I started this blog soon after retiring. It reflects my experiences growing up as an impressionable Chinese American child with learning and social impairments and later as an adult living with these disabilities. I was sometimes the object of bullying and racism and having to deal with a dual culture and identity. These experiences sensitized me to the plight of the underrepresented and mistreated and the way I viewed ouR Social Conscience. Though I am agnostic my Christian upbringing influences many of my values.
I can’t stop being amazed at how really fortunate I have been throughout most of my life. I’ve had an amazing career and have a terrific family, neither of which I had any right to expect. But life was often very challenging. I feel I learned the most during my greatest struggles making me a far more understanding and compassionate person.
Because of my socialization and learning impairments I often think differently than many in my life. My perspective on life is somehow different because I am different. I am full of contradictions. I cannot read (dyslexia) but I write a lot even though I have trouble editing my posts. I am out of touch with the feelings of others but am a very feeling person. I am a very poor student but I went through college. I am sad at how things often turned out but hopeful of how they can succeed because that has been my life. It is as if I am living two opposing lives.
I write to further develop and clarify my thoughts and understanding of social issues and life’s many challenges and lessons and hope that something I say will touch the heart of someone. I blog on a large range of subjects so welcome to my world.
Excerpt from most recent Post (03/08/2018):
Traffic is becoming a more prominent topic in many areas as a result of growth… Prior to the car towns were compact and centralized with a business and retail core surrounded by streets of houses. That core also had some amount of housing above the stores, what we now call mixed-use… City planners have returned to the fundamentals of how we did it before the advent of the affordable car and putting a modern spin on it… So planners came up with the idea of smaller walkable communities called Urban Villages. They are small very high density, compact, completely walkable, thus urbanized, villages designed as mixed-use communities…