The First Pagoda

Written by Maxine Thompson

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Not only was I introduced to many new foods, I sawrepparttar world through an eastern world view of peace, harmony and tranquility.

My original purpose for going to China was to meet publishers, expand my Internet radio shows at,, and, and learn aboutrepparttar 147196 culture. In addition, I'd like to changerepparttar 147197 negative image of African Americans which is portrayed in videos and haverepparttar 147198 Chinese learn about different aspects of black culture through literature written by African Americans for African Americans.

But on this journey, I found a deeper meaning. The human connection. I feelrepparttar 147199 trip will berepparttar 147200 beginning of future relationships with people from China.

What was particularly heartwarming wasrepparttar 147201 fact that, in spite ofrepparttar 147202 language barrier,repparttar 147203 people were friendly and embraced my sister Nancy and I. They seemed to be magnetically drawn to our natural hairstyles. (Nancy wears sister locks and I wore my hair in an individual, braided shag style.) We are still reeling from how we were treated like celebrities.

Everywhere we went, people showed an open, honest curiosity and many people took photos with us and of us. It made me feel more Afrocentric and aware of our natural African beauty. To sayrepparttar 147204 least, it was a restorative experience. Forget aboutrepparttar 147205 white standard of beauty. Even my full-figure seemed to be one of interest, andrepparttar 147206 looks of approbation spoke volumes to me. It was ifrepparttar 147207 head nods said, "Go on with your bad self. What tribe are you from?"

Just as William J. Ledererís book, The Ugly American, pointed out Americansí shortcomings,repparttar 147208 only downside ofrepparttar 147209 trip was I became aware of how spoiled we are as Americans. I canít countrepparttar 147210 complaints I heard fromrepparttar 147211 group because of having Chinese food each day, but after all, we were in China. When in RomeÖ

As I learn more aboutrepparttar 147212 import export business,repparttar 147213 international publishing business, I will share this with interested writers and aspiring entrepreneurs. This trip was funded by MBOC, (Minority Business Development Agency, U.S.. Department of Commerce and Office of Economic Development) through Los Angeles City. The purpose is to encourage more minority businesses to do international trade business. (For more information, contact Long Chang at (714)956-0669.)

So in honor of Fatherís Day, I write this article as a tribute to my late father, Mervin Vann.

Our parents leave us lessons which live on long after their deaths. My fatherís lesson was that you are never too old to travel and enjoy life.

Thank you, Daddy.

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The Benefits Of A Home Based Business

Written by Mike Law

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Stress reduction is another benefit of operating a home-based business. Any business will likely produce its own kind of stress, but certain stressful factors can be avoided when you take advantage ofrepparttar more promising home business opportunities that are available to you. You will have no daily commute, you will save money on gas and automobile expenses, and you will haverepparttar 147195 extra time inrepparttar 147196 morning and evening to relax and interact with your family instead of spending that time getting to and from work. If you plan properly and budget your time wisely, being your own boss can reducerepparttar 147197 stress you feel due to constant demands and co-worker interruptions.

A home-based business opportunity cannot only give yourepparttar 147198 benefit of earning money while working from your home it can give you many other benefits as well. A home-based business isrepparttar 147199 perfect chance for you to attain financial and personal freedom. There are numerous home-based business opportunities available to you. Research each one carefully and make sure you are willing to put forthrepparttar 147200 effort that will be required in order to succeed.

Mike Law is CEO of a company which mentors people on making a living on the internet. Complete Money Making Site Setup FREE!

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