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English Trainer Chronicles: Guessing nothing

Learner: It's good to all time change of computers. Me: You have to fix your sentence. It's good to ...? Learner: It's good to change of computers ... Me: No "of." Learner: It's good to change about computers. Me: Not "about." Change what? What do you change? Learner: It's good to change on? To? For? Me: Just say what you will change. Learner: It's good to change ... computers? Me: Exactly! Good! Learner: No of? To? About? Me: None. Learner: Bah. It's hard to guess if there is nothing, no?

My happy Easter

My daddy was cremated on an Easter Sunday, with the blessings of a Christian pastor and a Catholic priest. The Christian pastor was brought in by a friend of my mother, because we were having a hard time looking for an available priest for the funeral rites, and we already had had to extend the wake over Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Black Saturday because masses weren't being given on those days. I don't remember who brought the Catholic priest. It could have been Tito Ron or Tita Patty (+), two of my mom's oldest friends. All I remember is that he arrived in time for the scheduled cremation, and there we had it, our funeral and Easter mass in one. Of course, the Christian pastor and the Catholic priest did not miss the significance of the occasion, and both pointed out that the message of Easter was renewal--of hope, of life. It was this spirit that ushered us into our new life without my father. *** One of the last things I remember Daddy saying was, &qu