Parents vs. school principal: The case of Susan Reed

When I was in in the third grade, there was a parent who complained that I didn't deserve the "First Honor" title. According to her, it was her son who should be the First Honor. It's not the grades. My grades and her son's side by side, no contest -- his grades weren't better than mine. In fact, his grades were only good enough for the Third Honors. But, according to the … [Read more...]

Sandalwood in Vietnamese Pho

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It might look picture perfect but no one wanted to eat this onion soup. An episode of Food Safari in the Travel & Living Channel showed how to make broth for the Vietnamese Pho by adding cinnamon bark and star anise to the usual spices and herbs. I did exactly that, except for the sandalwood which I didn't have. … [Read more...]