Greetings to all who have managed to find this little corner of the cyber world that I have carved out to make a place for myself.
 
This site is a venue for me to share some things about myself and my endeavors as member of the Society for Creative Anachronism.
 
It is my hope that you may find something things here of interest to you, and better yet, helpful.
 
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  • On education in the USA Earlier today I had an extended family member share a YouTube video about a speech that all School Principals should give at the start of the new school year in the USA. Although there were a couple of points I could agree with, most of them I could not.I think there was an attempt to try to focus on the learning environment, but it was by stripping away the concept of "self" and "self-esteem" of the students. That is what was, in my opinion, the emphasis of the speech.The speech also included about not having any classes or clubs around sexual identity, ethnicity, cultural and race. Classes would also only be taught in English, except classes that ...
    Posted Jul 9, 2020, 8:47 AM by Cassandra Baldassano
  • Mac & Cheese Recipe: Semi-homemade As a working Mom, I often have a set of "go to" recipes that are quick to make, especially on a week night. This recipe is a favorite of my son, Stephen, and his fiancé.1 pound dry macaroni, cooked and drain according to directions on box1 can Campbell's Cheddar Cheese soup1 can milk1/2 pound Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated1/2 pound Mozzarella Cheese, gratedsalt, pepper, garlic powder to tastePreheat oven to 375F. Cook macaroni according to direction son box, drain. Meanwhile, in small pot combine Cheddar Cheese Soup, Milk, Salt, Pepper and Garlic powder. Heat over medium heat until it comes to a simmer. Remove from heat. Combine cheese sauce with ...
    Posted Jun 15, 2020, 6:09 PM by Cassandra Baldassano
  • Direct Confrontation "State Prosecutor: But your own words demand for DIRECT CONFRONTATION!Steve Biko: That's right, we demand confrontation.State Prosecutor: Isn't that a demand for violence?Steve Biko: Well, you and I are now in confrontation, but I see no violence."Cry Freedom, 1987The memory of this scene in the movie Cry Freedom has been often on my mind as of late. Although this movie was about the Apartheid in South Africa, I think it resonates very strongly about what is happening in America today.Over the last few weeks I have seen many step up to have "Direct Confrontation", many of those have been peaceful... unfortunately others have been violent.Most people don't like confrontation. It ...
    Posted Jun 15, 2020, 6:10 PM by Cassandra Baldassano
  • Of Politics - a personal view Do I dare make this post?Some of you may be curious by this question, others may cringe...Recent events along with the multitude of events that have spanned my lifetime, and preceded my life time, have shaped my views. I grew up in California, Silicon Valley to be more precise, which in the 80's & 90's had a reputation for implementing some progressive ideas. I have lived for the past 16 years in Northeastern Pennsylvania which has a more conservative reputation.One clear example that comes to mind is the concern with second hand smoke. In 1995, California was the first state to enact a statewide ban of smoking in public places. There were other bans prior to ...
    Posted Jun 1, 2020, 6:43 AM by Cassandra Baldassano
  • An Unexpected Journey "I can't imagine setting at a computer 8 hours a day programming", the 17 year-old me told myself back in 1984. This was after years of hearing my mother (Frances Ceraolo) telling me "You should be a programmer!"The stubborn child that I was, was not going to have any of that after spending 2 years in programming classes in High School. Although I did not mind the volunteer work I did for my Mom's employer, KTEH (PBS station in San Jose), helping to process the pledges for the drives and entering the information in their newly created database. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, but I knew it wasn't programming!!!I enjoyed ...
    Posted Jun 17, 2019, 6:47 PM by Cassandra Baldassano
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