Archive for the 'Life' Category

What a Scholar!

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Second time meeting Patricia, after she donated her Grandfather’s books and family records to the Asian Library. It was meant to be an after- work quick catchup, but we ended up chating until the sun set. We were both cold leaving the outdoor cafe, and decided to continue our conversation at another time. Patricia’s Grandmother […]

Playful Time: China in 1911

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

The Grant proposal was the only thing on my mind for over a week. Finally, I could left it with UW colleagues. Replied all messages by 6:45 pm, and felt like I need something to refresh my mind this Friday. Chris‘ talk at RPL was perfect! Not too academic, and very refreshing! He brought the […]


Saturday, October 13th, 2012

This post-Thanksgiving Vancouver weather marks the end of my two-year effort on the rare books. How sad! 真可谓“屋漏偏逢连夜雨,船迟又遇打头风”。 The incident brought me back to this blog. Wonder if it also marks the end of an era and I should look forward to a new start. 祸福相依的道理我还是懂得的。Gains and losses go side by side.

Orientation and the Exhibit

Monday, September 24th, 2012

I appreciated a much shorter staff meeting today. Some Chinese students in the neighborhood came to the Exhibit with their parents on this PD day. I recognized Peril right away who has been our loyal reader and donor, and she is with Tsu Chi Academy of Humanity. The group’s comment is really encouraging. I spent […]

Summer Time

Friday, July 6th, 2012

On my way to Digital Initiatives, and enjoyed a free concert. Other people slowed down too when they walked by. Very soothing music. Several tasks this summer and need this kind of bright day to feel light and refreshing. Last week’s weather helped me to cut vacation time short. Need to prioritize all the work […]


Monday, June 11th, 2012

This book keeps me up today–The Vancouver stories: west coast fiction from Canada’s best writers. I love Vancouver more now and feel different when I just saw the “Lions of Vancouver”. I am sure the stories will come back to me next time when I stroll in Stanley, West End or Chinatown. As Stephen said […]

Librarian friends are moving away

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Finally, warm weather came, and good friends are leaving. It’s our lost and Sillicon Valley’s gain! At the party, I was reminded about the readership of this blog. So, I am back here to say good-bye. We are touched by you love birds and enjoyed our friendship. We are happy for your career development. Enjoy […]

No Slow Time

Monday, April 30th, 2012

The campus is so quiet on this rainy Monday, as if I could hear the petals falling off the magnolia trees by IKBLC. Solving a mystery of a series with messy bib records as soon as I walked into the library, turned out it’s a call-back set from Surrey storage. This reminds me several recent […]

Art of Relaxation

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

This program was nearby. I skipped lunch and tried to attend, but was almost stopped by a reference request on the way out. I felt guilty saying “no”, but did and rushed out. Besides the methods of relaxation, learning to say “no” really struck me. Quite often, I skip lunch or spend too much time […]

International Students

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Just finished the conference paper, and found time to come back here. Several events related to international students in the past weeks. Minister Wong visited us last week and mentioned: “49 high schools in China using the Canadian high school curriculum, some of those graduates may come to UBC”. Winnie brought a group of 15 […]

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