Enjoy life before it's too late

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I have survived the 100 days!

I can’t believe I have survived the 100 days in this remote Chinese village.  In several days, I’m going to Beijing.  After that, I’m going back to my home in Ohio.  You know what?  I’m really fired up. Beijing is such a lovely place to me.  I used to live there for 15 years.  Many of my college buddies are still there.  I’ll be able to take a...

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Does this volatile stock market scare you?

2018 wasn’t a great year for the US stock market.  The international market didn’t look pretty either.  It rallied at the beginning of the year, and then became unimpressive during the summer.  At the end of the 3rd quarter, it peaked briefly.  After that, it went down, and down, and down … It is so depressing, isn’t it? If you have lost money, you are not alone.  Who...

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Wrapping up 2018

It’s the time to say: Bye, 2018; and Hello, 2019!  Are you ready for 2019, a new beginning?  I am. On this last day of 2018, I’d like to share some of my reflections for 2018. Bill Gates just did his review for 2018.  Mine is not that noble as his for sure.  Here is my version. 2018 has been a good year, but not that a great...

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My fun memories about Christmas

Today is Christmas Eve.  Tis the season to be jolly.  Merry Christmas to everyone! Today I’m not going to ramble about saving money or retiring early.  I’d like to share some of my fun memories about Christmas. First taste of Christmas: When I was in the college in Beijing in mid 1980s, that was the first time I heard about Christmas.  As part of the English course materials,...

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Retirement and Christmas

Retirement and Christmas sound like apples and oranges.  Actually they are related.  Let me try to make the point today. Christmas shopping: Before Christmas, many people have to do some gift shopping.  Shopping requires time, energy, and patience. For those who are still working, when do they do the shopping?  Probably the evenings after work, or weekends.  It could become more rushing and stressful when getting close to...

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Village life in pictures

This is my hometown.  I lived here for close to 16 years before heading to the college in Beijing in 1981.  My mom and many of my childhood friends love this place, as they have been living here all their lives.  To them, this is the best place in the world.  Some of them even tried to convince me to move back to here permanently.  It sounds like...