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Share Getting Cheated Out Of Money
2013-5-1 06:37
I love it when people do the right thing in life. When they are honest, caring, giving and kind. I love exhibiting these qualities and making it my lifestyle. It makes me happy. In fact, I say, "Do the right thing and you'll always be happy." I believe in working harder than what I'm paid for. I've found that somehow, some way, I always get rewarded. Maybe not from the same source that I gave the hard work, but, the universal laws of life make sure that the harvest that you reap is far larger th ...
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Share Positive Attitude Is Crazy
2013-4-30 15:04
One of my former colleagues is now at an affiliated school on the west side of the city. A foreign teacher there recently came to the campus of the university where I teach to assist with some marketing efforts. The former colleague contacted me to tell me a funny thing that happened. When the foreign teacher returned to their school, the foreign teacher talked about a 'foreigner businessman at the university campus that he met who had a lot of energy and was crazy.' She asked the teacher the na ...
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Share Air Pollution: Smog or Fog
2013-4-30 06:59
We've seen a lot of very nice days here in Henan Province lately. We did get some rain about a week ago which was seriously needed. But as I look out this morning, it looks quite clear. I realize that there are official government agencies that professionally monitor the air quality. I also realize that in Beijing recently it was quite bad. But here in Zhengzhou, I seriously wonder how much is just fog. Here's why I wonder. 1. Its not brown like Los Angeles, California, USA. I remember lo ...
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Share The Problem(s) With Foreign Teachers
2013-4-29 09:03
I don't mind talking about the problems that both Chinese schools and educators have with foreign teachers, and, the problems that foreign teachers face in China. I am a foreign teacher here and I at least want to believe that I can be balanced and certainly honest in objectively assessing these issues and problems. If you've read my blogs regularly as I know some do, you already know that I try hard to be fair in my assessment of things not as an American, but, as a human being. We all have ...
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Share How To Read The Signposts (of Life)
2013-4-28 07:37
I truly believe that there is some kind of divine order in life. I don't understand it all and don't believe that it can be explained in any religious context. But it is obvious to me that there is intentional guidance for you when you are consciously aware and in tune with it. I've found that life gives us clues or signposts, that show us the direction we need to take in our journey here on earth. Negative things happen. Positive things happen. Things we like. Things we don't like. But ...
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Share Is China Really THAT Bad?
2013-4-27 09:13
Yesterday, I was talking to a Chinese man and almost instantly he started telling me everything that he thinks is 'wrong' with China. He talked about everything from education to toilets. I'd never heard anyone say so many bad things about China. I never heard it in America or any of the other 25 countries I've visited. I couldn't imagine why he felt as he did. He nearly made me angry. After I finally realized that he wasn't going to stop saying so many things, I finally demanded control of t ...
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Share Why Not A Chinese Steve Jobs?
2013-4-26 04:33
Being in academic circles and directly on the faculty at a college and a university, I hear a lot of discussion about the differences and similarities between China and the west. One topic that almost always arises is the question of why so much innovation comes from the west and not so much from China. I've asked myself this question and have attempted to observe why I believe this is so. I have observed the education system here in China, first hand. Its my life here and I'm deeply involved ...
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Share Are Teachers Ever Wrong?
2013-4-25 03:42
There is an old belief that teachers can never be wrong. In fact, no student is to ever question a teacher or even speak out in class. This idea comes from another belief that insists that for learning to take place in the classroom, a teacher cannot be questioned and is presumed to never be wrong. It is also assumed that this approach makes for the best and most effective educational teaching model in schools. This idea existed in the U.S. for many years. In fact, during my primary school an ...
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Share Kaifeng, An Amazing City
2013-4-24 18:12
Kaifeng, An Amazing City
I just returned from an amazing trip to an even more amazing city, Kaifeng. I went there at the invitation of China Daily and Victor ( voice_cd) our moderator on the blog here and blog manager for China Daily. We had a great time. Victor is a very cool guy and has excellent English. We talked like old friends. Very cool. Kaifeng is a very old city. It has a warm feel to it. Though, by American standards, it is still a large city (but, not for China), it has a 'hometown' feel to it. ...
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Share Chinese Capitalism?
2013-4-21 08:16
Being an American, I've never known anything except capitalism and a free market. I didn't know much about state owned businesses until I started making regular trips to Russia several years ago. The U.S.A., though it prides itself in separation from business and government, certainly isn't pure in this idea. The bailout for big business proved this in recent years. The U.S. government, who is itself deeply indebted, 'loaned' billions of dollars to attempt to help the economy to recover. I'm ...
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MichaelM

Michael is the author of the transformational book, Powerful Attitudes. He is a professional educator, an educational consultant, an author. He lives in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. He enjoys playing guitar and writing poetry. He loves China.

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