A Gathering of Four

January 26th, 2015

This noon, I had a gathering with Li-chu (陳麗珠老師) and two students of ours, Sao-yu (林紹瑜) and Po-chin (張博欽), both of whom are juniors in college.  Read the rest of this entry »

Viewpoint: The hazards of too much stuff

January 25th, 2015

It was a coincidence that I came across this BBC article last night after posting yesterday’s first entry, which dealt with decluttering.

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30849473

Viewpoint: The hazards of too much stuff

24 January 2015 Last updated at 00:19

After the deluge of gifts many people have exchanged at Christmas, January seems a good time for soul-searching over the Western obsession with stuff, writes trend forecaster James Wallman. 

We have more stuff than we could ever need – kit we don’t use, toys we don’t play with, and clothes we don’t wear. Read the rest of this entry »

Getting Together with Junior High Schoolmates

January 25th, 2015

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Decluttering

January 24th, 2015

Cleaning up the study, with the sentence in mind, “Only keep what YOU need NOW.” Papers such as copies of students’ essay have to be discarded. Thanks to the digital camera, I took photos of them before recycling them. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Gatherings with Former Students

January 23rd, 2015

(A selfie by Pei-yi)

Today I had two gatherings with former students, Hao-tang (楊皓棠), who graduated from NHSH in 2012, and Pei-yi (陳珮宜), a 2009 graduate. Read the rest of this entry »

A Book I Co-wrote Just Came Out

January 22nd, 2015

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Everyone Could Be Somebody–”名家縱論/人,才是王道”–from UDN

January 21st, 2015

http://unitedbiomedical.org/?p=7646

名家縱論/人,才是王道

【聯合報╱徐重仁】2014.06.08 03:44 am

前陣子發生北捷殺人事件,以及美國槍擊案,引起不同聲浪的討論,而當事人年紀輕輕,卻對社會充滿了負面的情緒。雖然外界常說「人才,是王道」,不過我認為「人,才是王道」,只要能給予適當、適時的引導,每個人只要努力,都能成為人才

My comments: I believe so. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy birthday, Gina!

January 20th, 2015

Spent a wonderful night with Gina, a former student, who has been very close to me since her third year of high school, when I taught her. Gina is a brilliant and hard-working woman, willing to give everything her best shot. She spent around 5 months at a winery in France to learn to taste wine and came back in late December last year.

 

American English at State

January 19th, 2015

This is an interesting English teaching/learning resource on FB, which was shared by an FB friend Alice Lin. American English at State teaches English idioms, phrasal verbs, differences between some words, etc. It’s worth a visit.

https://www.facebook.com/AmericanEnglishatState

American English at State

 

American English–a Website for Teachers and Learners of EFL Abroad

January 18th, 2015

http://americanenglish.state.gov/

American English

I bumped into this website when searching for an English learnng website “American English at State,” which was recommended by an FB friend, Alice Lin. Read the rest of this entry »