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My rambling for the day – about government mentality and bureaucracy

 

Can we tell who is telling more lies?  Obama or Romney?  Who knows?  However, fundamentally, you know what each party's focus is and that is what you vote for.  Also, I know it is not going to get better under Obama.  With Romney, the chance is 50/50.  So would I bet on that?  Yes. 

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People were suspecting that the Colorado shooter, an extremely talented guy, James Holmes might have some sort of mental disorders to explain the precalculated mass murder. Speculation that he has Aspergers or Autism flies everywhere. I don't know if James Holmes truly has any mental illness or developmental disability. Even if he has, it doesn’t mean someone else with similar illness or disability would be a threat to the society. However, I do believe that our education system is inadequate in preparing kids with disabilities in fitting in the real world and to interact with others.

I can’t praise my school too much. I really love the education that our school provides. In addition to within class and between class ability grouping, we also have a special education program especially established for the exceptionally gifted kids (those with IQ over 145) to address their social and emotional needs in regards to appropriate interactions with the world around them, to build empathy and to eliminate isolation. They often have field trips in the community to connect them to the real world. While the country puts on so much emphasis on trying to bring up kids who lag behind academically, we should also pay more attention to those extremely talented but socially incapable.

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My Rambling of the Day: Spring Cleaning / Got Suntanned!

 

 

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An Incident that haunts me

 

This might be an icident that will haunt me for life. Last time, I talked about decisions. We make choices each day and each choice leads to different consequences. When my son was about eight months old, he had to go through circumcision suggested by our pediatrician to prevent future infection. Our decision to not go through circumcision when he was born didn’t spare him from not going through the surgery in the end. Conducting the surgery at an older age is actually riskier no matter how small the surgery is. I am not a great mom. I make mistakes all the time. New to parenthood, I was still very self-absorbed. Even now when I have been a mom for over nine years, I am still the same self-absorbed person. That day before the surgery, inside the waiting room, I set my son on the table. The table was more like a file cabinet, with narrow surface. When my son sat on top of it, he was about where my armpits were. The cabinet was in front of me, so I could see my son right in front of me. Instead of paying attention to what he was doing, I turned my head to the right to talk to my husband, who sat at the chair next to the cabinet. There was a space of about a chair's width between the chair and the cabinet. I didn’t realize that I had set my son too close to the edge of the cabinet. In the blink of an eye, he fell to the ground. He fell from a height of approximately four feet. I was really devasted and went to talk to the nurse right away to ask if he needed to be examined for any head injury. The nurse looked at him and told us that since he didn’t vomit, he should be okay. Gas induction of anesthesia was later performed and he was completely out of consciencious when the surgery went on.

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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions.

 

      Recently we attended the 4th grade Orchestra Orientation and learned that students attending the program will be pulled out of regular classes once a week for about half an hour.  Initially, I thought that this was just another after-school program, but apparently, the instructors worked the regular school hours like any other elementary school teachers.  I wouldn’t object to my son’s attending the program, as I don’t think missing classes for half an hour a week would be a big deal.  However, just in case that he does lag too far behind on a particular subject that he will miss, we would like to find out how far advance we will be notified of the schedule for each week since the schedule fluctuates each time, and if skipping the Orchestra lessons is an option.  This will help us work out a plan with the homeroom teacher ahead of time.  It is comforting to hear that the lesson time will not interfere with any school testing.

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Capital Punishment

 

I believe in capital punishment but only under the following circumstances where heinous crimes are committed such as murders, an attempt to murder, and in cases of rape, assault, torture, mutilation and child molestation that affect the victim’s emotional, physical, or mental health and cripple someone for life.  I believe that death penalty is justifiable only in the worst crimes where it serves as a prevention of the very criminals from walking away to violently harm anyone else again and as a deterrence of any copy cat.

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Thank God!  She is not a Taiwanese.

 

中國時報大老闆蔡衍明, 聯合報系發行人王效蘭- 台灣媒體大亨接二連三說出認同中共獨裁政權的爭議言論

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On this day:  February 28th

 

On February 28, while we mourn the loss of the freedom fighters, we are also facing the ignorance of those who ignore the history.  How many lives have to be sacrificed for the slaughterer to consider it a massacre?  How many people have to be murdered for the murderer to consider it a tragedy?  Human lives are sacred and precious, be it one or a hundred.  Is it not a big deal if there were only 500 people killed?  Recently, Former premier Hau Pei-tsun (郝柏村) argued over the number of deceased freedom fighter in the 228 massacre (http://homepage.usask.ca/~llr130/taiwanlibrary/kerr/kerr.pdf) and stated that the history textbook painted an incorrect picture.  Let’s not argue if his statement was ever close to accurate (According to NY Times, the number of people massacred in the 228 event is roughly 10,000, which is twenty-fold greater than Hau’s   http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F00E10FA3F5A147B93CBAB1788D85F438485F9 ).  I have to ask Hau.  Is it okay to kill you since your life counts only as one?  Is it justifiable to kill 500 people since they counted as a minority?  What were you trying to educate your next generation when your focus was on the number rather than on the cause?  Is killing okay if it is only targeted to a minority group? 

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Over the years, my blog readership has grown steadily.  I do not expect that there will be too many people reading my blog as it is neither interesting nor exciting.  In addition, I have kind of derailed from where I started.  I write more about my view rather than grammar explanation which might not satisfy some of my readers’ need.  Anyway, I am glad that you guys are still with me.  If there is something that you would like me to write about or something that you would like me to write more about, you can always leave me a message.  Though I limit who can leave comments on my blog article, I do not restrict who can leave messages to me.  As long as you are courteous and have a good intention and inasmuch as it is within my ability, your question will be answered.

 

As the number of my subscribers gets closer to 100, I am getting a little bit curious as to who will be the number 100 subscriber.  Maybe I should give that person some incentive to be the number 100 suscriber.  However, I can’t always tell the sequence of when someone becomes a subscriber since I don’t access my blog every day.  What’s more, sometimes, there is more than one subscriber in a day. 

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Minority

 

We seem to be the minority wherever we go. Our kids are the only two kids in their school with heritage tracing back to Taiwan. There are about 1,342 Taiwanese (0.5% of all Asian population in Minnesota compared to Chinese which is 11.4%) in Minnesota according to 2010 Census. We also fall in the minority group for voting a Republican presidential candidate compared to the majority of the Minnesotans since Minnesota has the longest streak, out of all states, of voting a Democrat in the presidential elections.

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Hollowing out Democracy Unwittingly

 

As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr’s Day, I have something to say.  I seem to always have things to say whenever it is Martin Luther King Jr’s Day. 

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Male Chauvinism

 

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A glimpse of the different teaching styles through my son’s experience

 

Our kids were born to a Chinese-language immersed environment.  Both my husband and I speak Mandarin to our kids.  My husband learned to speak Taiwanese when he was in college.  Though he is a Hakka, he cannot speak the dialect.  I do want our kids to pick up some Taiwanese, so they can communicate with their grandparents.  I would mix Taiwanese and Mandarin when I talked to them occasionally.  It might be hard to get them to the point where they can speak Mandarin fluently let alone Taiwanese.  We can only do as much as we can to help them to understand the language/dialects.  They might never have the use of the language/dialects but that is not my purpose of introducing the language/dialects to them.  It is more about the fun of being exposed to different languages/dialects and learning the different culture as well.  My son also took after school Spanish class for about a year.   

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The important role of an educator

 

It’s been a while that I pick up my pen and write again.  There is something in my mind that I really have to let out.  Teaching is a sacred profession and I can’t say it enough.  I have recently taken on a volunteering position to lead a team of seven students in an after school program.  Even though it is an after school program, I am always looking for ideas on how to provide these kids the learning environment they need to be creative, to generate ideas, to come up with solutions and to feel challenged and interested enough to be in the program.   So, I was really shocked when hearing what my son told me today. 

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Stereotypes. 

We tend to have stereotypes, all kinds of stereotypes, and we all stereotype people to some degree.  For me, I like to think that my son is smarter than my daughter and I tend to only focus on his study since he is in a higher grade level than his sister (3rd grade vs. kindergarten) and since his is a boy.  Maybe it is not a stereotype but more an expectation on boys. 

 

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If you have been faithful waiting for any new article from me, I am sorry to keep you waiting.  I have been lazy.  I will probably post something new sometime in December.   


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Taking for granted.

 

My husband’s high school classmate, whom he was neither close to at school nor have seen for almost thirty years, came here for a business plus pleasure trip. Let’s call him Tom for ease of identification. Tom indicated to my husband that he was looking for cheap places to stay. My husband was toying with the idea of inviting him to stay at our house. I told my husband that our house was kind of messy with toys everywhere and our kids not very well behaved. In addition, he might accidently let our cat out while we were not home. It might be somewhat inconvenient to have him stay with us; however, I won’t object if my husband truly wanted to invite him to stay. I am glad that my husband did not and there is a good reason after we met this classmate of his.

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Are we friends?

 

Have you thought of contacting your classmates, those whom you were not close to and have never kept in touch with since graduation?  Sometimes, I wondered why people wanted to link up with classmates from senior high school, secondary high school or even primary school.  I am not talking about classmates you were close to.  I am talking about those who were almost strangers then and are total strangers now.  Would you respond to emails from seemingly total strangers?  Would you spill your personal life to total strangers?  Would you have any urge to meet these total strangers?  Would you if you have little to no recollection of the days at school?  Would you if there is nothing to look back and reminisce?  Would you if you couldn’t even name or recognize the faces of these so-called classmates?  Would you if there is nothing in common that you share?  How much do they know you when you are a complete stranger to the old you?  People change.  We are not the naïve little kids anymore.  I have changed.  Why do you want to get reacquainted with me when we barely knew each other then?   

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Are you a friend or a mere acquaintance?

 

When I worked as an intern at Norwest Bank (now Wells Fargo) right after I got my MBA degree, two of my colleagues of different ethnicities approached me.  The ethnic Korean girl introduced herself to me when we first met in the elevator.  The ethnic Russian girl introduced herself to me while I was rotating to the department where she was also working as an intern at the time.  Both of them opened up to me right away, spilling details of their private lives to me.  How much did they know me?  The Korean girl told me about her previous occupation and wanted me to keep a secret as she deemed it to be unprofessional.  How could she tell secrets to someone she barely knew and asked that person to keep a secret?  I didn’t tell anyone of course because it was really none of my business.  Maybe, underneath her outgoing personality lay a lonely soul.  She later phased out of my life when she left the company after staying acquainted with me for about three months. 

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What’s New?

 

What’s new in our life?  Nothing much except that our cat has officially become a rabbit killer and that we have recently bought two tablets.

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