Monthly Archives: March 2016

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Some things are too pretty to pass by,

but here’s something spectacular that you might miss altogether

if you weren’t looking for small, burrow-like doorways

amid the desolate desertscapes of New Mexico.

Journey with me …

Have you found the path to your passion?

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Looking for your best friend?

Many folks nowadays are taking advantage of Internet dating, looking for love from the comfort and safety of their laptops. You’ve heard of FarmersOnly.com?

We put a lot of effort into finding our soulmates. But what if we took that much time to find our “soulpups”?

After all, dogs are traditionally known as our best friends. Our old-man golden-retriever, Walker, is most certainly a best friend and family member.

So why not spin the Internet dating craze to include our four-legged companions? PawsLikeMe.com contends that they’ve created an intelligent algorithm to perfectly match you with the dog of your dreams, and boasts that the matches are accurate an astonishing 90% of the time.

This matching system takes into account personality, lifestyle, and environmental factors when generating a score. The personality assessment is based on personality traits that influence the human-canine bond: energy, focus, confidence, and independence. In other words, if you don’t like a lot of activity, you probably shouldn’t choose a breed that requires a lot of exercise.

The team founded the company in response to the rising rate of unwanted pets in shelters nationwide that have to be euthanized. If people and pets were perfectly matched and happy together from the beginning, PawsLikeMe believes the incidence of shelter abandonment would drop significantly. So if you’ve been daydreaming about your dream pup, check out PawsLikeMe.

Next, they need a farm animal section. I’m pretty sure I’d match up with a Jersey!

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Happy Easter! May there always be songbirds in your life.

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Hear Ye!

Welcome New Sisters! (click for current roster)

Merit Badge Awardees (click for latest awards)

My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is … Nicole Epperson!!!

Nicole Epperson (#6762) has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching & Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Embroidery Merit Badge!

“I checked out a couple of stitch dictionaries from my local library. I read about the history of embroidery and learned a few stitches from the books. I put together a sampler of border or outline stitches and the new stitches I learned are blanket stitch, Chinese stitch, feather stitch, double feather stitch, feathered chain stitch, and chevron stitch.

It turned out better than I had anticipated. I learned how to cross stitch when I was younger, so I had the canvas to practice nice, straight stitches for this project. It was a good project for me to start with since there was a bit of familiarity. I even reused an old frame that was collecting dust in the closet to finish it!”

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Today’s Recipe: Gluten-free Skillet Coffee Cake

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SKILLET COFFEE CAKE (GLUTEN-FREE!)

PREP TIME: 25 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 35-40 MINUTES
MAKES: ONE 10” CAKE

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Score!

Seventeen-year-old Cedrick Argueta was one of only 12 students worldwide to recently attain a perfect score on the grueling Advanced Placement Calculus exam. More than 302,000 students took the 3 1/4 hour test last year, said to be one of the most difficult college-level tests. Cedrick also aced the English and math sections of his ACT college-entrance exam.

Student taking test via Wikimedia Commons

You might guess that Cedrick comes from a privileged private-school background. Nope. He’s the son of two immigrants who came to the U.S. as young adults, his mother from the Philippines and his father from El Salvador. His father never attended high school and works in maintenance at a nursing home, where his mother also works as a licensed vocational nurse.

Cedrick attends Lincoln High School, a public school of about 1,200 students in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, where the majority of students are low-income and 20 percent are English-language learners.

Kudos to calculus teacher Anthony Yom, whose 21 AP Calculus students taking the exam ALL passed—and 17 of them received the highest score of 5, indicating that a student is “extremely well qualified” for a college course in that subject. It was the third year in a row that all of Yom’s students passed the test.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Yom “treats his students like a sports team.” They even wore matching t-shirts on test day, “like they’re wearing jerseys to the game,” Yom said.

Kudos to Cedrick, and extra kudos to Anthony for making a difference in these students’ lives!