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August 27, 2008
Aiming for greatness
Aiming for greatnessWhen it comes to raising children, what is your goal? Like many parents, I don't have a clearly defined goal in my mind. Also like most parents, I want the best for my children. I want them to get a good education, have a good job and make a nice living. I want...
August 27, 2008 - 12:00am
August 20, 2008
Society's biggest problem
In my July 2 column, I wrote about what I think is right in our society. To provide a different perspective, in this column I would like to share what I think is society's biggest problem -- one we are facing today. It is disconnection. It is the disconnection from ourselves, from...
August 20, 2008 - 12:00am
August 13, 2008
Ask and you shall receive
"Ask and you shall receive." This is a well-known biblical principle. It is also one of the lessons I have learned in life again and again. Just last week I was helping someone find an article in a journal. Since itwas a scholarly journal, it is not widely held in libraries. And...
August 13, 2008 - 12:00am
August 6, 2008
Teaching my kids about money
When I was 10 years old, I didn't have a clue about money. It is very different for my two kids now. Andy is 10 and Amy is eight. I think they know a lot more about money than I did at their age. In fact, they even make their own money. No kidding. I am not talking about getting...
August 6, 2008 - 12:00am
Letter: Columnist should learn the laws
I would like to advise columnist Qin Tang to stop at the DMV and pick up a copy of the Minnesota state traffic regulations -- or, better yet, invest in a behind-the-wheel driving course. In her recent column about getting stopped by a police officer, she revealed her lack of driving...
August 6, 2008 - 12:00am
July 30, 2008
A close call on the road
I learned driving in my late twenties when I came to the United States. A friend taught me for a few hours. That's all the driving education I had, and I learned just enough traffic rules to pass the test. Learning new things is always easier and comes more natural when you are...
July 30, 2008 - 12:00am
July 23, 2008
Dealing with the Feds
I think it's safe to say that, of all the federal government agencies, the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) is the most unpopular one. Or to put it in more plain language and to say it more bluntly, IRS is the most feared and hated federal agency. At the very least nobody likes to...
July 23, 2008 - 12:00am
July 16, 2008
Getting back to nature
I grew up in a city in China with lots of people. As a child, I was never exposed to nature, like oceans with endless beaches, mountains too tall to climb for an average person, forests with wild animals. All my life, I've pretty much been an indoor person. I have never done camping...
July 16, 2008 - 12:00am
July 9, 2008
Save by using your library
It is a fact that the U.S. economy is in a downturn or a recession. People are worried about sky-rocketing gas prices and the cost of living, about losing jobs and finding jobs. In today's economy, saving money becomes more important or necessary for many families. One way to...
July 9, 2008 - 12:00am
July 2, 2008
What's right in our society?
In "Dear Abby's" Oct. 27, 2007 column, a reader asked her what she thinks is the main problem in society today. In turn, Abby asked her readers to respond and share what they think is society's greatest problem today. The readers' response was enormous. Dear Abby shared some of...
July 2, 2008 - 12:00am
June 25, 2008
Tale of the trip: Traveling to Seattle
I've just returned from a five-day trip as I sit down to write this column. I was in Seattle, Wash. to attend a librarians' conference. During the day I spent most of the time in the convention center for meetings and presentations. In the evenings I went to receptions and open...
June 25, 2008 - 12:00am
June 18, 2008
Power of the written word
Words have power. Words can be good or bad, positive or negative, constructive or destructive. Words can heal or hurt, uplift or tear down. The right words can encourage, uplift and inspire others. They can bring comfort and healing in difficult situations. They can restore relationships...
June 18, 2008 - 12:00am
June 11, 2008
Meet the new MnDOT commish
As a MnDOT employee, I followed the April 21 news about Gov. Tim Pawlenty's appointment of Tom Sorel to head the Department of Transportation with great interest. I was not familiar with the name. Nevertheless, I was happy about the leadership change in the department. While reading...
June 11, 2008 - 12:00am
June 4, 2008
Fighting high gas prices
Recently a friend asked me, "Would you like to consider carpooling with me? Gas prices are so high now." Without hesitation, I said, "Yes, let's do that." A few days later, on May 22, we started carpooling to work. We both live in the same subdivision in Woodbury and work in...
June 4, 2008 - 12:00am
May 21, 2008
Being content: A real blessing mother
On this year's Mother's Day, I called my mother in China to wish her "Happy Mother's Day." While picking up the phone and dialing the number, many thoughts and emotions ran though my mind. I was concerned about my mother. She has diabetes and bradycardia (slow heartbeat). Lately...
May 21, 2008 - 12:00am