Hearing in court

(Author Unknown) These are things people actually said in court, word for word. Q: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all? A: Yes. Q: And in what ways does it affect your memory? A: I forget. Q: You forget. Can you give us an example of something that you’ve forgotten? Q: How […]

Heart of watermelon

(Author Unknown) When I was a kid in Minnesota, watermelon was a delicacy. One of my father’s buddies, Bernie, was a prosperous fruit-and-vegetable wholesaler, who operated a warehouse in St. Paul. Every summer, when the first watermelons rolled in, Bernie would call. Dad and I would go to Bernie’s warehouse and take up our positions. […]

Love of Life

(Author Unknown) One day an 11 year old girl asked her daddy, “What are you going to get me for my 15th birthday?” The father replied, “There is much time left.” When the girl was 14 she fainted and was rushed to the hospital. The doctor came out and told her dad she had a […]

The Mexican Fisherman

(Author Unknown) The American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. […]

How to tell when you’re rich?

(Author Unknown) When I was a kid in Minnesota, watermelon was a delicacy. One of my father’s buddies, Bernie, was a prosperous fruit-and-vegetable wholesaler, who operated a warehouse in St. Paul. Every summer, when the first watermelons rolled in, Bernie would call. Dad and I would go to Bernie’s warehouse and take up our positions. […]

The Carpenter

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by. The contractor was sorry to see his good worker […]

What goes around comes around

His name was Fleming and he was a poor Welsh farmer. One day, while he was trying to earn a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby swamp. He dropped his tools and ran to the swamp. There he found, up to his waist in damp black compost, […]

My Impression of Policemen 警察印象

by Xiang Ping     “I picked up one cent from the roadside, hand it over to a policeman……” When I first heard this popular children’s song in China, I had past my childhood. Nowadays, I occasionally hum it, and feel amused by the memories of my life experience with policemen. I grew up in the […]

Appreciation 感恩

Chinese Translation by Feng Quan English Author Unknown I’ve been teaching now for over fifteen years and still haven’t found a  way to prepare for the last day of the school year.   The first day of school always begins with anxiety and nervousness as each  student, and myself, find their place in our little […]

Vision 视觉

Chinese Translation by Feng Quan; English Author Unknown Despite losing his vision at the age of 13, Erik Weihenmayer has become one of the celebrated and accomplished athletes in the world. Re-defining what it means to be blind, Erik has transformed the image of blindness and opened up the minds of people around the world. […]