Wednesday, March 28, 2012

5 days until the 1940's census is released

i signed up to do indexing for the release of the 1940 census. maybe the link above will inspire and help you do the same.  i have never done indexing before and i am hoping i will enjoy it. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

in the news

two stories of interest to me in the news this morning. 
China to ban transplants from executed prisoners

2012-March-26 08:53 Shenzhen Daily
CHINA has pledged to abolish the practice of taking transplant of human organs from condemned
 prisoners within three to five years, a senior health official said Thursday.China is creating a national
 organ donation system to reduce its reliance on inmates and encourage donations from the public,
 Huang Jiefu, vice minister of health, told a conference in Hangzhou.  A trial system has been launched
 in 16 provinces to achieve the goal, Huang said.  Health officials have said insufficient organ donations
by the public mean that the majority of transplanted organs in China come from executed prisoners —
 but only with prior consent.Statistics from the Ministry of Health show that about 1.5 million people
 in China need transplants, but only some 10,000 transplants are performed annually.
China has been making efforts to improve its regulations on organ transplants.
The State Council issued its first regulations on human organ transplants in 2007, banning
organizations and individuals from trading human organs in any form.
A revision to China’s Criminal Law marked the first time for authorities to single out criminal
 activity related to transactions involving human organs.
Criminals convicted of “forced organ removal, forced organ donation or organ removal from
 juveniles” could face homicide charges.

Pursuit of luxury brands by students triggers concern

Wang Yuanyuan
It's summer vacation, a time when students are free and annual summer sales
reign. On the busiest shopping streets in Shenzhen, young student shoppers
 are everywhere, even in the shops selling luxury world-famous brands that
would frighten even some white-collar workers with their sky-high prices.
Some students even cross the border to Hong Kong on shopping sprees. Many go
home with a pile of booty. When Zhong Shuhua saw her 16-year-old daughter's
shopping bag, which was filled with trendy clothes and cosmetic products,
she found herself gobsmacked. "I was so surprised to see what she had bought
in Hong Kong," Zhong said. "Lipsticks from Revlon, eyeliners from Rimmel,
dresses from I.T., a necklace from Swarovski and skin-care products from
Lancome -- all the things she doesn't need at such a young age." What Zhong
didn't know was that her daughter was definitely not an exception.Unlike years
ago, many middle school students now seem to have abandoned the cheaply
fashionable products in the Dongmen shopping area, once a paradise for
fashionistas with little money in their pockets. They've shifted their
playground to the high-end shopping malls for the brand products that are quite
beyond their means. "The beginning of every semester is always a time to show
off," said a teacher surnamed Cai at Bao'an Senior Middle School. Many
students come back to school with the prizes they've purchased during vacation.
"Boys have the latest cell phones or new PSPs and girls spread all kinds of
skin-care products on the table and trendy shoes under their beds in their
dormitories," Cai said. Of course not all students are like that, said Xu Qin,
a soon-to-be Senior 2 student from Shenzhen No.2 Experimental School. But the
phenomenon does exist among Xu's classmates and friends, Xu said.
Xu thought these problems might be the result of massive TV commercials and
popular fashion magazines widely read by students. "We have lots of channels to
get this kind of information," Xu said. "The more information you get, the more
you want to have them. So those who have a large amount of pocket money start
to buy these things, and the trend will gradually spread to their friends,
classmates and eventually the whole school." Xu said she was not a brand-name
fanatic but occasionally buys some of the expensive products when shopping
with her friends. "After a half-day shopping in Sasa Cosmetics in Hong Kong
with my friends, it was a mission impossible to wind up empty-handed, even
though I knew they were far too expensive for me," said Xu.  The trend has
triggered concerns among many parents and teachers who regard the pursuit of
brand-name products as stunting the proper development of students. "These
things are expensive and, most importantly, unnecessary for students," said
Cai. "The most important thing for them to learn now is the value of hard work,
which can make them realize wasting their parents' money is a shame. They must
get to know that in the future, they have to rely on themselves."
Schools have a role in educating students about this, said Pi Aimin, principal
of Shenzhen Wenjing Middle School. But Pi thinks parents can do more.
"Family education plays a crucial role in the issue," Pi said. "Parents should
control the amount of money they allow them to spend and never encourage their
children to get high scores in study by offering luxury gifts. Instead, they
can encourage them to participate in social work and help those in need.
Cultivating children's sense of independence is helpful to prevent them from
using parents' money for unnecessary things."

Shenzhen Daily

Friday, February 11, 2011

still in china

thanks everyone for your kind comments and thoughts.  no, i haven't fallen off the edge of the earth,  i'm still here!  eager to get on with life and blogging, and of course catching up with all of you.  many of you have moved and had great changes in my year of no blogging.  i will be so happy to catch up with you and to peep in on you.

before summer vacation my family took a 10 day china trip.  we went to some places we had been wanting to see and i had been meaning to share some of the images but, of course, never did.  i am going to do this now.  enjoy.

we spent a few days in beijing.  i had so much fun and there was so much to do that i would love to return and have a more relaxed visit.  not always as fun to cram more in to your time.  i like to relax and enjoy my time.  anyway,  first we visited the forbidden city.  there was quite a crowd and the non-queueing ( which translates to pushing, shoving, and dog eat dog atmosphere) was at its best.

holding hands so they don't get seperated

the iconic view of the front of the forbidden city

dragon rubbed shiny and smooth by the many fingers walking past.  i hope they all received good luck.  i rubbed extra hard. this was around a window frame.

all right guys,  i am having trouble loading my pics has taken me three hours to load two pics will try again this evening

Monday, November 30, 2009

ninth folder, ninth picture

someone asked me to do this. so i opened my pictures went to the ninth folder and then chose the ninth picture. this was taken on a trip to hong kong. we were riding on the open-top double decker bus. whoever would like to do this please join.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

chicken soup with rice

In April I will go away
To far off Spain or old Bombay
And dream about hot soup all day
Oh, my, oh, once, oh, my, oh, twice
Oh, my, oh, chicken soup with rice

let's talk a little about chicken soup. chicken soup is the supreme comfort food. it is the soup your mother brought you when you had a cold or were sick in your bed. you ate it with crackers and let the warm broth slide down your throat. it is the soup you ate when coming in from a days play in the cold weather. it melted all the icicles and warmed you from the inside out. it would warm your frosty fingers as you cradled the mug between your hands.

today though when i am speaking of chicken soup i am speaking of the need to take a break. i am in need of a break. my children are in need of a break from me. when i sing carole king's chicken soup to my five year old all i can think of is the escape the song evokes. the escape from everyday problems and the saving grace of chicken soup to right all wrongs. a little chicken soup is much needed in our home today, with the power to heal and soothe and rather like calgon take you away.

Friday, November 27, 2009

we are celebrating thanksgiving here on saturday. of all the holidays that i miss not being in the u.s. for, this is the one that is hardest for me. christmas was always about just my husband and kids. rarely did we travel or spend it anywhere else but at our own home and in our own way, so this really hasn't changed much.
thanksgiving on the other hand has always been about spending it with extended family. the brothers and sisters i grew up with and my parents. people getting their feelings hurt. teasing. burning the marshmallows on the sweet potatoes. i miss those things. i miss that my children don't get to complain about sitting at the kids table, or the thrill of finally not sitting at the kids table. football games and heralding in the christmas season by getting out the decorations and listening to christmas music. so as we try to make our own thanksgiving traditions tomorrow, think about what your traditions are. what are the things that you cherish about this holiday?

Thursday, November 26, 2009


The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!" -Henry Ward Beecher