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ABSTRACT NOUNS

abhorrence ability affection altruism anger annoyance antipathy ardor attachment aversion benevolence bliss bravery care charity cheerfulness contempt courage depression desire desperation destination discord disgust dislike distaste duplicity ecstasy education effort elation emotion enjoyment enmity enthusiasm euphoria exertion exhilaration exuberance faith, feeling felicity fondness force fortune, friendship fun fury gladness glee

CLOSED COMPOUND NOUNS


1) Applesauce, 2) Barmaid 3) Barman 4) Bathroom 5) Bedroom 6) Blackboard 7) Breakdown 8) Breakwater 9) Browbeat 10) Butterfly 11) Buttermilk 12) Butterscotch 13) Chairperson 14) Childlike 15) Crosstown 16) Eyebrow 17) Fingerprint 18) Fisherman 19) Flashlight, 20) Football 21) Footbrake 22) Footprint 23) Grasshopper 24) Handbag 25) Handbill 26) Handkerchief 27) Hardware 28) Highway 29) Hyperactive 30) Hypothermia 31) Keyboard, 32) Lifelong

33) Makeup 34) Milkmaid 35) Newspaper 36) Notebook, 37) Output 38) Overhead 39) Redhead 40) Salesman 41) Sandbag 42) Sandpaper 43) Sandstone 44) Saucepan 45) Seafood 46) Seaman 47) Seaweed 48) Secondhand 49) Shoelace, 50) Softball

Hyphenated form
1) Air-tight 2) Air-brake 3) Air-chamber 4) Air-cushion-vehicle 5) Air-port 6) Arm-chair 7) Baby-sitter 8) Blue-green 9) Born-again 10) Boy-friend, 11) Brother-in-law 12) Daughter-in-law 13) Dining-table 14) Editor-in-chief, 15) Father-in-law 16) Fly-leaf 17) Fly-wheel 18) Freeze-dry 19) Great-grandfather 20) Hyper-acidity 21) Hypo-thyroid 22) Love-in 23) Mass-produced 24) Master-at-arms 25) Mother-in-law 26) Multi-storey 27) New year's day 28) Over-ripe 29) Over-the-counter 30) Sister-in-law 31) Six-pack 32) Six-year-old

33) Sky-scraper 34) Sub-urban 35) Twelve-year-old 36) Wall-paper 37) White-wash 38.mayor- elect
39.pro- labor 41.passer- by 42.court- martial 43.grant- in - aid 44.attorney- at- law 45.go- between 46.mother- in- law 47.jack- in- the- box 48.sergeant- at- arms 49.master- at- arms 50.bro-in-law

Open form
1) Attorney general 2) Bath tub 3) Beauty saloon 4) Birth day 5) Birth name 6) Bottom line 7) Broad gauge 8) Capital letter 9) Castor oil 10) Christian name 11) Curriculum vitae 12) Desk top computer 13) Dish washer 14) Elementary school 15) Family name 16) First cousin 17) Fish tank 18) Fish tank 19) Full moon 20) Grey matter 21) Half sister 22) High school 23) Ice land 24) Independence day 25) Indoor game 26) Indoor plant 27) Intelligence quotient 28) Knitting needle 29) Lap top computer 30) Living room 31) Lower middle class 32) Maiden name

33) Male nurse 34) Meter gauge 35) Middle class 36) Mineral water 37) Office assistant 38) Office stationary 39) Outdoor game 40) Paper clip 41) Petrol gauge 42) Police officer 43) Pony tail 44) Post office 45) Real estate 46) Registry office 47) Rest room 48) Scotch whisky 49) Seat belt 50) Tea cup

INTRODUCING ROBREDO TO KIDS


They have been given the nomenclature name of grandparents because, they are really grand. Grand in their cute and majestic appearances, grand in their magnanimous behaviour, grand in their attitudes, and lo and behold, very grand in their love and affection. Grandparents are the name given to the parents of one's parents, and they are really the ones who pamper the children of the family. This also can be easily analyzed; they pamper their children and grandchildren out of proportion. This is because after a very long gap of time when their own children were small, now, they find in their homes little children to play with. They pamper their grandchildren more than they ever did their own because now is the time when they have all the hours of the day, at their disposal, free from all responsibilities. Now they have all the time to pamper, cajole, and make love to little children. When their own children were small, they had no time to waste on such cajoling. Besides all this, the parents being busy for the whole day have no time from their routines to see to the extra demands of the children, and, this is where the grandparents enter the scene of the family. Grandparents are such a solace to the children, who are gifted to them as the most loving members in the house. They provide the 'all-important' lap to lay the stressed body and head and of course experienced brains to give advice. With grandparents in the family, the children learn a lot more about life than otherwise. They learn to respect, not only their elders but all the old and infirm. They learn to help the weak, and to go all out to people who need any help. Thus the very presence of grandparents, gives the children a huge stock of humaneness, which they would otherwise have missed upon. The stories narrated by grandparents give an immense pleasure to the children together with a deep insight into life, even if the children haven't faced it yet. At most times, grandparents can also be very good friends who play indoor games with the children, for which the parents have no time to spare. Above all advantages, the blessings of grandparents are so very interesting and inspiring that, the children really get a boost to work and work more and more. Just as everything has two sides to it, so does the existence of grandparents in a family also has the other side to it. The other side of the coin is that, their very existence can be really

very damaging for the children. At times, the grandparents just cannot understand the trends of the changing times. When this happens they are bound to be a nasty experience for the children. When these same grandparents keep nudging at the children for whatever they do just quoting that it never happened in the earlier times or in their time, they offend the children beyond all repairs. They do not seem to realize that, between them and the children there is a gap of two generations, and, each generation is bound to be different. This strict attitude of the grandparents towards the children creates a wedge between the three generations living under one roof. These wedges can grow deeper with time, if the grandparents refuse to forget that theirs was a different generation. With the wedge becoming deeper there can be a break and this can be disastrous for both, the children and the family. Thus, as is true of all things, there are advantages and disadvantages of living with grandparents. They are, on the one hand, a solace to tired bodies and minds, while on the other hand they can be the single cause of breakups in a family. It would be just wonderful if grandparents could see more analytically the present times and then guide the children and adjust themselves too. To strike a balance in three generations is no doubt difficult but, if achieved with the effort of all it can produce a heaven on earth, a home which could be envy of all around and home for others to emulate. Grandparents are a boon and can become a bane to a family. A suggestion for all would be one word - adjustment - that is the key, yes, the master key to the prosperity in man's life.

Contemporary Philippine history records August as the month of deaths of individuals highly admired like Cory Aquino (Aug. 1), Cory Aquinos Interior Secretary Jaime Ferrer (Aug. 2), Ninoy Aquino (Aug. 21), and the most recent, P-Noys Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo (Aug. 18). These dates should give greater relevance and meaning to the annual holiday at the end of the month, National Heroes Day. The extensive media coverage lauded the extraordinary public servant Jesse Robredo, and drew such public interest and curiosity because of the lamentable and dramatic circumstances of his passing juxtaposed with the grace, serenity, and courage of his wife Leni and three daughters. Happily, the Great Men and Women of AsiaChildrens Series includes an illustrated Jesse Robredo biography for young readers, by virtue of his having been a Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Government Service in 2000. Robredos accomplishments as legendary mayor of Naga are documented in a manner that children will relate to, through a series of Internet chats between two young boys, simply identified as XtnXtra, writing from the US, and MattDude2000, a balikbayan on forced vacation in his parents hometown, Naga City, where he is complaining of sheer boredom. What kind of vacation is this, he says, when all we do is attend my parents reunions with all their friends, and I have to kiss folks I am seeing for the first time? It is such a sleepy town, Matt describes Naga, that he even wonders if it has any Internet at all. He is surprised that it does, making possible the communication with XtnXtra to continue. He cant wait for the days of boredom to finally end. It turns out to be quite an unusual vacation, for Matts announcement that he has met the city mayor leads his incredulous friend to ask how that ever happened. Was his friend of any importance for the mayor to bother with him? As Matt reveals more details about the mayor, they both agree that this mayor, visible in T-shirt and shorts does sound weird but interesting! Interesting enough for XtnXtra to ask for the mayors autograph. Why weird? He was playing basketball in the streets instead of doing mayor stuff, and did not have bodyguards shadowing him all the time. Biking around the city So unlike in America where guns, dark glasses and walkie-talkies would be standard fare for security detail, Mayor Jesse, as the Naga citizens call him, likes biking around the citywhy, does he not own a car? More anecdotes are narrated, revealing the grit and the character of former Mayor Robredo. When he biked into the ricefields one afternoon in search of a little girl who had run away from home, the cynical wondered. Was it an election gimmick that he would go to all that trouble? That was easily dismissed, because it was his last year in office and could not run again as mayor. Of course, Matts balikbayan visit coincides with a typhoon, with Naga as the hardest hit, the worst in 12 years. Call it the highlight of 10 days of boredom. It was a familiar scenario, with many homes under water and residents needing to be rescued. Matts cousins were part of the youth rescue team that Robredo had organized precisely for such crises.

The story to top all stories was that the morning after the storm, Robredo was seen at the town plaza with a long broom sweeping away the debris. Without needing to say anything more, many of the Naga citizens did the same in the areas outside their homes. This short biography is merely an introduction to this public servant, but enough to pique curiosity. Thus, it is helpful that this book and the others in the series of Magsaysay awardees and the Modern Filipino Heroes includes a more detailed biographical account in the inside back cover, with the story itself focusing on specific incidents in the heros life. It is such human interest incidents that are woven together to highlight the distinct qualities of heroism and greatness. The format of this biography, entirely in Internet chat style, should make friendlier and less formidable reading, especially for reluctant readers. The use of informal adolescent lingo and the boys exaggerated expressions are other appealing features. The conversation is punctuated with dude, the trip to Naga described as torture, with Matts mother referring to this homecoming to his country of birth as one that would build character. What initially appeared to be a trip that was so not a vacation emerged as one that truly built character, because of the dudes meeting with a real-life hero.