Tag Archives: USA

What have I learned about myself in summer 2018?

A saying by Benjamin Franklin goes, “there are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.” Following what I learned in summer 2017, some discoveries about myself in summer 2018: Plant-based meals with some portions of seafood and eggs are more suitable for me [1]. After I finish lactating, I plan […]

What art materials are safe for children?

On 20180617, Honey Panda and I were having different thoughts on which one was better for Little Princess: a crayon or a color pencil? Toddlers have to press hard to get bright color from crayons and parts of them fall off or break easily. Pencil tips may fall off and a 2 to 3 year […]

What can we learn about being mortal?

Few days before our father’s death, which we didn’t anticipate [1], I was browsing the New York Bestselling list. Similar to my father who writes a book about his passion, I aspire to be an author whose books are widely read and benefit many people. Then, I encountered a book entitled “Being Mortal: Medicine and […]

How to deal with anger?

Anger is one letter short of danger. From Ravi Chandra, I learned that, “among active and interactive users of Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, anger is more viral than happiness, sadness or disgust.” In spring 2018, while Little Prince has been sweet for most time, there have been moments that his actions made me […]

Why do our peers matter?

On 20180613, a former colleague shared how his application to volunteer at a primary school where he hopes his son (born in the same month and year as Little Prince) will attend, was rejected. The school has too many aspiring applicants! His main motivation of sending his son to a better primary school was that […]

What are the benefits and drawbacks of attending universities?

On 20180503, I learned from two senior faculty members that university grades must be a normal distribution, regardless of the class performance [1]. Otherwise, the instructor will be questioned. Therefore, for university students in the same course, it’s sadly a zero sum game. If our peers are hardworking and motivated, the competition gets more intense. […]

How to deal with backstabbers?

“Most people want to see you do better, but not doing better than them.” – London Mond Therefore, it’s important to learn from and work with from people who are better than us. On 20180429, I spoke to an uncooperative colleague P, who did not know that he was back stabbed by M. Ironically, P […]