A poem by Chinese poet Du Fu. Before Kongming's shrine stands an ancient cypress, Its branches are like green bronze, its roots just like stone. The frosted bark, slippery with rain, is forty spans around, Its blackness blends into the sky two thousand feet above. Master and servant have each already reached their time's end,… Continue reading Ballad of the Ancient Cypress (poem)
What is the 'Quintessential' Australian experience? With a multicultural island like the one I live on, what defines this place from everywhere else? Some people go straight to the colonial stereotypes. The sun-burnt white man with an Akubra hat and khaki pants. Steve Irwin, 'surfer dudes' and farmers on horseback. I mean, that's all well… Continue reading The ‘Quintessential’ Australian Experience
It used to be a hypothetical question. 'If you were alive during World War 2', we were asked during a High School Ethics and Social Studies class, 'What would you have done? What would you have done to save the Jewish People from the Nazi Regime?' A lot of my classmates boldly declared their desire… Continue reading What Would You Have Done In WW2?
A friend of mine recently posted about how my 'eyes light up' when I talk about my family. My in-laws, my husband, and my partner's extended family all fill me with an energy I can't describe. I just become so passionate about them when asked. It's because they're all so kind. They're from a wide… Continue reading My Mother-in-law Fills Me With Joy
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2017/07/10/language/japan-everything-counts-way/#.WWW0BoiGPIW The following link explains all the different ways I have to count things when I use Japanese. I was laughed at for counting a plate the same way you count small animals in Japanese, implying that I had eaten 'three small cats' instead of 'three small meals'. It's entertaining, and unique, to this culture.… Continue reading Language quirks
After studying Japanese for 10 years, and setting my sights on visiting Japan as my end-goal, we're finally here! I'M GOING TO JAPAN THIS YEAR!! For me, these rewards are what makes the struggle worthwhile. The goal at the end of the task is usually something I assign for myself; and the more challenging the… Continue reading You Can Do It!
Or, 'when an intervention isn't worth the effort', or 'when doing something is worse than doing nothing'. A common issue in HR literature, and HR work in hospitals, is the issue of Strategy fatigue. Strategy Fatigue in management is, essentially, employees and/or customers getting tired of a 'new approach' or a 'new system' being implemented. It… Continue reading Strategy Fatigue