September 21, 2012
In life, its sometimes having the luck of perfect timing that counts!
Mike Kai was on a flight today to LAX when the captain of his aircraft announces he is diverting his plane to make way for Endeavour's historic arrival.
Mike could see Endeavour on the back of a Boeing 747 right outside his plane window.
As soon as Mike lands, he runs and jumps into a cab and asks the driver to take him to the South runway to watch Endeavour arrive.
Mike shoots this 32 second video just in time as Endeavour lands!
As a citizen by choice of the United States of America, Thanksgiving was a new holiday to me. What a great holiday! A day devoted to gathering and giving thanks with loved ones and that's all.
No gifts exchange, no specific religious reasons, which may trip up one group or another, just come together to share, celebrate the harvest, eat good food and give to thanks.
I can really get behind this!
What is Thanksgiving?
Most cultures have a festival to give thanks for the bounty from the earth. In my ancestral country of China, we have the Moon festival/Mid Autumn festival, on the eighth lunar month to celebrate the harvest and the fullest moon of the year.
Yet it took me to leave my birthplace and be transplanted into another culture and environment for me to fully appreciate Thanksgiving.
Is it the actual name of the American holiday, or is it the physical and emotional distance of being a newcomer that got me to look at the reason behind the holiday?
Have you ever had this happen to you? Where it took a physical, mental or emotional detachment or even the combination, before you could see what you really had?
Sometimes we only appreciate what we have when we are away from it, or more sadly, after we've lost it.
I am particularly reminded of this because this year marked the loss of several dear friends and my beloved mentor, Robert Muller.
Dr. Muller was the Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and the most optimistic and happiest man I've ever...
8 year old USA Team member Awonder Liang of Madison, Wisconsin is the best chess player in the world for his age group. He won the gold medal at the World Youth Championship in Brazil in the Under 8 Open, November 26, 2011.
This year's coach and World Chess Federation Senior Trainer (FIDE - Fédération Internationale des Échecs) was Michael Khodarkovsky.
Photo (Left): USA Team member 8 year old Awonder Liang wins Gold Medal at World Youth Chess Championship in Brazil.
Photo by permission Andrea Rosen
Here's a sample of the rankings from the American team competing at the World Youth Championship in Caldas, Novas Brazil this year:
Awonder Liang of Wisconsin earned a gold medal in the Under 8 Open with 7.5/9
Ruifeng Li of Texas earned a silver medal in the Under 10 Open with 7/9.
Sarah Chiang of Texas earned 4th place in the Girls Under 14Jeffrey Xiong of Texas earned 5th in the Open Under 12.
David Peng of Northbrook, Illinois earned 7th in the Under 8 Open.
Albert Lu of Southern California placed 12th in the Under 10 Open.
Kevin Wang of Maryland placed 15th in the Under 14 Open.
Varun Krishnan of La Jolla, California placed 14th in the Under 14 Open.
December 17, 2012
American war hero and distinguished Senator Daniel Inouye has died at the age of 88 of respiratory complications at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
"Tonight, our country has lost a true American hero," said President Barack Obama. Senator Inouye was the second longest serving senator in the U.S. and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his World War II heroics.
He was a member of the U.S. Army's 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the most decorated unit in U.S. history.