Sunday, December 27, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sunflowers are blooming in our backyard

Sunflowers grow near Fargo North Dakoda (The border between Minnesota and North Dakoda) - Last week, on the way to Case Lake Minnesota, we drove through Fargo, I quickly took this picture, How I wish I could stop and walked in the Sunflower fileld to take more pictures.
Sunflowers we planted in our backyard a month ago, now it is blomming

Sunflowers in our backyard - I bought the seed from Homedepot

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Old Pictures

Daddy's Cousin
Aunt Shuhui and her son

Aunt Shu Hui at the age of 18 - Married to a wealthy family's son . They lost everything during the Communist Tu Gai yundong and the Culture Revolution.

Aunt Shu Hui and her friend in 1945 .

Wednesday, August 19, 2009



Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Sky of March

The sky of March is quite and beautiful. The beginning of new life.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

The joy of Being

The Joy of Being
If you embrace your shadows
Your light will begin to shine
If you embrace your doubts
Wisdom will shine
If you embrace your fears
Love will fill your life
If you embrace your mirror
Your fellow men and women will join you
If you embrace your body
The Spirit of the Eternal Will manifest itself in Matter
If you embrace your resistances
Suffering will vanish
If you embrace your world
Happiness will rule in the Universe
For your embrace is the energy
That holds all the powerto change,
with a wave of your hand,
The whole of human kind- Mabel Iam


A real friend is the person who can enter your heart and touch the highest point of happiness in you, using as tools: her affection, her patience and her passion.
----Mabel Iam

Friday, July 3, 2009

Stormsburg Swedish Midsommar Festival - Taste of Sweden

The downtown area of Stromsburg has a town square in its center. This square forms a park, with lawns and mature trees, where festivals and events are held.

In the center of the square is a two story Swedish style building made of brick with decorative toll painting and the phrase "Valkommen" (Swedish for "Welcome").

The performance

It took us one and half hour driving to Stormsburg, a small town close to Omaha.

Stromsburg is a city in Polk County, Nebraska, located 100 miles west of Omaha, 20 miles north of Interstate 80 on the Pan-American Highway, Highway 81. Fertile farm ground producing corn, milo, and soybeans surrounds this rural city of 1,232 residents. Stromsburg is the largest of four towns in Polk County, with a population of 5,639. The population was 1,232 at the 2000 census.

Stromsburg was settled early in Nebraska history. In 1856, 155 people from Ockelbo, Sweden, sailed aboard the vessel 'Carolina' to a new life in America. After several years in Illinois, some of the people decided to move on to the state of Nebraska, with Swedish real estate agent Lewis Headstrom as their leader. Delighted that the landscape resembled their homeland, they chose to name their new town after Stromsborg, a section of Ockelbo, Sweden. By 1882, two brickyards were furnishing bricks for business buildings, churches, and homes.

In 1966 the Nebraska Governor came to Stromsburg for the Swedish Festival proclaiming it the "Swede Capital of Nebraska", a title that the community still claims.
The downtown area of Stromsburg has a town square in its center. This square forms a park, with lawns and mature trees, where festivals and events are held.

Monday, June 1, 2009

My Garden-Peonies ,Roses, Bunny。。。

Poison Ivy- Leaves of Three, Let It Be
这是有毒的爬藤,特征是三个叶子,去年在后院除草时,只是从这植物身旁经过,竟不小心被这植物毒了一下,苦不堪言,现在一看到他就闪,就象美国人有句俗语说: Leaves of Three, Let It Be.







Memory Day



Valley Cemetery

Valley Cemetery建于1881


陣亡將士紀念日是美國聯邦假期的最後一個星期一5月( 5月25日在2009年) 。前身為裝飾日,紀念在服兵役中死亡的军人。后来也延伸为美国人纪念死去亲人的日子,有点象亚洲的清明节。

Monday, May 25, 2009

In loving memory of La Vern

It has been three years since La Vern passed away. We saw him in the winter of 2005 in Oregon during our trip to Hearst Castle California. Before we left, he hug both of us, I could see tears in his eyes. He passed away in the Summer of 2006.

He wrote this before he left this world, to share his view of life to all of us.

The most two important things are:
1. One word: "Cherish" everything and everyone close to you. For all can be gone in the blink of an eye.
2. "The Best Things in Life are Free." Love, understanding, caring. I believe one gets wrapped up in the material things in life and doesn't mean to, but forgets the real thngs. Like the sun, moon, stars, a blade of grass. One must cherish the simple things also; talking, seeing, feeling, taking a bath, even combing one's hair. The routine things. There is an old saying, I believe, "One doesn't know what they have'til they lose it."

- LaVern Rice

Sunday, May 24, 2009