Winter Solstice: Its Request of You, and Yours of It

Rebecca Grace Kehl – revised copy for December 24, 2016 More and more people are learning about the Solstices and Equinoxes, and how they are the original holidays and celebrations of which modern holidays, like Christmas, and all it’s flashing lights and noise, were created. Let’s revive what this time of

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Of The Warm, The Generous, and The Neighborly

It was a scalding and busy Saturday for me, full of sleep-deficient-related headaches while nailing the major portion of the errands I set out to do for the day. After, I went out for a cooling walk to get a lemon-passionfruit drink with my reusable mug at the Coco Tea street shop.  I

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How to Get Your Kids Unplugged this Summer

When summer vacation comes around this year, untold numbers of kids will celebrate the last day of school by grabbing a smart-phone, turning on a game console, or logging into a computer to play video games. Like a scene from a science-fiction movie, the world’s children will sit in front

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Taipei Light Pollution 台北的光汙染

(translated by 吳耀翰) Because Taipei city is such that the residential always mixes with the commercial, and since commercial buildings here often leave their lights on after closing, we have a really bad case of nightly light pollution. If you don’t have proper blinds and an eye mask, light sleepers

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On Safety and Connectedness: Compliments to Taiwan and her Citizens for Modeling Safe-City Culture

— A Young Canadian’s View on Why Taiwan is So Safe — By Rebecca G. Kehl When I was 17 and a 1/2, my good-humored, maverick father came over to Taiwan and lived here for a year. Then he came back and taught me his limited Mandarin, haha!:  我要,  好吃, and

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Dear Cai Ying-wen 親愛的蔡英文總統: Much Love and Power to You 豐沛的愛與力量予妳

Power, power, power… 🙂 What is it, where does it come from, and what do we do with it? 力量、力量、力量…它究竟是甚麼,它從哪裡來,我們可以用力量做甚麼? When you think of power, what immediately comes to mind? Make a list of people who you think are powerful: 當你想到力量,你立刻浮現腦海的是什麼? 列出一份你認為有力量之人的名單: – – – Next, take a minute to

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Winter Solstice – What the “Christmas Season” Really Asks of You

Rebecca Kehl – December 31, 2015 I lived in Taiwan about ten years ago for 2 and a half years, so I must have seen at least 2 Christmases then, but somehow I can’t recall them. I don’t remember Christmas cards or gift giving or receiving between students or friends and I,

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Why Xmas sucks, and what I’m doing about it

The Wild East / Comedy I’ve always enjoyed being in Asia for Christmas because they really don’t give a rat’s ass about it. For this very reason, we are able to have such niceties as Chinese restaurants to eat Christmas dinner in the West, for those who are too lazy

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The Revenge of the Recyclables

By Rebecca Kehl – Dec 2015 In this article, a mystery will be revealed before your very eyes… It is the 2-fold challenge of curing modern man’s addiction to plastic. I shall reveal the mystery now, at the beginning, to save you all the suspense. The answer is: Completely adapting to a life of reuseables (the

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Taiwan… Unplugged!?

By Rebecca Kehl You know those days when the power goes out and your fridge stops working and waters dripping from the freezer and there’s no air-con and it’s like +35 C? And you try to plug in your computer cuz it’s low on battery cuz you need to send that

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