思潮竹 – 作者無名氏 Bamboo-A Parable (English & Powerpoint below)

思潮竹 — 作者無名氏

從前在東方王國的中部,有一座美麗的花園。每日傍晚時分,園子的主人就會來這裏散步。在園子裏的樹木中,最美麗、且最被主人所愛的就是那優雅而高貴的竹。

隨著一年年的過去,竹長得愈來愈美麗而優雅。他也深知主人對他的愛,以及當他主人觀賞他時的喜悅之情,然而他卻是最謙虛,在任何事上都是那麼溫柔。經常當風兒來訪,在園裏歡樂戲耍時,竹便會暫棄他的尊嚴。他會隨風起舞,快樂地左右搖擺、跳躍,狂放而喜悅地鞠躬。他會帶領整個園子的樹木一起來舞蹈,而那最使得他主人的心喜悅無比。

有一天主人走近竹的身旁深思。竹帶著好奇的期盼神情,將他那高俊的頭鞠躬到地,來向主人表達他充滿愛意的問候。主人說:「竹啊,竹啊,我想要用你。」

竹說:「主人,我已經準備好了,請隨您心意來用我吧。」

主人帶著沉重的聲調說:「竹啊,我必須把你砍下來。」竹因驚怕而全身打戰。 Continue reading “思潮竹 – 作者無名氏 Bamboo-A Parable (English & Powerpoint below)”

The unsung heroes – Chile Earthquake

May 4, 2010 By Lu Paradise — 325 total views

By David Siervo, Chile.

February 27, 2010. 3:37 A.M. For two seemingly eternal minutes, Chile is rocked by a massive 8.8-degree earthquake with its epicenter just off the coast, 90 km north of the city of Concepción, affecting a huge area from Copiapó all the way down to Temuco, and is even felt as far north as the desert of Atacama and as far south as Puerto Montt, about 3,500 km away, and from the coast all the way across the Andes to Argentina in the provinces of Mendoza, Neuquén and Río Negro.

The cities of Curicó and Talca, with their older constructions and many adobe-made houses, are badly hit. The ensuing tidal waves (three of them) that hit the coastline from Pichilemu to Talcahuano devastated much of what remained standing in the lower areas close to the sea. Some small fishing towns, such as Iloca, are simply wiped off the map. Continue reading “The unsung heroes – Chile Earthquake”