Archives for the month of: December, 2012



Jeffrey Wright is a science teacher who captivates and inspires wonder in his students with a wacky approach to school. Not only is he a a top notch educator, but his own personal life has taught him the true meaning of life.

“There’s something a lot greater than energy. Something a lot greater than entropy. What’s the greatest thing? Love.”

Check out the video here:

UPDATE: I found the video on youtube…so I’ve embedded it!

– Daniel

I recently came upon a very interesting program offered by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) called Freerice, which strives to provide free education to everyone and help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free. Made possible by sponsors who generously advertise on the official website (, the program is essentially an educational game encompassing various subjects (math, science, geography, art history, foreign languages, etc). For every answer you get correct, the WFP will donate 10 grains of rice to help end hunger.

According to the WFP Freerice website examples of where Freerice has been distributed include:

  • Cambodia: From June 2011, all rice raised on Freerice will go to Cambodia where it will be purchased locally and will support our school meal programmes there. It’s not the first time Freerice has supported Cambodia. We previously provided enough rice to feed 13,500 women.
  • Haiti: From January 2011 until May 2011, rice was allocated to Haiti. Nearly 6 billion grains of rice was donated, enough to feed nearly 300,000 people two meals for a day.

As a Chinese Canadian, rice is an important part of my life and is something that many of us consume without a second thought. This is an important reminder of the ongoing issues people around the world are faced with, and a very accessible means for us to become involved.

“Whether you are CEO of a large corporation or a street child in a poor country, improving your education can improve your life. It is a great investment in yourself. Perhaps even greater is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide.” –

Join! It’s free!

– Daniel

To give back to the world and learn a bit about myself in the process. 

It just came to me. I can’t believe I couldn’t articulate this before. Simple as that.

“Show me a smile”

– Daniel

The answer is quite simple. Although learning new skills brings me immense happiness, that isn’t the only reason. We learn so we can help those around us. We strive to become stronger not to put down those who are weaker, but to help them.

– Daniel


Need a break from the repetition in your life? Feel like you need to discover more of yourself? Want to test yourself?

That’s exactly what I wanted when I signed up for a course to get certified in Wilderness and Remote First Aid (I passed if you were wondering!). With the Red Cross and School In The Woods, some fellow archaeologists and myself got the opportunity to measure and find ourselves while learning many valuable skills. Although I’ve had past first aid training (Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, and NLS….all now expired), this form of training was unlike any of my past experiences. Being outdoors, having minimal supplies, and training in high-stress situations was an experience unlike anything I’ve tried.   I’ve never felt so vulnerable, yet so strong. It’s as simple as that.

– Daniel

Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit” – Edward Abbey