Ohai . FORM LETTER FOLLOWS: For five-plus years I have not added friends and I know I will regret changing course for all the reasons I've given in the past, but here goes: welcome. Of the 160 pending requests I had as of 24 July, I'm going to add a few. People who are still around (or are sentimental old-time favorites), who I like, or at least don't irritate me *too* much. ;-) PLEASE do not inundate me with messages or I will start ignoring all but my original friends. (I don't know how to type, which makes it worse.) There aren't enough hours in the day and by now I think I owe time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ohai Serapis! Here's a wonderful recipe and it's simple: pkg of frozen corn, 1 can chopped green chilies, 1 pkg cream cheese; mix well and heat it up in a sauce pan or in the oven. It's fine without salt/pepper but that's up to you.
products I like? nachos, guacamole & chips - nothin beats good homemade guacamole (I put diced tomatoes, onions, salt, black pepper, garlic, lemon juice and a splash of tabasco sauce in mine) (DON'T forget the salt or all the garlic in the world won't make it taste right- the salt brings out the garlic- I found that out the hard way!!!).