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  • Re: 20190413, Article, Taichung (2019/04/10)

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    Dear Taichung Happiers,

    Stories have no office hours.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QdFALxENgQ&spfreload=5

    What is a story? A story can be an account of what happened to somebody or of how something happened. A story can be a description of events and people that the writer or speaker has invented in order to entertain people. As the ancient proverb goes, “Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in heart forever.” According to research results, the combination of data and storytelling in class is 22 times easier for students to remember the content than just showing and analyzing the data. In addition, Award-winning writer Patrick Rothfuss believes stories distinguish people more precisely than ID card or Facial Recognition. “It's like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” Truly, our dazzling passion for stories is ungovernable--a stunning storytelling is like a splendid summer evening calming our nettled nerves--because of the mixture of investigation and expectation, we are bewitched by the magic of stories, time and time again. Tell me, please, what smell of story books, what voice of storytelling, can transport you to your Childhood Wonderland? The childhood memory of diving deeply into the indulgence of stories always has a special place in my heart. Storytellers are able to make the stories come to life in our minds; storytellers have the disquieting sense that they can see inside our souls. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to bring your dreams and hopes to join our host Emily Lee in journeying to the curious castle of storytelling!

    De-story. Destroy. “Think about the word destroy. Do you know what it is? De-story. Destroy. Destory.” Well, how about a destroying story, like “Passengers, this isn’t your captain speaking”? A compelling story, well told, grabs hearts and minds. De-story. Destroy. Stories are lifesavers.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVTBuNF-VY8 Where there is meaning, there is the magic power. Stories are meaningful because they are memorable, impactful, and connectional. Evidently, stories toughen us up to travel a considerable distance down memory lane, arriving at a place that makes us highly appreciative. The childhood memories we bury under the sea of stories are the ones that never stop haunting us. Meet these famous storytellers from around the world. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/expatpicturegalleries/9769881/Famous-storytellers.html Stories keep our thoughts and emotions from running in circles. Stories save us from traps and give us the wisdom and the strength to choose the direction to move forward to. Every minute of listening increases the temperature of our tenderness. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj-hdQMa3uA Storytellers never disappear—they will return to a hidden time; every minute of storytelling hasn’t yet passed; there is always a reason for a storyteller to go on living—every storyteller will rediscover the journey he/she has never left. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFocDpvTZdw&t=2s

    Fiction and non-fiction are both about stories. “The Gingerbread House, The Giant Pumpkin House, The Castle on Top of the Beanstalk, and the Famous Brick House Owned by the Smart Little Pig…” “That’s why Mother Goose stopped writing stories and became a real estate agent.” Every non-fiction work tells a story about culture or conception. A story can be an event in a book, film, play, etc.; a story can also be a report in a newspaper, magazine or news broadcast. A story is the countless complexity of words, images, and feelings, recollected to show us the forgotten parts of ourselves. Fiction and non-fiction are both about stories. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ili2x0H-zpU When the reality is too complicated, we catch it through other forms, including films. American filmmaker Steven Spielberg shows a bolder sign. “The most amazing thing for me is that every single person who sees a movie, not necessarily one of my movies, brings a whole set of unique experiences, but through careful manipulation and good storytelling, you can get everybody to clap at the same time, to hopefully laugh at the same time, and to be afraid at the same time.” Amazing, because scientists state that everyone can only reach stories as far as what is already sketched in their souls. All right, why don’t we have something about storytelling from a point of view of a film producer? https://vimeo.com/86299471 Also, see if the universe is made of stories. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXNG_LbTlA Music, is storytelling as well—although the equation and experience are indescribable—every note itself is a story. Every note evokes powerful emotions; every composition translates a privately interpreted journey. When people breathe life into the music, they feel the connection between their souls and the audience’s souls. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xcpc8VDsv3c

    From “The Awakening” (by Joseph Martin)

    I dreamed a dream, a silent dream.
    Of a land so filled with pride
    That ev'ry song,
    Both weak and strong,
    Withered and died.
    I dreamed a dream.
    No alleluia, not one hosanna, no song of love, no lullaby.
    And no choir sang to change the world.
    No pipers played; no dancers twirled.
    I dreamed a dream, a silent dream.
    Silent. Silent....
    Awake! Awake! Awake! Awake!
    Soli Deo Gloria! Awake! Awake!
    Awake! Awake, my soul, and sing!
    The time for praise has come.


    “The basic rule of storytelling is 'show, don't tell.'”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKE3wcev-9c Storytelling is a great gift. Storytellers know how to communicate, how to make people feel and see, and believe. What kind of stories can open their readers’ /audiences’ hearts and induce more echoes? How can storytelling help us to help ourselves? Have you ever experienced the emotional connections with storytelling and imagined that immortality is possible? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj4sYkWVrfE What is the difference between a storytelling and a PowerPoint presentation? There are as many ways to tell a story as there are stories to tell. If you can understand your audience better, what message will you tailor for your audience? When do you know you are an irresistible storyteller? When you and your audience exchange glances in a language that fills everyone with satisfaction and inspiration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgHdKBushFI The best storytellers can lift people, so that the audiences are no longer simply standers-by of the stories—but contributors, co-authors/co-speakers in the world the tellers crave to create. Speaking of this, are Steve Jobs’ words ringing in your ears? “The most powerful person in the world is the storyteller. The storyteller sets the vision, values and agenda of an entire generation that is to come.” Sure enough, storytelling is all about the audience, not the storyteller. Above all, give the audience the recognition—that’s what they really need. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hDWl9ysmmo

    Stories have no office hours, only open doors inviting us to enter. A splendid storytelling is the most elegant form of art. Their narratives are as divinely designed as architecture; their language, as correctly constructed as engineering. A striking story is not a single idea; a striking story is thousands of ideas outstandingly orchestrated in concert. Our contact with stories creates a human connection. The connection is invisible, yet, vital. The connection is about hope. The connection is about love. The connection contains empathy. Storytellers never disappear, even when the stage looks empty, when the music fading into the sky, and when the light reluctantly whispering something. At the right time, they fly into their own story ... The only thing that matters is the fancy and the faith that have been imprinted in our minds. In fact, in fact, in fact, the stage will never be empty, the music and light never fade! As long as everyone, every storyteller, creates a more meaningful life, using time and intents more wisely. “The stories we tell literally make the world. If you want to change the world, you need to change your story. This truth applies both to individuals and institutions." Yes. Stories have brightened every color. Stories have no office hours, only open doors inviting us to enter. Join us. Thanks!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xISX_kvNyBk



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    Jasmine

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  • Taichung Host Schedule (2019/03/31)

    Taichung Host Schedule

    Taichung Host Schedule

    Date: 20190302
    Host: Gathering Cancelled due to the Peace Memorial Day long weekend

    Date: 20190309
    Host: Vicki

    Date: 20190316
    Host: Eric

    Date: 20190323
    Host: Kevin Hsu

    Date: 20190330
    Host: Gary

    Date: 20190406
    Host: Gathering Cancelled due to the QingMing Festival long weekend

    Date: 20190413
    Host: Emily Lee

    Date: 20190420
    Host: Gathering Cancelled due to the Outing Event

    Date: 20190427
    Host: Bill

    Date: 20190504
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    Date: 20190511
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    Date: 20190518
    Host: Annie

    Date: 20190525
    Host: Harry

    Date: 20190601
    Host: Kevin Huang

    Date: 20190608
    Host: Summer Conference

    Date: 20190615
    Host: Emily Chen

    Date: 20190622
    Host: Micro

    Date: 20190629
    Host: Sue

    Date: 20190706
    Host: Harris

    Date: 20190713
    Host: Brian Chung

    Date: 20190720
    Host: Eric Cheng

    Date: 20190727
    Host: Joey

    Date: 20190803
    Host: Kevin Hsu

    Date: 20190810
    Host: Gary

    Date: 20190817
    Host: Nelson Lin

    Date: 20190907
    Host: Vicki

    Date: 20190914
    Host: Gathering Cancelled due to the Moon Festival long weekend

    Date: 20190921
    Host: Joyce


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  • 20190330 (2019/03/30)

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  • Re: 20190330, Article, Taichung (2019/03/29)

    Re: 20190330, Article, Taichung

    Dear Taichung Happiers,

    YouTube therapy, anyone?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmkyuihF7JA

    The mirror of social media. There are 42% of people worldwide using social media; according to survey, YouTube is America's most popular social media platform. 300 hours of video are uploaded to the site every minute. Among them, educational videos, comedy videos, gaming videos, Vlogs, How-To videos, and product review videos are the most popular. American writer Nicholas G. Carr, who has published books and articles on technology, business, and culture, holds the mirror of social media up to us. On one side of the mirror, “The Net’s interactivity gives us powerful new tools for finding information, expressing ourselves, and conversing with others.” On the other side of it, “It also turns us into lab rats constantly pressing levers to get tiny pellets of social or intellectual nourishment.” YouTube’s popularity is forever increasing--it’s like a powerful drug--we can't get enough of it. YouTube makes us sometimes smile silently yet sweetly at the air, and, other times, stare at the screen in bewilderment. Social media addiction is like a shadow that would never wash. This “connected” thing could so easily cause panic felt like hope from time to time. It isn’t the deep emotion that has us decide to linger on, though; it is the confused desire. Nevertheless, YouTube has transformed what it means to be a politician, a celebrity, the Ad industry, the educational establishments, etc. So, we are wondering about what will fuel your interest to start your own channel. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to join our host Gary on this “unconventional” journey.

    YouTube has changed the world. “I have a ton of followers, but I need help improving social media engagement.” “Just misspell something.” Youtube came into our noisy world like a cool and cleansing wave. In front of us rises an endless forest of images and videos. Politicians use YouTube to rebuild their relationship with voters; Justin Bieber was found on YouTube; video gamers fiercely “friend” their audience; Youtube also gives educational formulations a big boost up. These are all combined to wash away the overwhelming sense of familiarity. We are ourselves, again, out here. Free. Jessica Gall Myrick, an assistant professor for The Media School at Indiana University, has proven it wrong to regard watching videos as guilty pleasure. Her research result reveals that watching cat videos is a powerful positive reinforcement—it can raise our energy level and reduce anxiety, sadness, and anger. What’s more, the pleasure from watching videos overrides feelings of guilt for procrastinating.
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563215004343 Then, what is the most important component of ANY video? Casey Neistat, one of the greatest Vloggers on YouTube, has constantly said, it’s “story”. Ahha, the power of story.https://hbr.org/2014/10/why-your-brain-loves-good-storytelling Story. YouTube has a soothing “voice” inviting people to surrender. We want to close our eyes, be cocooned for a time in the warm embrace of that voice, framed by curiosity and sensitivity. The satisfaction comes from that surrender. Little by little, Youtube tells us stories we don’t know.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbO5R3dS-6A

    Why video? “What is a movie director’s favorite part of a paid search ad?” “The call to ACTION!” Midnight blows in through the window, dances round the room... We’re still getting high on the YouTube! We couldn't live without YouTube now. Especially, social media has become an immense business bringing social networks $23.5 billion in ad revenue annually. Besides, 90% of companies worldwide are using social media for brand awareness, because, 1 billion hours of video content is watched every day. Is, your heart, beating, faster, now? It should. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4B6Pj5y4hs What creates the power of YouTube is the incredible engagement and exciting experience--visual motion, sound, story, and personality offered by videos. Images and videos always punctuate our daily life, and the language of business is number! Are you in the creativity mood to jump into the online content world? Should we perfect our potential by launching YouTube Channels to connect more? https://www.forbes.com/sites/jaysondemers/2018/05/30/7-reasons-to-start-a-youtube-channel-now-and-first-steps-to-take/#1c6d4a906a04 Definitely, YouTube can breathe new life into our relationships, including a meaningful customer relationship. Great to articulate the media skills well and faster--to align ourselves better with the goal of YouTube marketing, to help our brand stand out and inspire our customers to recognize and remember it—and, to make our audience silently scream “Tell me more!!!” Ultimately, the connecting point is the value we can contribute. Yet…again, in life, anything worthwhile is never easy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUrNbl1lNV4

    We have reservations while nodding to YouTube. Is YouTube the Recipe for Disaster, or, not? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FskihyaQeUY I don't know just how it happened. I let down my guard... We don’t know what we really are until falling in love with social media (at least, for a little while). While people are so consumed with social media, responsibilities missed, people lost. It happens to too many of us. The cause of addiction—driven by dopamine—is from our desire for a reward, in term of a like, comment, or message from social media. A dance of Dopamine stirs at our brains, and we can hear the soft sound of something creeping slowly in the dark. Dr. Robert Sapolsky, a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University, assuredly asserted that it is nothing but anticipation that makes human special, and “Dopamine is not about pleasure, it’s about the anticipation of pleasure. It’s about the pursuit of happiness.” http://www.themindvoyager.com/robert-sapolsky-dopamine-jackpot-science-pleasure/ In addition, British-American author, motivational speaker and organizational consultant Simon Sinek sincerely suggests the imbalance in the temporary relief of this “Electronic Heroin” lots of people rely on; patience is a must-learn; only the collective awakening of parents, corporation leaders, and the society can steer us back to reality. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPmNf362_K0 After all, the hardest illness to cure is habit. Is our “second life” on social media an underserved prize, stolen at the expense of our true color? Our brief taste of living without authentic connections has been punishing us enough. Only when we are more in the present with the people surrounding us, can we get out of the Stuck. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hipx6HJs4XQ

    From “Look Up” (by Gary Turk)

    We are at our most happy with an experience we share,
    but is it the same if no one is there.
    Be there for you friends, and they’ll be there too,
    but no one will be, if a group message will do.
    ………
    Don’t give in to a life where you follow the hype,
    give people your love, don’t give them your like.
    Disconnect from the need to be heard and defined
    Go out into the world, leave distractions behind.

    Find the balance, find the confidence. Have a No, No, No Day—no Internet connection. No? We got lost in the eyes of YouTube, drowning in “blue”. Out of control, what can we do? All right, despite our fear for addiction, we feel a surge of excitement. Watching YouTube videos can be a little nice escape from work or school. Also, we can learn anything on YouTube—if we have enough time—if we have enough motives. We remember the warmth of the voice, the pull we feel while participating online discussions and learning communities. Moreover, YouTube can be one of our ways to explain our “why”. How should our brand definition be perceived? Where is the intersection of our passion as human beings and the value of our services? Abhijit Naskar, one of the world's celebrated Neuroscientists and an international bestselling author of numerous books, admonished us that “Use the internet wisely for not just the petty enjoyment of your senses, but for the development of your mind as well.” Yes. Social media addicts are seized by an amazing fulfillment they can’t quite comprehend. They feel empty. Very empty. Should we be well prepared to assemble the pieces from the puzzle that is beginning to form in our minds with hypotheses and speculations? Only in the darkest sky, can we see the brightest stars. Sooner rather than later, we’ll see through the Internet noise and immerse ourselves in elegance and excellence. Join us. Thanks!!!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL-8zxvuuyE



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    Jasmine

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  • 20190323, New Member,Derek ,No99, Kaohsiung (2019/03/23)

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  • 20190323 (2019/03/23)

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  • Re: 20190323, Article, Taichung (2019/03/22)

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    Dear Taichung Happiers,

    So many languages, so “few” accents.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhCEdIqFCck

    How do languages make human unique? French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher François-Marie Arouet (1694 – 1778) outlined a pretty prophetic vision. “If you know many languages, then you have many keys for a castle.” Our willingness to engage with languages and everything they offer is clear; our readiness to grow, to transmute, and to capture experiences is clear. Research results have shown the amazing effects of multilingualism, including improving our decision-making efficiency and preventing the suffering from dementia. Besides, what happens to your face when you speak another language tells a hundred stories. Language can transport people, so that we are no longer simply audiences but participants in the realization of a bigger, better world that we seek to create. We take the shelter in the embrace of foreign languages and diverse cultures. On the other hand, learning a foreign language could be intensely irritating and frustrating. However, only when we open up to be more accepting and make the learning process more motivating, can dreams become reality. We can be at an unusual loss for words due to the indescribable beauty of languages, which allows everyone to be heard and appreciates everyone’s work. Ladies and gentleman, our host Kevin Hsu, a researcher at the National Health Research Institutes, will take you by surprise with this discussion. Welcome to join us in savoring every mouthful of language learning.

    If there is any truth in the world, it lies when more languages are with us. “Does Hip Hop count as a second language?” German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (August 28, 1749 – March 22, 1832) drew the language map, “Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.” Virginia Woolf (1882 – 1941), English writer and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century, exhibited an American version of French accent: “Language is wine upon the lips.” In addition, Italian film director and screenwriter Federico Fellini (20 January 1920 – 31 October 1993) pictured the magic wand of language, “A different language is a different vision of life.” And, these kids have more.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF83GlBo-d0 So, how do you know a foreign language is your destiny? When you are fascinated by a foreign language, you remember the day you bought your first book/CD in it. When you are fascinated by a foreign language, you remember all those nights you couldn’t sleep yet enjoyed the journey into dawn on the wings of pages and tunes. When you are fascinated by a foreign language, the clear culture indications light up your face all the time. Every foreign language is a marvelous museum—where your gaze lingers in and you feel it covers 20 centuries in 20 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wszb2x51jnY Learning foreign languages opens our eyes and minds about other cultures; it changes our outlook; ultimately, we develop empathy. It is the dynamic languages create for everyone that stimulates our change. A whole new perspective on the world is more than rewarding. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/27/world-view-learn-another-language

    Language learning is like making a pizza the size of the sun. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfIc5CX7mF4 Canadian-American cognitive psychologist and linguist Steven Pinker is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. About the language instinct, he informs us that “Obviously no language is innate. Take any kid from any race, bring them up in any culture and they will learn the language equally quickly. So no particular language is in the genes. But what might be in the genes is the ability to acquire language.” Yes. Everyone is a language superhero. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJjzCBRMaso When do you know you are in a blossoming garden with the bright scented flowers of the foreign language you are learning? When you compose everything in this language and make it sound exactly like music. When you feel the author silently shares the secret jokes with you. When you smile, and say, “Yes. Only in this language!” http://www.cambridge.org/elt/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/How-long-does-it-take-to-learn-a-foreign-language.pdf I know, I know, British and Dutch researchers are revealing that alcohol can help develop our speaking proficiency of foreign languages. No worries. In case you are allergic to alcohol, the alternative way is allowing people to say your accent is ugly, and then you have the opportunity to make it beautiful. “Sì, grazie.” How, you are asking? Well, the fun ways can be effectively using TV shows and films https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emMKQu1usZ0 , deploying apps daily https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/five-free-apps-help-learn-foreign-language/ , and any other methods we can’t wait to learn from you.

    From “Eating Poetry” (By Mark Strand)

    Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
    There is no happiness like mine.
    I have been eating poetry.

    The librarian does not believe what she sees.
    Her eyes are sad
    and she walks with her hands in her dress.

    The poems are gone.
    The light is dim.
    The dogs are on the basement stairs and coming up…


    If we keep putting one foot in front of the other, we can make any foreign languages home. “My main motivation for learning a third language is so that I can unlock another level of memes.” The mission of language learning is to create more connections. The language of connection is the only source of light grazing the shadows. The language of connection is recited by valuable and meaningful things we contribute to. Nature is the most inspiring teacher for the language of connection. Check out this Wood Wide Web: the roots, the networks, the plant communities. The eyes of nature constantly and consistently transmit both warm and authority--they deserve more respect.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kHZ0a_6TxY The language of connection is the only source of light grazing the shadows. The infectious smile suddenly shines our faces each time the light reads our minds. Being a connector is absolutely accessible; the value of being a connector is conclusively communicable. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S13kvkB4RL0 The language of connection is the only source of light grazing the shadows. If the language of connection is not the language of harmony, what is? Connections can take every culture to new heights, whatever language we are speaking. Harmony is the immortal culture, wherever we are, whenever we reflect. If we keep putting one foot in front of the other, we can make any foreign languages home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcX6i2qp6w0

    Every foreign language is a reflection of our own selves. Inside it, there are the persons we could be. When languages start charming us, our inability to endure is our last defense. We are incapable of resisting and would never want to resist the gift. The 1st President of Czechoslovakia Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (7 March 1850 – 14 September 1937) simply asserted that “The more languages you know, the more human you are.” Language learning is a journey of adventure for our missing piece, which is filled with spiritual comfort and sublime beauty. Language learning feeds our hungry souls with the abundance of inspiration. The language of connection feels like hope in the darkest moments, brings real delight with the bridge of cultural diversity. Upon language learning, every color, every fragrance the world has to offer, is brighter and more sincere. This empowering experience always greets us with a faint light weaving the scene into the texture of dreams. Yes. Let us feel the light! Let languages induce us to like who we are, who we become while immersing in connections. Join us. Thanks!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9yVSxHd9vk



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    Jasmine

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