Is Cantonese propriety rude or respectful?

by Emy LouieAll my life, my Chinese friends and relatives would say, "My parents are Chinese," or so and so "is Chinese." So what does that mean, really?Now, as an adult "elder," I am confronted with situations where I need to talk to strangers, nationals, or ex-pats from Guangzhou, China, who speak Cantonese. So how … Continue reading Is Cantonese propriety rude or respectful?

The Effect of COVID Regulations on the Bus and on Mom-and-Pop Places in Honolulu

Since 1974, I have been happily riding the bus, but, unfortunately, in 2021, to take the bus borders on the onerous, and to frequent a mom-and-pop establishment is just as onerous: let me tell you why. While on the air-conditioned buses in Honolulu, I get cold, so I bring extra clothes to stay warm: I … Continue reading The Effect of COVID Regulations on the Bus and on Mom-and-Pop Places in Honolulu

My Experience of a 1,000-Person Outdoor Concert in Mexico, Post COVID

by Emy Louie“The happiest place on earth” is this place—I am convinced! Let me tell you of a theme park in Mexico that culminated with a 1,000-person outdoor concert that I attended on a weekday in October of 2020.  The Mexican theme park was unbelievably good on all levels: good service, good food, clean bathrooms, good … Continue reading My Experience of a 1,000-Person Outdoor Concert in Mexico, Post COVID

La Vida en un Pequeño Pueblo de Pescadores, Fish Village

Con suerte, lo siguiente captura los eventos diarios en un pueblo de pescadores en América Central. ¡Disfrutar! Las herramientas rudimentarias de los pescadores. Un barco de pesca llega a la orilla. A continuación se muestra la secuencia de acciones. https://youtu.be/evjyjLSp_l8 Un hombre camina por la orilla con un pez. Imágenes de arriba: el hombre sostiene … Continue reading La Vida en un Pequeño Pueblo de Pescadores, Fish Village

The Fence That Changed the Alamo Plaza

So it was in 1876 that [Isaac Leonard] Ellwood sent [Pete] McManus to Texas to introduce barbed wire to the ranchers and cattlemen...Barbed wire has lived on and continues to serve the cattle business [and] changed the landscape of the American West.Marilyn Bennett in It Happened in San Antonio https://youtu.be/CFyymZiOwP8

How to Start a Meditation Practice

Posted on August 24, 2012 Updated July 24, 2020 This is how I see meditation.  This is my personal experience, so here are some tips for you to try out.  Find your own way or variation that makes you the most comfortable. Here is my explanation of meditation: you are a radio receiver. There are a … Continue reading How to Start a Meditation Practice

The Beach’s Convenient Trash Disposal

Here is the female Mexican Grackle or Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus). Regardless if it stands in one place or flits around, its face has a fierce-looking demeanor. It has subtle variegation of colors: a dark ochre-colored belly, lighter in color compared to its dark caramel wings and tail.    Do not confuse the female Mexican … Continue reading The Beach’s Convenient Trash Disposal

An Alaska Back Country Adventure

Let us embark on an Alaskan adventure! Starting from Anchorage, Alaska at Turnagain Arm, a famous waterway, we head to Anchorage’s Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Then, we take a train from Anchorage and head north to Denali National Park and Preserve. Within that Park is Mount Denali, formerly known as Mount McKinley, which at 20,310 … Continue reading An Alaska Back Country Adventure

The Birds That Keep Their Distance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peWz48r92gQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12c01YnTzZk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o52nFXcjl8g Chapters This Side of the Hemisphere: Easy Access to Wildlife Saved by a Tin Bag Revenge of the Jungle Ants The Bird from Heaven The “Research” Center TBD What A Cow Would Do That a Sane Person Would Not Do What Stands Around A Lot and Is Ready to Strike? Wild Horses … Continue reading The Birds That Keep Their Distance

The Dizzying Calls of This “Concert” Bird

This bird may not have a sophisticated flight pattern or plumage or variegation of color, but instead, it presents us with a dizzying “chorus” of sounds! The blackbird or more specifically the grackle I am studying, listening to, and practically living with for over two months now, closely resembles the great-tailed grackle or Mexican grackle … Continue reading The Dizzying Calls of This “Concert” Bird

Tropical Kingbird: The Bird That Wants to Entertain

With a yellow underbelly and forked tail, this “yellow bird” looks like it wears a black mask--a black stripe that you can even see from behind the bird. Certainly compared to the songbird version of a blackbird, these “yellow birds” are quiet, as the blackbirds drown out the more silent birds. At first, one may … Continue reading Tropical Kingbird: The Bird That Wants to Entertain

This Side of the Hemisphere: Easy Access to Wildlife

In Central America, in a remote and rural place, a land of lakes and volcanoes, wild animals outnumber humans 50 to one. Here, the annual weather averages a low of 73 degrees Fahrenheit to a high of 91. Isolated from the rest of Central America by a large body of water, one huge section of … Continue reading This Side of the Hemisphere: Easy Access to Wildlife

What A Cow Would Do That a Sane Person Would Not Do

As you will see here, the cows’ sense of time and relative physical space is different from humans. Except for the “cow talk” below, if humans did similar things, they would be considered insane. What cows do notice is grass, other cows, humans, open space. But do they notice sunsets? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ocHkIS3s7Y Above. The white cow … Continue reading What A Cow Would Do That a Sane Person Would Not Do