Learning to Speak a New Language

In the last a few days I have been learning to speak “Thank you” in Czech.  I first listened to people saying it, then asked my agent to teach me, then said it back to her a number of times on a number of occasions.  She understood and smiled back at me.  I thought that […]

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Auschwitz and the Fogotten Holocaust

I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau yesterday.  As I toured the two camps, I was shocked to see the amount of human hair, the shoes and the suitcases from the victims.  They speak the volume of the systematic killing.  While I wondered what evidence the holocaust deniers have, I also wondered what the museum for the Nanking Massacre for […]

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Zlin: A Beautiful Clean City

I am in Zlin, a city of about 75,000 people in the Czech Republic.  I am impressed by its beauty and cleanliness.  There are plenty of trees, flowers in the gardens and on the balconies.  The roads and sidewalks are free of debris.  Amazing.  An ordinary worker’s salary here is about US$350 per month. It […]

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My Worst Experience at the US Customs

Last night I drove from Toronto to the Michigan State.  At the US customs, I was asked to leave my car to wait in a room.  An officer questioned me there.  After probably about half an hour, I was allowed to leave to return my car.  My car became a mess, with contents spread all over the place.  I wondered […]

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Carbon Free for Our Planet

I am inspired by Al Gore’s challenge for the Americans to go carbon free in 10 years! This is how the U. S. can once again become a world leader. I am also worried about the massive production of cars in China.  It almost seems that China is taking in such near-obsolete gasoline driven machines from […]

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Conscience – the way to deal with a Jew, Muslim or Chinese

A friend of mine told me that his great grandfather was a Jew in Germany during the Second World War, and saved by a policeman who kept him in the basement till Hitler died.  I instantly felt great respect to that policeman.  He did something out of his conscience.  Now look at Omar Khadr and the […]

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What if the Omar Khadr Case Happened in China?

If Omar Khadr were Chinese and went to a Afghanistan to fight against invading Russian soldiers while Russia fighting against the terrorists who were also threatening China’s security in its Xin Jiang province, how would the Chinese government and the Chinese people deal with Khadr? Since China and Chinese people in general have valued national security above many things […]

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Happiness: You can earn it

Happiness can be given.  When the weather becomes nice after being nasty for days, it brings you happiness.  When a stranger performs acts of kindness on you, it gives you happiness.  My mother came home today and asked me to return $1.20 to a sales clerk in a textile store in a nearby mall.  “She […]

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Drink Tap Water… safely

I bought a water bottle today from Wal Mart.  All water bottles sold in Wal Mart are bisphenol free, I was told, which is good news. So from now on instead of drinking bottled water when I am driving or climbing in the gym or outdoors, I will be drinking filtered tap water from my […]

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An Organic Meal from the Vegetable Garden at Home

Today my mother cooked four dishes for our lunch. Three vegetable dishes and a fried eggs with chives.  Except the two eggs, the other four vegetables were all from her vegetable garden.  They were delicious and we ate with the thought of comfort that they were all organic, free of petcides and other chemicals. Sometime ago I […]

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