style hotel where he and a small collection of handpicked players spent six weeks in January and February of 2008. “It was up in the mountains above the town. We turned the biggest room into the studio, and then we all lived in the other ones and had a communal kitchen and shared meals together and hung out. We did a lot of the recording outside on the porch, and it really just is what it is. We didn’t put a lot of effort into manipulating the sounds. It was just capturing them as they happened. I was surprised, because when we got there, we were a little worried, because it’s not what people would recommend when they talk about recording. Drums and things tend to sound crazy in a room like that, and I mean crazy in a bad way. But it worked out good, because the tape machine compresses and dulls the sound, because it’s an older machine. If the sound started out bright, by the time they went through the mics and onto the tape, they were toned down and sounded warm and nice.

Conor Oberst discussing recording with the Mystic Valley Band. 

Read the full interview here. 

Care Plans, Bro

Since the whole ‘nurses don’t do care plans’ thing came up, I decided to Make A Post about it, because I’m bored and in bed by 20:30 and I still have the care plans I write in college because I am a Loser.

Our care plans involved: demographics (name/age/etc), admitting dx, full assessment, list of meds, stage of life (as per Erikson), labs, nursing diagnoses/interventions/expected outcomes, discharge planning, community resources needed (meals on wheels, vna, coumadin clinic, etc), discharge teaching, a nursing theory that we would use to provide that discharge teaching, and then we had to write a research paper 1-2 pages about a specific topic. Obviously as a nurse I do not write this research paper, and I don’t write out a full care plan each time, but I do have to write down/ use the computer about every other item on here (well, except maybe Erikson, but that’s usually used more for younger people as nearly all of mine are in the same stage of life….freakin’ old).

I always know name, age, most recent vitals, allergies, admitting diagnosis, medical/surgical histories, and code status before I even see the patient, baring an immediate emergency that day shift for some reason isn’t responding to (or, when on my 4th shift in a row and a patient I know very well is dead…). We luckily get most of this stuff on a rounds report printed out, but even if we didn’t, I would look it up. Important stuff (like one time my resident tried giving a patient morphine… who was allergic to morphine…. and pharmacy was just like “oh yeah we saw that, didn’t think it was anything serious”… it was). 

While getting report, I always write down their most recent lab values as well as any alarming ones from their stay, within reason. An elevated INR 3 weeks ago isn’t a big deal, as long as they’re stable today. During report, the offgoing nurse should tell you what is being done for the patient, a full assessment of the patient, any med changes, and what the discharge planning for that patient is. Even if the patient doesn’t have one yet, “case management is looking for placement”, or “patient is being conserved”- discharge planning. 

Next I write down all the meds that I will be giving the patient that night, and scan the list of meds they get on the other shifts. If I see that a patient is diabetic, I ask how long, because chances are a type II diabetic who is well controlled outside of the hospital doesn’t need me harping on about carbs while a newly diagnosed pasta addict needs lots of education. Anyone on coumadin, especially new afib-ers, need explanation and follow up about INRs and coumadin clinics and foods to avoid, shit like that. I don’t write it all out in a 7-page word document, but I do it.

I don’t research a nursing theory to base my shift off of, but I’d like to think that I know enough about health promotion, self care, etc etc that I can base my words and actions off a bunch of different theories. And when you know a patient that well, discharging them can actually be simple…. just know what you have to tell them, what to look for, when to come back, and they’ll be out of there lickety-split. Then write your discharge teaching nursing note.

The nursing diagnoses / interventions / outcomes is both part of our “care plan” tab on our assessment AND part of your nurse’s notes. If I have a high fall risk patient my nursing note ALWAYS includes the line “bed alarm on, safety maintained”. If I have a patient with COPD on oxygen that’s not their baseline, I ALWAYS write a note about titrating them down, stating what their pulse ox was and what happened when I turned it down, even if the note is “attempted to titrate off O2 and was unable because patient dropped to 87% on room air/ whatever I put them down to”. If your patient has an ulcer then you document wound care, skin care, turning and positioning- and if their skin is intact, you document that you turned them and cleaned them and sprayed barrier spray to KEEP IT that way.

You are doing care plans as a nurse. They’re just not as stupid and disconnected from your actual physical care as they used to be in nursing school (or how mine were anyway). I’m looking at one of the care plans I did during my first ever clinical rotation and, from the info, I can tell you exactly how I would have cared for this patient and what the doctors would/should have done for them. 

ALL FOODIES OF OXFORD! The Oxford Student Food Co-op is hosting a super fantabulous free veggie community meal (food+friends+dance what’s not to love?) cooked by a bunch of us and it will be great fun. More deets on the link in my bio!