Happy Mother’s Day!

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“On Mother’s Day, I have written a poem for you.  In the interest of poetic economy and truth, I have succeeded in concentrating my deepest feelings and beliefs into two perfectly crafted lines: You’re my mother, I would have no other!”  Forest Houtenschild

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Stories from Japan Disaster – Part 1

March 28, 2011 § 1 Comment

I am reposting this touching story:

By chance, a group of volunteers met a young boy whose parents were killed in the tsunami. His father was on his way to pick him up from school when the tsunami hit. The young boy personally witnessed his dad’s car being slowly swept away by the killer wave, but was unable to do anything about it. He had not heard from his parents since.

For someone who had lost both parents to the tsunami, the young boy appeared incredibly calm though sadness was clearly visible in eyes. He was asked by the volunteers if he had anything to eat; he politely answered “no”. Hearing this, a kind person gave him some food to eat. After thanking the person, the young boy immediately went to the nearby shelter and gave the food to the aid workers there. He then went to the back of the line, awaiting his turn to receive a share.

Even in such a dire circumstance, this unfortunate boy demonstrated courage and unselfishness. This is the essence of the Japanese culture, and is something to be admired. More stories in the coming days.

Japan will rise again!

March 14, 2011 § 4 Comments

Japan was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami over the weekend. Hearing this news makes me a little sad, as I have always had a special connection with the Japanese culture and people. In fact, I have written extensively about the country here in this blog and elsewhere. Although it may seem gloomy for Japan at the moment, I have no doubt that the country will recover from this. It should be noted that there have not been even a single report of LOOTING or ANARCHY since the incident. This is in total contrast to what occurred following other recent disasters like the Haiti Earthquake and even Katrina. This shows us that the Japanese are strong and proud people who will rise up from the ashes to rebuild their country. Pray for Japan.

Not Coming Home for the Holidays

January 6, 2011 § 1 Comment

By chance, I recently came across an old friend who is a professional singer. During our brief conversation, I asked her if she had been able to spend time with her family over the long holiday season. Looking visibly sad, she told me that she hadn’t seen her family since the beginning of November and won’t be able to see her loved ones until the middle of January.

By the nature of her profession, holidays like Thanksgiving (U.S.) and Christmas are generally the busiest working time of the year. She revealed to me that she had been on tour nonstop for the last two months. I find it a bit ironic that my friend is bringing joy to people this holiday season, but does not receive any joy herself.

Winter Solstice is here

December 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Time really flies, isn’t? I wrote a post about Autumnal Equinox not too long ago, and now I am here blogging about the Winter Solstice. Living in sunny California, I have never truly experienced a real winter (except when I visit the ski resort.) We have heat, rain, wind, and hail but never snow or sub-zero temperature. Before I moved to California, I lived in the place that doesn’t even have winter. It’s always summer there. I guess winter is a hot commodity.

Marie Curie – First Lady of Science

December 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

Throughout history, women were often barred from activities of the brain. This was due to women being thought of as having inferior intelligence, in relative to the superior men. Consequently, there have not been many women scientists and engineers. Marie Curie was one of very few exceptions. Not only she was a capable scientist, Curie was actually one of the best. She was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in science; she won it twice in fact. What makes her achievement so remarkable is the fact that she won Nobel Prizes for accomplishments in two different fields of science—physics (1903) and chemistry (1911). This is truly one of the rarest feats in science. Marie Curie puts Aristotle and his views on women’s intelligence to shame.

Happy Hanukkah 2010!

November 30, 2010 § 1 Comment

December is such a busy month for holiday celebrations. The Jews have Hanukkah. Muslims have the Islamic New Year. Atheists have Festivus. African Americans have Kwanzaa. Christians have Christmas. And finally, shopping addicts have Boxing Day. I really like the diversity. Happy Hanukkah!

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