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Share How To 'Get Life Right'
2013-5-9 03:40
There are so many decisions to make in life. We place a high value on things like, which career should we be pursuing, what others think of us, what we think others think of us, how much money we have, how much money we make, can we find genuine love in our lives and others. I am one who seeks to find peace and happiness in life. I was married for nearly 30 years to a woman in the U.S. We had a sad marriage and she was rarely happy. She divorced me years ago and soon married a man that she wa ...
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Share A Lesson From Ancient Chinese Leader
2013-5-6 01:41
For some very strange reason that I don't completely understand, since I came to China 21 months ago, seemingly 'coincidence' has been a way of life. One recent example (just yesterday) is, I was in a park at an English corner (a place where people gather to practice spoken English) where I go every Sunday morning. I go there to teach lessons for free to many very interested and dedicated English students. They range in age from 5 years old to over 70 years old. A lesson tha ...
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Share PEOPLE ARE DESPERATE
2013-5-4 07:50
Two nights ago, I was having dinner with a new teacher, a bilingual assistant and one of our top students. I invited them to dinner. We talked about the transitions that are taking place in our program and how I will be teaching only VIP classes in the future and focusing more on administrative responsibilities. After we finished eating, the student asked to talk to me. She said, "Michael, will you give me a ride to my room on your e-bike?" I said that I would. Once she got on the ...
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Share How To Save A Lot of Money on Education
2013-5-3 10:10
Colleges and universities have a reputation of high standards in the USA. When I attended the university, a few decades ago, college and university was considered to be much more demanding for students than high school. Today, high schools are much better at preparing students for college and I hear from many students, college isn't quite so difficult. A western college degree is obviously quite valuable here in China and the East. Over 200,000 students from China alone, are studying in the U ...
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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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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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    Wow, amazing !Have a dream, this story recalled  me  Martin Luther King's " I have a dream", anyone will persuit his or her with right track will get a goo d mark, I do believe, thanks for your help without any dicriimination... Friendship is without national borders, your story proved that.

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    Amazing and inspiring.

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