M: Do you want your television repaired
W: Yes, but not by the place you recommended.
M: Why not The repairmen are very good and the charges are so reasonable.
W: That may be, but I couldn’t find it.
M: But you couldn’t miss it. I told you to turn right after the railroad bridge.
W: I did that. I went to the end of the road. There is no such a place.
M: Wait a minute. Perhaps it is the second right. Yes, I think it is.
W: I should have known. Whenever someone says "you can’t miss it", you can be sure that you won’t find it.
Fire and Water
Shundagarh is a village on India’s east-facing coast. It is a village of simple mud and grass houses built on the beach just above the water-line. The Khadra Hills rise immediately behind the village, to a height of one hundred and fifty meters. A simple, good-hearted old man, whose name was Jalpur, farmed two small fields on the very edge of these hills, overlooking Shundagarh. From his fields he could see the fishing-boats that travelled up and down the coast. He could see the children playing on the sand; their mothers washing clothes on the flat stones where the Shiva River flowed into the sea; and their fathers landing the latest catch or repairing nets and telling stories that had no end.
All Jalpur owned in the world were the clothes he wore day in and day out, the miserable hut that
A. men fishing and mothers and fathers playing with their children
B. fishermen mending their nets and washing them on flat stones
C. men fishing in the Shiva River and telling endless stories
D. men fishing, women washing and children playing
A group of American marriage and family counselors once placed a brief notice in four dozen newspapers in 25 states. "If you live in a strong family, please contact us. We know a lot about what makes families fail; we need to know more about what make them succeed." Letters poured in; then a questionnaire was mailed to each family who responded and more than 3,000 families participated. One of the most surprising things to emerge is that six key qualities for making a strong family function were mentioned time and again by many families. Those qualities are.
Crucial to any family’s success is an investment of time, energy, spirit and heart, an investment otherwise known as commitment. The family comes first. Family members are dedicated to promoting each other’s welfare and happiness-and they expect the family to endure. For strong families, commitment and sexual fidelity (忠诚) are so closely linke