Lê Vĩnh Tài | she is a happy ending (141) — SONGNGUTAITRAM

Lê Vĩnh Tài, the Vietnamese poet and translator, born 1966 in Buon Ma Thuot, Daklak, Vietnam. The retired doctor is still a resident of the Western Highlands, an acclaimed businessman in Buon Ma Thuot. Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the poet and translator, born 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.

Lê Vĩnh Tài | she is a happy ending (141) — SONGNGUTAITRAM

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | people are no different to trees (234) — SONGNGUTAITRAM

I was born 1971, Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. My family and I were a part of the first exodus of boat people after the Vietnam war. In March 1981, we settled in Sydney, Australia. I graduated with a bachelor of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney. I have been translating Vietnamese literature for the past five years in my search to better understand my mother’s language and culture. My translations have been shared through blogging over the past year. I am still a registered pharmacist practicing in Western Sydney. I hope to continue translating, and continue to share Vietnamese art and literature, beyond borders on SONGNGUTAITRAM. (July 2021)

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | people are no different to trees (234) — SONGNGUTAITRAM

Lê Vĩnh Tài | RESOLUTIONS WITHOUT A LIMIT (134) — SONGNGUTAITRAM

Lê Vĩnh Tài, the Vietnamese poet and translator, born 1966 in Buon Ma Thuot, Daklak, Vietnam. The retired doctor is still a resident of the Western Highlands, an acclaimed businessman in Buon Ma Thuot. Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the poet and translator, born 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.

Lê Vĩnh Tài | RESOLUTIONS WITHOUT A LIMIT (134) — SONGNGUTAITRAM

Incognito

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Many of us wear the mask of pretence. We show up, not as ourselves, but as how we think people would perceive us to be. It’s hard operating outside of our true self. Every moment is an opportunity for us to have an honest conversation with ourselves and choose whether we will be our authentic self or whether we will continue to live under the veil of pretence.

© Norma Bobb-Semple 2021

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Brain Aging (and Injury?)

CRAIN'S COMMENTS

Researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology (New Jersey) have reported findings that affect memory and motor control. While I usually don’t focus on early exploratory research, what they’ve done has implications affecting a large number of people.

Most studies of brain function focus on electrical connections in the brain. The Stevens group approached the topic from a mechanical engineering perspective, looking at the physical structure.

So called “white matter” nests around neurons in the brain and carries electrical messages from one neuron to another. As people age — and potentially under other circumstances — this white matter develops lesions that interrupt message transfer. The interruptions affect the ability to recall things, as well as movement control. In medical terms, these lesions are “deep and periventricular white matter hyperintensities.”

The Stevens group identified that leaks of cerebral spinal fluid into the brain can cause these lesions. The lining separating the…

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Need vs Urge

Inhale Peace; Exhale Love. Joy will Follow! - RUELHA

Food, water, air, rest, and shelter We need this at the core centre These are the most basic human needs And aren't dependent on your deeds But, apart from what the body pleads There are psycho-socio-eco needs Followed by mindset and self actualization These are things that lead to motivation If we analyze the basics, You'll notice this A man will die without water or food And we need oxygen irrespective of aptitude Hypothermia and hyperthermia, the elements and weather Frost bites and heat strokes can kill us if unprotected without shelter Exhaustion and lack of sleep can actually lead to death If you don't shut those peepers, you'll probably begin to hallucinate But what about sex? Let's look at the specs Turns out, no one ever died due to lack of it! And sure, even I'll admit Sex is a strong desire, like an urge If you don't have…

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Spills from life: Would a change of number in a year alter events in life?

Law that attracted me!

My husband asked me about my resolution for this year and I hesitated to answer. Do you know why? Because I thought to myself, ‘ resolution is just words unless I’d add action to it’. We all can relate to a question that our parents, uncles, aunties, and almost all adults might have asked when we were children, ‘What do you want to become when you grow up?’ I remember it created so much confusion in my little mind instantly because there were so many buzz words that my parents and teachers had injected into my brain- ‘Doctor’, ‘Engineer’, ‘Pilot’ and ‘Accountant’…I think my memory couldn’t go past these few of the most important occupations in society. But in reality, I became a teacher in school, then a trainer for adults in known Airline, then a Manager in the same company, Semi-professional dancer and Choreographer till university days, Editor of…

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