Looking into the Mirror

When you look into the mirror, what do you see? Such a question is a loaded one but also misleading in many ways.   In the USA, there is an ever increasing pressure to focus on yourself and your feelings. So much so that the question at the beginning is usually answered from a pure focus on feelings and superficial things.

What do I mean by all of this and why write about it?   Let me answer the latter question first as it will help to explain the first part.     Life is the greatest trainer on how to do things.   We can either choose to learn and do what works in the real world or attempt to make the world fit what we think it should be.   The first option is common sense, humility, and recognizing reality while the second is the recipe for having a miserable life.   Why do I say that?   Humility is knowing [Read more]

Putting it into Practice

If a person is following the main theme I promote, it is to not accept the typical answers usually based on traditions and assumptions. Truth needs to be based on exhausting all options of fact finding. This includes looking into history to rediscover previously known information and looking to other cultures for information. Doing so helps one to not make a critical mistake made by many.

All too often in every field, we artificially put limits on ourselves based on assumptions of what we think can and cannot be done. This happens in medicine, business, and sports. The examples are nearly endless. In medicine, some Western practices are based on research papers, based on research papers, based on research papers, based on more research that is based on an opinion paper written long ago. But when a neutral study is done, all of that line is found to be incorrect. Yet, the popular opinion remains [Read more]

Go Big or Go Home – Majestic Mansion DollHouse Review

What I am about to say will come as no surprise to anyone.   My 3 girls like to play with dolls.   They also like to play with dollhouses and all of the other typical toys one would expect.   Should this come as any surprise? It shouldn’t.

In our home, we have tried out two different dollhouses with the KidKraft Majestic Mansion Play DollHouse winning the head-to-head competition as declared by my girls.   What makes it the winner is its sheer size, durability, variability in furniture with different color schemes, and the general overall flexibility of the house in playing options.   It even comes with an attached garage and a sunroom.

One big plus to date is none of the furniture has broken.   Since my daughters have stripped every doll naked and dismembered a number of them, this is a major accomplishment.   The chandelier keeps on coming down, but it isn’t broken.   My youngest keeps taking it off of its hook.   [Read more]

Beware of the Messenger


I waited a bit to write this article so passions could die down on the Ferguson, MO and NYC issues related to grand jury decisions to not indicting police officers involved in those incidents. Instead of giving my opinion on those issues, I am going to focus on a very important detail that one will not find in any news article about any of those issues or the previous Zimmerman / Martin incident either.   It is the difference between a juror [Read more]

Reading Comprehension – The Unsung Skill Part 2

continuation of my previous post –  click here for Part 1

 A few things we can glean from this.   We do not have enough information regarding the altercation to make any specific claims.   However, there are a few significant points.

Robert managed to go to the shelter with a woman, three children, and a dog.   Either they walked or drove a car.   If they drove, either he or the woman had ID available in the form of a Driver’s License (hopefully).     For whatever his reasons, Robert and / or the woman did not disclose his ID and made an issue of it. He could have calmly resolved it by asking why.   He could have easily left.   He chose not to. [Read more]

Reading Comprehension – The Unsung Skill Part 1

When I first started to prepare to get a job in the USA, my husband gave me the key to taking the reading comprehension tests one has to take to apply to some jobs.   The questions are not testing what you know, but what the entry says.   To succeed in reading comprehension, do not insert our knowledge or opinions into the article as it interferes with our ability to grasp the material being presented. Take it for what it says, understand the message, then form an opinion (if it is a news article) or just answer the question and move on.

It is really simple to do in practice.   But why are so many willing to demonstrate they are deficient in reading comprehension by posting comments on chat boards and Facebook pages?   Let me present to you a prime example of this.   [Read more]

The Ups and Downs of Fun Swing Set Review

About a year ago, we acquired a new playground set for our children called the Backyard Discovery Prescott Cedar Wooden Swing Set as produced by Backyard Adventures. We went for the one we felt best fit our wishes for our youngsters and the space limitations of our yard. There were plenty of options to choose from but if you’ve met my youngest, I didn’t want to give her too many parts to climb.

Let us start out with the packaging of the product. This is truly a two person package to move. Since it is a full playground set made mostly out of wood, it is heavy. Opening it up, they also packed it tightly to decrease movement of pieces during shipping. [Read more]

Being an ESL in a Higher Education Setting

As autumn is fully upon us, the outdoor work season has come to a close and time has come back to being a bit more plentiful once again.   It is good to be fully back. Back on to the topic at hand.

I have made it no secret that I am taking classes focusing on getting back into the IT Networking field where my strengths are.   But I must fully admit it has not been without many difficult hurdles that many who are ESL face here in the USA and likely elsewhere.   I can make that statement as I know of several other Filipinas and Filipinos who are going through a similar experience as I am. [Read more]

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