Sunday, June 28, 2015

Tornado warning



不是什麼第一次看到的東西都是好玩的。。龍捲風警報聲響了。。
這個龍捲風還是別遇到最好。

Friday, June 26, 2015

菩薩如何度眾生


續之前的:http://lktansinee.blogspot.com/2015/04/blog-post_13.html

我想那些做菩薩的,真是一件很不容易的事。那是要有多大的願心、耐心、慈心。。
只是對這些螞蟻,我就知道我做不了菩薩。
之前我是用手指抓牠們放進盒,畢竟還會有弄死傷一些,所以就改用紙張把牠們撈起,偶爾也會弄傷一些,但效果好一點。


但是令我抓狂的是,螞蟻還真有特質,當紙張一碰上牠時,牠就拼命跑,尤其很小的跑得更快,要手快才能撈起牠。通常牠會跑到紙的背面,我反過來,牠又跑去另一面,有時靜止在角落,玩捉迷藏,希望不被發現。
有時我不見了牠。
有時發現牠爬在我的手。
有時一隻進了收蟻盒,另一隻跑出來。


然後,拿到屋外放生。願牠們來生往生善道。


哎喲,不到半小時,又來了幾隻,一天數次,每次幾分鐘視其數量,累不累人呀?

人的特質比螞蟻更多幾千倍,累不累菩薩呀!
菩薩呀!真想問您是如何做到救度眾生?地獄何時能空?


Monday, June 1, 2015

Asian & Pacific Islanders


因為靠近我家的隔鄰,Ferguson鎮去年發生白人警察擊斃了一位黑人的事故,讓那些忍受不了種族偏見的社運組織紛紛起義。
我去聽了一些華裔美國人的分享,才知道種族問題影響根深。。

I went to the event - "APIs For Black Lives" (API is Asian & Pacific Islanders), a white American friend was involved in pulling organizers together for it.

The host, Julia Ho:
'As a first-generation Taiwanese American living in St. Louis, I've noticed other API folks who have been politically silent since the Ferguson uprising. Some people say that they know nothing about the situation or feel unaware of how these events affect them. Others feel unwelcome in conversations related to race. This group, APIs (Asian Pacific Islanders) for Black Lives STL, has been working in partnership with the St. Louis Chapter of Organization for Chinese Americans (OCA) and members from OBS to create a two hour event in which we invite the St. Louis community - and in particular Asian Americans - to have a conversation about where non-black minorities fit in the context of Ferguson, and how to work and live together better.
Event Description:
APIs for Black Lives is an event that honors Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month by uplifting histories of API and black communities united for justice. By sharing food, stories, and our connected and often erased histories of marginalization, activism, and solidarity, we hope to foster mutual understanding and develop solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.'


Part of one of the stories shared by one of the Chinese-Americans (she is going to study in Harvard University soon) struck me, kind of - when she was growing up, she was told by her mom not speak Mandarin on the street and don't invite friends for Chinese food... Now she thinks this is wrong. We can't pretend nothing happened and not talk about the matter.

I speak broken English, but I am still proud I can speak Malay, Mandarin and other dialects of Chinese. I didn't know how serious racial matters affected and suppressed those Chinese (or Asians) growing up here until I heard them.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

US - Kentucky




Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site


The log cabin, originally thought to be Lincoln's, is preserved inside the memorial.  It was discovered later that this cabin is in the correct location, but dates to a slightly later time than Lincoln's birth.  


Mammoth Cave National Park


The park is free entrance, but the Historic cave tour is $14 per person.
This tour guide is very funny and entertaining.


There are creatures living in the cave.  
'The northern cavefish is distantly related to trout and perch. Charles Darwin was fascinated by cavefish. "It is well known," he wrote, "that several animals which inhabit the caves of Kentucky are blind." Darwin theorized that the fish lost the ability to see because it would not use its eyes in the cave's eternal darkness.
Research suggests that natural selection led to an increase in senses like taste and touch, while diminishing the sense of sight-leading to undeveloped eyes.'
  

At 400 miles, it is the longest cave in the world, and new sections of cave are still being discovered and mapped. 


We stayed in Wingfield Inn & Suites at Elizabethtown.  When we got to the room, we discovered it had a whirlpool bath, and the rate was very good. Surely, I'd like to enjoy, as this was the first time I had seen it among those hotels we stayed before. However, I shouldn't have made the water so hot and stayed in so long. I got dizzy and it was hard to breath.

US - Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial


The weekend we went to Steve's nephew's wedding in Cincinnati was also the weekend of the Indy 500 car race in Indianapolis (one of the cities we normally pass through), so we took a longer, more scenic route, that goes through Louisville, Kentucky.
Along the way, we stopped to visit Lincoln's Boyhood National Memorial in Indiana (Lincoln was the 16th president of the US), just near the highway.
  


Lincoln's mother, Nancy, is buried near their old farm.





Saturday, May 30, 2015

US - Ohio


Wooo... we travel in space! 
We took photos for each other. 


Shot...Steve photography skill spoiled the picture - it was not true.


We to Dayton to visit the National Museum of the United State Air Force, not in space.


There are four hangars, filled with aircraft from different times, starting from balloons and continuing through modern planes.  The fourth building, Presidential Aircraft, Space, Research & Development and Global Research Galleries was closed when we visited.
   



So much to see, and we can't believe it is free.


Then we went to Carillon Historical Park.


The Wright Cycle Company.  
The Wright Brothers made bicycles when they weren't trying to make the first powered airplane.
How did they get onto a cycle with such a big wheel, which is taller than a person's legs?


Dayton Aviation Heritage museum just next to the Wright Cycle Company.


Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial.


We shouldn't have gone to the zoo car park, the fee is $9. Then we found the basic entrance fee is $18 per person. 
There were several admission packages that included riding the train and 4-D theater.  
These tigers had the right idea - let the silly humans walk around in the heat, while they found some cool sand to nap on.


I felt bad all the animals there couldn't live in the wild anymore.


We can touch this adult scorpion, it wouldn't sting. The body changes colors under black light.
   

William Howard Taft National Historic Site. 


During his life, we was an ambassador, the 27th president of the US, and a chief justice of the Supreme Court.  He was also a founder of the Republican political party. 


Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

  

Serpent Mound - a large earthen mound, shaped like a giant snake eating an egg.  


The coils in the snake's body are aligned with solar and lunar calendar events.


 One of the people at the national park recommended a well-known Amish bakery store on the way from the Hopewell Cultural Park to Serpent Mound.
 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Family wedding


We were at Voice of America Park in Cincinatti, Ohio. 
Steve, with his sister, Joan. 


 Steve's nephew, Jason (the groom), at his wedding rehearsal.
I didn't have any pictures of Shellie & Jason's wedding, because I forgot my camera at the hotel!


There was a little time between the wedding and reception, so we went back to the hotel for my camera, before going to the reception.  
The table at the entrance had photos of family members who have passed away, but were there with us, in spirit for the celebration. 


The wedding party.
   

Jason's niece gave a prayer before the meal.


Steve's sister Joan (2nd from left), with her husband Dave. Dave made a short speech during the toasts.  They had celebrated their 50th anniversary a few weeks before, and he wished his son & new daughter-in-law, and every couple, would have their 50th, too.


The dessert bar


The married couple's first dance.


The second dance: the bride dancing with her father, and groom dancing with his mother.


Then came the anniversary dances!  The longest married couple (Joan & Dave, at 50 years) went onto the dance  floor first.  Followed by couples married more than 40, 30, 20, 10, 5...then all married couples, and finally everyone else.



We had family chatting time at Joan & Dave's house.


Peanut butter S'mores (toasted marshmallows & peanut butter cups, sandwiched between graham crackers) made over the fire pit in the back yard.


And a little music & singing around the fire.


That was fun and wonderful; we really enjoyed our brief time there.

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