Do you believe in fate?
I mostly don’t. But sometimes, I must admit it feels like there’s an invisible hand putting me and some people together, only to later tearing us apart just for fun.
But again, I think it’s just because we choose our own destiny.
I first saw her when we were both in junior high. We were in a train station, waiting to go to a resort for a church’s 3-day-2-night activity. She was leaning against the wall, with her arms across her chest, smiling. That’s a pretty smile, I thought.
“This is Angie*,” someone told me.
September 21, 1999.
It was an ordinary night. Warm and humid, like any other typical September night in Taiwan. My wife Leah had just had surgery for her melanoma and needed absolute peace and quiet, so I slept with our almost-two-year-old son Mike in the next room. Our six-month-old boy Ben was at a friend’s house. She volunteered to babysit for us so both Leah and I could get a bit more rest.
It was a difficult time for us. Just graduated from college in Hawaii, we were planning to go right back to America for graduate school, but Leah’s…
I’m from Taiwan, a small island next to mainland China. With an area of a little more than half of West Virginia, we squeeze a population bigger than Florida. When I was a kid, to get into senior high schools or colleges, one should pass the annual entrance exams. Many had spent years taking them. I guess in our Asians’ minds, education is too precious a resource not to be shared by everyone.
When I entered junior high (7th grade in America), the whole grade was divided into 3 sections based on students’ “aptitude:” A, B, and C. Only students…
Graduate schools are expensive. According to this article in U.S. News, a two-year full-time graduate program can cost $100,000; more if you’re thinking about a Ph.D. Unless you have a rich dad or uncle, pursuing a graduate degree either is only a dream or leaves you in serious debt that you might not be able to pay off.
Assuming you’ve calculated and thought through the whole thing, and you’ve come to the conclusion that a graduate degree is your ultimate goal. Now, how can you pay for it?
First, let me briefly tell you about my personal journey to my Ph.D. Hopefully, it gives you an idea about what it takes, and what you might be able to do if you want a Ph.D. with a limited budget too.
When I arrived in Hawaii for college, I had a small bank account and barely knew enough English to communicate. Before coming to America, one of my best friends questioned me on the phone: “Do you have enough money? Do you have enough language skills?”
“That’s stupid. …
In many cases, the turning point in our lives is powerful and marvelous. Or it can be very dramatic.
But sometimes, it’s gradual and slow; it doesn’t draw too much attention until you look back at it.
I think I was about 10 or 11 when I first heard Richard Clayderman’s Ballade Pour Adeline. It hit my heart like a hammer; it reminded me of a beautiful early morning, a girl sitting in a wooden chair on a patio enjoying the golden sunshine. I believe I bought one or two of his tapes. …
I’m going to tackle a daunting, sensitive, and complicated question: what are the causes of obesity?
And I’m going to try my best to investigate what research says, from the perspectives of the age-old question: nature vs. nurture.
THE BIG PROBLEMS
Yes, people around the world are getting heavier and heavier.
According to World Health Organization (2020), BMI equals or over 25 is overweight, and 30 or more is obese. They estimate that in 2016, 39% of adults across the globe were overweight;13% were obese.
It’s more serious in America: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2021, March…
A few years ago I met a friend in Walmart. We were in the dairy section, and she picked up a big can of vanilla flavored yogurt: “This is sweet, I’ll get this; my daughter likes sugar.”
I didn’t say anything: it wasn’t my place to voice my concern, and it wasn’t the time. But many people seem to enjoy sugar way too much; to me, it’s a bit like running toward a hungry bear for a hug. Now, I’m not saying one can NOT have sugar even just a bit; in this modern society, that’s impossible and it’s not…
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