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By Lungdoc on Aug 28, 2015 at 10:26 AM

Ohai Serapis! Thanks for the friend request. Nice to meet you! To answer your question, I think the way to get registered on Cheezland would be to send an email to Prysma, the admin, whose email address is admin@cheezland.org --but you may need to allow some time for a response, as Prysma is in the hospital with a gallbladder problem at the moment. Also, the emails sometimes go astray, so if you don't get an answer in a few days, try again, or let me know and I'll try telling Prysma you're wanting to get in touch.

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By cataff on Jul 27, 2015 at 6:16 PM

Here is what I promised. http://tinyurl.com/ntzr43p photos of Shenandoah National Park Information about the park: http://www.nps.gov/shen/index.htm http://tinyurl.com/pyg95w9 photos of Virginia Beach Information about VA Beach: http://www.visitvirginiabeach.com/visitors/things-to-do/ http://tinyurl.com/q4uwq38 photos of the Norfolk Naval Station Information about the Naval Station: http://cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrma/installations/ns_norfolk.html http://tinyurl.com/pnbjl7n photos of Monticello (President Thomas Jefferson’s home) Information about Monticello: http://www.monticello.org/ The Wildlife Center of Virginia—international leader in wildlife conservation: www.wildlifecenter.org At the top of the homepage for the Center, you can learn all about the Center and its education ambassadors (animals who can’t be released), but my favorite thing is to hover on Critter Corner at the top of the page toward the right and select Critter Cams from the drop down menu. There are three streaming cameras to select from, and each has different animals to watch. You can see the cameras during Virginia daylight—right now from 6 in the morning to almost 8:30 in the evening (that is Eastern Daylight Time) If your students are interested in any specific places in VA, just let me know, and if you want me to select more places and send pictures, tell me that too.

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By cataff on Jul 15, 2015 at 7:31 AM

Sorry you hit the wet weather--having a lot of it this summer. I'm glad you have enjoyed the view of TN and VA. Both are beautiful states. I wish you could have had more time in the Shenandoah Valley. I was up there last week myself and am still just as homesick as ever after leaving even though it has been 43 years since I lived there. I hope all of your journey goes well. Thanks for checking in.

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By 2katmom on Jun 3, 2015 at 2:24 PM

Thanks for the birthday wish. I loved reading your Chinese Shakespearean interview commentary. Sounds like you all had a blast! **hugs** kris

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By cataff on Apr 26, 2015 at 8:37 AM

The US has its share of schemers claiming to prepare people for various tests but only filling their own bank accounts. There are sham colleges too whose "diplomas" aren't worth the paper they are written on, but folks fall for the scheme and throw away their money. It's all disgusting. As to the high stakes testing, this article expresses what I've seen very well: http://www.eval.org/p/cm/ld/fid=76 I didn't know the terms "extraction" and "extrusion": but understood them immediately. I have no theater background, but I've given that kind of writing assignments in my classes with good results as far as what is expressed. No one suggested this to me, but I always assumed that all English teachers do this from time to time. There is little time for it now that everything we do is dictated by whoever puts the state tests together, tests for which we have no input at all as to what is tested or how. I think your colleague with the "Zombie invasion" idea is right. All of this testing was preceded by a campaign in the media to discredit educators and rally people to question everything schools were doing. Then it was easy to bring on the tests to "force accountability and high standards" on schools while dictating curriculum with no regard to what is actually best for kids because that is not what's wanted. The real powers that be in the country want to eliminate the troublesome (to them) middle class, and the way to do that is to keep people from learning. Their goal is to have only the elite and the rabble, who will be their slave labor. That's my theory, and I'm sticking with it. Many don't see such a plot and think the testing is the result of having non-educators (politicians) making the decisions and that they have simply made some mistakes. Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion.

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By cataff on Apr 25, 2015 at 6:45 PM

You aren't imagining it. It is totally disgusting and frustrating, and I'm counting the seconds until June when I will walk away from all of it and not go back. The injustice we are being forced to impose on children is reprehensible.

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By cataff on Mar 1, 2015 at 11:20 PM

Send them on. Peeps here could benefit from seeing them too. Sounds like a great idea to present the test that way!

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By raekathy on Feb 24, 2015 at 3:10 PM

There's nothing quite as sad as this, to find you're canned by Serapis! A cheez frend's heart can really ache, until you find it's a mistake! It's great to be ur frend again, and I rate you ten out of ten. Ur very witty, I can tell, each time I read ur LOLs!

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By cataff on Feb 22, 2015 at 5:33 PM

The students are being trained to use their native language in a grammatically correct manner and to write argumentatively without errors in logic. That is what is expected of them on the state writing test in two weeks. I don't think it's asking a lot, but for this particular group it is because they have never bothered to learn the most basic tenants of English grammar, and there is no other way to know them. They have had horrible writing test scores from the primary grades on up to high school, and they are making no effort to do better now. They don't seem to believe or care that they cannot graduate without passing this test even though they could be moved along even with failing scores at the lower grades.

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By littleAPC on Dec 29, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Serapis try this site and just look around. You might find something useful: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/

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By cataff on Dec 29, 2014 at 6:57 AM

If it's the history of the English language, someone has uploaded an excellent BBC documentary on that topic to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsVz5U76kX0. If you are interested in the history of the country, here are BBC documentaries on that: http://shop.bbc.com/us/video/documentary/icat/videodocumentary#esp_cf=CategoryTitle&esp_filter_CategoryTitle=British%20History&esp_hitsperpage=48 I have found the great majority of BBC documentaries to be excellent. I didn't look on YouTube for any of these, but some may be there. I have used the history of the language more than the history of the country for classes. I teach juniors. It's the senior classes that get into the country's history. I hope this helps you some.

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By MJKittyMom on Dec 25, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Oops, guess I wished you twice, LOL!! Oh well, we could all use good wishes!!

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By MJKittyMom on Dec 25, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Merry Christmas to you too!!!

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By CollardGreens on Dec 25, 2014 at 6:55 AM

Ai am rite glad tu heer it, Miz Serapis! Merry Christmas! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E40flcEcW58

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By cataff on May 25, 2014 at 6:57 AM

In my experience I have found the old adage, "Honesty is the best policy," to be true. I like your approach and love your statement about "make my mind, not make up my mind." You may want to add a statement of what you feel education is after the sentence that ends with "one moment in time to another" to solidify your philosophy for the reader. The "in" before "which we comprise" isn't needed. In your mind replace "comprise" with "make up," and you will understand why. "Values were" needs a question mark after it as does "Who we were." Even rhetorical questions still require that mark. You have done a marvelous of presenting your introduction! It hurts my heart to say that if you plan to send this to any schools in the US, you will need to be sure they are private schools. The government here, with its present philosophy of using standardized testing as the end all be all method of evaluation for students and school systems, has taken from educators the ability to adhere to any philosophy like yours, and it is as frustrating and saddening and frightening as anything I have ever known.

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By AnOldCowhand on Jul 23, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Several, in fact, not even counting the cruddy chains like Cool Hand Luke's and Outback or decent chains like Tahoe Joe's. The best are F. McLintocks, A.J. Spurs, Ian McPhee's & The Loading Chute (This was cattle country, after all). There's also the Paso Robles Inn and Last Stage West. Unfortunately This Ol' House and Joshua's have both closed. Up the road aways is Smalley's Roundup in Salinas, home of the California Rodeo.

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By RedRobin on Jul 22, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Black Angus, the Ramp - they are in Burbank.

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By TuckerBentley on Jul 22, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Definitely check out Ruth's Chris Steak House, if you're anywhere near one of their handful of locations. They use only USDA Prime meats and they guard their reputation scrupulously. http://www.ruthschris.com/

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By Kellogg on Jun 9, 2013 at 4:14 AM

Basil Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Makes about 2 cups 2 tablespoons minced shallot 2 tablespoons chopped basil 2 tablespoons chopped chives 1 tablespoon chopped parsley 1 small clove garlic, minced 2 teaspoons lemon juice or white wine vinegar 1/2 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons yogurt or sour cream 1 cup well-shaken buttermilk Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika, optional Honey, as needed In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the shallot, herbs, garlic, vinegar or lemon juice, mayonnaise, and yogurt or sour cream. Screw on the lid and shake the jar to combine.

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By dgreenesprout on Jan 24, 2012 at 6:46 AM

I don't have exact measurements- but here's an estimate: for 1 avocado: scoop out the avocado and mash lightly -should still be a little chunky- add about 2 Tablespoons diced tomatoes, 1 Tablespoon onion, lemon juice- about half a teaspoon,2 or 3 drops of tabasco sauce, several shakes of salt, a few shakes of black pepper, garlic: a few drops of liquid- or some shakes of powerdered , and then the fun part: taste it -does it need more garlic? salt? sometimes I substitute about 3 Tablespoons from a bottle of salsa for the onion and tomato but fresh is better if I have them.

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