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Persistence: Constant dripping of water wears away the stone (水滴石穿 (shui di shi chuan))

One of my favorite idioms I’ve come to love in my ongoing study of the Chinese language is: 水滴石穿(shui di shi chuan). This can be translated to mean: “Constant dripping of water wears away the stone.” In English, we have a similar aphorism that goes: “Little strokes fell great oaks.” I have a great friend […]

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"Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much."

“If you want to go fast…go alone. If you want to go far…go together.” —African Proverb From a young age I can always remember my mother telling me: “Many hands make light work.” She would say this repeatedly reminding my brothers to work together to complete our daily chores. It wasn't long until I grew […]

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Be Mindful

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”—Alice Walker. We seem to always be rushing from A to Z in our busy lives. Are we mindful of the B through Y, though? We are always running to and from work, school, appointments, […]

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What Do You Live For?

“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?—George Eliot. A few months ago, while watching the televised funeral service for Ted Kennedy, I was deeply inspired by something in particular that Ted’s son said regarding the strong attributes his father possessed. He said, “My father REFUSED […]

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Welcome

What if you could  forever change the life of a child in need? Well, you can! May I become at all times, Both now and forever, A protector for the helpless, A guide for the lost ones, A ship for those to cross oceans, And a bridge to cross rivers, A sanctuary for those in […]

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