Meeting Jamie Chan again with his students and artworks

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Ascetic gautama - clay art by Jamie

Ascetic Gautama - clay art by Jamie

Last week I went to visit Jamie Chan. Remember the post of Jamie Chan the animal lover last year on juesatta? Jamie is an art teacher.

When I visited Jamie during the evening, he was at his art class teaching a few children. There were five students. Due to the Chinese New Year period, children were having holiday so not many attended the class on that day. 

When I arrived, Jamie was writing Chinese calligraphy, then we started our chat with warm greetings. On my request, Jamie showed his artworks to me. I had a chance to shoot some photos of these amazing art pieces: twin-headed turtle, alien in an egg, lizard fossil, lizard, fantastic drawings, dinosaur teapot, and my favorite the ascetic Gautama. 

Later on, out of no where Jamie brought out his collection of his old drawings in his early years in primary school and secondary school. Jamie’s paintings were mostly freestyle, his brushes flowed freely with his feeling and mood. It was really interesting to see how Jamie improved throughout the years, and how his style evolved could be anticipated from his early years’ paintings.

Furthermore, Jamie loved clay art and did many in recent years. Most of them were made and colored then displayed in nicely decorated fish tanks in his class. These wonderful display in class, however would provide an artistic atmosphere and would inspire the students’ interest. These clay artworks were all my favorite especially the ascetic Gautame which seemed like a real unearthed artifact to me.  

Jamie and his partner, Joan are both art teacher of the class. Although the mother wasn’t there when I went, the daughter, Si Si was there learning from his daddy. A very artistic family indeed. And I know Jamie from his sister, Janic who is also a great artist and has recently resumed her art class too. I hope I have a chance to shoot Janic’s artworks in future. 

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[News] Secret millionaire Grace Groner donates her fortune

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Secret millionaire Grace Groner (photo from

Secret millionaire Grace Groner (photo from

Grace Groner was orphaned when she was 12 and lived simply until passing away at age 100 in January. Grace left the world a better place, at least her little corner of it.

Groner, a secret millionaire, left her entire estate worth $7-million-dollars to her alma mater, Lake Forest College in Illinois.

In 1935, Groner purchased $180 stock in Abbott Laboratories – where she worked as a secretary for 43 years –  and, thanks to her frugal lifestyle and thoughtful investing, Grace amassed a $7-million-dollar fortune in the last 75 years.

Grace lived in Lake Forest in a modest one bedroom cottage with plain furnishings, mismatched dishes and a decades-old television set. She bought her clothes at rummage sales and walked instead of driving.

Grace had already donated $180,000 to a scholarship program at the liberal arts school.

“Oh my God,” was the reaction of Lake Forest College president Stephen Schutt upon learning the amount of Groner’s generous donation. Schutt reportedly knew that Grace intended to leave money to the college however, until her death, he had no idea how large the gift would be.

Grace’s money will help Lake Forest’s 1,300 students take internships and study abroad – experiences that many of them would never have had without her help.

Her little home was also donated to the college and will be used to house recipients of scholarships from the foundation. The house has been named “Grace’s Cottage,” in honor of a woman filled with grace.

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A friend who lost an arm and a leg – 失去一条胳臂和一只脚的朋友

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A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in Vietnam. He called his parents from San Francisco. “Mom and Dad, I’m coming home, but I’ve a favor to ask. I have a friend I’d like to bring home with me.”

“Sure,” they replied, “we’d love to meet him.”

“There’s something you should know.” the son continued, “he was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mine and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come live with us.”

“I’m sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help him find somewhere to live.”

“No, Mom and Dad, I want him to live with us.”

“Son,” said the father, “you don’t know what you’re asking. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden on us. We have our own lives to live, and we can’t let something like this interfere with our lives. I think you should just come home and forget about this guy. He’ll find a way to live on his own.”

At that point, the son hung up the phone. The parents heard nothing more from him.

A few days later, however, they received a call from the San Francisco police. Their son had died after falling from a building, they were told. The police believed it was suicide.

The grief-stricken parents flew to San Francisco and were taken to the city morgue to identify the body of their son.

They recognized him, but to their horror they also discovered something they didn’t know, their son had only one arm and one leg.

Moral of the Story…

The parents in this story are like many of us. We find it easy to love those who are good-looking or fun to have around, but we don’t like people who inconvenience us or make us feel uncomfortable. We would rather stay away from people who aren’t as healthy, beautiful, or smart as we are.

Thankfully, there’s someone who won’t treat us that way. Someone who loves us with an unconditional love that welcomes us into the forever family, regardless of how messed up we are.

Tonight, before you tuck yourself in for the night, say a little prayer that God will give you the strength you need to accept people as they are, not as you think they should be, and to help us all be more understanding of those who are different from us!!!

Take time to think about this…….



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农历正月十五元宵节.The Lantern Festival

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An endless journey by CJ

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An endless journey by CJ

An endless journey by CJ

“The birth of a man is the birth of his sorrow. The longer he lives, the more stupid he becomes, because his anxiety to avoid unavoidable death becomes more and more acute. What bitterness! He lives for what is always out of reach! His thirst for survival in the future makes him incapable of living in the present.”
-Chuang Tzu






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