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What am I grateful for?

What am I grateful for? The answer to this depends on when it is asked, and it fluctuates according to where you are in your journey of life.  Very few of us have the wisdom to be grateful when life throws us a curve ball. Some of us, when looking back, may see the positive […] ...

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Reflection on Empathy

I remembered that in my youthful days, my friends and I would find a nice day to sit in front of of a train station or bus terminal and do some ‘people watching’. We would then make up stories about the ‘chosen’ ones, why is he walking so quickly against the traffic, why does she […] ...

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Empathy – the ability to step into the shoes of another person, aiming to understand their feelings and perspectives, and to use that understanding to guide our actions. ~Roman Krznaric While Krznaric and some research suggested that Empathy is a ‘habit’ we can cultivate, I, on the other hand, believe that it is human nature […] ...

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The Whole Forest Symphony

Symphony, as defined in Webster dictionary, is the consonance or harmony of color. Its synonyms are balance, symmetry, harmony, unity, which are the design elements that we learned about in the first few weeks of our class. So as a world language teacher, what does the ‘symphony’ thinking skill means to me? Standards for Foreign […] ...

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Must consider sound effects !!!

I felt pretty good after I completed the Shoe Story even though it seemed like it was a painful experience battling with one of  SoundCloud’s links to be embedded on the post.  I was pleased with the purity and cleanness of the audio which matches the student who was doing the storytelling. But after the […] ...

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A shoe story …. not that shoe story….

Bring to you live from Chapel Hill, here is Wesley….. and the Shoe story <enter commercial break> <return from commercial break> Interviewer: Vanessa (genuinely interested in the subject) Interviewee: Wesley (a 3rd year Media Studies student) Recording device: iphone5 Tech-tools used: GarageBand – (my Audacity was not working at the time) I edited out some of […] ...

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Once upon a time ….

In a poem written at about 1000B.C., it talks about the integrity of a JunZi, i.e. a superior person who upholds all the virtues. The story goes…. Once upon a time, an ordinary man walked through a melon field, and one of his shoes got stuck in the field. The man quickly bent down to […] ...

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I once was lost ….

I must say - THE   PAST   TWO   WEEKs    have been an amazing grace for me !! From    I once was lost …. then . . .morning has broken, in search of enlightenment … . I am trying to see your point.., WAIT . . . I THINK I got it !! I can […] ...

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Ooops! I did it again…..  (・_・;) I wandered into the kitchen to get a snack, and was completely distracted by the surrounding dots, lines, planes, shapes, and textures….  Not a moment wasted, I started snapping with my iPhone. What just happened here? The kitchen did not change. In fact, I haven’t cleaned it up for […] ...

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