I used to have little passion (激情) in my life. But what happened the other day changed my mind. It was then that I learned how1it is to have a passion in life.
That day 1 went home in Mom's car. When Mom2 at a red light, someone on the side of the road caught my eye. It was a man dressed in rags (破旧衣服). He was homeless. That didn't interest me, because I had seen many like him before. Those people usually looked unhappy and hopeless.
But this man was different in some way. He was not sitting down with a sad expression. Instead, he had a 3in his hand and was dancing happily to the music. The radio seemed to be the most precious (珍贵的) thing he had.
“Mom, why does that man 4a radio though he's homeless?” I asked.
“He bought it.” She replied.
“But why doesn't he use the money to buy food or clothes? He5for something that he didn't need.”
“Well, Sarah, sometimes food and clothes aren't the most important.”
That man must care so much about 6 for that he bought a radio instead of food or clothes. I soon realized that7is the key to life.
Since then I am always thinking of what is truly important in life. A home, a meal, clothes—these things are not8 parts of the life. What we often forget is that we all need a joy, a light in a dark day. We all need a passion which gives a person the happiness they need to keep going.
Here are some interesting places for you to enjoy yourself in while you are staying in Beijing.
Here is the timetable of science activities in the Children's Palace.
19:00 — 21:30
Space and Man
Dr. Thomas West
Would you like to know more about the outer space?
Mr. Brown from Italy
Learn to take good pictures, please bring your own camera.
18:30 — 21:00
Prof. Harry Morison From Oxford University
Learn how to use Windows 2000.
Thursday (4 weeks)
19:00 — 21:00
Prof. Lucy Green
Would you like to know medical advances?
14:00 — 17:00
Prof. Rose Beet
Do you want to learn the technical words and articles?
Sunday (2 weeks)
8:30 — 11:30
Exhibition of Personal Inventions
You can see many inventions by the students; you may also bring your own inventions.
My friend Mary came to school wearing a brand-new pair of Zee jeans. “Your new Zee jeans are so cute!” I said.
“My grandma took me clothes shopping last weekend,” Mary said. “The Zee jeans were on sale. They have cool pockets and are unbelievably comfortable. When you're at my house after school, try them on and see for yourself.”
“Hmm.” I didn't think so. But when I tried them on, I couldn't help agreeing. “I'm totally taking these!” I said. As soon as I got home, I told my mom that I had to get some Zee jeans.
Mom said, “You already have three pairs of perfectly good jeans. There is no way Dad and I are paying that much for a pair of pants. If you want to buy them with your own money, I would be happy to make a long list of extra chores you can do.”
“I'll start this minute,” I said.
It took me three weeks to save enough money. I changed kitty litter, watched my little brother and sister, and cleaned refrigerator. The refrigerator cleaning was the worst because one of the shelves fell while I was taking everything out. Food and milk splashed all over the floor. It took me one and a half hour to clean it up!
Anyway, I finally bought my Zee jeans, and I loved them even more than I thought I would. I loved them half because they had cool pockets and super comfortable, and half because I had worked so hard to earn the money to buy them myself.
Songs help memories
The power of music
Most people can remember important news stories clearly, whether it was the murder of President Kennedy in the US or 9/11.But now psychologists Martin Conway and Catriona Morrison, from the University of Leeds in the UK, are investigating how music can create “autobiographical memories” of the main events in our lives. The study is online. People have to choose a song by the Beatles and describe the memories that they have when they listen to it.
Morrison explained that they looked at different age groups and their memories. We often remember more from when we are teenagers and this is called “the reminiscence bump”. This is the time in your life when you form your idea of who you are. For older people who have memories related to the Beatles' music, most of those memories are from when they were teenagers. But younger people also had clear personal memories from their past.
She loves you
This study was different from other memory studies, because people remembered events from their past with lots more details. Morrison explained: “It was like people had travelled back to the past, and they had very clear memories of things that had happened. When they heard a song like She Loves You by the Beatles, they could remember one night in autumn 1963.They remembered what they were wearing, what the weather was like and what their friend said to them. You get a lot more information than if you just say, ‘tell me about a night you remember'. ”
The study has found that music could be used with people who have problems remembering the past. “You could use music to help improve people's ability to remember,” said Morrison. “In the future, we would like to do more experiments to see how useful music is in helping people to remember the past, and compare it to other things that might also help.”
Are you wearing old clothes?
Don't worry if you are. Clothes bought at thrift shops are more popular than ever in the West nowadays.
A lot of young people have an interest in secondhand clothing.
Goodwill Industries, one of the most famous secondhand shopping companies in the US, said there had been an increase of 84 percent in money made from the sale of donated goods from 2007 to 2012, from $1.9 billion(about 13 billion yuan) to $3.5 billion.
Fanny Moizant, an online group that sells used clothes from luxury brands(奢侈品牌), agrees that “secondhand” is part of fashion now.
“Fashion has changed,” she told the Financial Times last month.” People need our service ----they need a place to let go and get rid of this excess(过剩).”
It wasn't always this way. Secondhand clothes used to be much less popular.
Keren Charles, 37, from the US, remembers how embarrassed she was the first time she entered a thrift store more than 20 years ago.
“I didn't want anyone to see me,” Charles told CNN. “In high school, people thought you were either poor or homeless.”
Now, the fashion fan says about 97 percent of her clothes are secondhand. Her favorite find is a $5 blue evening dress that could be worth hundreds of dollars.
So what is a thrift shop, exactly?
According to the US Association of Resale Professionals, a thrift shop is run by a not-for –profit（非盈利的）organization to get money to charitable causes.
The shops have become popular in recent times due to economic reasons.
More customers began coming to thrift shops in the US at the start of the recession(萧条), according to CNN.
And now secondhand clothing and vintage items are showing up in Western high fashion and street wear.
Fashionable hip-hop artist Macklemore and Ryan Lewis even wore a 2013 Billboard Music Award for their hit song Thrift Shop. The song is about “looking for a come up”(search for cheap things in a thrift store.
However, thrift store culture may be great for new shoppers and for business but it's not so great for shoppers like Charles who are still “looking for a come up.”
“The competition is tough now,” she told CNN. “You're in the thrift stores, and you're seeing so many other people, but it's still better than shopping at a department store.”
Spiderman is one of the most famous comic book heroes of all time. He was created by Stan Lee in 1963 and was first introduced to the world in the pages of Marvel comic books.
Spiderman's story is the story of Peter Parker, a child who lost his parents and lives with his aunt and uncle. Peter is a shy, quiet boy wearing glasses and has few friends. One day, on a high school class trip to a science lab, he gets bitten by a special spider. Soon Peter realizes he has amazing powers: he is as strong and quick as a spider and also has a type of sixth sense. He no longer needs his glasses and he can use his super power to fly through the city streets! Remembering something his Uncle Ben has told him, that “with great power, there must also come great responsibility (责任),” Peter decides to use his powers to fight enemies who do cruel things to people. And so, Spiderman is born.
Life is not easy for Peter even though he is a superhero. He is in love with Mary Jane but cannot tell her about his amazing powers. Besides, his best friend Harry hates Spiderman! Peter is also short of money and time. He has to sell photos of Spiderman (himself!) to a newspaper and he keeps losing his other jobs because he's so busy saving people! Yet he has to fight different kinds of cruel enemies.
假如你是李华，你们学校英文网站正在针对上网是否是一件好事展开辩论，请你以The Internet is（ not） a good thing.为题，写一篇短文给英文网站投稿,说一说你认为上网是好事还是坏事，然后说出2-3条理由的观点，
提示词语： download, listen to, send email, chat, relax; hack(攻击) website, steal money, hide from police
提示问题：Is it a good thing or a bad thing? What do people usually do on the Internet?
Why do you think it is (not) a good thing?
Title: The Internet is__.
Some people say the Internet is
For these reasons, I think……