Saturday, September 25, 2010


A British publication once offered a prize for the best definition of a friend. Among the thousands of answers received were the following:

"One who multiplies joys, divides grief, and whose honesty is inviolable."

"One who understands our silence."

"A volume of sympathy bound in cloth."

"A watch that beats true for all time and never runs down."

The winning definition read: "A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out."


Award ceremony tomorrow

Tomorrow at church, the spiritual organizations are holding their anniversary followed by an award cremony.  Many of you will be awarded with prize(s) for your hardwork.  Congatulations!!

Remember - these awards are the result of team work by teachers, parents and you.  It's an exciting event for the teachers, parents and students.  Techers feel proud about their students for working hard and meeting their demands; parents feel good about their children staying on top of the class, and thus proving their investment worthwhile; students feel a sense of accomplishment for their hardwork and stay motivated.  Now you know the formula to stay as a winner.  Apply them in your daily lives, and continue winning.

Once again, congratulations to the entire team!!



A teacher

If you are a school teacher...

 - you refer to adults as “boys and girls.”

 - you have no time for a life from August to June.

 - you want to slap the next person who says, “Must be nice to work from 8 to 3 and have your summers free!”

 - when out in public you feel the urge to talk to strange children and correct their behavior.

 - you encourage your spouse by telling them they are a “good helper.”

 - you’ve ever had your profession slammed by someone who would never dream of doing your job.

 - you believe “extremely annoying” should have its own box on the report card.

 - you know a hundred good reasons for being late.

 - you don’t want children of your own because there isn’t a name you can hear that wouldn’t elevate your blood pressure.

 - meeting a child’s parents instantly answers the question, “Why is this kid like this?”


Friday, September 24, 2010

The float

Lord, help me to face with honesty
And genuine appreciation
The talents and abilities
You have given
As special gifts to me.

Give me a sane estimate of myself.
Neither exaggerated nor mud-crawling.
Just sane, as Your Word admonishes.
May I be joyfully satisfied
With Your unique plan for me.

When at times I'd secretly love to ride
On a colorful float
Beautifully adorned
Waving to cheering crowds
Smile at me, Lord.

With a twinkle in Your eye
Remind me again
That somebody has to build the float.

Credits: R. Calkin


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Test Answers

Some students answer ALL those questions on a test, even if that means making answers up.  Here are few creative answers and excuses students came up with.  Click on images to see them enlarged.  

16-17) Write the first and second Laws for Thermodynamics.
First rule of Thermodynamics is you do not talk about Thermodynamics
Second rule of Thermodynamics is YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT THERMODYNAMICS!

18) Define an enzyme:
Superhero of the cell

19) Define a coenzyme:
Enzyme's sidekick

26. Explain how to measure less than the 100 mL of water left in a beaker using a graduated cylinder. Be very specific as to the steps you should take.


2. What is the difference between a hydrocarbon (such as ethane) and an alcohol (such as ethanol)?
Hydrocarbon doesn't cause car crashes.

Short Answer:
The difference between the Feb. Revolution and the October Revolution is that one occured in Feb. and one occured in October.

Good try though

To change centimeters to meters you?

take out centi

Real and complex roots 

I couldn't do this problem because an elephant was blocking it!
Teacher: -3.  Elephants have tails.

Ms. I cant Read the question, theres a bear in the way

(the bear looks more like a pig, though - I am surprised the teacher did not make that remark!!)

Describe how the enzyme could be immobilised.
Break it's legs and tell it to stay out of your neighborhood.
Teacher: I have a good mind to photocopy this and post it home!
(the boy in question got an hour after school detention from the Biology teacher)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Bachelor's menu

Breakfast - Who can eat Breakfast on a Monday? Swallow some toothpaste while brushing your teeth.
Lunch - Send your secretary out for six "gutbombers" - those little hamburgers that used to cost a dime but now cost sixty five cents. Also order French fries, a bowl of chili, a soft drink and have her stop on the way back for a family size bottle of Maalox.
Afternoon Snack - Drink the Maalox.
Dinner - Six pack of beer and Kentucky fried chicken three-piece Dinner, don't eat the coleslaw.

Breakfast - Eat the coleslaw.
Lunch - Go to the office vending machine and put ninety five cents in and close your eyes, push a button and eat whatever comes out swallowing it whole to prevent nausea.
Dinner - Four tacos and a pitcher of Sangria at El Flasho's.

Breakfast - Stomach couldn't handle breakfast after a night at El Flasho's.
Lunch - Rolaids and a coke.
Dinner - Drop in at a married friends house and beg for scraps.

Breakfast - Order out for pizza.
Lunch - Your secretary is out sick, check Mondays gutbomber sack for leftovers.
Dinner - Go to a bar. Ask the bartender for extra olives.

Breakfast - Eggs, sausage and an English muffin at McDonalds. Eat the Styrofoam plate and leave the food. It tastes better and it's better for you.
Lunch - Skip Lunch, Fridays are murder.
Dinner - Steak, well-done, baked potato and asparagus. Don't eat the asparagus, nobody really likes asparagus.

Breakfast - Sleep through it.
Lunch - Ditto.
Dinner - Steak, well done, baked potato, and brussel sprouts. Don't eat the Brussel Sprouts. Take them home and plant them in a hanging basket.

Breakfast - Three Bloody Mary's and a Twinkie.
Lunch - Eat Lunch? And waste a good buzz?
Dinner - Chicken noodle soup. Call home and ask about renting our old room.


Few Quotes on Teaching

Teachers are wonderful people; some are extremely dedicated towards their children.  Here are few quotes about teaching.

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. - Kahlil Gibran

A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than he who fills our memory with rows and rows of natural objects, classified with name and form. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own. - Nikos Kazantzakis

Learning is finding out what we already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, and teachers. - Richard Bach

Thought flows in terms of stories - stories about events, stories about people, and stories about intentions and achievements. The best teachers are the best storytellers. We learn in the form of stories. - Frank Smith

Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another. - Marva Collins

A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron. - Horace Mann

They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel. - Carol Buchner:

If a seed of a lettuce will not grow, we do not blame the lettuce. Instead, the fault lies with us for not having nourished the seed properly. - Buddhist Proverb

Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers. - Josef Albers

Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three. - Confucius

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. - Albert Einstein

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. - Henry B. Adams

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. - Mark Twain

Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each. - Plato

A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard. - Eliphas Levi

The greatest sign of a success for a teacher…is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist." - Maria Montessori

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, the excitement, and the mystery of the world we live in. - Rachel Carson

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. - Benjamin Franklin


A song for teachers

Romance & Authentic Love

Marjorie Holmes, in her article, "Turning Sweet Nothings into Sweet Somethings" points out some differences between romance and authentic love:

Romance is seeking perfection, love is forgiving faults.

Romance is flying, love is a safe landing.

Romance is the anguish of waiting for the phone to ring to bring you a voice that will utter endearments; love is the anguish of waiting for a call that will assure you someone else is happy and safe.

Romance is eager, striving always to appear attractive for each other, love is two people who find beauty in each other no matter how they look.

Authentic love will find many expressions - the love of spouses; the love of friends; the love of families. And if your love is authentic, watch out - once it starts growing, there's nothing that can stop it!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Legends on rose

In ancient Hindu legend, Gods, Vishnu, protector of the world, and Brahma, creator of the world, argued as to which was the most beautiful flower. Vishnu praised the rose, while Brahma, who had not seen a rose sided with the lotus. When Brahma saw the rose he agreed at once that the rose was supreme and rewarded Vishnu's devotion by creating for him, his wife, the Goddess Lakshmi from 108 large and 1,008 small rose petals.

In Kashmir, the Mogul emperors cultivated beautiful rose gardens. Roses were strewn in the river to welcome them on their return home.

In Persia, Nebuchadnezzar adorned his palace with roses. They were grown for their perfume oil. The petals were used to fill the King's mattress. An Arab story tells that the rose was born from Prophet Mohammed's sweat.

In 11th century Sufi poetry, the rose became a symbol of life, its beauty represents perfection, and the thorns, the difficulties, that one had to overcome to reach that perfection.

According to the 20th century, Islamic Moroccoan folklore, rosewater was be mixed with saffron and used for writing special charms in the early hours of the first Sunday of the month.

Rose amulets, were worn as protection against the evil eye. Crushed roses or rose hips were applied to tombstones, especially those of women. The use of roses as part of burial rituals can be found throughout the former Roman Empire, including Wales where white roses are placed on grave's of young children as a sign of their innocence.

The early Greeks and later, the Romans linked the rose to love, beauty, purity and passion. The rose was created by Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, according to the ancient Greeks. White roses sprung from the sea foam which surrounded her as she rose out of the sea.

The Greek goddess Chloris turned a beautiful dead nymph into a flower; Aphrodite added beauty; the three graces added brilliance, joy, and charm. Dionysious donated fragrant nectar, while Zephyrus the west wind blew away the clouds so Apollo could shower the rose in sun. The flower was then given to Eros, the deity of love, and named the 'Queen of Flowers' - the first rose.

It was written that Cybele in taking revenge on Venus created the rose to rival her beauty. Another legend tells us that the rose was born from a smile of Cupid. Yet according to another it fell from the hair of Aurora as she combed it.

To the early Christians, rose was symbol of paganism, and lust. They scorned it because of its connection with their persercutors, the Romans, but eventually they accepted it.

An ancient story tells us that the roses were thornless in the Garden of Eden, but after Adam & Eve were expelled, thorns appeared.

Another Christian legend says that when the blood of the crucified Jesus dripped onto the moss at the foot of the cross, moss roses were created.

Medieval legend tells us that the first roses appeared in Bethlehem as the result of the prayers of a 'Fayre Mayden' who had been falsely accused and sentenced to death by burning.

Virgin Mary, is known as 'The Mystical Rose' St. Dorothy (4th century), is said to have been delivered roses in her prison cell from the garden of paradise by an angel. She is shown carryng a basket of roses of St. Casilda. It is also attributed to St. Elizabeth of Portugal, and St. Rose of Viterbo, who carry roses in either their hands or caps; St. Therese of Lisieux, who scatters red roses; St. Rosalie, St. Angelus, St. Rose of Lima, & St. Victoria, who wear crowns of roses. Only after the Christians adopted the rose as a symbol of the Virgin Mary, that it became a symbol of 'motherhood and purity.'

The red rose was used to symbolize the blood and agony of the crucifixion of Jesus; the five petals, representing his five wounds.


The Floral Code

The 'Language of Flowers' originated in Persia in the 15th century, and was brought to Europe in the 18th centuary. In the 19th century, this 'floral code' became popular and people sent messages in bouquets to each other. Since each flower, colour, and number had a specific meaning, conversations between lovers took place without a single word being used. Roses are the perfect gifts to convey your emotions. Red roses signify love and respect.

Red roses signify love and respect.
Red roses are used for Lovers and stand for respect and courage; they mean love; unity; romantic and passionate love; love.
Amaranth Red - Long Standing Desire
Cardinal Red - Sublime Desire
Carmine Red- Deceitful Desire
Firey Red- Flames of Passion

Black roses signify death hatred and farewell. Used at funerals.
A single black rose was used by a close friend and or loved one leaving for a war or on a journey he did not expect to return from.

Orange and Coral roses imply desire.

Lavender/Purple roses stand for grace, gentility, elegance and refinement.
It is the rose of sweet thoughts, adds enchantment and indicates opulence or majesty.
Lavender roses are also referred to as blue roses.

Peach and Pale colored roses convey sociability and friendship.
Peach roses are also referred to as Pink roses.

Pink roses show appreciation or gratitude.
Send light pink roses to say you understand, you're sympathetic or you're sorry if someone is ill.

Red & White roses together, or white roses with red edges mean Unity.

Red & Yellow roses together convey happy feelings, gaiety, joviality and happiness

Orange & Yellow roses together mean enthusiasm, desire and passionate thoughts.

White and Coral together, You’re heavenly and I desire you.

Yellow roses symbolize joy and friendship.
Yellow roses in the victorian times meant jealousy. Today they are a sign of friendship, joy, gladness and freedom. They are used for wedding showers.
In Mexico yellow roses/flowers are a sign of death.

Send a dozen white roses when you want to connote secrecy, innocence or purity.
White roses symbolize reverence and humility.
Virgin Mary is represented by a white rose as a symbol of her purity.
In American culture, the white roses symbolize security and happiness and are used for weddings.
The white rose is also known as the 'Flower of Light.'
In Scotland when the white rose bloomed in autumn it was seen as a sign of early marriage.
In Wales, white roses represent innocence and silence, and are often placed on the grave of a young child.
In Asian tradition, white stands for the ultimate absence; death.
In Vietnam, the white rose is worn on Mother's Day for those whose mothers have passed away
Red rose is worn on Mother's Day for those with mothers still alive.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What do women do all day?

Every minute, to and fro,
That's the way my hours go;
Bring me this, and take me that,
Feed the dog, take out the cat.
Standing up, I eat my toast,
Drink my coffee, thaw the roast.

Empty the garbage, make the bed,
Rush to church, then wash my head.
Sweep the kitchen, wax the floor,
Scrub the woodwork, clean the doors;
Scour the bathtub, then myself;
Vacuum carpets, straighten shelves.

Eat my sandwich on the run...
Now my afternoon's begun.
To the baseball game I go,
When will there be time to sew?
Meet the teacher, stop the fight,
See the dentist, fly the kite.
Help with homework, do the wash,
Iron the clothes, put on the squash.
Shop for groceries, cash a check,
Fight the crowds, now I'm a wreck;
Dinner time it soon will be,
"What's for dinner?" they ask,
Wait and see.

Dirty dishes crowd the sink,
Next there's popcorn, then a drink.
Will they never go to bed?
Will I ever get ahead?
"Bring me water." "Get the light."
Turn off the TV, lock the bike.

"Where's my pillow?" "Hear my prayers."
"Did you lock the door downstairs?"
At last in bed, my spouse and I,
Too tired to move, too weak to cry.
But e'er I doze, I hear him say,
"What do women do all day?"

Oh - these women writers!!

Credits: Marshall Hart

Recipe for miracles

1 part of knowing who you are
1 part of knowing who you aren't
1 part of knowing what you want
1 part of knowing who you wish to be
1 part of knowing what you already have before you
1 part of choosing wisely from what you have before you
1 part of loving & thanking God for ALL you have ("bad" included)

Combine ingredients together gently and carefully, using faith and vision. Mix together with strong belief of the outcome until finely blended. Use thoughts, words and actions for best results.

Bake until Blessed. Give thanks again.

Yield: Unlimited servings.

The Tongue

The boneless tongue, so small and weak,
Can crush and kill", declared the Greek

"The tongue destroys a greater horde,"
The Turks asserts, "Than does the sword."

A Persian proverb wisely saith,
"A lengthy tongue - an early death";

Or sometimes takes this form instead,
"Don't let your tongue cut off your head."

"The tongue can speak a word whose speed,"
Says the Chinese, "Outstrips the street";

While the Arabs sages this impart,
"The tongue's great storehouse is the heart."

From Hebrew with the maxim sprung,
"Though feet should slip, ne'er let the tongue."

The sacred writer crowns the hole;
"Who keeps the tongue doth keep his soul."

Credits: P Strong

Monday, September 20, 2010

Life - comparison

If Life Were Like a Computer . . .

You could add/remove someone in your life using the control panel.

You could put your kids in the recycle bin and restore them when you feel like it!

You could improve your appearance by adjusting the display settings.

You could turn off the speakers when your wife tries to tell you to do chores.

You could click on “find” (Ctrl, F) to recover your lost remote control and car keys.

To get your daily exercise, just click on “run”!

If you mess up your life, you could always press “Ctrl, Alt, Delete” and start all over!


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Who's the angel of the Month

January - Gabriel

February - Barchiel

March - Machidiel

April  - Asmodel

May - Ambriel

June - Muriel

July - Verchiel

August - Hamaliel

September - Uriel

October - Barbiel

November - Adnachiel

December  - Hanael

Angels of the month

The Angel of January - teaches us to look within, to take charge of ourselves and our lives.

The Angel of February - is the angel of patience.

The Angel of March - brings us stamina and courage.

The Angel of April - is the spirit of rebirth.

The Angel of May - brings promise of spring. This angel of spring reminds us that this is a time of awakening the seed within ourselves.

The Angel of June - helps us flourish and grow strong.

The Angel of July - brings a season of leisure, a time to play and replenish our energy.

The Angel of August - is the angel of perseverance.

The Angel of September - helps us prepare for the harvest at hand.

The Angel of October - rejoices as we reap the harvest of what we have sown in life.

The Angel of November - is the angel of humility. November's angel urges us to acknowledge and appreciate the supporting roles others have played in our lives

The Angel of December - is the angel of generosity. This angel leads us to join hands with people of all races and religions, recognizing that we are children of the same creator, and we all share the responsibility of bringing joy and health upon the earth.

In search of dreams

It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.

Before a dream is realized, the soul of the world tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams master the lessons we have learned as we have moved toward that dream. That's the point at which most people give up. At this point, tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.

And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity.

Credits: Paulo Coelho