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May. 7th, 2012



Mar. 3rd, 2012

My friends at work made me this birthday video. I am seriously the luckiest girl alive to have such thoughtful and supportive friends.

Eid Mubarak to all of my Muslim friends! :D

Strong Japan will continue to remain strong

"I'm really impressed by Japan's earthquake warning system and quick dissemination of info to the public, it probably saved a lot of lives. This video shows a regular broadcast interrupted by the earthquake warning (giving people time to take cover), then an anchor calmly reads information, and within minutes the tsunami warning was sent out in various languages."- Shaokai Fan via Facebook

Breakdown of the video (copied/pasted from the comments below the video on YouTube):
0:08 an earthquake warning appeared for 5 northern prefectures in Japan. people were advised to prepare for a strong earthquake that will come within a few seconds

0:48 it starts shaking in Tokyo (not included in the initial warning)

1:35 announcer repeats earthquake warning

2:35 footage from NHK Tokyo office

3:28 tsunami warnings in different languages

basically the video shows Japan's early warning system for earthquakes. It gives people a few seconds warning before the shaking starts. [The] announcer and crews remain[ed] on their posts and warn[ed] people. They're the true heroes. The newscaster is speaking so well in spite of this scary situation.

You're in my thoughts, Japan.



International Women's Day


Are you sick of highly paid teachers?

Are you sick of highly paid teachers?
Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or10 months a year! It's time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do - babysit!
We can get that for less than minimum wage.

That's right. Let's give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan-- that equals 6 1/2 hours).

Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day...maybe 30? So that's $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day.
However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.
That's $585 X 180= $105,300
per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).

What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master's degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year.
Wait a minute -- there's something wrong here!
There sure is!
The average teacher's salary (nation wide) is $50,000.
$50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student--a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!) WHAT A DEAL!!!!

Make a teacher smile; repost this to show appreciation for all educators.

Taken from 1st_yr_teachers
In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present. - Tao Te Ching

Happy 2011, World!

Seeing all the nooks and crannies of the International House NY, my home for 3 years in New York, made me so nostalgic! It's nice to see that the spirit of building international friendships is still being carried on.

All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at school.

These are the things I learned:

■ Share everything.
■ Play fair.
■ Don't hit people.
■ Put things back where you found them.
■ Clean up your own mess.
■ Don't take things that aren't yours.
■ Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
■ Wash your hands before you eat.
■ Flush.
■ Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
■ Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
■ Take a nap every afternoon.
■ When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
■ Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
■ Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.
■ And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if we all - the whole world - had cookies and milk at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

[Source: "ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN" by Robert Fulghum. See his web site at http://www.robertfulghum.com/ ]