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Saturday, July 10, 2010

The unemployment rate continues to linger above nine percent. This is actually an improvement and we were recently told we have turned the corner. Tell that to those seeking work and cannot find a job.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Father's Day has just passed and I was away from my family this year. My job had called for me to be in a foreign country to help set up a new process.

Our two children, Laura and John Jr., made it plain to me that they appreciated me by sending messages through various online media.

Today, I have to wonder, we have a Mother's Day; we have a Father's Day; and we have a Grandparent's Day. Why don't we have a Children's Day?

Saturday, May 22, 2010

As I listen to the news, I'm bombarded with stories of the importance of Immigration Reform. Why is reform necessary? I came to this country legally as an immigrant. Applicants apply in their home countries, are fairly treated and processed for legal entry into the United States. For those who are already in the country on valid visas, there is a process for them to follow so they can get their green card. Based on my personal experience with the process, I believe that the immigration system is fair, and it works well.

Saturday, May 22, 2010
TIMES NEWS PHOTO BY BRANDON TAYLOR Meeting some good fiends - Michael and Mary Ruth Taylor meet Vivian and Bill, two friends of Brandon Taylor. The Chinese do not have English last names.

Six months, four weeks - roughly 210 days. That's how long it had been since I'd given my mom a hug or high-fived my brother Michael. But after months of planning and waiting, they arrived in Beijing for a 10-day tour of the Chinese capital in early April, with me as their tour guide.

While touring Tiananmen, traversing the Great Wall, and eating authentic Chinese cuisine had taken up the majority of their stay, I tried to weave in visits with my friends here in Beijing.

Saturday, March 27, 2010
Superman the reporter

Stereotypes are frustrating, yet every profession has them.

Teachers today wonder why respect for them has diminished compared to the way it was a generation or two ago. As they gained new-found rights, salary parity and benefits, they lost some of their mystique. Now the public and their students stereotype them as being more concerned about money, benefits and retirement than the education of their students.

Saturday, March 27, 2010
Brandon Taylor

The Spring Festival, so I've been told, usually ushers in a new season with warmer weather and sunnier skies in Beijing. For much of the one-week holiday, this seemed to be true I was able to put away my scarf and gloves and even bring out a lighter jacket. I threw the windows wide open to allow for some cool but no longer frigid air to circulate throughout my apartment. "Spring is on its way," one of my Chinese co-workers told me one day when I was outside standing and sweating from the heat while waiting for my bus home.

Saturday, November 28, 2009
Brandon Taylor and his 1997 Jeep Wrangler Sahara ended their relationship this fall.

I recently got out of a six-year relationship. It just wasn't working out. We had different views, and with the price of gas taking roller coaster dips, those long drives we used to enjoy became quite expensive. And while our love had started strong, it faded as the years passed. I don't blame either one of us some things just aren't meant to be.

Saturday, November 14, 2009
Brandon Taylor and Marisha Thakur, a friend from the China Daily newspaper, enjoy a match between Russian Marat Safin and Argentinian Jose Acasuso at the China Open on Brandon's birthday.

BLOGGER'S NOTE: "Wo" is Mandarin for "I" or "me"

As Oct. 6 drew near, I found myself in a state of near panic. It was a date I should have been looking forward to a time of joy and celebration but was now one I had begun to fear. Oct. 6 is my birthday.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Before you think that I am some kind of religious nut who thinks that Halloween is the "devil's holiday," let me tell you that I am not one of those people. Anyone who knows me well knows that I love to read the Harry Potter books and that I don't belong to any organized religion. So, put the pens away and save yourself the trouble of writing to me.

Friday, October 23, 2009

It's sort of a fraternity type of thing - the way senior citizens acknowledge each other at the fitness gym. You know what I mean. The way motorcycle riders or Jeep Wrangler drivers wave at each other whether they know each other or not.

So it has been at Steel Fitness when I went in for workouts during the recent 21-day health and fitness program in which editor Deb Galbraith and I enrolled. The older folks just sort of acknowledge each other as if to say "Glad to see you're still healthy enough to do something like this! We better enjoy it while we can!"