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Social 社交

The beauty of distance

距离的美感

People ’s social habits have been forced to change in the past six weeks. Friends and families in the Netherlands met, kissed each other’s cheeks three times. Hugging was the norm, of course. Suddenly requiring everyone to keep a distance makes the Dutch very unaccustomed. Because everyone can’t do the usual habits, they realize the importance of the distance between people. Let’s take another angle to see if the distance can be optimistic. Sometimes when we observe things, we will discover new beauty through the distance. We often realize what is most important after increasing the distance.

在过去六周里人们的社交习惯被强迫改变。在荷兰家人及朋友见面亲吻面颊三次,拥抱也是常态。突然规定所有人需要保持距离,这让荷兰人非常不习惯。因为大家不能做平时习惯的动作而更加体会了人与人之间距离的重要。不过,我们换个角度看距离是否可以乐观点。有时候我们观察事物时,通过距离会发现新的美感。在拉大距离后我们常常才意识到什么是最重要的。

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Nature 自然

Nature and mood

大自然和心情

The light of sunset is soft and does not hurt people. Without traffic in the sky. And without excessive use by humans. How clear the sky is! Our mood has become better and calmer.

夕阳美在柔和,不伤人。少了天空中的交通,少了人类的过度使用,天是那么透,心情更清亮。

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Cooking 厨艺 Music 音乐 Social 社交

Easter Greeting 2020

复活节问候 2020

Photographer, Chef, Piano, Film all by XiaoJia Xu 摄影,厨师,钢琴演奏,影片拍摄剪辑由 XiaoJia Xu 完成。

The first attempt. Although a bit slow at the beginning, but it is always good to have results. 第一次尝试。 虽然开始创作时有点慢,但是能取得结果总是好的。

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Social 社交

Surprise!

惊喜!

Last week I made six chocolate brownie cakes. Four of them were sent to my neighbors on both sides of the street. A new neighbor just moved in for a year. A few days ago, they got a new born baby. But, of course no party. One old couple live next door. I can ask their help at any time. An old couple live in the other side of the street. They have no children. They work in different churches. Such wise and warm people. The neighbor on the opposite side is a big family. They invited me to spend the last Christmas with them together. My daughter saw me how to make a surprise to our lovely neighbors. She asked me if she can send her surprise to her best friends too. So I have to make two more cakes. During the isolation, we made some surprises for the neighbors. In addition to the virus that scared everyone, there are many sweet molecules in the air. Eat few more bites of chocolate and have more happiness. A few days later, there was a small surprise in front of my door. A bouquet of spring color from the old couple. The Corona isolation kept the distance between people’s bodies, but on the contrary shortened the distance between people’s hearts.

上周,我做了六个巧克力布朗尼蛋糕。他们中的四个分别送给我周边的邻居们。其中一个新邻居刚搬来一年。几天前,他们的新生婴儿出生了。但是,当前肯定是不能有庆祝的聚会了。一对老夫妻住在我的隔壁,有问必答,我可以随时寻求他们的帮助。另一对老夫妻住在我的斜对面。他们在不同的教堂里工作,没有孩子,善良又热情。正对面的邻居是一个大家庭,他们邀请我一起度过上一个圣诞节。

女儿看到我如何给我们可爱的邻居们制造惊喜,这也启发了她的创造力。她问我是否也可以将惊喜发送给她最好的朋友。看来我还要再多做两个蛋糕。

在疫情隔离期间,我们为邻居带来了一些惊喜。除了使每个人都害怕的病毒外,空气中还有许多甜美的分子。多吃一点巧克力,开心并增加幸福感。几天后,我的门前也出现了一个小惊喜。对面老夫妇回赠了一束春天的信息。尽管疫情隔离的日子拉开了人们身体间的距离,但人们心灵间的距离却反而被拉近了。