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Don’t Quit, Keep Playing Wishing to encourage her young son’s progress on the piano, a mother took her boy to a Paderewski concert. After they were seated, the mother spotted a friend in the audience and walked down the aisle to greet her.Seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the little boy rose and eventually explored his way through a door marked “NO ADMITTANCE.” When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that the child was missing.Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage. In horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the key- board, innocently picking out Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy’s ear, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.”Then leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child and he added a running obbligato. Together, the old master and the young novice transformed a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience. The audience was mesmerized.That’s the way it is in life. What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy. We try our best, but the results aren’t exactly graceful flowing music. But when we trust in the hands of a Greater Power, our life’s work truly can be beautiful.Next time you set out to accomplish great feats, listen carefully. You can hear the voice of the Master, whispering in your ear, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.”为了让儿子能在钢琴方面有长足的进步,一位母亲带着儿子去听帕德瑞夫斯基的音乐会。待她们坐定之后,那位母亲看到一位熟人,就穿过走道过去跟朋友打招呼。小男孩好不容易有机会欣赏音乐厅的宏伟,他站了起来,并慢慢地摸索到了一扇门旁边,上面写着“禁止入内”。大厅里的灯暗了下来,音乐会马上就要开始了。那位母亲回到座位,却发现自己的孩子不见了。这时候,幕布徐徐拉开,大厅里的聚光灯都集中到了舞台上的士坦威钢琴上。而让母亲吃惊的是,她的儿子竟然坐在钢琴面前,自顾自地弹着《闪烁,闪烁,小星星》。这时候,著名的钢琴大师走上台,并且迅速地走到钢琴旁边,并在男孩的耳边轻声说道:“孩子,别停下,继续弹。”帕德瑞夫斯基俯下身去,用左手在键盘上弹奏低音部分。然后,他的右手绕过男孩的身后,弹奏出优美的伴奏。这位年长的钢琴大师和年幼的初学者一起,将原本紧张的气氛变成了一种全新的体验。全场的观众都听得入迷了。其实,生活也是如此。我们所取得的成就不一定要多么显著。我们尽力了,结果却不一定能演奏出优美流畅的音乐。但是,如果我们相信大师的力量,我们的生活就会变的非常美丽。当你准备伟大作品的时候,仔细地侧耳倾听,你会听到大师的声音,在你耳边轻声说道:“别停下,继续弹!” Article/200904/18069。

  • Summer is almost here, which means it is time to sign your kids up for swim classes again at the Community Pool. Classes begin on Monday, May 1, and will continue throughout the summer. Fifteen swim classes are being offered. Each class lasts ten hours. A new class starts each week of the summer. Each class costs . The pool is big enough for six students per class. Classes will increase in difficulty each week. The first week is for children up to six years old. The last week is for advanced swimmers who want to improve their race and endurance skills. Students can sign up for as many classes as they like, but they must pass the skills level test. For example, students who sign up for Level 4 (Stroke Readiness) must show their certificate for completing Level 3 or must demonstrate the front crawl and backstroke. Children cannot sign up for a level they are not y for. Children who have never attended Community Pool classes must show up April 29 or 30 for a swim skills evaluation. Instructors will rate the students and assign them to a particular skill level. Swim classes are fun for all. Children learn new skills and make new friends. Parents get to meet other parents in the community. Swimming, like bicycling, is a healthy and valuable skill that, once learned, is never forgotten. “It's a joy to teach young children,” said Ginger, the lead instructor for swimming programs. “More than half of them are terrified when we put them into the water the first time. Two months later, they're begging their parents to go to the pool every day.” Article/201106/142100。
  • ;你问得好,或许我在这方面也是不知艰苦。可是遇到重大问题,我可能就会因为没有钱而吃苦了。小儿子往往有了意中人而不能结婚。” ;These are home questions--and perhaps I cannot say that I have experienced many hardships of that nature. But in matters of greater weight, I may suffer from want of money. Younger sons cannot marry where they like. ;;Unless where they like women of fortune, which I think they very often do. ;;Our habits of expense make us too dependent, and there are too many in my rank of life who can afford to marry without some attention to money. ;;Is this, ; thought Elizabeth, ;meant for me?; and she coloured at the idea; but, recovering herself, said in a lively tone, ;And pray, what is the usual price of an earl#39;s younger son? Unless the elder brother is very sickly, I suppose you would not ask above fifty thousand pounds. ;He answered her in the same style, and the subject dropped. To interrupt a silence which might make him fancy her affected with what had passed, she soon afterwards said:;I imagine your cousin brought you down with him chiefly for the sake of having someone at his disposal. I wonder he does not marry, to secure a lasting convenience of that kind. But, perhaps, his sister does as well for the present, and, as she is under his sole care, he may do what he likes with her. ;;No, ; said Colonel Fitzwilliam, ;that is an advantage which he must divide with me. I am joined with him in the guardianship of Miss Darcy. ;;Are you indeed? And pray what sort of guardians do you make? Does your charge give you much trouble? Young ladies of her age are sometimes a little difficult to manage, and if she has the true Darcy spirit, she may like to have her own way. ;As she spoke she observed him looking at her earnestly; and the manner in which he immediately asked her why she supposed Miss Darcy likely to give them any uneasiness, convinced her that she had somehow or other got pretty near the truth. She directly replied:;You need not be frightened. I never heard any harm of her; and I dare say she is one of the most tractable creatures in the world. She is a very great favourite with some ladies of my acquaintance, Mrs. Hurst and Miss Bingley. I think I have heard you say that you know them. ;;I know them a little. Their brother is a pleasant gentlemanlike man--he is a great friend of Darcy#39;s. ;;Oh! yes, ; said Elizabeth drily; ;Mr. Darcy is uncommonly kind to Mr. Bingley, and takes a prodigious deal of care of him. ;;Care of him! Yes, I really believe Darcy DOES take care of him in those points where he most wants care. From something that he told me in our journey hither, I have reason to think Bingley very much indebted to him. But I ought to beg his pardon, for I have no right to suppose that Bingley was the person meant. It was all conjecture. ; Article/201111/160305。
  • 她所以引起了达西的注意,大概是因为达西认为她比起在座的任何人来,都叫人看不顺眼。她作出了这个假想之后,并没有感到痛苦,因为她根本不喜欢他,因此不稀罕他的垂青。;To yield ily--easily--to the PERSUASION of a friend is no merit with you. ;;To yield without conviction is no compliment to the understanding of either. ;;You appear to me, Mr. Darcy, to allow nothing for the influence of friendship and affection. A regard for the requester would often make one ily yield to a request, without waiting for arguments to reason one into it. I am not particularly speaking of such a case as you have supposed about Mr. Bingley. We may as well wait, perhaps, till the circumstance occurs before we discuss the discretion of his behaviour thereupon. But in general and ordinary cases between friend and friend, where one of them is desired by the other to change a resolution of no very great moment, should you think ill of that person for complying with the desire, without waiting to be argued into it?;;Will it not be advisable, before we proceed on this subject, to arrange with rather more precision the degree of importance which is to appertain to this request, as well as the degree of intimacy subsisting between the parties?;;By all means, ; cried Bingley; ;let us hear all the particulars, not forgetting their comparative height and size; for that will have more weight in the argument, Miss Bennet, than you may be aware of. I assure you, that if Darcy were not such a great tall fellow, in comparison with myself, I should not pay him half so much deference. I declare I do not know a more awful object than Darcy, on particular occasions, and in particular places; at his own house especially, and of a Sunday evening, when he has nothing to do. ;Mr. Darcy smiled; but Elizabeth thought she could perceive that he was rather offended, and therefore checked her laugh. Miss Bingley warmly resented the indignity he had received, in an expostulation with her brother for talking such nonsense.;I see your design, Bingley, ; said his friend. ;You dislike an argument, and want to silence this. ;;Perhaps I do. Arguments are too much like disputes. If you and Miss Bennet will defer yours till I am out of the room, I shall be very thankful; and then you may say whatever you like of me. ;;What you ask, ; said Elizabeth, ;is no sacrifice on my side; and Mr. Darcy had much better finish his letter. ;Mr. Darcy took her advice, and did finish his letter.When that business was over, he applied to Miss Bingley and Elizabeth for an indulgence of some music. Miss Bingley moved with some alacrity to the pianoforte; and, after a polite request that Elizabeth would lead the way which the other as politely and more earnestly negatived, she seated herself.Mrs. Hurst sang with her sister, and while they were thus employed, Elizabeth could not help observing, as she turned over some music-books that lay on the instrument, how frequently Mr. Darcy#39;s eyes were fixed on her. She hardly knew how to suppose that she could be an object of admiration to so great a man; and yet that he should look at her because he disliked her, was still more strange. She could only imagine, however, at last that she drew his notice because there was something more wrong and reprehensible, according to his ideas of right, than in any other person present. The supposition did not pain her. She liked him too little to care for his approbation. Article/201106/142663。
  • Writer Willa Cather Celebrated Europeans Who Settled in the American MidwestWritten by Richard Thorman (MUSIC)VOICE ONE:I'm Shirley Griffith.VOICE TWO:And I'm Tony Riggs with People in America. Today we tell about writer Willa Cather.(MUSIC)VOICE ONE:The second half of the nineteeth century brought major changes to the ed States. From its earliest days, America had been an agricultural society. But after the end of the Civil War in eighteen sixty-five, the country became increasingly industrial. And as the population grew, America became less unified.After railroads linked the Atlantic coast with the Pacific coast, the huge Middle West of the country was open to settlement. The people who came were almost all from Europe. There were Swedes and Norwegians, Poles and Russians, Bohemians and Germans.Many of them failed in their new home. Some fled back to their old homeland. But those who suffered through the freezing winters and the burning summers and the failed crops became the new pioneers. They were the men and women celebrated by the American writer Willa Cather. Willa Cather. VOICE TWO:Cather's best stories are about these pioneers. She told what they sought and what they gained. She wrote of their difficult relations with those who followed. And she developed a way of writing, both beautiful and simple, that made her a pioneer too.For many women in the nineteenth century, writing novels was just one of the things they did. For Willa Cather, writing was her life.VOICE ONE:Willa Cather was born in the southern state of Virginia in eighteen seventy-three. At the age of eight, her family moved to the new state of Nebraska in the Middle West. She and Nebraska grew up together.Willa lived in the small town of Red Cloud. As a child she showed writing ability. And, she was helped by good teachers, who were uncommon in the new frontier states.Few women of her time went to a university. Willa Cather, however, went to the University of Nebraska. She wrote for the university literary magazine, among her other activities. She graduated from the university in eighteen ninety-five.VOICE TWO:Most American writers of her time looked to the eastern ed States as the cultural center of the country. It was a place where exciting things were possible. It was an escape from the flatness of the land and culture of the Middle West.From eighteen ninety-six to nineteen-oh-one Cather worked for the Pittsburgh Daily Leader newspaper. It was in Pennsylvania, not New York, but it was farther east than Nebraska. Cather began to publish stories and poems in nineteen hundred. And she became an English teacher in nineteen-oh-one. For five years, she taught English at Pittsburgh Central High School and at nearby Allegheny High School.She published her first book in nineteen-oh-three. It was a book of poetry. Two years later she published a book of stories called “The Troll Garden.”VOICE ONE:The owner of a New York magazine, S.S. McLure, her stories. He asked her to come to New York City and work as an editor at McLure's Magazine. She was finally in the cultural capital of the country. She stayed with the magazine from nineteen-oh-six to nineteen twelve.One of the people who influenced her to leave the magazine was the American woman writer, Sarah Orne Jewett. Jewett advised Cather to write only fiction and to deal with the places and characters she knew best. Jewett said it was the only way to write anything that would last. Article/200803/29565。
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