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A Sunday in the Life of Professor Strain

The Strain family goes Christmas tree shopping.
November 23, 2016
By: Kayla Johnson
With five kids and two demanding careers, life moves fast during the week but Sundays are about family.- Jack Strain, Ph.D.

Jack Strain, Ph.D., leads a busy life – five kids, teaching at The University of Scranton and writing his books (he’s currently working on one). Whether he’s watching his students battle it out during a debate in Logical and Rhetorical Analysis, teaching how to pitch a product in his Art of the Pitch class, working on one of his several books or running errands with his wife and children, he’s on the go. This is why Dr. Strain believes (very strongly) in using Sundays to get some must needed rest, surrounded by his family.

Take a look at how Dr. Strain spends a typical Sunday at home: 

Rise and Shine

So, we get up around 8 or so and make a simple breakfast because my wife makes a huge delicious spread on Saturday mornings. Coffee is an absolute must, but not without some fresh bagels or doughnuts. I always like to take a look at the Sunday paper as well and catch up on my current events. 

No Days Off

Afterward, I try to work on some grading or work for an hour or two on my latest novel, Patton’s War, which I am trying to churn out before the summer comes. 

Football Fanatics

I am a big football fan, so during the fall and winter Sunday afternoons are devoted to watching my Philadelphia Eagles with my sons.  My wife, Julie, loves football too, but – sadly – is a huge Steelers fan.

Most Amazing Meal of the Day

Both my wife and I believe in a big traditional Sunday dinner with the whole family.  Luckily for the kids and me, Julie does most of the cooking.  She is an amazing cook, so Sunday dinners include big roasts, stews and even Turkey dinners that she decides to whip up as a special surprise for everyone.

Prepare for Monday
Nighttime is spent getting lunches made, kids squared away for school the next morning, then my wife and I like to chill out on the couch and watch an episode or two of whatever TV series we are powering through. This year we finished off “Homeland,” “Billions,” “House of Cards,” “The Americans” and now are working through “Shameless.”

Family Time

With five kids and two demanding careers, life moves fast during the week but Sundays are about family and making time so my wife and I can relax, recharge our batteries and make “us” time whenever possible.

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