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(2022-01-15 19:34:33)
TheAmericanHeritageDictionary,4thEd.(AHD4),dispatchesthewordwithoneline: conj.Forthereasonthat;since. butIhavemetmoreinterestingusagesrecently. Oneisintheverydictionaryitself.Thefirstmeaningofthewordforlorn, AHD4states,is"appearingsadorlonelybecausedesertedorabandoned." AppleInc.'sdictionaryapponmylaptopstillthinks'because'isa conjunctionbutaddshelpf...[阅读全文]
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(2022-01-11 09:37:00)

InthemiddleofMondayeveningclass,coachGenecameandwrappedabandof whitesporttapearoundtheblackpatchattheendofmybelt,apromotionafter sixmonthsofhardwork.Everyoneclapped.Neitherthestripenorthemoment couldmoneybuy. After40,thiswasoneoftheraremomentsIfeltrecognizedforsomething. Duringthepastnineyears,Ilostaquarterofbodyweight,ranlongdistances, andliftedweightandsuccessescamequie...[阅读全文]
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(2022-01-08 08:00:00)

ChineseofBill'sgenerationorolderneednolectureonfrugality.Scarcityand especiallylackoffoodintheirchildhoodtaughtthemlessonsnoteachercan. Moreover,ifittakesonly30daysofpersistenceforaphysicaldrilltobecome anexercisehabit,ideassuchasstretchingadollarorsavingforarainyday haveseepedintotheirbloodandbecomeaninstinctafterthoseleanyears. Inthe1980s,however,thingswereturnedupside...[阅读全文]
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(2022-01-04 09:10:45)
上海滩(黄沾) ShanghaiShores(JamesWong) 浪奔, 浪流, 万里滔滔江水永不休。 Theydash. Theyglide. Overtenthousandlirippling, TheYangtzewaterhasneverdied. 淘尽了 世间事, 混作滔滔一片潮流。 Everyaffairoftheworlditpansoutand Intothesewavesitblends. 是喜, 是愁? 浪里分不清欢笑悲忧。 AmIhappy,or AmIsad? There'snotellingfromthewave...[阅读全文]
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(2022-01-01 23:52:21)
Donotprayforaneasylife, prayforthestrengthtoendureadifficultone. --BruceLee 2022hasarrivedquietlyamidtensionsaroundtheglobe,rampantinflationin theUS,andomicron. Dec31,halfadozencollegeclassmatespoppedupwishingeveryoneaHappyNew Year,arecord-lowturnoutinour18-memberWeChatgroup.Iwasnotsurprised, however.OvertimeandtheInternet,thestrengthofourgoodwishesseemedto frittera...[阅读全文]
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(2021-12-31 10:17:08)
Ifyoureallywanttoescapethethingsthatharassyou,whatyou’re needingisnottobeinadifferentplacebuttobeadifferentperson. --Seneca Itisthattimeoftheyearwhenatwork,thepaceslowsdown,groupsgooutfor socials,andpeoplestarttotakevacations.It'salsothetimetheengineers getayear-endreview. "Wegowayback,Bill,andIknowyouareaverygoodprogrammer.Istillrecall yourmemoryallocat...[阅读全文]
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Ifinishedreadingthebookinaweekandpickedoutthefollowingfiveshort storiestosummarizewiththeauthorandtranslatorlistedaftereachtitle. 1.TheStoryofOldXingandHisDog(ZhangXianliang,AliceChilds) OldXing,awidowerandhard-workingpeasant,tookinawomanrunningfromthe famineinnorthernShaanxiandlatermarriedher.Hetreatedherwellandshe broughthimlife.Itturnedout,however,thatshecamefromarichpeas...[阅读全文]
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Outofthenightthatcoversme, Blackasthepitfrompoletopole, Ithankwhatevergodsmaybe Formyunconquerablesoul. Inthefellclutchofcircumstance Ihavenotwincednorcriedaloud, Underthebludgeoningsofchance Myheadisbloody,butunbowed. Beyondthisplaceofwrathandtears LoomsbuttheHorroroftheshade, Andyetthemenaceoftheyears Finds,andshallfind,meunafraid. Itmattersnothows...[阅读全文]
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(2021-12-25 19:10:03)
AlthoughDecthroughFebtypicallysees90%oftherainfallintheSFBayArea, Ididn'trememberawetChristmas.Outdoorsfeltmiserableinthebitinggusts underanominoussky.Thefoliage,oncepromisingabundanceandjoyinOct,had turnedrustyandbleaktowardthelastweekoftheyear.Amongthedeciduous, theginkgotreeshadheldoutthebest,gracefulevenastheirbrightgolden Chinese-fanleavesweresheddingandpilingup.Thiswasthew...[阅读全文]
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(2021-12-22 22:06:29)
Sixmonthsin,theyarestilltellingmetorelax."Iamstrongbutyoudon't havetooverpowerme!"The190lbswhite-hairedbluebeltremindedme. Indeed,mostseniorwhitebeltsseemtohavechangedtheirstrategies.Theystill trytoadvanceandsubmitbutarewillingtoletgowhentheyloseaposition. Theyrarelyengageinatug-of-warstylefight,e.g.,foragriporachoke. ThereisDanny,atallslimyoungbuck,whowasinjuredon...[阅读全文]
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