Reminders For The New Year

For The Love of Blonde

A few things to keep in mind this year…

  1. It’s okay to be scared: Do things that challenge you whether it’s starting a new workout plan or starting your own business. Let yourself be a little scared but also brave enough to conquer your fears, whatever they may be.
  2. If they mention it more than once, it’s bothering them.
  3. Do not change who you are to impress someone else: Who cares what anyone thinks? If a person doesn’t like the way you live; the way you look to the way you do things, forget ’em! You were not put on this earth to impress anyone.
  4. Fall in love with someone who never lets you fall asleep thinking you’re unwanted: There’s nothing better than this.
  5. Sometimes you miss the memories, not the person: People change but memories don’t.
  6. Nothing is permanent: New year, new chance, new opportunities. Every day is a new chance to redefine…

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Day 1102: Surprising

The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

Yesterday, it was surprising to me that somebody described me as “surprising” during a group therapy exercise.


I’ve been surprising people with group therapy exercises for a surprising number of years.  Because yesterday’s group therapy exercise  was new to all  the participants, they found it surprising how useful and moving it was.

I shall now explain, in surprising detail, yesterday’s group therapy exercise:

  1. People wrote down, on a single sheet sheet of paper, negative and unhelpful beliefs about themselves, which they’ve been carrying around for a surprising long time.  (See here for a definition of “labeling” — a  surprisingly common and toxic cognitive distortion.)
  2.  It was surprising to me how many of us wrote down the words “weird” and “stupid” for this part of the exercise.
  3. People shared their negative self-talk with others in the group, who found it surprising how harshly the other members judged themselves.
  4. The group participants…

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By the Mighty Mumford


(Imagineering in N scale)

I’m thinking about…scrap yard…

Building one won’t be hard,

Photo from one in town

The highway shut down,

Could become like a business card.

I have more than enough empty shells

Of locos, boxcars in ells…

Fine railroad scrap

My yard could tap,

Making short work of assorted scrap.

Need a platform to load boxcars,

Gondolas and a crane to scrap cars…

An acetylene torch

Simulated scorch,

The real one had a spur track “thar”.

Combined with “N.I.M.B.Y. ENVIRONMENTAL:,

The rail traffic growth is incremental…

Scrapping railway

Wagons each day,

Recycling is more than incidental!

–Jonathan Caswell

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I tried to work on TYM, but could not get much done.

The distraction is largely self-made. In fact, I have already restricted my email and blog time to evening. Still, too many activities during day time.

For academic writing,  long time concentration is a must. In particular, one needs long warm up time to get into the zone. Therefore, to get the revision done on schedule, I must block the morning doing nothing but writing. Also, I must reduce other activities.


[Beijing, China, 7/22/2012]

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The US Role In Globalization, and the consequences of our policies.

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The US Role in Globalization

Posted by dougstuber on March 5, 2012 · 9 Comments (Edit)

Updated January 3, 2016

The State of Globalization as realized by the G-20 in the year 2012

The United States and its economic allies, as defined by countries subscribing to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Global Agreements on Tariffs and Trade (Gatt I and Gatt II)and other free trade agreements, have assured themselves their best possible corporate profits by moving manufacturing to countries with the lowest possible factory-labor wages without regard for how this effects their own labor communities, or the horrific consequences of moving products so far in the face of global warming and myriad other pollution concerns.

Lee Jae Eui, the author of the Gwangju Diary, and editor of the Gwangju Uprising, and head Nano-technologist at GIST rightly points out that the best governments are those who create a burgeoning…

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Frozen Yogurt-Covered Strawberries

For The Love of Blonde

Not only do I love frozen fruit, I also adore yogurt! Put the two together, and you get this delicious snack! These yogurt-covered strawberries are insanely quick and easy to make. All you have to do is find the juiciest strawberries (or any other fruit of your choice), grab your favourite yogurt, and get dippin’. Check out the recipe below!



  • 1 pint (2 cups) ripe strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cup vanilla-flavoured Greek yogurt


  1. Gently hold the leaves of the strawberry away from the fruit. Dip the fruit into the yogurt until it’s 90 percent covered. Remove and place on a plate or wire rack. Repeat with remaining strawberries and yogurt. Freeze for 1 hour.
  2. Remove berries from the freezer and repeat the first step, coating berries with a second layer of yogurt. Freeze for another hour, or until ready to serve.
  3. Enjoy!

TIP: Leave the strawberries inside the freezer…

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The strange book

Spread love not hate

“Hold on! I am coming Roy” shouted Elisabeth. With her slender petite frame she took long strides in her denim jeans.  Just as she was adjusting her hazelnut hair tied in ponytail, something caught her eye which made her stop in her tracks. It’s a moss filled rock but something else was on the surface, its edge sticking out. The edge had rusty gold detailing, but she couldn’t see much from her angle. “Well, time to get that thing out “she muttered as she parted the moss scrunching her freckled nose.

“Oh! It’s a book. How lovely” Elisabeth squealed in delight.  Elisabeth is a massive book worm. Since young she gets inspired to go around and explore the Rouge Zone thinking that she could be the next Indiana Jones. Her sidekick and childhood friend Roy tags along just because he “believes” he is saner than her, which obviously Elisabeth doesn’t agree to. Roy…

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