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Poor communications and a dirty dozen

Poor communications and a dirty dozen

originally published in Chinese Poor communications exist in all kind of interpersonal relationships. Especially between parents and children, spouses, and friends. These poor communications often lead to negative emotions and conflicts, and even affect the willingness of both parties to continue communication, and even worsen the interpersonal relationship. I remember that when I was in junior high school, I was young and reckless. It was easy for me to get ... Read More
The story of Melody the quadrilingual girl

The story of Melody the quadrilingual girl

Melody a charming girl is half Taiwanese half Spanish and French, and is an English speaker. She had been all over the world moving constantly from country to country (Spain, France, Taiwan) each time going to different schools and cultural environments. Her ease in all these languages has made her adaptive in all sorts of different cultural backgrounds and truly able to adapt to different views, ideologies and life philosophies ... Read More

Mike and Leonard

I went to a small school. There were about 30 of us who went from 1st through 8th grade together, so we felt very much like a family. We were in seventh grade , most of us around 12 years old, when this terrible event happened. It was May 1st, Mayday, and we had a school holiday. Mike and Leonard, my classmates, decided to have an adventure. They wanted to ... Read More
The science of productivity

The science of productivity

In today’s busy world we’ve become a people obsessed with “work hacks” and supposedly hidden secrets on how to be more productive. Getting more done in less time helps us get ahead, and even gives us more availability to do the things we love outside of work—whether that’s making time for a personal hobby or pursuing a small business idea. The problem we run into is that it is easy to get ... Read More
It's Not Me. It's You

It’s Not Me. It’s You

Winnie, a beautiful, musical, and timid African Grey who was apprehensive about people but loving once you gain her trust came to us last year from a local non-profit rescue, Parrot Education & Adoption Center, as a foster.  She picked up Mozart’s Queen of the Night after hearing it just twice and improved my coloratura game immensely with her clear resonance and astounding range. Winnie was tech savvy and racked ... Read More
Cell City

Cell City

On the day of January 29th, my sister entered in a card game competition, with the prize of publishing your own game. I was oblivious to this. When I first heard of it, my thought was "why the heck are they talking so loudly?" They mumbled about how the foundation would be, how to incorporate both learning and fun in a single game. My mother had to drag her out ... Read More

Confidencee

There once was a time where I felt uncertain about how I would do school in this quarantine or, play with my friends. But than I read a story and it said,''Have confidencee yes, with 2 E's.'' I couldn't believe it than it said,''If you have 2 E's it's better than 1.'' I really likes this story so I decided to have confidencee with 2 E's because 2 E's is ... Read More
Girls Can Fight!

Girls Can Fight!

Have you ever worked your whole life for something, been doubted, but kept going to be one of the best? Helen Maroulis worked her whole life to be one of the best women wrestlers in the world. She was a girl, therefore, everybody told her that she couldn’t wrestle because of her gender and to give up. To demonstrate, her first time wrestling, she only won 1 match, but, unfortunately ... Read More
Feel. Think. Reflect. Don't "Seal" Your Fate

Feel. Think. Reflect. Don’t “Seal” Your Fate

I took my daughters along the Southern California coastline over the weekend and had the good fortune of observing newborn seals and two mother seals in labor up close. In one beach alcove, around 50 seals swam, lounged about, and nursed their young comfortably in the safety of numbers and natural environmental barriers. Every year, that portion of the beach was blocked off from the public for baby season. Even ... Read More
Jo-hari, your whole self-image

Jo-hari, your whole self-image

Many times, we often hear that when people are fighting with each other, one of them will yell "You don't understand me at all!". This may be happening between couples, parents and children, and siblings. In short, this is very common! But here comes the problem. Sometimes we don’t even know ourselves well enough, and it is of course more difficult to ask another person to understand ourselves! I remember ... Read More

The day I got my dog

When I was 5 years old, my family had been thinking about getting a pet. They thought about a cat, but my mom has allergies and they would scratch up furniture, so no. My dad had been looking at dogs for a while, I found this out because whenever I walked by my dad would be on a dog website. Then during my first summer break, my parents told me ... Read More

Two Knee Surgeries

One of the most difficult physical challenges in my life was when I had my knee surgery after falling at an airport. I was on a trip when I fell on the airport steps. I felt a lot of pain at the time but I did not realize what had happened until I went to the doctor who gave me an MRI and found that I had an injury requiring ... Read More
One time when I shone

One time when I shone

When my family goes to Disneyland, sometimes we also go to Disney's California Adventure. And for years, my dad always asked me, "hey Reese, want to try the tower of terror?" And I always said "no" or "I feel kinda sick" even though I was just scared. Eventually, the Tower of Terror got shut down and I felt so sad because the next time we went I was going to ... Read More

Helping My Mom

A few months ago, my mom was very sick. Me, my dad, and my sister helped my mom feel better by giving her food and medicine while she was quarantining in her room. Every night and day we would call her and say “I miss you.” in the living room, and she would reply and say “I miss you to kids.”. My dad told me and my sister that “She ... Read More
Don't just talk a big game. Make it happen.

Don’t just talk a big game. Make it happen.

Imagine it was 1848, and you found the biggest gold mine, and told everyone about it. You were right—the motherload of gold was there, but you never carry through and took any action. Instead of living the rest of your life covered in gold, you watched people who heard about your discovery do the hard work and carry off with the gold. Good ideas pave the grounds of startup cemetery ... Read More
The Ultimate Productivity Hack is Saying No

The Ultimate Productivity Hack is Saying No

The ultimate productivity hack is saying no. Not doing something will always be faster than doing it. This statement reminds me of the old computer programming saying, “Remember that there is no code faster than no code.” The same philosophy applies in other areas of life. For example, there is no meeting that goes faster than not having a meeting at all. This is not to say you should never ... Read More
30 One-Sentence Stories From People Who Have Built Better Habits

30 One-Sentence Stories From People Who Have Built Better Habits

In this article, I'd like to share 30 “one-sentence stories” about building better habits. (They are not all exactly one sentence, but they are very short.) None of these stories are mine. They were sent to me by readers of Atomic Habits. My hope is that these examples will illustrate how real people are putting the book into practice. They will show you what people are actually doing to build ... Read More
The Ultimate Habit Tracker Guide: Why and How to Track Your Habits

The Ultimate Habit Tracker Guide: Why and How to Track Your Habits

by James Clear  This article includes an excerpt from Atomic Habits, my New York Times bestselling book. If you want to stick with a habit for good, one simple and effective thing you can do is keep a habit tracker. Here's why: Elite performers will often measure, quantify, and track their progress in various ways. Each little measurement provides feedback. It offers a signal of whether they are making ... Read More