Bar Results are All Out

22 Nov

As far as I can tell, the bar results for all 50 states and Washington, DC have been released for July 2014.  I hope you heard great news, I congratulate all the passers, and I encourage all those who didn’t make it this time!  Fighting!

Wushu Festival (Street Fighters)

21 Nov

Wushu Festival

20 Nov

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Review of the Wushu Festival! (I waited way to long to post this :( )  The festival (held Oct. 18) was absolutely amazing, so many students of martial arts you almost didn’t know where to look.  The Shaolin Temple has been home to martial art enthusiasts for many years now, with hundreds of kung fu schools popping up at the foot of the mountain’s temple.  Thousands of students come to train at the school, primarily local farming students who use this as perhaps their only opportunity to gain an education and some good food.  For many, the training in reading and writing alone (one of the main tenants of martial arts is the ability to learn from the writings of the masters) is a great benefit of the program. The self-discipline and values it instills into them is another.  To be honest, I can’t imagine very many American kids being able to go through the rigorous training these kids go through.  That said, they seemed generally healthy, excited, and ready to go on Festival Day!

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The Festival itself is really hard to get into. . . the cost is outrageous and you have to work your way onto one of the tour buses. Since they try to encourage a diverse group of travelers (India, Iran, USA, Russia, France, Germany, Kazakhstan. . . dozens of countries made a showing), it’s not always easy to grab a spot on the bus.  Everyone (not just our group, literally EVERONE), piles onto buses that are required to meet at a certain point on the highway and form a caravan.  This caravan drives the last 45 minutes or so together until they reach the foot of the mountain.

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There, the schools have lined up thousands of students in  row after row of various events (saber fighting, boxing, drumming, kicking) that you along the road.  It’s considered the “welcoming party” and you watch as your bus passes by.  This goes on for another 45 minutes – 1 hour as you drive up the mountain to reach Shaolin Temple.  There, you enter the temple’s fighting grounds, watching a few major performances and then wandering around the school as you please.  Thousands upon Thousands of students line the roads and practice in the larger areas to demonstrate their skills and abilities.

Kids that look like babies doing the splits in a tree, while the older boys throw each other about and contort into unbelievable poses for 30 minutes at a time.  Must admit, I let there feeling part inspired in the power of humankind and part ashamed of myself for my own lack of will power.  Those boys and girls were working all day long, moving from one torturous stance to another, completely ignoring the gaping onlookers wandering through.  Definitely impressive!

 

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At the end of the day, everyone returns to a large natural amphitheater set where  you can see up and down the mountain valley.  Once it is dark, the students begin their large musical dance, an hour of breathtaking scenes accompanied by heart-stirring melodies.  It is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot of beauty.  I’ll be adding videos as soon as I can upload them.   All in all the event was a massive success. . . I am absolutely returning next year, I can’t even imagine missing it!

 

Music I Love ~ The Star

19 Nov

Art I Love ~ Howl’s Morning Breeze

18 Nov

“Howl’s Morning Breeze” by Sakimichan

Chinese Health Concerns

17 Nov

You know you drink too much soda when . . . the gas station cashier gives you a free bottle of water and looks disapprovingly at your drink selection. All the while telling you, “tsk tsk . . . water have more power.”  0_0

Student Humor ~ Yeah. . . No.

17 Nov

Student who turned in assignment 1 week + late ~ “But Teacher, I explained everything, I think you must have forgot”

Teacher ~ Um. . . . I don’t think ‘I had a personal reason’ counts when I told you in three forms of communication (written, oral, and electronic) that we needed a note and more details and you ignored them all. Trust me, if ‘personal reason’ had been enough to get me out of English papers in college, I would have used it a whole lot more!

Cinnamon Apple Salad

15 Nov

Recipe for my Aunt’s famous Cinnamon Apple Salad!  (Great for bruncheons!)

2 cups chopped unpeeled apples
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup finely chopped pitted dates
1/2 cup fat free vanilla yogurt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Mix cinnamon and yogurt. Toss in the rest. Enjoy.

Fashion I ❤ Winter Coats 2014-2015

14 Nov

Selected from article by Wardrobe Looks. . .

Women's Long Coat Styles For Winter 2014-2015 (1)

 

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