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My Favorite Disney Quotes – Thoughts to Live by from the Merchant in Aladdin

My Favorite Disney Quotes – Thoughts to Live by from the Merchant in Aladdin

Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

Merchant in Aladdin
Merchant in Aladdin

“Like so many things, it is not what’s on the outside, but inside that counts.” – Merchant, Aladdin

It is not always the wise king, the guru, the monk, the student or the man/woman in the ivory tower who has learned a great lesson.

Sometimes it is the man or woman on the street.

We don’t always learn the best lessons when we are in school or at work or in the laboratory.

Sometimes we learn lessons on the street.

The lesson that the merchant in Aladdin is teaching is echoed in the Bible in a different way.

The merchant simply says that it’s what inside that counts. It’s the character of the person that matters, not just their appearance.

When Samuel was looking for a king seven times he picked the wrong person. He chose warriors, good looking people, popular people.

But God told him, “Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.”

God is saying that it’s not the outside that matters. It’s the inside. It’s the heart.

I want to be a person of strong character. I want my character to be so strong that it oozes out to my outward appearance, too.

I want people to be able to see me and know what’s in my heart.

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.

 

Why do Chinese like John Denver? | Singing Cross Culturally

Why do Chinese like John Denver? | Singing Cross Culturally

Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

My mommy likes John Denver. Daddy, too. But daddy is not Chinese. He’s made in USA. Mommy is made in China.

Mommy said Chinese really liked John Denver when he first came to China a hundred years ago when she was a little girl.

“John Denver is easy to understand. And he doesn’t only sing love songs. He sings about mountains, and hills and country sides and stuff. Chinese really like that. They sing about those kinds of things, too.”

Daddy grew up listening to the 60’s music. He says it because that’s what his older brothers and sisters listened to. Truth is. He grew up in the 60’s.

During that time, everybody wrote love songs. I fell in love. I fell out of love. She came. He left. Love song, love song. Boring.

Pop music, rock music, country music. All love songs.

Daddy said that if you play a country music song backwards, your house will come back down from out of the sky, your dog will come back to life and your wife will come back to you.” Maybe she was at the store.

There’s more to sing about then love songs for sure.

Stars and letters and sunshine, lollipops and rainbows everywhere.

What kind of songs do you like?

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.

Awesome Lyrics – Ask the Blind Man He Saw It All – Booth Brothers

Awesome Lyrics – Ask the Blind Man He Saw It All – Booth Brothers

Mia and I love to listen to Pandora radio on the way to school each morning.

We have a couple of channels that we like, but both are Disney related.

Gaming to Our Favorite Pandora Stations

We have devised a couple of games to play, and unsurprisingly she always wins.

No … I don’t let her win. She beats me fair and square.

But … if she were to listen to the hillbilly gospel station that I have saved, I might stand a chance. After all, the songs are old and she has never heard most of them …

The song – The Blind Man Saw it All – was new to me, old as it is. But, in the song was a line that are among the best I have ever heard.

Christians Will Get It; You Might Not

If you are not a Christian, you are not likely to get it. If you don’t think Jesus capable of working miracles, you definitely won’t get it.

But if you believe in testimonies and the credibility of the people who relayed the incident, then perhaps you will think these lyrics worth ranking among the awesome.

“Ask the blind man, he saw it all.” How cool is that?

Ask the who? What?

Helen Keller something to the effect, “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.”

She couldn’t even see … at all.

The blind man, too, couldn’t see … until he met Jesus, and then he could.

A Funny Conversation

Imagine the people running around telling their friends, “Did you hear about the blind man who said Jesus could do miracles?”

“How does he know?”

“We asked the blind man and he said he saw him do it.”

“How did he see it if he were blind?”

“Jesus made him whole again so that he could see. The blind man can now see.”

“…”

How cool is that? Ask the blind man, he saw it all.

What are your favorite lyrics? From which song?

 

How much do lawyers make in Silicon Valley? | Legal salaries

How much do lawyers make in Silicon Valley? | Legal salaries

Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

lawyer salaries
lawyer salaries

Silicon Valley is the place to be if you want to make a lot of money, provided you can get the job, go to a great school, provided you can get in or just chill because you are close to the beach, provided you can get to Santa Cruz.

Techies make a lot of money. But so do lawyer dudes, and dudettes.

Especially lawyers in high-demand practice areas.

They are:

1. healthcare

2. litigation

3. commercial law.

In 2013, lawyers made from $118K – 172K!.

In 2014, the salaries are expected to jump to $124K – 179K.

Read: How much does Mark Zuckderberg make in one second?

It will be totally interesting to read this post in 10, 15 or 20 years – AFTER I know what these numbers mean.

At large firms, attorneys will make $174K –  264K!

Let’s see, I used $12 from my piggy bank to buy a Frozen Anna doll the last time we went to Disneyland.

For $264K I could buy 22,000 dolls!

That number is too big. If I were to play with one doll every day, then throw it away and get a new one each day after that, it would take me 60 years to play with all of them!

Yikes, that means my daddy could have started when he was born and he still wouldn’t be done yet. (Next Christmas he’d finish).

I wonder how much Jane in Drop Dead Diva makes.

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.