"I shall be telling this
with a sigh
Somewhere ages and
Two roads diverged
in a wood,
I took the one
And that has made
all the difference.
- Robert Frost
"It is by acts and not by ideas that people live."
-Anatole France (French Novelist)
As far back as I can remember, my parents have always encouraged me to learn as much as possible. They have taught me that learning is similar to a journey through which a person experiences, incorporates and applies the trials, joys and successes of life to understand what it is about and how to make it a truly meaningful existence for oneself as well as for others.
Learning for me has been very similar to the way my parents described it: full of diverse and oftentimes rich experiences that have nourished, enriched and motivated me to grow, much like the way that the sun, water, and air combine with the earth to help seeds scatter, establish roots, and grow into a variety of plants that populate the landscape, near and far. They embrace and absorb the rain and sun willingly for they seemingly understand their purpose in life. They also seem to understand that the lives of their descendants can not exist and prosper without these elements of nature.
My education has involved learning to embrace, absorb and apply the events and experiences that have made up my life's journey so far, and I am still experiencing a journey that makes life meaningful to me. I have learned that like the seeds which seek shelter in the soil and yet fearlessly grow to face nature's elements, I, too, can do the same. I am ever grateful to my parents for their love and support through the years, giving me the ability to know that I can travel far.
This page is dedicated to my parents and in memory of my late beloved brother. I also sincerely acknowledge the following people for their continuous support and encouragement in my endeavors to be a life-long learner and educator: My devoted parents, my loving children, especially my son Koshin, the computer guru, my dear friends, my dedicated professors, and my collegial cohort members, especially my caring friends and colleagues Jenny Valentine and Margaret McGlynn. It is through these relationships that I have been able to continue on life's journey of love, learning, and purpose. I thank each and every one of you.
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