Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Jungle

When I come into contact with people and with human need, I often get the feeling that I’m in the jungle. 
I watch the way people are being crushed, sometimes in
the friendliest possible way, simply flattened by a
human steamroller.
Modern barbarians are often neatly-dressed gentlemen
Sitting behind shining desk. They push buttons and
sign letters. They never dirty their hands. 
Their weapons are locked up in the safe. In the world of business and the world of finance there are merciless
gangsters who make it their business to strangle the
small and the weak.
 In the world of the sick, of the old, of the disabled, 
In the world of people who once made mistakes, 
In the world of people who are totally dependent on others, there is a sort of monstrous exploitation. Weak people and people in distress are extra-vulnerable. 
This is why greed and
Love of money are even more horrible where these
People are concerned. Isn’t it inhuman to grow rich on
the back of someone else’s need? 
When I work among helpless people, love-not money-must come first.
If my profession is to care for the sick, the old, the
disabled or the suffering, I must above all, understand
and love them. 
Here, it is much more important to
serve than to earn, anyone whose only interest is to
make money out of need is guilty of one of the lowest
forms of exploitation.

Monday, March 20, 2017

paf21.03.2016

The following passage is from the same book as last time.

fm

Civilization?


Hate and armaments surround us. 
The newspapers scream out about murder, violence and scandals. 
And we call ourselves civilized people, cultured people, real
humanitarians. 
And we call ourselves Christians, while
we are busy squashing out the awkward annoying
cross from that same Christianity. 
We no longer feel like making an effort, a sacrifice.
We choose Christianity in an easy chair, with warm
bed and a full larder. We camouflage our finely
developed conceit with superficial, cozy words.
Recently, in the suburbs of Paris, I met a poor Flemish
priest working among the needy. 
In history, he said, we had a period of heroes and of will-power. 
After that, the romantic period. In the nineteenth century,
the time of enlightenment and the intellect. 
Today,we live in the culture of instincts. Yes, of the instincts:

money, sex, violence and consumption’’.

Thursday, March 16, 2017


paf16.03.2017


Several months ago we started to read together pages from the book "Give Happiness a chance".
We haven't finished it yet. We will resume reading it this evening with the following page.
Hope and wish you are going to enjoy it.
                                                                                            fm


Tower of Babel


I am dismayed by people’s awful inability to get on with
Each other, to understand each other, to love each other. 

Press, radio and TV dish up an almost deadly

Daily dose of war, violence, murder, brutality-it’s a

Senseless show. Enough to suffocate us.


All these conferences, committees, protests,
Manifestos and debates don’t seem to improve
Mutual understanding.
In his own way, everyone wants to work towards
Peace and a better world. But no one seems willing to
Forgive, to bury the hatchet. No one seems to be determined to change himself. 

Everyone wants to
Blame someone else . Everyone wants to accuse, attack
Or make someone else responsible. That way we are
Heading back towards the tower of Babel. We are
Possessed by the spirit of Babel-the feeling of
Confusion, contradiction and darkness.

Just for once, try to be quiet and calm. Give time to
Discovering the feeling of peace, of God, of love. If this
Rewards. They are fantastic rewards. They have these names: love, joy, patience, friendliness, kindness, faithfulness, comfort, gentleness and simplicity.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

paf14.03.2017 


Hi there,
        With the hope that the first fable was good enough to your taste, following you will find a second one. Enjoy reading it!
 fm

The lion & the mouse
A Lion lay asleep in the forest, his great head resting on his paws. A timid little Mouse came upon him unexpectedly, and in her fright and haste to get away, ran across the Lion's nose. Roused from his nap, the Lion laid his huge paw angrily on the tiny creature to kill her.
"Spare me!" begged the poor Mouse. "Please let me go and some day I will surely repay you."
The Lion was much amused to think that a Mouse could ever help him. But he was generous and finally let the Mouse go.
Some days later, while stalking his prey in the forest, the Lion was caught in the toils of a hunter's net. Unable to free himself, he filled the forest with his angry roaring. The Mouse knew the voice and quickly found the Lion struggling in the net. Running to one of the great ropes that bound him, she gnawed it until it parted, and soon the Lion was free.
"You laughed when I said I would repay you," said the Mouse. "Now you see that even a Mouse can help a Lion."
A kindness is never wasted.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Good evening there,

Another week is coming over filled with a lot of stories for each one.

As soon as you leave from the class, I feel proud of you all. 
I feel proud of what I experience out of the time we pass together and the great hopes you leave behind.

I wish I were your age!

We have often been talking about reading and I totally agree with what most of you say about it.
                                  First of all, reading is fun. 

I feel really good because it was not me who said it,but it was one of you.
It is nice to see all your modern devices in your hands but is is even nicer to see that you are willing to start your corner of reading.

As such, this evening, I will simply add a fable to read and I will be looking forward to your suggestions for the coming days.

With the large variety of genres, there’s something for everyone. Fancy some action? A drama in which you can find characters to identify with, because you feel sad and lonely? Something more down-to-earth, like a reportage about a country or a historical period you’re interested in? Just find the right shelf at the library.

Have  a great evening!

fm


The Wolf & the Crane

A Wolf had been feasting too greedily, and a bone had stuck crosswise in his throat. He could get it neither up nor down, and of course he could not eat a thing. Naturally that was an awful state of affairs for a greedy Wolf.
So away he hurried to the Crane. He was sure that she, with her long neck and bill, would easily be able to reach the bone and pull it out.
"I will reward you very handsomely," said the Wolf, "if you pull that bone out for me."
The Crane, as you can imagine, was very uneasy about putting her head in a Wolf's throat. But she was grasping in nature, so she did what the Wolf asked her to do.
When the Wolf felt that the bone was gone, he started to walk away.
"But what about my reward!" called the Crane anxiously.
"What!" snarled the Wolf, whirling around. "Haven't you got it? Isn't it enough that I let you take your head out of my mouth without snapping it off?"

Expect no reward for serving the wicked.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Hi there,


Being away for a time is not always bad. So after a while, we see each other again with the great hope of staying in touch.

fm


When your English is no more a baby, then it is necessary to learn a few more things from the grammar point of view.

I invite you all to have a close look at the following words.

Imperatives, infinitives and –ing forms

First, try to find out what  the meaning of these three words are in English. As soon as you start to look up their meanings you will notice that;

Ne momentin kur ju filloni te kuptoni qe gjuha juaj nuk eshte me ne nivelin fillestar, atehere ka ardh koha qe te shikoni disa gjera pak me thelle nen syrin e gramatikes.

Sot ju ftoj te shikojme se bashku tre fjale.
E fillojme me gjetjen e kuptimit te tyre sipas nje fjalori;

1)    Imperative = (grammar) the form of a verb that you use for telling somebody to do something: ‘ Listen!’ ‘ Go away!’ Both sentences are in the imperative

Ne gjuhen tone kjo fjale I perket kuptimit te menyres urdherore. Menyra urdherore ka vetem nje kohe ne perberje te saj,dhe kjo eshte koha e tashme. Dmth, nese ne do te mundohemi te perdorim kete menyre, atehere s'bejme gje tjeter vecse kerkojme nga dikush te beje dicka, per ne ose per veten e vet.
Ju lutem shikoni fjalite e meposhteme edhe provoni te ndertoni fjalite tuaja sipas modelit te tyre.

Imperatives

WE USE IMPERATIVES FOR GIVING ADVICE AND INSTRUCTIONS.

Pra, perdorim menyren urdherore per te dhene keshilla dhe instruksione.

Run early in the morning –it’s better.
Meet me at eight o’clock.
Always wear comfortable clothing.
Never run in fog.
Don’t run if you’ve got a cold.
Don’t tell Barbara.
Come and have a look.
Don’t waste your time at the bars!
Be patient!
Give with your heart.
Remember that life needs you.


2)   Infinitives with to

Examples: to see; to go

Infinitive = (grammar) the simple form of a verb. We sometimes use the infinitive with to, and sometimes without, depending on what comes before it.

He can swim.
He wants to swim.

Ne gjuhen shqipe, kjo fjale ka kuptimin paskajore.

We use infinitives with to:
After certain verbs (for example hope, want, have, would like)

I hope to see you soon.
I don’t want to go home.
You have to change at Coventry.
Would you like to dance?

After something, anything, nothing

Would you like something to eat?
Have you got anything to drink?
There’s nothing to do.

To say why we do things (infinitive of purpose)

Why did you come here? To see you.
You got to a supermarket to buy food.
Infinitives without to
Examples: see; go

We use infinitives without to:
After the special verbs can could will would and do

I can speak English.
Could you speak more slowly?
It will rain tomorrow.
What would you like?
Does he smoke?
Don’t stop.


After let’s

Let’s all go and see Ann.


3)  -Ing form

MENYRA PERCJELLORE

Kjo menyre ne gjuhen angleze ndertohet thjesht duke I shtuar nje foljeje te caktuar mbaresen - ing.
Patjeter qe ka disa rregulla drejtshkrimi ne ndertimin e saj,por qellimi i mesimit te sotem eshte i mjaftueshem me kaq. 

 Examples: see + ing = seeing; go+ing=going

After certain verbs (for example like love hate)

I like speaking French.
I love going to the theatre.

In progressive tense

What are you doing? I’m writing letter.

After all prepositions

Thank you for coming.
She’s good at swimming.


















Monday, June 27, 2016



Walter Reed and the Power of Dedication



Walter Reed was still a boy when he decided what he wanted to do with his life. More than anything else, he wanted to become a doctor and help ease the pain and suffering of other people.
Born in Virginia, Walter Reed was the son of a Methodist minister. He grew up during the Civil war. When he was 15 years old, Walter entered the University of Virginia, where his dedication to study was so complete that when he was only 17 he was admitted to university's medical school. In one year he completed his medical studies, passed his examination, and was awarded his medical degree.

At 18 he was the youngest graduate in the school's history.
Dr. Reed practiced in New York  City and in the borough of Brooklyn for several years. But he was not happy. He had seen too much suffering and often felt unable to help those who were sick. He was also discouraged because some of his fellow doctors were poorly trained and cared little for their patients.

Then Walter Reed made a decision that changed his life. He joined the Army Medical Corps and became an Army surgeon. His dedication to his patients and to the field of medicine earned him a promotion to captain, and then to major. He was transferred to Baltimore, Maryland, to continue his studies, and then to Washington, D.C., to teach at the Army Medical School.
During the Spanish -American War, American soldiers were sent to fight in Cuba. There they found that their deadliest enemy was not the Spanish army, but a disease called yellow fever.
The soldiers called it yellow jack. Nobody knew where it came from or how it spread from one person to another. For centuries, outbreaks of yellow fever had killed tens of thousands of people. Now it swept across Cuba, again killing thousands.
Major Reed had alerady shown that typhoid fever was spread mainly by the common fly. Measures to get rid of flies greatly reduced the number of new typhoid cases. Now he was asked to find out what caused yellow fever and how it was spread.
He went to work with determination. He traveled to Cuba where he learned everything he could about the epidemic. He became convinced that yellow fever was spread by a certain kind of mosquito, Aedes aegypti, as scientists call it. He believed the mosquito would bite a person suffering from yellow fever and then would infect healthy persons when it bit them. It was a good theory, but Walter Reed needed to prove he was right.

To test this theory, Major Reed wanted to let an infected mosquito bite him. But members of his medical team refused to let him do it. His life could not be risked, they said. After all, it was his experiment. How could they continue if he died?
Dr. James Caroll, a member of Reed's team, volunteered to be bitten by an infected mosquito. A soldier, Private William E. Dean, also volunteered. They fell ill, but both recovered.
Dr. Jesse Lazear, another member of the team, was accidentally bitten by a mosquito and died nine days later. Major Reed was deeply saddened by his death and become even more determined to defeat the yellow fever.

Though Walter Reed knew he was on the right path to controlling yellow fever, he needed to prove beyond doubts that the mosquito, and nothing else, spread the disease. The only way to prove this was to put  a group of volunteers where they could not come in contact with the disease in any way,and then let them be bitten by infected mosquitoes.If they fell ill,he would know the mosquitoes were responsible.
A special camp was built to conduct the tests.A number of volunteers were bitten by the mosquitoes ,and soon they fell ill.Dr.Reed worked day and night to make sure the experiment was done correctly.He worried over each patient who became ill,and made sure each was well cared for.They all recovered.
Another group of volunteers, separated from others ,were not bitten by the mosquitoes.Instead,they slept in bedsheets used by yellow fever victims,wore their clothes, and used their towels.But none of them became ill.
Reed now had the evidence he needed .The mosquitoes did carry the disease.The Army began to destroy the mosquitoes and their breeding grounds.Soon there were very few new yellow fever cases.
Through their dedication ,Dr.Walter Reed and his team had defeated one of humanity's deadliest enemies,and had made important new discoveries in the war against disease.



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paf25.06.2016

Dear students,

I wish each one of you, Happy holidays! Whenever I have a little time I will  add to this page a short story to read about the history of famous people.                                                                                                                                                                                       fm  


Jane Addams and the Power of Sharing




Jane ADDAMS WAS BORN only a few months before the Civil War began and just two months before Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States.Her father ,a prosperous businessman and a state  senator from Illinois,knew Lincoln well and shared his belief that all people should be free to enjoy the fruits of their own labor.When the Civil War began,John Addams organized a company of soldiers  called the ''Addams Guards'' and went off to fight for the Union.
Like many other children , Jane Addams believed  her father was the greatest man in the world.

Even as a young girl,she would talk with him about the problems and puzzles ahe found in life
When she was seven years old ,she and her father traveled from their home to Cedarville to visit a mill located in a very poor section of a neighboring town.Jane noticed that the children lived in small,run-down houses packed so closely together there was hardly any place to play.
Jane  asked her father why people lived that way,but his explanation did not satisfy her.She told him that when she grew up she would live in a big ,beautiful house but that it would not be located among other big , beautiful houses in the country.It would be right near  poor little houses like the ones she saw around her.Then she could share the beauty and comfort of her house with those who were not so rich as she was.
As Jane grew up she never forgot that many people live in hunger,poverty, and sadness. She decided that her life's work would be to help make their lives better.
  She went to Philadelphia to study medicine, but her spine problem forced her to leave school and have an operation. It took her a long time to recover. Several years passed while Jane Addams struggled to decide what to do with her life.
  One day, while traveling in Europe with her friend Ellen Gates Starr, Jane Addams decided that she did not have to be a doctor to help people. She told Ellen of her idea to live among  poor people and share with them the good things life had brought to her. She could help them to learn about art and music., help them learn new skills, and help them with other problems they might have. Ellen liked the idea very much, and the two women started liked the idea very much, and the two women started right away to plan what they would do.
In 1889 Jane and Ellen moved into Hull House, a big old mansion in a very poor section of Chicago. There they started many projects to help the working people of their neighborhood. Soon enough, children and their parents were coming to Hull House for classes, reading groups, games, lectures, and all sorts of enjoyable and useful activities. Whenever any of the people had problems, they would go to Jane Addams. She shared her knowledge, experience, and money uselfishly in order to help them.
   Jane Addams began a long campaign to provide better housing and better living conditions for poor people. She worked to get child labor laws passed to protect young people who had to take jobs to help their families. She worked to bring peace to the world. And she wrote many books telling what she and her friends had learned about helping others.
  In 1931 Jane Addams was given one of the most important awards in the world, the Nobel Peace Prize. She had brought hope, beauty, and happiness into the lives of everyone around her simply by sharing her life with them.