Monthly Archives: May 2010

The meaning of a life .. Helping Patients Face Death, She Fought to Live

By the time she was 38, Dr. Desiree Pardi (1968-2009) had become a leading practitioner in palliative care, one of the fastest-growing fields in medicine, counseling terminally ill patients on their choices. But when it was her turn to go … Continue reading

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Interest

Banks calculate interest on deposit daily and credit to my accounts at end of month. This daily, I understand is usually in the afternoon, 4pm to 6pm, not unified but only guideline to follow.  Every time I make a transfer, … Continue reading

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Book club

January Sarah’s Key February Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society March The Help April Kabul Beauty School May A Tree Grows in Brooklyn June July August

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Kabul Beauty School

By Deborah Rodriguez B- The first chapter perhaps is the best one. As I was reading it, I thought I was hearing Lucy’s voice all over again .. it was her who told me how the old timers treat the … Continue reading

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In Germany, War and Reunion

A moving story in NYT’s Travel section by Steve Dougherty. ~ ~ ~ A STEADY stream of BMWs, Porsches and Mercedeses buzz by as I walk south on a lakeside bike and pedestrian path on a glorious Sunday afternoon in … Continue reading

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The vigilante justice

US Open. Center Court. 1989. Ivan Lendl was playing (forgot his opponent’s name). One bad line call resulted in Landl’s favor. He didn’t protest it by giving back the point. Then immediately after a point or two later, one of … Continue reading

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Xaviars X2O

Xaviars on the Hudson X2O 71 Water Grant Street Yonkers, NY 914.965.1111 This was taken on Friday Oct 30 2009, the day before the warm Halloween. The foliage had already turned the Hudson valley into picturesque post card, every angle … Continue reading

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Join the Wall

Hillary Clinton visited the Shanghai Expo this past Saturday, 5/22. This Wall was started by the Committee of 100 for the United Chinese of America. Have you uploaded your picture? The American organizers say the pavilion has drawn long lines … Continue reading

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Red stamp

By Miklos Pinther for the New CartoPhilatelist on its January 2010 issue, about 全国山河一片红 the Whole Country is Red because it made big splash on November 1, 2009 – a record setting price for this stamp: HK$3,680,000 (about US$471,674 at … Continue reading

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FedEx is bagled ..

Our town badminton group used to have Mr. Huang who worked at the premise – church. He would set up the net on the night that we’d game, and waiting patiently for us to arrive. There’s only one court, most … Continue reading

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市中心独门独院临街法式别墅/个人永久产权

Uncle Harry’s son is selling the house in Tianjin: 天津北方网讯: 市中心独门独院临街法式别墅/个人永久产权。小洋楼产权证很特别,深绿色塑料皮,里面写着所有权人为其父刘占曾,共有人一栏,写着两个名字“刘喜曾、刘重光”。 5月16日,天津一家知名房地产网站上出现了这样一条别致的二手房信息。在楼盘名称一栏,写着“和平区市中心寸土寸金的黄金地段”。多幅照片显示,这是一栋精巧别致的老房子,院内有树,室内有廊,窗明几净。昨日,记者走进这栋神秘的小洋楼,作为天津诸多小洋楼中的一座,它没有被挂上“文物保护单位”的牌子,也没有住过身份显赫的名人,但主人从祖辈迁居到如今自己又要远行的经历,讲述了一个不断奔走的家庭的故事,也印证了天津接纳外乡经商客的一段记忆。 卖房原因:举家迁往美国 这样一栋承载着家族记忆的老宅子,为什么要卖掉呢?刘重光说,他是父母的独子,在国外定居多年,家中老人不便照顾。现在,老人年事已高,他想把老人接到美国去。“老宅子留下,没人打理,也是个心事,还不如卖给有缘人,也给它找一个好归宿。” 产权证:永久使用权? 小洋楼产权证很特别,深绿色塑料皮,里面写着所有权人为其父刘占曾,共有人一栏,写着两个名字“刘喜曾、刘重光”。刘重光说,刘喜曾是他姑姑,现在北京居住,也愿意让他代为卖房。在产权上没有争议,可以过户。关于永久使用权一说,刘重光说:“这是早年发下来的产权证,没有使用权期限。”   价格:950万一次性付款 自从卖房以来,不少人登门看房,但至今没有意向。在网上,刘重光开价950万元人民币,同时标注“可议”。可能是因为这个原因,不少人上来就使劲砍价。刘重光希望买主能一次性付款,因为他没有更多的时间来打理这件事。刘重光说如果真有心买房子,可以给他打电话。 80年前值10根金条 今年已经53岁的刘重光,1985年毕业于天津外国语学院,自费赴美留学,此后留在美国就业。目前,他在加州开有一家以自己名字命名的音响视听设备器材公司。尽管如此,他与天津还是有着难以割舍的情缘。 营口道50号,一栋法式小洋楼,距离劝业场步行十几分钟的路程。80年前,刘重光的祖父刘子遵在大沽路与承德道交口与人合开了一家启新洋灰公司,为了离公司近一些,花10根金条买下了这栋法国人新建的小洋楼。自此,刘家从上海举家迁至天津。刘重光说,他是地道的天津人。 刘重光出生在这栋小洋楼里,在这里度过了他最美好的童年和少年时光。“在那场浩劫中,我家被扫地出门了,小洋楼分给了十几户人家住。当时,连楼道里搭的都是房子。后来,落实政策,政府挨家动员,一间间地落实,直到1987年,才全部发还给我们。”而这时,刘重光已然前往美国了,偌大的小洋楼里只剩他的父母。 “每年春节我都会回来陪老人过年。”虽然刘重光在国外生活久了,已然形成了美国思维,但注重亲情过传统节日这一点,他仍然沿袭了中国人的传统方式。 “我家是书香门第,曾经是大家。”刘重光拿出一本介绍上海几大名家的书说:“这里面的刘家就是我家。”刘重光很自豪,“我曾祖父刘晦之是中国实业银行总经理,是清代名将刘秉璋的儿子。我家在上海有一栋大宅子,现在还挂着‘刘晦之旧居’的牌子。” 到刘重光祖父这一代,他家在青岛、上海、济南、天津都开有企业,“每到一处,都会买下自己的房子,一边经商,一边住,跟现在的温州人一样。”刘重光说。这栋小洋楼就是他家在天津的落脚地。虽然比不上上海的宅子大,却也曾云集过天津的若干名家。 “小时候,家里来客人是我最开心的日子。”宽大的客厅,高朋满座。壁炉里的劈柴噼里啪啦响着,烘得整个大厅暖洋洋的。隔壁,佣人们静悄悄地忙着摆放碗筷,端上一道道菜。待准备停当,中间的磨砂玻璃拉门轻轻拉开,餐厅与客厅连通起来,一整桌热气腾腾的饭菜像变魔术一样呈现在眼前,主人就会招呼客人们就餐。 历久弥新格局不变 昨天下午4时,一场小雨过后,小洋楼院里的树显得格外葱翠,空气中弥漫着花草的气息。打开不起眼的铁门,在刘重光的带领和介绍下,记者参观了这栋神秘的小洋楼,领略了它当年的神韵。 小洋楼是刀把形状的整体结构。从营口道方向的正面看,小洋楼有两层,面积330余平方米,还有前后两个小院。 走进小洋楼,首先看到的是高达5米的房厅,顶上的欧式吊灯是后来装上去的。一楼有两间房,都是30平方米左右,现在一间用来做老人的卧室,另一间用来放杂物。“早年间,这里一间是客厅,一间是餐厅,主人都住在二楼。”两间屋子用一扇磨砂玻璃拉门隔开。刘重光所说的旧时待客场景就发生在这里。 顺着装有巴洛克风格廊柱的木制楼梯拾级而上,会发现在一楼半的位置有一个小门。打开进去,发现里面别有洞天:两间单独的小屋子,中间有一个小厅探出一个向下的楼梯,直接通往前后院。当年,刘家的两名保姆就分别住在这两间卧室,为不影响主人休息,他们会沿着自己的专用楼梯上下楼备饭打扫。 楼上有同样规模大小的两间卧室。其中南向的卧室伸出一个10多平方米的阳光房,另配有阳台,当年刘重光的祖父母住在这里。北向的卧室连着一间书房外加一间厨房,当年,刘重光与父母就住在这里。在楼道的一侧是宽大的卫生间。 置身小洋楼,随处感受到老宅子的味道。门窗的拉手都带着雕花,深红色的木地板厚实大气。灯光下,木楼梯泛着光泽,每一处雕刻都显得那么细致独特。 当年地震房子纹丝未动 1976年唐山大地震,天津也有强烈的震感,不少楼房倒塌,但这栋小洋楼纹丝没动。刘重光的母亲在这里住了数十年,见证了院里的几棵白蜡从树苗到参天的过程。小洋楼的结实最令她引以为荣。 “这房子,冬暖夏凉。”提起老宅,老人如数家珍。“夏天的早晨,把窗户都打开通风,待太阳升起之前,把窗户再关上,一整天,屋子里不用开空调。冬天的时候,满屋子阳光,花花草草都生长得挺好。”唯一的遗憾是没有停车位。刘重光挺实在,“前院面积小,要是后院能停车就好了。” 来源:每日新报

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The second widowhood

Update: on Jan 3, 2011 Golfer scored a hat trick .. .. 3 goals in a game, becoming the most improved player out there. Forgot how long I’ve been a golf widow. Getting used to it by now. Will I … Continue reading

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When hotels fly

After votes, my team opted out the official hotel Marriott in Albany that cost $114 per night (with discount) the league has designed and went with hotwire.com. We got Hilton that’s 1.3 miles away instead, cost $56. “Does breakfast included?” … Continue reading

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Stalin

Russians are reassessing Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin (1879–1953): Over the objections of many Russians, posters bearing Stalin’s image were approved by Moscow’s city government for display during celebrations marking Victory Day in Russia on Sunday. The issue was debated in the … Continue reading

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K9 and David

I’m sure all of you have seen this version of Michelangelo’s David on your computer – two friends have forwarded to me in the past. Not sure of the motive (for some reason .. French farmers come to mind) – … Continue reading

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.. Then We Take Brooklyn

First we took Manhattan, then we took Berlin Brooklyn. During a chat with Yishi few weeks ago I casually asked about weekends now are two days, 1.5 day or 1 day in China, Yishi replied: one to two days in … Continue reading

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The red Banker

AFS was granted an audience with Tu Hong (涂宏), the general manager of New York branch for Bank of Communications, Co., Ltd. 交通银行. Skipper Tu was only 36 years old when he was parachuted in New York in March 2004, … Continue reading

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First We Take Manhattan ..

View from US Tennis Center of 1964 New York World’s Fair; May 15, 2010 I last heard First We Take Manhattan phrase was from the Polgar sisters when they were here – in the city – for a tourney. My … Continue reading

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