An Ocean Away

By Konnie Guo

Edited by Cynthia Brian

Teenagers form a large community all around the world. In China, it is no exception. Last summer, I visited Shanghai, China, where I had the wonderful opportunity to find out what the life of a Chinese teen is like. San Francisco and Shanghai are separated by over 6,000 miles, so while teenagers in both areas have drastic differences, they also share surprising similarities.

Every high school student stresses out about getting into the right college, and in China, the pressure is even greater. The college application process is highly competitive, requiring dedication, diligence, and determination. For most teens, their college acceptance rests on a single exam: the National College Entrance Examination, or “gao kao.” Once they have received their results, students must apply to only three schools to which they send their scores. According to nineteen-year-old Chinese student Wei Shen, “I was very worried that I would not score high enough on the exam to get into the college I wanted.” Luckily, Shen did extremely well and is currently studying to become an airplane engineer.

Additionally, in mainland China (not including Taiwan or Hong Kong), major websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube are banned. While it is still a common sight to see teenagers toting around their iPhones, they have to resort to other forms of social media and entertainment.

Moraga teen Yurika Kazama explains, “Facebook is used so ubiquitously nowadays that it has practically become a form of communication.” Luckily for Kazama, if she were ever to visit China, she would find plenty of alternatives. For example, the app WeChat is becoming increasingly popular as a method of communication, acting as a substitute to its American counterpart, Facebook messenger.

Chinese teens are undoubtedly miles apart from those in California , both figuratively and literally. However, there is a trait that makes every teenager in the world connected to each other—we’re teens! So, while we might take apart and examine all the differences of living in China, the undeniable bond of simply being a teenager makes us just one step closer to one another.

Konnie Guo is a high school senior where she is a member of Club BTSYA. She is an avid reader, and during her spare time, enjoys playing the piano and doing volunteer work. 

Read the article at https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue0817/An-Ocean-Away.html

As the editor and teen coach for Teen Scene for the newspaper, Cynthia Brian has had the opportunity to work with talented teens with attitude and opinions. She shares selected published works. To read numerous articles shepherded by Cynthia, visit http://www.BTSYA.com. Cynthia Brian also produces Express Yourself!™ on Voice America Kids Network heard Tuesdays NOON PT at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2014/express-yourself or for photos, descriptions, links, and more visit http://www.ExpressYourselfTeenRadio.com

More information about the show at http://www.btsya.com/express_yourself_radio_show.html

Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle® Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. For information on being a guest email info@BetheStarYouAre.org. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

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What do teens in China have in common wi

What do teens in China have in common with youth in California? An Ocean Away by CLUB BTSYA teen volunteer, Konnie #http://ow.ly/Dina7

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Huntington Gardens, Sharp Mind, Positive Talk, Integrity

Welcome to Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are!® with your hosts Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on the Voice America Empowerment Channel.  We strive to be useful, informative, interesting, entertaining, and unique as we seed, stimulate, and support space for positive, meaningful conversations. Instead of waiting for something better, we hope to help you create it now.

Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany recently toured the phenomenal Huntington Gardens in Pasadena. They’ll discuss the healing powers of nature as well as the history of this public oasis. When you go, make sure to make a reservation for the Rose Garden Tea Room.

Are you experiencing senior moments yet you are only in your twenties? You are not alone as our cognitive ability decreases beginning around age twenty four. In Health Matters, Heather Brittany helps you fight the fade with brainy ideas!

If your self-talk is negative, it’s time to change the recording. With personal success coach, Cynthia Brian, you’ll turn your mental dialogue from defeatist to powerful.

What does it mean to live with integrity? Are you trustworthy. Find out how you can walk your talk, tap into your inner honesty, and live with a code of values with Cynthia Brian, named The Woman of Integrity by The My Voice Foundation.

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Congrats to everyone who volunteers and supports Be the Star You Are!®. BTSYA has been named a 2014 TOP NON PROFIT for the 6th straight year and is one of the first to be awarded this honor by Guidestar and Great Non Profits. Visit http://greatnonprofits.org/org/be-the-star-you-are-inc. Read more: http://vapresspass.com/2014/06/21/star-501-c3-charity-honored-2014-top-rated-non-profit-cynthia-brian/

The award winning positive talk radio program, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasts on the Voice America Empowerment Channel LIVE every Wednesday from 4-5pm Pt/7-8pm ET.  http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are.  Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany are the Mother/Daughter dynamic duo who have been co-hosting this program live weekly since 1998 bringing upbeat, life enhancing conversation to the world. With Cynthia’s expertise in interviewing the trailblazers, authors, and experts and Heather’s healthy living segments, these Goddess Gals are your personal growth coaches helping you to jumpstart your life while igniting your flame of greatness.

Brought to the airwaves under the auspices of the literacy and positive media charity, Be the Star You Are!®, (http://www.BetheStarYouAre.org) each program will pump your energy to help you live, love, laugh, learn, and lead.

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October 22, 2014: Huntington Gardens, Sharp Mind, Self-Talk Power, Integrity

Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany recently toured the phenomenal Huntington Gardens in Pasadena. They’ll discuss the healing powers of nature as well as the history of this public oasis. When you go, make sure to make a reservation for the Rose Garden Tea Room. Are you experiencing senior moments yet you are only in your twenties? You are not alone as our cognitive ability decreases beginning around age twenty four. In Health Matters, Heather Brittany helps you fight the fade with brainy ideas! If your self-talk is negative, it’s time to change the recording. With personal success coachRead More
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Guess Who Is Coming to Dinner?

By Cynthia Brian

Put away your fly swatter and get out the welcome mat.

Of the more than 120,000 species of annoying flies, the Black Soldier Fly is the one you want to invite to dine  in your compost pile that is! Sometimes called the “privy fly”, the larvae of these beneficial soldiers hungrily devour waste, eliminate odors, increase decomposition, and reduce the possibility of disease with their powerful chewing, shredding, and digesting capabilities.

Black Soldier Flies, a true fly, are one of the most beneficial insects for waste and environmental management. Unlike a vampire, the adult fly has no mouthparts, living off the stored energy they built up as larvae. At ¾ -7/8 of an inch long, adult flies don’t bite, sting, nor transmit any illness. Males and females mate in flight, ultimately hatching five hundred or more eggs in compost bins, out houses, and manure.

The non-pest insatiable larvae consume twice their weight daily converting waste into protein and fat rich feedstuff that can be fed to birds, animals, worms, or used as additional compost. They also protect against the breeding of pest flies. You can buy a working colony or easily develop one yourself by composting (with adequate drainage in the bin or pile) your biodegradable materials including food, fruit, and vegetables with chicken, rabbit, pig, horse, cow, or goat manure. As biocomposters, Black Soldier Flies are nature’s fastest food and waste recyclers.

Because of their high amount of nourishing proteins and fat, companies are developing tasty BSF maggot recipes to feed the world.  Who knows, they may be coming to dinner!

As I wish you and your little princesses, pirates, and pumpkins a happy and safe Halloween, I leave you with a bit of garden Halloween humor:

a. What is a vampires’ favorite flower?    (Bleeding Hearts)

b. What is a werewolf’s favorite legume?   (Human Beans)

Happy Halloween, Happy Gardening, Happy Composting!

Cynthia Brian

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Read at https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue0817/Real-Creepy-Crawlies-for-Halloween.html

Cynthia Brian is the producer and host of Star Style® Be the Star You Are!® Radio and producer of Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio brought to the airwaves under the auspices of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity. Visit http://www.BetheStarYouAre.org and http://www.StarStyleRadio.com

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Senior Moments,Positive Self-Talk, Integrity, & Touring Huntington Gardens LIVE with Cynthia & Heather 4-5pm PT http://ow.ly/DaYIV

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Teens Target Drugs and Alcohol

Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity presents:

Express Yourself Teens 

With the on-air Be the Star You Are!® youth reporters.

Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a group of small, thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Red Ribbon Week was the brainchild of the National Family Partnership in 1985 in an attempt to increase drug awareness among Americans. Today the Red Ribbon symbolizes communities mobilizing to educate youth and encourage involvement in drug prevention activities. Host Henna Hundal with Social Responsibility Reporter, Asya Gonzalez, shine the light on ways to stay drug, alcohol, and tobacco free through personal insights, scientific research, parental tips, and peer to peer pacts. Henna offers tips for teens to refrain from getting involved in risky behavior and how to be confident in the conviction to stay clean. Take the Red Ribbon Pledge now and be a part of the creation of a drug free America.

WHAT’S THE PLEDGE ABOUT?

  1. 1. As parents and citizens, we will talk to our children and the children in our lives about the dangers of drug abuse.
  2. 2. We will set clear rules for our children about not using drugs.
  3. 3. We will set a good example for our children by not using illegal drugs or medicine without a prescription.
  4. 4. We will monitor our children’s behavior and enforce appropriate consequences, so that our rules are respected.
  5. 5. We will encourage family and friends to follow the same guidelines to keep children safe from substance abuse.

I PLEDGE TO SET GUIDELINES TO HELP CHILDREN GROW UP SAFE, HEALTHY AND DRUG-FREE.

Listen at Voice America Kids Radio: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/80800/drugs-alcohol-and-red-ribbon-week

Photos, descriptions, links, and listen at http://starstyleradio.net/Express_Yourself%21_Radio/Entries/2014/10/21_Drugs%2C_Alcohol%2C_Red_Ribbon_Week.html

Listen to all broadcasts at ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/express-yourself!/id481894121?mt=2

Congrats to everyone who volunteers and supports Be the Star You Are!®. BTSYA has been named a 2014 TOP NON PROFIT for the 6th straight year and is one of the first to be awarded this honor by Guidestar and Great Non Profits. Visit http://greatnonprofits.org/org/be-the-star-you-are-inc. Read more: http://vapresspass.com/2014/06/21/star-501-c3-charity-honored-2014-top-rated-non-profit-cynthia-brian/

Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle® Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. For information on being a guest email caiekelley@gmail.com. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

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Be the Star You Are!® charity. It’s the Season of Giving Make a donation today. http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Buy books and shirts at http://starstyleradio.net/Store.html

Trick or Treat for Literacy:

Give to Trick or Treat for Literacy. Instead of collecting candy, collect donations to give a child a book treat. http://ow.ly/Cb9qJ

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Need inspiration, motivation,edu-tainmen

Need inspiration, motivation,edu-tainment, and new books? StarStyle® has its own ITUNES channel.Uplifting, positive, http://ow.ly/D7oho

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