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Therapeutic writings

by Jennie S. Bev In an interview with a tabloid, I once answered, “I write for the love of it. I do business for a living. I volunteer for love of humanity.” I find writing valuable for my own mental health and increasing public awareness on certain issues. In short,...

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The arduous road to prosperity in USA

by Jennie S. Bev Creating a balanced society where the haves and the have-nots live in harmony is always a challenging task. According to UC Berkeley economist Robert Reich, the culprits have been the insufficient earnings and low savings for the poor and...

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Katrina, Merapi, and humanity

by Jennie S. Bev The United States has its fair share of natural disasters and experience in handling emergencies because of them. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), this year alone 78 major disasters were declared. Some made it into the...

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The truth about happiness

by Jennie S. Bev An old adage goes, “Money doesn’t buy happiness.” Well, this has proven to be a fallacy. Economists Angus Deaton and Daniel Kahneman found in a survey of 450,000 Americans in 2008 and 2009 for the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index that those who...

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Death, midlife crisis, and family life

by Jennie S. Bev We grow into multiple directions externally and internally, which we have been enduring and will continue to endure through the changes of inner weather and turmoil. As we age and grow a wee bit older every day, we take steps toward our final...

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Soccer and politics

by Jennie S. Bev  In 16 years after the apartheid ended in South Africa, Johannesburg has already become the host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This achievement has made Africa proud as it is the first time this continent has hosted a prestigious sporting event...

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Why I love the land of the free

  by Jennie S. Bev We Americans are fortunate. We live where ideas of democracy, equality, and freedom live on. It is a privilege that I can’t stop being grateful for. In other parts of the world, such as Indonesia, the country where I was born and raised, even...

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