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Sprocket's Training Milestones
Came home (Aug 2, 2014)
Asked to go outside (Aug 5, 2014)
Slept 4 hours straight (night) (Aug 5-6, 2014)
7/3/13 - 8
7/4/13 - 30
7/5/13 - 36
7/10/13 - 54
7/11/13 - 57
7/18/13 - 67
2/17/14 - 83
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- Dream of the Red Chamber
- Time to Kill
- Scent of the Missing
A short summary of suffering
Sunday. 2.6.11 12:58 am
Why do we suffer? No one really knows. The bible and, in some ways, buddhism as well, points to the fact that we exist in a fallen world or the world of chaos of "mapo". This chaos comes from the ailment brought on by each and every one of our imperfections compounding on one another to create distress. The boss yells at his supervisor. The supervisor yells at his secretary. His secretary yells at her son. The son kicks the cat. Each link in the chain is individually responsible for stopping the distress, for decreasing the suffering, but instead each individual passes that suffering on, creating greater suffering.
From this level of understanding, it is not all together remarkable that we are in as much of a state of chaos as we are.
Luckily, we are not alone and in fact, that is the only way we survive at all. As we draw nearer to one another, we approach a greater state of unity, godliness and joy. With the help of our friends, we, each a single piece of a greater puzzle, becomes a bigger picture. Therefore, in suffering we feel separation, in joy we feel unity.
A Pictorial Definition of Boyfriendhood
Friday. 2.4.11 10:25 pm
There are a lot of different reasons for wanting to have a boyfriend besides wanting to marry one. There are the dates of course. Exciting places are so much more exciting when shared with an enthusiastic male person. You can go ice skating, watching movies, fishing, dinner and it all is more new and interesting when seen through their eyes.
However, you have to pick the right one, otherwise there will be more than one young man trying to enjoy you in your flashy new dress.
...on the one end,
...on the other, and then, if you're lucky...
My Wraped Reality
Wednesday. 1.26.11 7:58 am
For instance, while many people might have had friend going to piano or guitar lessons; something as common as Jewish lessons from where I was from, is relatively unheard of elsewhere.
Apparently, other schools did not have advanced placement programs, a good ESL program, therapy dogs, drug dogs, (but of course parental permission slips for dissections), and pretty much every club that is national.
Other schools were not held up during choir while students argued with the teacher for a half an hour about why they should not have to sing classic christian hymns. At other schools, people were not given 'tolerance' lectures before anyone with a headscarf joined their class. At other schools, it is supposed to be MORE normal to actually be Christian than gay.
At other schools, you are not expect to know that it is: drug awareness week, holocaust awareness week, suicide awareness week, black history month (February) or women's history month (March).
Despite the fact that I had so little control over it, this experience colors most of how I think about and understand the world. What about you? What makes your reality unusual?
Monday. 1.24.11 11:01 pm
I want to go home
but where is it?
Is home my four walls
Is home my floors
Is home my windows and my doors
Is home a scent that blows through the house
That lingers in your fingers and won't come out
Is home the steps
Is home the porch
Is home the hearth, worn and scorched
Is home the warmth that breeds in your heart
And tells you when you've been ripped apart?
Is home the rooms
Is home the halls
Or is home where I hear another foot fall
Is it where that baby first crawled
And I bawled over a lost and forgotten home?
Is home a family safe and warm
Going back to be born
Feeling loved, not torn
My home, my home, my home.
Asian Moms - American Moms
Saturday. 1.22.11 8:17 pm
Living in Korea, I have had a lot of time to think about this, but it was only today, when I heard about that new book by the Chinese woman, that I decided I might as well put my thoughts down and see what they look like.
In Korea, there are all kinds of mothers, but they do have one thing in common: they want their children to excel. Some mothers are better at it than others. Some of them give their children nervous ticks, some of them yell at their child's teachers and hope they will do it for them, some parents end up with really smart inquisitive children, but the standard is there.
This is what I have determined after watching all of these parents. It's not how hard or how little you ride a kid, it's about the standard you set and how well you teach them to reach those standards.
There is no question that negative reinforcement, positive reinforcement and punishment, used alone or in combination, teach people lessons. So, that fact that a lot of ways of rearing a child are effective should not be alarming to us. Nor should it be alarming that if you spend many hours on a limited number of tasks you will excel at those limited number of tasks. This is where we run into trouble: what limited number of tasks are you going to chose?
While I appreciate math, I think science is pretty cool, and the violin seems like it could be kind of fun if you learned how to play it, but those aren't the top list items for:
What I would like to teach my children
1.) Love and compassion for their fellow men. I imagine that when I grow up, I am going to have a pretty small house, but one thing I will not compromise on is having a good guest room with its own laundry facilities and bathroom. I also want to have it filled with some kind of guest as much as possible. It just seems right to build my house around the thing that is most important to me: being welcoming.
2.) Knowing how to be happy wherever you are. If you love people, you will always have the opportunity to be happy. If you learn to block out all those things that don't really matter, then nothing can stop you.
3.) Commitment. Probably one of the hardest one of my list so far is commitment. Mostly because I feel, being so unsure as to what I want for myself, I haven't made any long term commitments in a long time. But I know I can teach them to show up when they say they will and that trait alone will take you a long way.
4.) Work Ethic. If you don't try your best, then it isn't worth doing. I think this is one of those lessons you have to relearn your whole life: what is my best? After that, it is just a matter of applying it to whatever you do.
5.) Honesty. Mean what you say and say what you mean. Honesty has always been so important to me and I think that this quality is most responsible for who I am and how people view me. After all, how can people ever trust you, if they don't know when you're telling the truth?
I could at more, but at the risk of being verbose (too late), I won't. These five things (love being the greatest of all) those are the things that I would have them skip sleepovers for. Those are the things that I would have them work through dinner for. Why? Because they actually matter.
My no good very bad day
Thursday. 1.20.11 6:38 am
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