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Over the years, people have asked me what it is like to live in Minnesota.  I usually tell them that it is a boring and extremely cold state.  Most Taiwanese are used to the metropolitan lifestyle and tropical to subtropical weather to be able to imagine living in a state with winter as long as 7 months and downtown activity that dies down around 5pm.    

 

If you truly like winter and winter sports such as downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snow-sledding, snow-tubing, snow-shoeing, snowmobiling, ice-fishing, ice-skating, snow-sculpting, dog-sledding, glacier walking, playing ice hockey, sleigh riding, building snow forts or snowmen, and making snow angels, or if you always want to have a white Christmas, you might find Minnesota a paradise like my son.  My son, who was born in winter, wishes that it snows every day.  He is a true winter boy.  His mom sure picks the right place for him to live.  Minnesota winters are tedious and cold.  However, nothing shuts down even when snow storms strike.  Temperatures well below freezing are just run-of-the-mill.  You may see snow as early as in October and as late as in April.  If you cannot endure 7 months of winter, the below zero degree temperature with windchill factor and the constant snow storms, Minnesota is not the place for you.  I don’t think that you can stand hibernating for over half of the year.  

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It was about a month ago on Veteran’s Day that I read the stories of some disabled Veterans which prompted me to write this article.  I have been thinking of writing this since then but have had trouble finding time to frame my thoughts.  I have the utmost respect to the soldiers who felled in defense of freedom, risking their lives to save the lives of others.  It is so sad to read the stories of those who sacrificed their lives to protect us and to provide a better living for others.  It is also so unbearable to hear about the war trauma they experienced, the disabilities they developed and the difficulties they faced returning to civilian life and reentering into their previous rhythm of life.

 

 

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Can you guess what awaits us this weekend?  Can you imagine a foot (30.48 centimeters) of snow dumped in a day?  Starting from Friday midnight, we will see an inch-and-a half snow falling per hour throughout the night.  In addition to the snow, there will be gusty wind whipping flakes all around, making it a white-out condition, creating near zero visibility.  We will also see temperatures falling to as low as -10 degrees Fahrenheit.  With the gusty wind, it feels more like -39 degrees Fahrenheit (-40 °C) counting the windchill factor.  Can you imagine ice crystals glittering on your eyelashes and nostrils frozen from breathing in the cold air that you can't stop coughing? 

 

 

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I often felt that I should do more but I didn’t.  How could I make the world a better world?  How could I be a better mentor to the young students?  What life experience can I provide to them?  What career guidance could I provide to the fresh graduate?  What could I do to advocate Taiwan’s sovereignty and autonomy?    

  

So, what is stopping me from accomplishing all of them?  In fact, there is nothing.  It is so easy to just sit there, doing nothing but thinking.  What I need to do more is to get up and do it. 

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What prompted me to write today was a Facebook friend invitation that I received recently.  Mostly, I am indifferent to accepting cyber friends.  Who are they exactly?  I don’t think that I truly want to know or care to know.  It is extremely hard for me to warm up to people.  To tell you the truth, I still struggle to understand the purpose of having a Facebook account.  One day, I received an email from a cyber friend.  He informed me that he had stopped blogging and started interacting with others via Facebook.  He gave me his Facebook account information.  In order to view someone’s Facebook information, you have to sign up for a Facebook account and that was how I got a Facebook account.  I suppose that I am somewhat old-fashioned and out-dated.  Am I alone?  Not really.  I can’t seem to find any of my real world friends having a Facebook account.     

 

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So far, we have had four snowfalls this winter.  I thought that maybe it is time to write a snow poem.

 

 

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A correlative conjunction always shows up in pairs, linking sentence elements of the same kind.  Remember parallelism with correlative conjunctions.  Use matching grammatical forms on the words which follow the correlative conjunctions to ensure parallelism.

 

相關連接詞是由兩個或多個字組成的連接詞。相關連接詞兩邊的文法關係必須對稱 - 所連接的部份是同等關係。

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