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Jul.14.2012
The song, or rather songs, that came from the instrument told a story. It seemed to be a story about a relaxing day in the life of a person. Even though there was no words to this song, the music found its way from the instrument to my ears and then to my heart. I could not move , as much as I...
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Jul.14.2012
The pagoda has been sitting in the same spot since 1905. It’s maintenance, survival through world war two, and remoteness despite being  in the middle of a city that is transitioning from being  an industrial center to a financial center is a testament to the Chinese people. Their filial...
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Jul.06.2012
I fell instantly and completely in love. The beautiful French back packer with the kinky reddish brown hair asked if I minded if she rolled the cigarettes. I was more worried that the security at Beijing Capital airport may think she was rolling something other than cigarettes but I had no...
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Jun.28.2012
The cold air mountain air of this Seattle suburb was doing more to wake me up than the coffee warming my hands. I desperately had not wanted to make this trip but I knew without it I could never move on. I walked past the gravestones. Even though I had never been to this cemetery before I knew...
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Jun.12.2012
One of the very cool things about Red Room is that you get to have author’s promote their books and you discover little gems you may never have found otherwise. I stumbled upon James Hoch’s blog while looking for some way to avoid studyingand he discussed  how his new novel, Heckel Casy, had...
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Jun.07.2012
“Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.”                                         ...
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Jun.05.2012
Language is important and understanding it is difficult to understand even if you have a “college level” vocabulary. This misconception that language is easy comes from our daily use of it. Of course , as a parallel example, one would have to say that understanding the physiology of the human body...
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Jun.05.2012
“Life is really simple, we insist on making it complicated” –Confucius   I had  reached a proud new zenith of laziness, one that prevented me from going out and buying food for my empty fridge. I pondered solving  this problem by ordering food to come to me. Thusly the state of...
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Jun.04.2012
I got into poetry not so much because I loved poetry, but more because I loved a woman who loved poets. I found, and still find, I don’t get it. I try and sometimes I am right, but usually I “miss the point” and just enjoy the sounds of it whether it is established poets like Langston Hughes to up...
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Jun.03.2012
“I don’t think you can simply be a Dadaist simply because you say you are,” my friend paused and drew a puff of his cigarette “what I am saying is that a Dadaist does certain things. I think to be a Dadaist you have to actually do these things”. I scowled at my friend as he sat across from me. He...
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Jun.02.2012
Here,at this point, is where I remembered despite the degradation, despite the comments of “Those who can’t, teach” ,there was much good about teaching.  There is a  concept inherently involved in teaching  that a CEO of a company or executive middle manager would never understand...
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Jun.02.2012
    "In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less." --Lee Iacocca A big tear began to form in her eyes. At first they covered the eye like some alien membrane and then gravity pulled the tear between her...
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Jun.01.2012
The end is  anti-climatic, so much so that viewers probably will wonder why the story was told in the first place. In reality-life, unlike Hollywood, we have very little control how the endings occure and even less control of forcing the character-people will react. I took one last look at the...
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May.31.2012
Sadly I think most of the politicians would dodge the question because they are in the election winning business. They want the congressional pin, or the all night parties on Airforce 1 . Elections are not about the “people” rather they are about a particular person. The question that needs to...
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May.31.2012
The 2002 Nobel Prize winner for economics, psychologist Emeritus at Princeton University , Eugene Higgins once said: “ We are blind  to our own blindness, We have very little idea how much we don’t  know, we are not designed to understand how little we know” It was upon reading that quote...
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