Linna and I at Crater Lake, Oregon, August 2019.

A Love Letter To My Sister

I don’t have a sister. Well, at least none that I share my parents with. But there are these people who feel like family, even though you are not blood related. My sister Linna is such a person.

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Dug enjoys the view from top of Mount Arrowsmith.

When The View From The Mountain Takes Your Breath Away

I admit: so far, hiking hasn‘t been one of my favorite pastimes. However, I didn’t want to miss the amazing view from Mount Arrowsmith over Vancouver Island. With no gondola going up, there was no other way but to climb through the forest and over rocks to the summit. Fortunately, there was a hiking partner – and motivator.

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All self cooked: Chinese food in Toronto.

Kindness # 2: When Students From China Cook Together

Jump at chances, someone once told me. That’s what I did when a Chinese roommate in the dorm in Toronto invited me for a spontaneous dinner with her friends. A gesture of kindness that ended in a fun and intercultural evening.

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Ken, Trevor und Grace in der Einfahrt zu Keppel Croft Gardens - bereit für den Volunteer Wednesday.

Kindness # 1: Where Helpfulness Occupies Center Stage

Every Wednesday, around 20 helpers come to Keppel Croft Gardens, spread across the 1.6 hectares, weed, mow the lawn, plant trees, and afterwards disappear. Every week they help Bill and Dawn Loney, the owners of the beautiful garden. They all support voluntarily. A “Random Act of Kindness”.

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