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Yingying Zhang, where are you?

On June 9, 2017, around 2:00 PM US Central Time, Yingying Zhang (章莹颖 in Chinese) was missing in Urbana, Illinois. On this coming Saturday, June 9, it will mark the whole year of her tragic missing case.  A super long, torturing and agonizing year for her family and the loved ones. Yingying Zhang, where are you? Personally, I don’t know Yingying Zhang and her family.  I’m one of...

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An early retiree’s rhapsody

This is a collection of my random thoughts as an early retiree. As the weather is getting nicer, it’s more tempting for me to get out of the house, and do something: go fishing, smell the roses, see the concerts and air show, and witness the hot balloons festival.  Blogging is pushed to the back burner. In central Ohio, winter is a better time to sit down inside...

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A place where running water is still a luxury

Living in America, we take the running water for granted.  Did you ever realize that, running water is still a luxury in many parts of this world, even in the 21st century? According to a report by the World Health Organization in 2017, there are 2.1 billion people (close to 30% of world population) who lack safe drinking water at home.  And there are 4.5 billion people who...

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Why rush? Slow Down

Life is getting faster and faster.  Does it mean life becomes better and better?  Not necessarily.  Speed is not equal to quality. I’m in my early 50s, and retired.  Why should I rush?  I got a lot of hours every day at my disposal.  I’m the gal who stays on the slow lane on the highway, and drives around the speed limit. Slow Down is my motto.  Let...

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What’s the most important asset?

As an early retiree, I got a lot of time to do day dreaming and self reflections.  Lately I keep asking myself: “What’s the most important asset to me?” Is it money, or something else? In my case, money is NOT the most important asset. Obviously, money is important.  Without it, I wouldn’t be able to retire early.  Money makes it possible for me to have the basics...

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Living below your means is not easy

It’s well known that, living below your means is the right thing to do.  But, it’s easier said than done. This is my personal story, and I’d like to share it with you. In the spring of 2000, I bought my first house.  The mortgage was the 30-year term, with the fixed rate of 8.25%.  You must be thinking that, it’s insanely high.  You are right.  That was...