Friday, December 25, 2009

JOY TO THE WORLD

At this time of the year, with pain in my heart and tears in my eyes at the loss of my best friend and soul companion, I reach out across the miles to greet all my blog readers. I promise to return in the new year with a vigor and the passion I once had. Now I wish to thank you for your support. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU ALL WELL.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

IN MEMORY OF THE GREATEST MAN IN MY LIFE

Papi, te quiero mucho. Solo yo y tu sabemos el amor que tuvimos uno por el otro. Descanse en paz, cielo. Te amo hoy mas que ayer, y menos que mañana.
YO PUEDO!!!! I CAN!!!!!
GONE TOO SOON..... NOVEMBER 14, 1955 - OCTOBER 18, 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009

VOCABULARY FOR OCT 18, 2009

Today's Word "collegial"
collegial \kuh-LEE-jee-uhl; -juhl\ (adjective) - 1 : Characterized by or having authority or responsibility shared equally by each of a group of colleagues. 2 : Characterized by equal sharing of authority especially by Roman Catholic bishops. 3 : Of or relating to a college or university; collegiate. 4 : Characterized by camaraderie among colleagues. "First he comes by here looking for you at lunchtime yesterday -- for a collegial chat, he told me -- and later he swings by to drop off Fawn." -- Stephen F. Wilcox, 'The Nimby Factor' Collegial comes from Medieval Latin collegialis, "of or relating to colleagues," from Latin collegium, "an association," from collega, "a colleague, one chosen with [col- for con-, 'with'] another, a partner in office," from con- + legare, "to send or choose as deputy," from lex, legis, "law."

Saturday, October 17, 2009

HORSE SEX, HAND GESTURES, EAR BUGS, SPITBALLS AND THE SPEEDWELL

How can you tell a horse's sex?
You can tell the sex of a horse by its teeth. Most males have 40, females have 36.

What hand gesture faux pas did Pres. Bush Sr. make in Australia?
After telling the press he was an expert in hand gestures, President George Bush gave the "V-for-Victory" sign as he drove in his armored limousine past demonstrators in Canberra, Australia's capital in January 1992. In Australia, holding up two fingers to form a "V" has the same vulgar meaning as the middle-finger gesture in the United States. The Aussie demonstrators were enraged, and they signaled in the same manner back at the U.S. President. Pres. Bush later apologized for his faux pas.

Will any bug pose a danger to your ear?
The Japanese beetle, found in the eastern United States and Canada, is the only bug in these countries to be concerned about if lodged in the ear, for it can chew through the eardrum in a matter of minutes. Other bugs can be removed without the same urgency.

When was the last spitball thrown?
Baseball's last legal spitball was thrown by Hall of Famer Burleigh Grimes for the New York Yankees in 1934. Although the pitch had been outlawed 14 years earlier, those already throwing it were permitted to continue.

What was the Mayflower's companion named?
The name of the Pilgrim's second ship that was to accompany the Mayflower to the New World was the Speedwell. It had to turn back because it wasn't seaworthy.

Friday, October 16, 2009

VOCABULARY FOR OCT 16, 2009

Today's Word "Tintinnabulation"
tintinnabulation \tin-tehn-ab-yu-LEY-shehn\ (noun) - The ringing or jingling sound of bells. "The tintinnabulous collectors for the Salvation Army have replaced tintinnabulating sleigh harness and the growing popularity of tintinnabulist concerts produces even more of this heart-lifting sound." Latin tintinnabulum "bell," from tintinnare "to ring, jingle" a reduplication of tinnire "ring, jingle." This remarkable word is both onomatopoetic (resembling the sound it refers to) and reduplicative (the syllable "tin-" is repeated).

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

VOCABULARY FOR OCT 13, 2009

Today's Word "jawboning"
jawboning \JAW-boh-ning\ (noun) - The use of public appeals (as by a president) to influence the actions especially of business and labor leaders; broadly : the use of spoken persuasion "The governor was reluctant to intervene directly in the strike, so he resorted to jawboning, urging both sides to return to the bargaining table with warnings and rhetoric." In the late 1800s, the noun "jawbone" meant "credit" ("his money's gone, so he lives on jawbone"). By the mid-1950s, people were writing about "jawbone control" (in reference to regulations intended to make people cautious), and by 1966 the verb "to jawbone" (meaning "to talk about to gain some end") was appearing regularly in the media. The noun "jawboning" made its print debut in 1969. All of these uses were likely influenced by the verb "jaw," which has long been used with the meanings "to talk" or "to scold."

Monday, October 12, 2009

VOCABULARY FOR OCT 12, 2009

Today's Word "robustious"
robustious \roh-BUHS-chuhs\ (adjective) - 1 : Boisterous; vigorous. 2 : Coarse; rough; crude. "O, it offends me t the soul to hear a robustious periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings, who for the most part are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb shows and noise." -- William Shakespeare, 'Hamlet' Robustious derives from Latin robustus, "oaken, hence strong, powerful, firm," from robur, "oak."

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fast-food ban unlikely to cut obesity

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (UPI) -- An ordinance to restrict fast-food chain restaurants in South Los Angeles is unlikely to cut obesity, officials of a non-profit research organization said. Researchers at Rand Health, part of the Rand Corp., found that the South Los Angeles region has no more fast-food chain establishments on a per capita basis than other parts of the city, but rather many more small food stores and other food outlets. The report, published online by the journal Health Affairs, said these small food stores and outlets are more likely to be the source of high-calorie snacks and soda consumed substantially more often by residents of South Los Angeles as compared to other parts of the city. "The Los Angeles ordinance may have been an important first by being concerned with health outcomes, but it is not the most promising approach to lowering the high rate of obesity in South Los Angeles," lead author Roland Sturm, a senior economist at Rand, a nonprofit research organization, said in a statement. "It does not address the main differences we see in the food environment between Los Angeles neighborhoods nor in the diet of residents."
Copyright 2009 by United Press International

IF YOU THINK ABOUT THIS, OUR FAST FOODS HERE IN BELIZE FOCUS ON CHINESE SELLING FRIED CHICKEN, OR THE LATINOS RESTAURANTS THAT SELL US TACOS, EMPANADES, GARNACHES, TOSTADOS, SALBUTES. ALL THESE FOODS ARE COOKED IN A LOT OF OIL. AND IF THE RESTAURANT IS BUYING CHEAP COOKING OIL, WHICH I THINK IS OBVIOUS, THEN WE ARE ALL HEADING FOR OBESITY. WATCH WHAT YOU ARE EATING. IT MAY BE SAVER TO EAT AT HOME. IT IS CERTAINLY CHEAPER.
Ms B

Monday, October 5, 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ZENI

HOPE YOUR DAY IS FILLED WITH ALL THAT YOU WANT IT TO HAVE. OF COURSE, THE BEST GIFT ISW BEING WITH YOUR WONDERFUL CHILDREN AND LOVE!!! SO, ONCE AGAIN, ZENI, HAVE A HAPPY BIRTHDAY. MAY GOD BLESS YOU NOW AND ALWAYS!!!
B

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Descubren 163 nuevas especies de plantas y animales en Asia

Expertos descubrieron 163 nuevas especies, incluida una rana con colmillos, en el área que cubre el río Mekong a su paso por el sudeste de Asia, informó en un comunicado, el Fondo Mundial para la Naturaleza (WWF, por sus siglas en inglés).

La "Limnonecter megastomias", una rana con colmillos, es una de las especies descubiertas por los científicos, la cual se alimenta de pájaros e insectos y utiliza sus dos pequeños colmillos como armas durante los combates contra otros machos durante la época de apareamiento.

"Estas especies han estado ocultas durante milenios, pero ahora las estamos sacando a la luz y, evidentemente, todavía hay muchas más por descubrir" , indicó el director del Programa "Gran Mekong" de WWF, Stuart Chapman.

Alertó que si bien los efectos del cambio climático, "como sequías e inundaciones", amenazan seriamente la supervivencia de muchas especies "algunas podrán adaptarse al nuevo clima, pero otras no, lo que puede dar lugar a un proceso masivo de extinción, ya que el calentamiento global reducirá el escaso hábitat de estos animales", explicó

Saturday, September 26, 2009

PAST DIRECTOR NOW LADY IN WHITE WITH THE HEART OF A TEMAZCALIST





As I move on into the new dawn of my life, I am filled with happiness that I continue to do good for the people around me. My clients leave happy and many return for treatment at my spa in Corozal and Chetumal. Needless to say we may not always choose our destiny but if we can enjoy where it leads us then life is worth living. I AM HAVING A GREAT TIME DOING WHAT I ENJOY DOING AND BEING MY OWN BOSS!!! THAT is the best part of this whole new adventure set in time. To those who helped to lead me there, much thanks. You can never keep a GREAT WOMAN DOWN, and I dear "friends" I am ONE OF THE GREATEST WOMEN YOU WILL EVER KNOW!!!!






Wednesday, September 23, 2009

FACTS WE CAN ALL LEARN FROM

How dangerous are piranha?
A single piranha, with its razor-sharp teeth, is still dangerous enough when out of water to rip off the flesh, or a finger or toe, from an unwary fisherman.

Which human hair grows fastest?
Beards are the fastest growing hairs on the human body. If the average man never trimmed his beard, it would grow to nearly 30 feet long in his lifetime.

Who was first to high five?
According to one source, the Los Angeles Dodgers coined the term "high five." Outfielder Glenn Burke is credited with originating it in 1977.


Which language has the longest alphabet?
The longest alphabet is Cambodian. It has 74 letters compared with the 26 in English.


Are Australian barflies fond of horses?
In the state of Queensland, Australia, it is still constitutional law that all pubs (hotel/bar) must have a railing outside for patrons to tie up their horse.

Monday, September 21, 2009

BELIZE AT 28

Happy Independence to all Belieans at home and abroad. Today Belize is 28 years old. To get to this day we, as a nation, have had to do many things and have had to endure many more. BUT WE ARE A STRONG PEOPLE. OUR DESTINY IS SURE. WE ARE THE MAKERS AND THE DESIGNERS OF BELIZE. As we move forward to yet another year in the life of this young nation, let us look back at the past, at the mistakes we have made. Hopefully we can learn from them. Hopefully we can BUILD A NEW BELIZE. Hopefully we can recover that which we seek... economic stability, happiness and peace. ( These are just a few because each and every person may have more things which they seek todaqy in Belize). Let us accept that we can MOVE with the flow. Let us go out and WORK for a better life for ourselves, our children and grandchildren. Let us not wait for tomorrow, for tomorrow, my friends NEVER COME!!!

REMEMBER:
The ROAD we seek is there IF WE WANT TO FIND IT. (Brenda A. Ysaguirre)

Once again, HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY. LONG LIVE BELIZE. HIP HIP HURRAY!!!
Love always, Ms B

Sunday, September 20, 2009

THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY!!!

It is now 1:45 am on a really nice and cool Sunday morning. It is the day before INDEPENDENCE DAY IN BELIZE!!!!

AND WE GONNA PARTY!!!

Tomorrow is Carnaval in Corozal Town. I think I will have to try and stay back and take some much needed pictures. Hope the weather will be great. It rained yesterday in Chetumal, big time!!!

So, happy Carnaval Day, Corozal!!!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

VOCABULARY FOR Sept 19, 2009

Today's Word "nostrum"
nostrum \NOS-truhm\ (noun) - 1 : A medicine of secret composition and unproven or dubious effectiveness; a quack medicine. 2 : A usually questionable remedy or scheme; a cure-all. "He's carrying on his father's trade, for what he has just dispensed to us is very like a nostrum." -- Honoré de Balzac, 'Lost Illusions' Nostrum comes from Latin nostrum (remedium), "our (remedy)," from nos, "we."

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A MESSAGE TO STUDENTS AS THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR GETS UNDERWAY

Most of you have now been back at school for two weeks and by now are settling in to the new school year, new teachers, new subjects and new friends. ALL NEW!!! Wow!! What an exceptional year it can turn out to be. Yes, I said IT CAN TURN OUT TO BE. Why did Ms. B say that you may be wondering. Well, as time and space has shown us over the years people are prone to doing things and saying things that can affect their lives even though they are not sure at the moment it occurs why it did. What is my point then? What am I writing about today? TODAY IS SPECIAL. TODAY IT THE DAY YOU WILL SET NEW GOALS. TODAY IS THE DAY YOU WILL LISTEN TO YOUR TEACHERS. TODAY IS THE BEGINNING OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. TODAY YOU WILL MAKE THE CHOICE OR CHOICES THAT WILL AFFECT YOU FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. Now that is a big step. That is the big FOOT FORWARD!!! So, are you ready to make that POSITIVE step in the RIGHT DIRECTION. THINK: EDUCATION IS THE KEY THAT WILL OPEN EVERY DOOR FOR ME!!!
WELCOME TO THE 2008 – 2009 SCHOOL YEAR!!! WELCOME TO LEARNING. WELCOME TO ALL STUDENTS AND TEACHERS OF THIS BEAUTIFUL WORLD. TO THOSE OF YOU WHOM I HAVE TAUGHT, I WISH YOU WELL THIS YEAR. TO THOSE OF YOU I KNOW BUT DID NOT HAVE THE PLAESURE OF TEACHING I WISH YOU THE SAME: HAVE A GREAT TIME IN SCHOOL. TO THOSE OF YOU I DO NOT KNOW BUT WHO SEEK KNOWLEDGE: GO FOR IT OPEN MINDED AND OPEN HEARTED. HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOMS.

Man´s desire for success must not come at the price of failure but at the glory of knowledge!!! (Brenda A. Ysaguirre)

Monday, August 31, 2009

VOCABULARY FOR AUG 31, 2009

Today's Word "reticent"
reticent \RET-ih-suhnt\ (adjective) - 1 : Inclined to keep silent; reserved; uncommunicative. 2 : Restrained or reserved in style. 3 : Reluctant; unwilling. "But poor Harry little knew the difficulty of reticence when the heart is full. He had intended to be very reticent when he came up to London..." -- Anthony Trollope, 'Mr. Scarborough's Family' Reticent comes from the present participle of Latin reticere, "to keep silent," from re- + tacere, "to be silent."

Sunday, August 30, 2009

GRAND PREHISPANIC COCOON, COROZAL SPA PROMOTION






ATTENTION ALL TEACHERS AND STUDENTS OF CCC AND CJC


BRENDA´S RECREATIONAL CLUB OUR BRANCH OF PREHISPANICO IS PLEASE TO OFFER ALL STUDENTS AND TEACHERS OF CCC AND CJC A SPECIAL DISCOUNT ON MASSAGES FROM TODAY UNTIL THE END OF SEPTEMBER, 2009. EVERYDAY AND ANYTIME!!! YOU CAN GET $10.00 OFF OUR MASSAGES. THIS IS A PROMOTION YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO MISS!!!


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Saturday, August 29, 2009

HOMER, THE POET

(Dates of birth and death unknown)
Very little is known about Homer, save for the fact that he was blind and is believed to have been born in what is now western Turkey. His name is Greek for "hostage," which may mean he was descended from prisoners of war. He is best known for his epic poems "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey," which may have been told on the spur of the moment from fragments of pre-existing stories. He is believed to have had many students and disciples who, while very few are known by name, became poets in their own rights after his death.

Friday, August 28, 2009

GRAND SEPTEMBER PROMOTION FROM MS B AND PREHISPANIC COCOON, COROZAL




ATTENTION ALL TEACHERS AND STUDENTS OF CCC AND CJC

BRENDA´S RECREATIONAL CLUB OUR BRANCH OF PREHISPANICO IS PLEASE TO OFFER ALL STUDENTS AND TEACHERS OF CCC AND CJC A SPECIAL DISCOUNT ON MASSAGES FROM TODAY UNTIL THE END OF SEPTEMBER, 2009. EVERYDAY AND ANYTIME!!! YOU CAN GET $10.00 OFF OUR MASSAGES. THIS IS A PROMOTION YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO MISS!!!

CALL TODAY TO MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT. WE ARE OPENED FROM 8AM TO 6PM MONDAYS TO WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS TO SUNDAYS!!
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Thursday, August 27, 2009

VOCABULARY FOR AUG 27, 2009

Today's Word "proclivity"
proclivity \pro-KLIV-uh-tee\ (noun) - A natural inclination; predisposition. "Nothing has emerged, except a marked proclivity for the gibbet; for he took great delight in stringing up renegade Frenchmen whom he surprised in the ranks of the English or caught in towns which showed signs of disloyalty to the King." Proclivity comes from Latin proclivitas, from proclivis, "inclined," from pro-, "forward" + clivus, "a slope."

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

VOCABULARY FOR AUG 26, 2009

Today's Word "titivate"
titivate \TIT-uh-vayt\ (transitive and intransitive verb) - To smarten up; to spruce up. "I decided tonight it was time to put away all the black mourning clothes, cut my hair, and titivate myself a bit, as Blackie so aptly calls it." -- Barbara Taylor Bradford, 'Emma's Secret' Titivate is perhaps from tidy + the quasi-Latin ending -vate. When the word originally came into the language, it was written tidivate or tiddivate. The noun form is titivation.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

VOCABULARY FOR AUG 25, 2009

Today's Word "lexicography"
lexicography \lek-suh-KAH-gruh-fee\ (noun) - 1 : The writing or compiling of dictionaries; the editing or making of dictionaries. 2 : The principles and practices applied to writing dictionaries. "I am of course stopping short still of the needs of practical lexicography in one conspicuous respect : I am attending only to the cognitive side..." -- W.V. Quine, 'Theories and Things' Lexicography is derived from the Greek lexicon (biblion), a word- or phrase-book (from lexis, a phrase, a word) + graphein, to write. A lexicographer (thought to be formed on the pattern of geographer) is a compiler or writer of a dictionary -- as defined by Samuel Johnson in his own Dictionary of the English Language, "a writer of dictionaries, a harmless drudge."

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

GRAND PREHISPANIC, COROZAL SPA PROMOTION




ATTENTION ALL TEACHERS AND STUDENTS OF CCC AND CJC


BRENDA´S RECREATIONAL CLUB OUR BRANCH OF PREHISPANICO IS PLEASE TO OFFER ALL STUDENTS AND TEACHERS OF CCC AND CJC A SPECIAL DISCOUNT ON MASSAGES FROM TODAY UNTIL THE END OF SEPTEMBER, 2009. EVERYDAY AND ANYTIME!!! YOU CAN GET $10.00 OFF OUR MASSAGES. THIS IS A PROMOTION YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO MISS!!!


CALL TODAY TO MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT. WE ARE OPENED FROM 8AM TO 8PM MONDAYS TO WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS TO SUNDAYS!!


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Monday, August 17, 2009

VOCABULARY FOR AUG 17, 2009

Today's Word
"Unique"
unique \yu-NEEK\ (adjective) - Sole, one of a kind, without equal or match. "Going out with Mary Ellen to the county sausage-eating contest was an almost unique experience in my life." Today's word comes to us, as so many others, from Latin "unicus" via Old French. The underlying root is oi-no- from which English "one" is derived and the reason the article "a" sometimes has an [n] in it (an apple), is that it was originally "one" before all nouns. The Latin variant un-us "one" appears in "union," "unite," "unit," "unanimous," "unicorn," and "universe." People often complain about the (mis)use of this word in the comparative (more unique, most unique). Many dictionaries claim that this reflects a new meaning of the word: "rare, unusual." In fact, the confusion is produced by a peculiarity of the comparative degree of adjectives with a fixed, absolute sense like "unique." Comparison is allowed with these adjectives but the meaning is "more nearly X" ("more nearly unique") and not simply "more X." Notice this is what "more infinite," "more absent," even "fuller" mean. "Fuller" doesn't mean "more than full" but "more nearly full." So, "unique" has not taken on a new meaning; the comparative has, offering a different interpretation for absolute adjectives.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

STILL IN MY HEART

As many of you prepare for the new school year, I take this time to write once more to encourage each student and teacher to come openheartedly, poen mindedly and eagerly to learn, to teach and to be together. Once again I cannot stop saying how much your school years are the best years of your lives, students. Ask any person who is nolonger a student. They crave those days now they are gone forever. And another thing. Stop waiting for tomorrow for the good grades. They will reflex sooner or later when you need that really good job that everyone is aiming for. So, start today to work hard. Do assignments on time and study hard for quizzes, tests and examinations. Do today what will bring you success tomorrow.

I love you all. I miss you all. I am with you always. In your actions, you r thoughts and your happiness. I am in your classroom in the spirit. I am after all the white witch of 139 and I see all, hear all and feel all. Just like I did last year!!! Times have changed and things have happened but LOVE and my BEST WISHES for you all will never change.

God Bless you all.
Yours always, Ms B

Saturday, August 15, 2009

VOCABULARY FOR AUG 15, 2009

Today's Word "Crabwise"
crabwise \KRAB-wyz\ (adjective) - 1 : Sideways. 2 : In a cautious or roundabout manner. "Always cautious and slow to move in new directions, Esther's company was moving crabwise towards modernity." From the sideways movement of crabs.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

VOCABULARY FOR JULY 30, 2009

Today's Word "multifarious"
multifarious \muhl-tuh-FAIR-ee-uhs\ (adjective) - Having great diversity or variety; of various kinds; diversified. "Others will follow, others will outstrip me on the same lines; and I hazard the guess that man will be ultimately known for a mere polity of multifarious, incongrous and independent denizens." -- Robert Louis Stevenson, 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' Multifarious derives from Latin multifariam, "on many sides; in many places."

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Here, Here! 13 Years Of Perfect Attendance

Dear CCC ACE, CJC ACE Students, and all my readers out there,
Wish you all could have perfect attendance for at least one year!!! haha. Read this article and see how a student proves she is committed to her education! Have a great day.


Md. Senior a Get-Up-and-Go Teen
By Daniel de Vise
Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Cal Ripken, Iron Man of the Baltimore Orioles, played in 2,632 consecutive baseball games.

Stefanie Zaner, Iron Kid of Darnestown, is closing in on her 2,340th straight day of public school.
The 18-year-old is unlikely to get the standing ovation afforded Ripken for his streak when she arrives at Northwest High School on Friday for the last day of senior classes in Montgomery County.
But hers is a rare accomplishment. Not once in 13 years was Stefanie marked absent: not for a cold, a family vacation, a college visit or a senior skip day. She once went on a freshman trip to Shanghai with the school marching band and boarded the plane with her clarinet only after securing written assurance from the principal that the trip would not count as an absence. She has never broken a bone, thrown up or caught the flu or even a bad cough, she said.
"There were days in high school when I thought she was too tired to get up," said Debbie Zaner, Stefanie's mother. "But by high school, it was up to her. It wasn't up to me."
Perfect attendance for even one year is an elusive goal. Schools are germ factories. Kids play hooky. Families travel. Religious holidays sometimes require attendance elsewhere. Even conscientious students take the occasional personal day to prepare for a test or catch up on homework.
An informal survey of 20 local school systems turned up just one other graduating senior with perfect attendance since kindergarten (officially, 180 days a year, for 13 years, although the exact annual total hinges on snow days): Kristen Waddle, 18, of Brentsville District High School in Prince William County. A third student, Austin White of Mountain View High School in Stafford County, hasn't missed a day since first grade. There might be others.
Kristen's attendance effort in elementary school was nothing short of heroic: She showed up every day despite moving twice and changing schools three times. Staying home was boring -- or so she heard from her brother. There was a no-TV rule, strictly enforced.
"We could sit in our room and read. That was it," she said.
The Prince William senior remembers nearly ending her streak once or twice in high school from sheer exhaustion. An after-school job kept her out until 10 some nights.
"I have these days where I'm like, 'I do not want to be here,' " she said. "I'm just the kid who shows up on those days."
Austin, 18, thinks he knows the moment he decided nothing would keep him from school. It was about fifth grade, the night before a standardized test. "I was puking buckets, and my Mom asked, 'Do you want to stay home?' And I said, 'No, I've got to go to school, I've got to take the test.' "
To keep the streak alive, the Stafford teenager has passed up national baseball tournaments. Even an ankle sprain sophomore year, he said, "wasn't a good-enough reason to stay home."
Stefanie, like Kristen and Austin, didn't enter kindergarten intent on never missing school. The goal crept up on her. Her principal at Darnestown Elementary School, Larry Chep, gave out annual awards for perfect attendance. She won a couple, then found she "really liked being recognized for something." By the end of fifth grade, when Chep recognized her for six consecutive years without absence, Stefanie stood alone.
Chep remembers her as "one of those kids you want in your school." Stefanie returns to Darnestown Elementary each spring to help her fourth-grade teacher take down her classroom and organize her closet.
Iron Man Cal earned his nickname by playing through injury. So did Stefanie, in a way, coming to school sick or, more often, dead tired. She's never had a serious illness or a high fever, she said, a claim to which friends and teachers attest. If anything, sniffly classmates fretted about making her sick. Austin and Kristen, too, are preternaturally healthy.
Stefanie will attend the University of Maryland in its honors program. She wants to be a doctor. She is a straight-A student.
"That's since third grade," her mother said in the family kitchen.
"Since fourth grade," Stefanie interjected.
And just what sort of person earns straight A's for 10 years -- make that nine -- without missing a day of school? A perfectionist. A worrier. An overachiever. Stefanie is all of those, by her own account.
The quest for perfection begat hardship and regret. "I didn't get to do any senior skip days," Stefanie said. "I didn't get to do any college visits."
The past two years "have probably been the most stressful years of my life," she said. It wasn't just the homework, the strain of taking multivariable calculus and studying for Advanced Placement tests. It was the mounting pressure to stay perfect, to get to school every day, to earn only A's.
"There were times I felt completely overwhelmed and thought I was never going to be able to maintain this image that everyone had of me," she said.
Stefanie came to school early many mornings and visited the classroom of Carolyn Diggs, her sophomore math teacher, who became her confidante. She would vent to Diggs when things weren't perfect. The teacher helped her learn to lose a few battles and focus on winning the war.
"Nothing less than 100 percent is good enough for her," Diggs said.
Stefanie seems to draw her motivation from within, although her mother is a former PTA president known for working through daily task lists. Debbie and Rob Zaner, a dentist, recall leaning more on Stefanie's older brother, Jordan.
"Jordan would say, 'If I get the B, I'm happy,' " Rob Zaner recalled. "Stef would say, 'If I don't get the A, my life is coming to an end.' "
Stefanie's friends like her partly for her imperfections, such as her weakness for bling and propensity to show up at tennis practice "diva'd out," in the words of longtime friend Chelsea Hoggle, 17.
Chelsea also recalls the hours Stefanie toiled last year creating photo albums for friends as graduation gifts and the many lunch periods her friend spent visiting teachers and tutoring classmates.
"She doesn't do things halfway," Chelsea said.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Teen alcohol poisoning in Germany doubled

HAMBURG, Germany (UPI) -- The number of adolescents in Germany admitted to the hospital for alcohol poisoning has more than doubled since 2000, researchers said. Reports by the German Federal Commissioner for Narcotic Drugs said the number of adolescents treated in the hospital for alcohol poisoning went from 9,500 in 2000 to 23,165 in 2007. About 3,800 of these alcohol poisoning patients were ages 10-15, the study said. Martin Stolle and colleagues of the German Center for Addiction Research in Childhood and Adolescence in Hamburg said that the main reason for the increase was the number of intoxicated teen girls. Teenagers who start drinking alcohol regularly before the age of 15 have a four-fold increased risk of becoming alcohol dependent, the researchers said. The findings were published in the current edition of Deutsches Arzteblatt International.
Copyright 2009 by United Press International

Saturday, June 27, 2009

VOCABULARY FOR JUNE 27, 2009

Today's Word "excoriate"
excoriate \ek-SKOR-ee-ayt\ (transitive verb) - 1 : To express strong disapproval of; to denounce. 2 : To tear or wear off the skin of. "Besides which there stirred not the least breath of wind, and flies and gadflies did swarm in prodigious quantity, which, settling upon her excoriate flesh, stung her so shrewdly that 'twas as if she received so many stabs with a javelin, and she was ever restlessly feeling her sores with her hands, and cursing herself, her life, her lover, and the scholar." -- Giovanni Boccaccio, 'The Decameron' Excoriate comes from Late Latin excoriatus, past participle of excoriare, "to take the skin or hide off, to flay (literally or figuratively)," from Latin ex-, "off" + corium, "skin, hide."

Monday, June 15, 2009

CONGRATULATIONS.. but did you remember...?

Once again it was graduation time and once again proud parents and friends flocked the location to witness the graduation ceremonies. All was as always... well not really but we won´t go there, not now.

I wish to congratulate all the graduates of CCC ACE and CJC ACE. You did not surprise me in the least. You did exactly what I expected of you. Nothing more, nothing less.

Have a great life. Have a great time changing your lives. Go forth and be ambitious. Just don´t forget RESPECT, HONOUR, DIGNITY, LOVE, HOPE, JOY, KINDNESS AND GRATITUDE. Many Belizeans today seem to have forgotten what all these words are about. Try hard to not be a statistic. Be different. Make changes in your country and your lives. Never look back if it is not for something worth while or someone, for that matter. Many of you forgot something every important on graduation day and on the days leading to graduation. It made me sad but I guess we can only teach you so much and learning everything is not in your hearts YET. Hopefully one day you will remember and correct that which you let go off so quickly. And if you never do, well then one less thing will have been achieved on that great day, your graduation and what it stood for. If you read this you may not even realize what I am talking about. I will leave it up to you to seek out and find that which is lost.

Good luck,
Ms B

Thursday, June 11, 2009

WHAT ARE THE TRUE MEANING OF SOME WORDS? PART III

LOVE AND MUSIC: THEY GO TOGETHER AND MY ONE TRUE LOVE AND I. DOES IT FEEL THE SAME WAY TO YOU?

RESPECT: ALL THOSE WHO DO RIGHT OR HELP THOSE IN NEED SHOULD RECIEVE YOUR RESPECT. NOTE, TODAY IT IA HARD TO FIND RESPECT IN OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. PLEASE LISTEN TO ME AND LEARN TO BE RESPECTFUL. IT WILL OPEN MANY DOORS FOR YOU!!

COMPASSION: SOMEWHERE, SOMEHOW THERE IS SOMEONE WAITING FOR US TO BE COMPASSIONATE. IT IS HOW LIFE IS.



Tuesday, June 9, 2009

WHAT ARE THE TRUE MEANING OF SOME WORDS?

DEPARTURE - A LOST HEART, A LOST FATHER, A LOST NEVER TO BE RETURNED
SORROW: A FEELING OF LOST WHEN SOMEONE LEAVES YOU BEHIND TO FACE A NEW CHALLENGE YOU KNOW THEY WOULD LOVE TO SHARE

LOVE: NO MATTER THE OBSTACLE OR THE DIFFERENCE, THE HEART KNOWS WHAT IT FEELS AND HOW IT FEELS AND THAT HAPPINESS IS CALLED LOVE
KEEP ON READING THIS BLOG AS THERE ARE MORE IMPORTANT WORDS TO COME IN THE FOLLOWING DAYS


Monday, June 8, 2009

GRAMMAR can be fun too!!!!

Use 'Fewer' Where It Counts
Q. More and more I hear the improper use of the word "less." I was taught that "fewer" is the word to use when referring to things that can be counted, however I rarely hear it anymore. Has this word fallen out of vogue and been replaced with "less" as a one-word-fits-all situation? -- Beulah Dillon, Black River, N.Y. A. I hereby nominate you for membership in SpuDBuFL -- the Society for the Preservation of the Distinction Between Fewer and Less. SPuDBuFL was founded by my seventh-grade English teacher, Emily Morris, who now lives in Saginaw, Mich., and reads this column regularly. (Hi, Mrs. Morris! I'm almost done with that extra-credit book report I promised you back in 1961.) The rule for "fewer" and "less" remains firm: "Fewer" should be used with countable items, e.g. "fewer people," "fewer ideas," "10 items or fewer." "Less" should be used with nouns that typically refer to a mass instead of an individual item, e.g. "less luggage," "less honesty," "less money." As with most rules, there are exceptions. "Less than," not "fewer than," is used before a plural noun denoting a measure of time, amount or distance ("less than five minutes," "less than $800," "less than 20 miles"). And "less" can be used with count nouns in the expressions "no less than, "or less" and "one less" ("no less than 100 people," "25 words or less," "one less problem to worry about"). The most common mistake is using "fewer" for "less" ("less people," "less ideas," "10 items or less"). When tempted to do this, pull the SpuDBuFL membership card from your wallet, and read the slogan Mrs. Morris taught me: "Use 'fewer' where it counts." Q. My daughter received this question from her teacher: "How does reading an eyewitness account of an historical event enrich your understanding?" Should it be "a historical event"? -- Jan, Windsor, Conn. A. Traditionally, grammarians have decreed that "a" should be used before words starting with "h" if the "h" is pronounced. So it would be "a house" and "a historical event," but "an hour" and "an honor." But when the accent falls on the second syllable, the "h" is barely pronounced. So reputable authorities -- even the redoubtable Mrs. Morris -- now accept the use of "an" before such words, as in "an historical event" "an habitual offender," "an homogenized mixture." It simply sounds more natural. ======== Rob Kyff, a teacher and writer in West Hartford, Conn., invites your language sightings. Send your reports of misuse and abuse, as well as examples of good writing, via e-mail to Wordguy@aol.com or by regular mail to Rob Kyff, Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Suite 700, Los Angeles, CA 90045. To find out more about Rob Kyff and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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Sunday, June 7, 2009

VOCABULARY FOR JUNE 7, 2009

Today's Word "concupiscence"
concupiscence \kon-KYOO-puh-suhn(t)s; kuhn-\ (noun) - Strong desire, especially sexual desire; lust. "Now, to speak of the first desire, that is, concupiscence, accordint to the law for our sexual parts, which were lawfully made and by rightful word of God; I say, for as much as man is not obedient to God, Who is his Lord, therefore is the flesh disobedient to Him, through concupiscence, wich is also called the nourishing of and the reason for sin." -- Geoffrey Chaucer, 'The Canterbury Tales' Concupiscence is from Late Latin concupiscentia, from the present participle of Latin concupiscere, "to desire eagerly," from com-, intensive prefix + cupere, "to desire." The adjective form is concupiscent. The name of the ancient Roman god of love, Cupid, comes from the same root.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

VOCABULARY FOR JUNE 6, 2009

Today's Word "concupiscence"
concupiscence \kon-KYOO-puh-suhn(t)s; kuhn-\ (noun) - Strong desire, especially sexual desire; lust. "Now, to speak of the first desire, that is, concupiscence, accordint to the law for our sexual parts, which were lawfully made and by rightful word of God; I say, for as much as man is not obedient to God, Who is his Lord, therefore is the flesh disobedient to Him, through concupiscence, wich is also called the nourishing of and the reason for sin." -- Geoffrey Chaucer, 'The Canterbury Tales' Concupiscence is from Late Latin concupiscentia, from the present participle of Latin concupiscere, "to desire eagerly," from com-, intensive prefix + cupere, "to desire." The adjective form is concupiscent. The name of the ancient Roman god of love, Cupid, comes from the same root.

Friday, June 5, 2009

AS I GO INTO THE TWILIGHT



(This Poem is dedicated to all the students of CCC ACE and CJC ACE)


As I enter into the twilight,

In a zone that is unknown,

My thoughts are of all the people I leave behind,

Of all the friends with whom I have grown.


I have shed many tears over the days,

And twisted and turned in my sleep,

For you all were everything in many ways,

And now the hurt is really deep.


But life is but a day to day reality,

And dreams are born and some do die,

So while we sometimes hide from sincerity,

The love I have for all of you, I cannot lie.


So I enter into the twilight,

Into the zone of no return,

Knowing that even when you´re out of sight,

From me you still have a lot to learn.


So will you come with me?

As I move away from where I use to be,

Will you remember all I said and did,

Or will you close the door and cover it like a jar with a lid?


For I´m going into the twilight,

Where only a few dare to go,

And when morning comes after the night,

I will be there no more.


Farewell, my children, my life,

You must go on without me,

For I´ve gone into the twilight,

Into that place which sets me free.


Brenda Aurora Ysaguirre

Copyright 2009 Brenda Ysaguirre

Thursday, June 4, 2009

VOCABULARY FOR JUNE 4, 2009

Today's Word "precocious"
precocious \pri-KOH-shus\ (adjective) - 1 : Characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development or maturity (especially in mental aptitude); as, "a precocious child"; "a precocious achievement." 2 : (Botany) Flowering or fruiting early. "Henry was precocious. His parents had great hopes for their offspring, and Henry, because he was so bright, seemed set apart for great things." -- Mary V. Dearborn, 'The Happiest Man Alive' Precocious is from Latin praecox, praecocis, ripe before the time, premature, cooked beforehand, from praecoquo, praecoquere, to cook in advance, from prae-, before + coquo, coquere, to cook, to ripen.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

GREETINGS TO A FINE GROUP OF YOUNG PEOPLE

As you near the end of your schooling at CCC ACE, it is time to look back and see where you have gone and where you want to go. Many will be the changes in your life and many will be the joys and sorrow, the ups and downs. I pray that you are blessed with all that is good and that the world recieves you with open arms.

Just remember one thing I WILL LOVE YOU ALWAYS.

Ms B
Gone but not forgotten

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

AS I CLOSE A CHAPTER

Dearest Students,
As I close a chapter in my life, I look back at the many things we have done together. We have laughed, we have joked, we have worked and most importantly we have loved.

All I want to say to you tonight, or this morning, as it is now a quarter to two, is that you have been the world to me. You have each filled a space in my heart and in my soul. All my tomorrows will have meaning because you have shared my todays.

I may have been many things: a mother, a friend, a teacher, a dramatist, a comedian, a director and a mentor. God has been good. He has taken me to places and I have seen many great things come from my sincerity and my kindness. I thank you for sharing my life, my joys and my sorrows. I now invite you to share my tomorrows.

As I fade into the twilight, I take with me your life, your friendship, your joys and your sorrows. Even though we will be apart, I take you in my heart. Study and be all that you can be. Smile and remember: you are the ruler of your destiny. NO ONE CAN TAKE THAT AWAY FROM YOU. You have the power to make things happen. Take my love with you and let it grow. Take my friendship and let it shine. Many will try to tarnish and darken my name and many have been the reason of this separation from the best thing that had ever happened to me - my opportunity of sharing your lives. To them we say: YOU CAN´T STOP THIS! LA LUCHA SIGUE!

My house is open at all times for you and you families. Come see me sometimes.
Love always,
Ms. B

Sunday, May 3, 2009

healthy living begins with knowledge of what is healthy

EAT LOTS OF SWEET POTATOES
It's been said that God first separated the salt water from the fresh, made dry land, planted a garden, made animals and fish... All before making a human. He made and provided what we'd need before we were born. These are best & more powerful when eaten raw. We're such slow learners... God left us a great clue as to what foods help what part of our body! God's Pharmacy! Amazing! A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye... And YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes. A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food. Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food. A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function. Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys. Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body. Avocadoes, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit.. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them). Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility. Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics. Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts. Onions look like the body's cells. Today's research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes. A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.

Friday, May 1, 2009

NEW FOR BELIZE IN SPANISH ( For 3rd Yrs so they can practice their Spanish for the CSEC exam)

NOTICIAS DESTACADAS EN BELICE
Jueves, 30 de abril de 2009.

Influenza porcina. Después de que la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) elevó el nivel de alerta de pandemia de 4 a 5, el gobierno de Belice ordenó la suspensión de todos los eventos públicos hasta nuevo aviso, entre ellos la Feria de Agricultura y Comercio de Belice 2009. Informó que no existen casos confirmados en Belice, pero muestras de 4 casos de interés fueron enviados a Trinidad y Tobago para realizar pruebas, al tiempo que comenzó a funcionar el número telefónico de información (hot line). No se permitirá que personas enfermas desciendan de los cruceros en Belice. Por otro lado, descartó el cierre de las fronteras en razón de que no ha sido recomendado por las normas internacionales de salud. Algunos beliceños han comenzado a hacer compras de pánico o a adquirir artículos sanitarios. Continúa el monitoreo en la frontera con México y las escuelas en el norte reforzaron sus medidas de vigilancia.

El Salvador. Ayer, el presidente saliente de El Salvador, Elías Antonio Saca, realizó una breve visita a Belice, como parte de su gira por países centroamericanos con el fin de despedirse de su cargo como mandatario de ese país. Saca recibió la orden de Belice de manos del Primer Ministro Dean Barrow. A su vez, el mandatario salvadoreño confirió al PM Barrow la Orden Nacional de José Matías Delgado.

Ex Primer Ministro. Ayer concluyó la etapa de argumentos en el caso del recurso judicial promovido por el ex Primer Ministro Said Musa contra la decisión de un magistrado de ser sometido a juicio por robo de US$10 millones donados por Venezuela a Belice. El abogado de Musa aseguró que no hay evidencia suficiente, el tipo penal no es aplicable a este caso y las pruebas ofrecidas por la fiscal no son adecuadas.

Policía. El Sindicato de Trabajadores del Estado (PSU) criticó la forma como se han realizado los nuevos nombramientos y los ascensos de altos oficiales de la Policía, debido a que son contrarios a la ley; sin embargo, no objeta a las personas que han sido designadas. Hoy, el comisionado de la Policía, Gerald Westby, entregará el mando al nuevo comisionado Crispin Jeffries.

Inflación. De acuerdo con el Instituto de Estadística de Belice (SIB), la inflación anual para alimentos y bebidas alcanzó cerca del 12% en febrero de 2009.

Petróleo. Después de los mutuos señalamientos entre el PM Dean Barrow y el Instituto Sarstoon Temash de Administración Indígena (SATIIM) sobre el permiso otorgado por el gobierno de Belice a la empresa petrolera US Capital Energy para conducir una prueba sísmica en el parque nacional Sarstoon Temash, representantes del SATIIM aclararon su deseo de alcanzar un acuerdo con el gobierno. Respecto a las reivindicaciones mayas sobre la tenencia de la tierra, precisaron que no se pretende imponer a todo el distrito de Toledo (sur de Belice). Hoy el SATIIM se reunirá con el PM Barrow.

Protección de parque. Respecto al desmonte de la cima en el pico Victoria, la organización Belize Audobon Society indicó que la acción fue ilegal e innecesaria, debido a que en el área ya existen plataformas para el aterrizaje de helicópteros. El pasado 8 de abril, una parte de ese parque nacional fue talada presuntamente para el aterrizaje de un helicóptero de la Unidad de Apoyo para Entrenamiento en Belice del Ejército Británico (BATSUB).

Ataque a maestro. El Sindicato Nacional de Maestros de Belice (BNTU) ha condenado el ataque de un padre de familia contra un profesor en Solid Rock Academy en Dangriga (sur de Belice) la semana pasada. El Sindicato exigió al gobierno establecer legislación disciplinaria contra estos casos que incluya asesoramiento, multas o, en su caso, sanciones penales.

Noticias relacionadas con MéxicoAnuncio presidencial. El Presidente Felipe Calderón anunció la suspensión de actividades no esenciales del gobierno del 1° al 5 de mayo. Invitó a la población a permanecer en sus casas. Aseguró a la población que existe suficientes antivirales para atender la influenza porcina. Destacó y se mostró orgulloso por la respuesta favorable de los mexicanos para seguir las medidas adoptadas por las autoridades.

Por otro lado, el periódico Amandala informó sobre el desarrollo de los eventos en los últimos días en México. Mientras que la Embajada de México informó el estado que guarda la situación en México, no se han cerrado las fronteras, ni existen restricciones al transporte de personas o de productos; en Quintana Roo no se ha reportado ningún caso de influenza porcina, las autoridades distribuyen información y se monitorean los lugares públicos como las estaciones de autobuses y los aeropuertos .

Apagón. Según la compañía de electricidad de Belice, BEL, una interrupción en el suministro de electricidad procedente de México causó un apagón en Belice ayer por la madrugada. Al parecer, el corte de energía se originó en la red de Mérida y que afectó Chetumal. La electricidad fue restaurada 12 minutos después.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

VOCABULARY WORD OF THE DAY

I've been away for a long time. Studying and working does not leave much time for blogging. Here comes the Easter holidays so I will try to take this time to do some blogs. Be patient ith me, please.
I love you all.
Brenda


Today's Word "insouciant"
insouciant \in-SOO-see-uhnt\ (adjective) - Marked by lighthearted unconcern or indifference; carefree; nonchalant. "Jonas's insouciant good humor concealed something more. There was certainly nothing insouciant in his hazel eyes." -- Stephanie Laurens, 'All About Love' Insouciant is from the French, from in-, "not" + souciant, "caring," present participle of soucier, "to trouble," from Latin sollicitare, "to disturb," from sollicitus, "anxious." The noun form is insouciance

Saturday, January 31, 2009

WHEN FRIENDS DO US WRONG



IT TAKES A FRIEND, TO ...
Well ladies, here is February 1st, 2009. One month down and eleven more to go before we say good bye to 2009.Anyone out there feeling that they have been used or hurt by someone they trusted. Well if you are like that then sit back and read something that I discovered.Firstly, there is no true friend in this world anymore. Everyone is out to blast someone. Everyone is out to get what they can from someone and everyone have an issue and if they are like some people I met well…… then you are in for a long haul.I met this woman back in November of 2007 and from what I could see she seem okay. Then in September of 2008 she was back and once again she seemed fine. We became friends and would chat for long period of time. Then I had the bad luck of fining out she is just like all the other women who come around. In fact, because of her my life took a change that I am still trying to comprehend. Today I have stopped talking to her and have avoided being where she is. I need to tell someone that she is not all she pretends to be because she has told me some things that make her to be just like all the other gold diggers around who are out to find what they can get from those who feel they need to help others. Then she went and did the unforgiveable and she knows what I am talking about. I have no intention of keeping in contact with a fake and now I feel I should tell the person she is using that she is not the woman she wants us to think she is.What I have to say about this sort of “friendship” is WE DON’T NEED IT. And if the person really does get more from us than we get from them, then we can leave and never look back. I am giving my so called “friend” the silent treatment. I may never visit her home and I may never buy her meal again. She proved to me that she was not a friend and I am sorry but this world is filled with persons who are looking for someone to share good and bad time that we don’t have time for those who lie and cheat.Something to ponder on:How do we know if we have a true friend? The signs will be there. You will be able to see it in their actions more times than not. But the bottom dollar is we have to learn to read the signs. They are everywhere.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A MESSAGE ON EXAMINATION WEEK TO ALL CCC ACE STUDENTS

This week the CCC ACE Division is on examinations for the first semester. With two days down and to to go, it may be too later to say much to the students. Anyhow, I just want to wish each and everyone all the success in the world. I hope you were prepared for each exam because as you know those who get ahead are those who are prepared for all circumstances.

Success comes for those you toil by day and by night for in the search for knowledge there is no space for rest.
(Brenda A. Ysaguirre)

LOTS OF LOVE AND BEST WISHES,
Ms B
Your Faithful Director and Teacher

Sunday, January 11, 2009



Classic Quotes by Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) American poet and biographer

A baby is God's opinion that life should go on.

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A book is never a masterpiece: it becomes one. Genius is the talent of a dead man.

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A man may be born, but in order to be born he must first die, and in order to die he must first awake.

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All human actions are equivalent... and all are on principle doomed to failure.

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And how should a beautiful, ignorant stream of water know it heads for an early release - out across the desert, running toward the Gulf, below sea level, to murmur its lullaby, and see the Imperial Valley rise out of burning sand with cotton blossoms, wheat, watermelons, roses, how should it know?

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Anger is the most impotent of passions. It effects nothing it goes about, and hurts the one who is possessed by it more than the one against whom it is directed.

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Arithmetic is where the answer is right and everything is nice and you can look out of the window and see the blue sky - or the answer is wrong and you have to start over and try again and see how it comes out this time.

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Here is the difference between Dante, Milton, and me. They wrote about hell and never saw the place. I wrote about Chicago after looking the town over for years and years.

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I am an idealist. I don't know where I'm going but I'm on my way.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

TODAY'S WORD

adventitious \aed-ven-TI-shehs\ (adjective) - 1 : An extraneous part of a system found in an unusual place, as adventitious roots growing from the trunk of a tree; 2 : added extraneously, not inherent or natural, out of place.

"Margaret arrived in a matching skirt and sweater outfit, leather pumps, and an adventitious yellow purse that raised more than one eyebrow."

Latin adventicius "foreign" from adventus "arrival" the past participle of advenire "to arrive, come to" based on ad "(up) to" + venire "to come." This word is visible in English "advent," "adventure," "souvenir," and others. "Venire" goes back to Proto-Indo-European *gwem- "go, come." In Germanic, the [g] became [k] and the [w] disappeared by regular processes, leading to English "come" and German "kommen." Today's word resembles "adventurous" and you might be tempted to confuse the two. Although both derive from the same source, the two words are distinct. The adverb for today's word is "adventitiously" and the noun is "adventitiousness."

Friday, January 9, 2009

TOPDAY'S WORD IS...

hyponasty \HI-peh-naes-ti\ (noun) - The upward curving of leaves caused by faster growth on the bottom than the top.

"Buddy was a hyponastic acquaintance whose curves resulted from ice cream speeding up growth on his bottom."

Greek hypo "below, under" + nastos "pressed close" (from nassein "to press"). Greek "hypo" strangely shares an origin with English "up." The original root had a variant with an initial [s] that resulted in Latin sub "under". This root is also related to its antonym, Greek "hyper" (Latin "super"), extended by the common Indo-European suffix -er. Words often share an origin with their antonym, "cold" and "scald," are an example. A very common slip of the tongue is an antonym substitution, e.g. "I was very cold . . . I mean, hot." Antonyms may be logically antithetical but lexically they form a close relationship.




Thursday, January 8, 2009

Today's Word

testimony \TES-teh-mo-nee\ (noun) - 1 : The account of a witness, especially in a court procedure; 2 : evidence in general; 3 : a public declaration of a religious experience.

"The tall, toppling chimney bore mute testimony of the mansion that once stood on the spot."

This word comes to us from Old French testimonie (current French temoin "witness") from Latin "testimonium," made up of testis "witness" and, possibly, a noun from monere "to remind." "Testis," believe it or not, comes from the same root as Latin tri "three," also the origin of our "three." It was originally a compound noun rather like *tri-sta-i- meaning, roughly, "third person standing by," with the *sta- root found in English "stand" and "stead." How the meaning of the Latin word wandered off to its current sense in English is one of the great unsolved mysteries of etymology. The plural of today's word is "testimonies" and the verb underlying it is "testify." However, the person who testifies is a witness rather than a testifier.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Classic Quotes by Lucretia Mott (1793-1880) American feminist

It is not Christianity, but priestcraft that has subjected

woman as we find her.

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Learning, while at school, that the charge for the education of girls was the same as that for boys, and that, when they became teachers, women received only half as much as men for their services, the injustice of this distinction was so apparent.

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The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation because in the degradation of woman the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source.

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The cause of Peace has had my share of efforts, taking the ultra non-resistance ground - that a Christian cannot consistently uphold, and actively support, a government based on the sword, or whose ultimate resort is to the destroying weapons.


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We too often bind ourselves by authorities rather than by the truth.

Friday, January 2, 2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR, CAROLYN AND CIARRA



Dearest Carolyn,

This was the first year I was unable to be with you all for Christmas and New Years Day is here and I am filled with so much love and wishes for you. Daughter, you have been and will always be the joy of my life. You have been loved from the moment I found out I was carrying you in my womb. The love your father and I had for each other and the love we had when you arrived was special.

Over the years I became a single parent and that did not stop me from seeing you through high school, Sixth Form and University. Today you are thousands of miles away in Georgia, USA but you remain in my heart as the ray of sunshine that has brighten and guided me over the years.

I wish you all the best, Bibs. If Tia Brenda and Chichi were alive I know they would be so proud of all that you have achieved. I know that I am proud of you and have always been proud of you. Your successes are my successes. Keep on attaining that star that shines in your eyes and heart.
As we move into 2009, I look forward to seeing you and being with you. Keep on smiling and joking and being the best friend a mother could ask for. Baby girl, you are my greatest achievement. You are the best poem I have ever written, the best song I have ever sang and the best speech I have ever given. Reach for the unreachable and remember that you can be all you want to be.

Just say I CAN and you will be surprised at how much you will be able to do.

I love you and always will,

Mama



Ciarra, my little princess,From the first moment I held you in my arms I knew you were grandma's girl. You are my joy and my peace. You are my blooming lily, my walking happiness. God Bless you my little angel. You are loved and you are cared for. Keep on making us proud of you. Keep on smiling and keep on learning.

Your journey of life has just began. You have much to achieve and you will!
I love you and I miss you.

Grandma's special little star, know this: I will always be there for you. Reach out and take my hand.

All my love and kisses,

Grandma Brenda

Thursday, January 1, 2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR'S DAY



IT IS FINALLY HERE! 2009. THE YEAR WE THOUGHT WE WOULD NEVER LIVE TO SEE.


Have a happy New Year. May this year be filled with many wonderful things for you and your family. May you have all that your heart desires and deserves. May you always have good friends, good times and many wonderful experiences.


God bless on this special day.

Now for the sad news.


CCC ACe you come back to classes on Monday 5th January, 2009. Hahahaha. I miss you too much!! No, serious. CCC will commence on the 5th and so do you at ACE. Trust me it hurts me too!


Love always,

Brenda A. Ysaguirre

Diretor