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The reconciliation feature in QuickBooks is a very powerful tool, but my experience has been that the majority of users aren't utilizing its features effectively. In addition, the most common usage of this feature is to reconcile bank statements, but it can also be used to reconcile other accounts as well. Starting a reconciliation is relatively easy, but the reconciliation window that appears after you click on Continue has some features that may not be all that obvious. The first feature is the fact that every column in the reconciliation window can be sorted simply by clicking once on the column heading. If you want the sort in reverse order, click on the column heading a second time. This is especially useful if the bank statement lists cleared checks separately from all other transactions. Click on the Ref# column so the transactions are listed by number and reconcile those. Then click on the Date column so that the entries match the rest of the transactions listed... read more

Did you Know: We can use generators/coroutines in place of multi-threading? Most of us don't think twice about the simple for loop or how it works. Why should we? Is there anything behind it? How does it work? Let's take a look behind the scenes. Python's for loop is really a for each loop (for each element in collection). msg = "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" If we want to traverse the string above to produce each letter one by one, we simply treat this string like any other sequence in python. for letter in msg:     print letter 'T h e q u i c k b r o w n .... lazy dog... Outcomes our string one letter at a time to the standard output. So what is the for loop actually doing for us? Just as you would assume, as if we were to consume an iterator manually. iterator = iter(msg) T h e ...iterator... read more

April 2016   Featured Local Gospel Artist - The Victory Choral Ensemble   The Victory Choral Ensemble was formed by members who had been a part of the Victory Choral Union, under the leadership of the father of Gospel, the late Thomas A Dorsey. The new group became the Victory Choral Ensemble, and united with Rev. James Cleveland’s Gospel Music Workshop of America. Founded in 1967 by Rev. James Cleveland and Albertina Walker, the GMWA is an annual convention that brings together people who love gospel music from around the world and from many faiths. Thousands of members met for a week long gathering of classes, outreach, musical services, showcases, exhibits and seminars. GMWA participants sing in one of the various music outlets such as the National Mass Choir and the James Cleveland Gospel Chorus. The Victory Choral Ensemble has ministered with many gospel greats including the late Rev. James Cleveland, Pastor Shirley Caesar and Evang. Dorothy... read more

March 2016  The Savettes   The Savettes of Philadelphia continues to sing under the anointing for over 60 years. They are the epitome of excellence in singing praises to God, being known for their renditions of the great hymns of the church. They began as a small group of friends who gathered together to fellowship in members’ homes. At one of those meeting the Spirit of God fell upon them and ordained them to sing with power, strength and a strong commitment to God’s Word. The Savettes ministry has extended to churches, prisons, hospitals, nursing homes, and wherever God’s people are in need. They have ministered with many gospel greats including Mahilia Jackson, the Hawkins Family and the late Rev. James Cleveland. If they can do it, you can do it too!

February 2016  Featured Local Gospel Artist  Yolanda F. Foreman and TIC   Yolanda F Foreman and the Tabernacle Interdenominational Choir is a multi-generational community based choir which was established in January 2004. Musical Director Yolanda Foreman is a Bancroft Program Associate by trade. She was educated at Overbrook High School, Temple University, and Cabrini College. Foreman established the choir known as TIC with a vision to endeavor to become an interdenominational choir family that breaks denominational barriers, while striving to have a close personal relationship with Christ. Their primary goal is to magnify God’s name through the gift of song. TIC’s revenues from their first live recording will be used to establish a TIC Scholarship Fund for matriculating high school seniors pursuing higher education. The choir has ministered to youth, young adults, and grown ups alike at various churches and events throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding... read more

January 2016  Featured Local Gospel Artist Wilmington-Chester Mass Choir   The award-winning Rev. Ernest Davis Jr.’s legendary Wilmington-Chester Mass choir is comprised of singers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Their 1988 debut “Victory Shall Be Mine” (Sweet Rain Records), yielded hits like “Ride on King Jesus” and “Sovereign”. After the death of Rev. Davis Jr. in 1991, Inner City Communications radio executive Chris Squire took over the 30+year old choir and kept it alive. The choir celebrated winning 2 stellar awards recently as Choir of the Year and Traditional Choir of the Year. They have been nominated multiple times, winning their first two Stellar awards in 1992 for Song of the Year “He’s Preparing Me”, which spent over 70 weeks on Billboard Magazine Gospel Charts, and won Choir of the Year for that same recording. If they can do it, you can do it too!   By: Nikita  

Here is an example of a listening activity which I created for a French 2 Honors class. It's based on a youtube video taken from the popular French soap opera Plus Belle la Vie.  Listening Activity for “Plus Belle la Vie”-Asking for & granting a favor Écoute à la vidéo: jusqu’à (00:53). Essaie de déterminer, avec un partenaire : 1). Où sont-ils ? 2.) The man says to Frémont : « Dites à Léo qu’il me manque. » Qui est Léo ? 3.) What favor does the man ask Frémont for next ? (*Hint: He gives an affirmative command). 4.) Does Frémont agree to help him? Which phrase does he use to grant his favor or make an excuse? *Question Supplémentaire : Quel est le rapport entre Frémont et l’homme avec les cheveux noir ? Quelles phrases t’en faire penser ?    

Here is a sample proofreading checklist which I created for one of my English Language Learner (ELL) students. It is not an exhaustive list, because it is targeted to her most frequent errors.    Proofreading Checklist Did I check… 1. Spelling ?  Microsoft Office Spelling and Grammar check? ? Spelling of proper nouns (specific people, places, things?) ? Example: President Barack Obama 2. Grammar ? Circle all the verbs? ? Check subject/verb agreement? ? Check the verb: o Tense o Spelling 3. Sentence Structure   ? Correct any sentences that are too long? o Add a good variety of short and long sentences? 4. Punctuation ? Put a box around each punctuation mark? ? Check apostrophes? o They should be for possessives (show ownership) or in place of a letter ? Example?: That is Joe's essay. ? Example2 : It’s (It is) a nice day. ? Commas... read more

Functional Language: Agreeing and Disagreeing These examples are all informal. So, we would use them in every-day conversation and informal e-mails and texts, NOT in academic or business writing. They are all things we say in response to another person’s statement. to agree-(verb): to have the same opinion Agreeing: 1. That’s very true! 2. …I agree with you there. 3. Yes, I know EXACTLY what you mean! 4. I thought so. a. OR: b. I THOUGHT so! 5. AbsoLUTEly! (Absolutely!) 6. Yeah, I’m not surprised… to disagree-(verb): to have a different opinion; to fail to agree Disagreeing: 1. Yes, but don’t you think… 2. I agree with you, BUT… 3. Yes, but on the other hand… 4. I don’t see it quite like that. 5. You MUST be JOKING! 6. No, DEFINITELY not! 7. I don’t think so… 8. I don’t beLIEVE it! (I don’t believe it!) 9. Come ON! Sources: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s... read more

Functional Language: Agreeing and Disagreeing These examples are all informal. So, we would use them in every-day conversation and informal e-mails and texts, NOT in academic or business writing. They are all things we say in response to another person’s statement. to agree-(verb): to have the same opinion Agreeing: 1. That’s very true! 2. …I agree with you there. 3. Yes, I know EXACTLY what you mean! 4. I thought so. a. OR: b. I THOUGHT so! 5. AbsoLUTEly! (Absolutely!) 6. Yeah, I’m not surprised… to disagree-(verb): to have a different opinion; to fail to agree Disagreeing: 1. Yes, but don’t you think… 2. I agree with you, BUT… 3. Yes, but on the other hand… 4. I don’t see it quite like that. 5. You MUST be JOKING! 6. No, DEFINITELY not! 7. I don’t think so… 8. I don’t beLIEVE it! (I don’t believe it!) 9. Come ON! Sources: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s... read more

Here is a review exercise which I created specifically for one of my elementary reading students. It enhances comprehension, and also perfects the sub-skill of scanning a text for specific information.    Mr. Popper’s Penguins Book Review, Chapters 1-5 Directions: 1. Read the sentence to yourself. 2. Read the sentence aloud. 3. Find the sentence in the chapter. Write the chapter number and page. 4. Tell me, in your words, what was happening in the chapter. 5. Write 1-2 sentences about what was happening in the chapter. Example: In the pleasant little city of Stillwater, Mr. Popper, the house painter, was going home from work. -Chapter 1, page 3 -Mr. Popper and his family live in Stillwater. His job is to paint houses. • “How he [Mr. Popper] wished he had been a scientist, instead of a house painter in Stillwater, so that he might have joined some of the great Polar expeditions.” -Chapter , page - •... read more

Having expelled from the Republic "the poetry that aims at pleasure and imitation," Socrates provides for the ban's possible repeal, saying "we'll allow its defenders to speak in prose on its behalf and show that it is beneficial both to constitutions and to human life" (607d). Why does Socrates expel poetry? What kind of defense could make him change his mind? Does Aristotle's discussion in the Poetics provide such a defense, or the components for one, and does the defense succeed in showing that poetry is beneficial? The repeated mistaken moral judgments, ingested from cultural slogans, can, nearly every ancient thinker insists, lead one down a very dark path whose terminus ad quem is, in extreme cases, irrevocable pathology. Both the Greek and Roman Stoics understand their cultures as a source of corruption in virtue of the images that these cultures impress onto the soul of potentially good agents. We receive our culture’s impressions in a way similar... read more

In working with other company's QuickBooks records, I have noticed that many users record all sources of income as Customers and all payees of expenses as Vendors. Although that method may seem to be sufficient, QuickBooks has a feature that is often underutilized - the Other Names List. First, let's consider Vendors. QuickBooks was designed so that when a company receives a Bill from a Vendor, the bill can be recorded against the vendor and QuickBooks will track unpaid Bills as Accounts Payable. When the Bill is paid, then the balance in Accounts Payable is reduced. This is especially helpful for businesses that want to track their outstanding liabilities. But there are often many expenses that a business may incur that it will never receive a Bill for. For instance, an employee on a business trip may use a company credit card to purchase gasoline for a rental vehicle, pay tolls and parking, eat meals in various restaurants, and stay overnight in a hotel. A sole... read more

Electra, 1395ff Would that you come to me as a releaser/arbitrator of my care, Zeus, Zeus, as an avenger of my father among Superlatively shameful bloodlines. Having brought his wandering to the foot of Argos Having taken this from my crater, In order that I will utter a shout with gloomy lamentations for my father; Wailing, singing, dark Haides, father, for you. Beneath earth I sing the laments With hich I cry the whole day I pour out, for my beloved Cutting the neck with a fingernail And with hand against razor-shorn head Putting it down for your death. [in what way then does someone, after he distinguishes correctly, discern them? By wealth? By what is depraved does he then use his judgement. By those possessing nothing? But poverty possesses disease, And it causes a man to learn evil by external need. But having come to arms do you go? Who yet toward spear looking As a witness would become... read more

I published this article on my blog and I believe that it will help students, tutors and parents alike so I decided to re-blog here.  Time management is such an important skill! The article published by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension entitled “Thirteen Timely Tips for More Effective Time Management” proved to be very beneficial as well as the Time Management Quiz. They highlight the importance of prioritizing, goal setting and eliminating distractions. I found five time managements tools that can help us achieve our goals. StayFocusd – This is a Google Chrome extension that blocks you from going to time-wasting sites. It works like a timer, and asks you to set the maximum time you want to waste on your customized time-killer sites before they’re blocked. This tool would be perfect for parents to use with students who go to school online. It would help them to keep their kids on track and not chatting on twitter or posting photos on Instagram. This tool... read more

Scheduling I can't give preference to any student, so I encourage you to contact me as soon as possible to schedule a session. Your time is valuable as well as mine and my other students'. A regular schedule is the most successful structure for tutoring, and I offer discounts for sessions scheduled on a regular basis (see Session Fees).  I also tutor individuals who want single sessions, have irregular schedules, need immediate help, or simply are not sure.   I try to be as flexible as possible, and am usually able to stay longer than scheduled if necessary, and will not charge for up to half an hour extra if it was not previously arranged. I offer online tutoring as well as in-person, so please let me know if you are interested in occasional online sessions to supplement regular.  If you are a regular student, please feel free to contact me outside of sessions for questions or brief lessons at no charge.   Session Fees All... read more

For my fellow Macintosh users - here's a little education about malware. If you own Macs like me, you have very little to worry about when it comes to viruses and malware. Notice I said "very little" and not "nothing" to worry about. Yes, there is malware out there that can infect OS X, but it is very rare. Plus, since OS X is based on UNIX, the only way to infect the System is by intentionally allowing the malware to be installed, which would require entering your Administrator name and password at least once. Pretty simple - if you weren't installing software or modifying a System preference of some kind, then don't enter your password. Many of my clients still worry. Clicking a link in a suspect email or visiting a malicious website can certainly open you up to infection, but using common sense should be all the protection you need. With that said, there are a couple of anti-virus/anti-malware applications for OS X out there that... read more

One feature of QuickBooks that many corporate accountants really hate is the fact that you can change almost anything you have entered in the software. Unless the entries have been locked (which I will discuss later), QuickBooks is a completely open bookkeeping software. However, the ability to make changes is not necessarily a bad thing. Let's face it. I have yet to meet a bookkeeper or any QuickBooks user (includng myself) who doesn't make mistakes. And sometimes the information you may have entered in QB is incomplete or incorrectly distributed to the wrong account. For instance, you may have found it necessary to change one or more of the following in a transaction: Amount Date Terms Bill or invoice number Purchase Order number Memo description Job or Customers an expense is to be billed to Chart of Accounts category So how do you find the transactions that need to be changed, and how do you change them? There are a number of different... read more

Thank you for the opportunity to help you/your child be successful in school. Helping others develop strong study habits and improve their knowledge and understanding is my passion. I am happy to be of service. I also rely on my tutoring income to meet my responsibilities. For that reason, I believe it is important to have clear policies around scheduling and cancellations. SCHEDULING I schedule students on a first come – first served basis. I have many students who choose to keep a regular standing appointment each week. This arrangement is the most mutually beneficial for all involved. However, I also have some students who prefer to schedule as needed. Those students need to be flexible as my availability may shift from week to week. All appointments are a minimum of one hour in length. To schedule an appointment please contact me via email at  CANCELLATIONS If you must cancel an appointment, please contact me by 2:00 PM the day prior... read more

I have been a tutor for many years. I have been an advocate for bullied kids for several years as well. But only recently did I begin to see that even tutors can offer relief to kids who are bullied, and point bystanders in a proper direction as well. The tutor's secret is really simple: we don't even have to know whether or if the students we work with are having bullying problems. All we have to know is that they sometimes exhibit the same symptoms as a bullied kid, and those symptoms can be brought on by stress. The student who needs a tutor is often dealing with stress already, because the homework isn't done, he doesn't know how to do it - not the first thing, time is running out and there's nobody to help.   When I was younger, you know how I handled that kind of stress? By hoping the problem would go away. I would go into class the next day, the teacher would relent and say "hey, this is too hard for you guys, so let's go over... read more

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