美好而忧伤的美文 (23)写给女儿的信(上)

The Letter for My daughter 写给女儿的信 Dear Malia and Sasha, 亲爱的马莉亚和莎夏: I know that you've both had a lot of fun these last two years on the campaign trail, going to picnics and parades and state fairs, eating all sorts of junk food your mother and I probably shouldn't have let you have. 我知道这两年你们俩随我一路竞选都有过不少乐子,野餐、游行、逛州博览会...

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美好而忧伤的美文 (33)一个流浪汉的来访

visit with a tramp 一个流浪汉的来访 I was swinging on the front gate, trying to decide whether to walk down the street to play with Verna, my best friend in fifth grade, when I saw a tramp come up the road. 我在院门口晃悠,想着要不要去街对面找维娜玩,她是我五年级最好的朋友。这时,我看见从街上走来一个流浪汉。 “Hello, little girl,” he said. “Is your mama at home?” “你好,小姑...

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美好而忧伤的美文 (18)小乔丹科比的成长之路

Kobe Bryant's growing road 小乔丹科比·布莱恩的成长之路 Kobe Bryant first started turning heads on the basketball court when he was in middle school. 科比·布莱恩第一次关注篮球是他在上中学的时侯。 His talents dominated the game so much that high schools from all over the Philadelphia area watched him grow up. 他在篮球方面很有天赋,费城的各所中学都密切关注他的成长。 The alm...

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美好而忧伤的美文 (26)好运符 – 一张两美元钞票(上)

Extra Good Luck 好运符:一张两美元钞票 I keep a two dollar bill in my wallet that was given to me by my mother when I was six years old. I am not superstitious but the bill goes with me wherever I go. 有一张两美元的钞票一直保存在我的钱夹里,那是我6岁时妈妈给的。 My mother gave it to me so that luck would follow me everywhere. She looked at me and said, 'I want you to carr...

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美好而忧伤的美文 (2)一杯牛奶的温暖

a glass of milk 一杯牛奶的温暖 One day, a poor boy who was trying to pay his way through school by selling goods door to door found that he only had one dime left. He was hungry so he decided to beg for a meal at the next house. 一天,一个贫穷的小男孩为了攒够学费正挨家挨户地推销商品。饥寒交迫的他摸遍全身,却只有一角钱。于是他决定向下一户人家讨口饭吃。 However, he lost his ne...

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美好而忧伤的美文 (10)来自天堂的玫瑰(上)

Roses for Rose 来自天堂的玫瑰 – Judy Sinha Red roses were her favorites, her name was also Rose. And every year her husband sent them, tied with pretty bows. The year he died, the roses were delivered to her door. The card said, "Be my Valentine", like all the years before. 红玫瑰是她的最爱,她的名字叫罗斯,也是“玫瑰”的意思。每年情人节,丈夫都要送她一些玫瑰花...

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美好而忧伤的美文 (44)林中漫步(上)

A walk in the woods-Jastin 林中漫步-詹斯汀 I was puzzled! Why was this old woman making such a fuss about an old copse which was of no use to anybody? She had written letters to the local paper, even to a national, protesting about a projected by-pass to her village, and, looking at a map, the route was nowhere near where she lived and it wasn't as if the area was attrac...

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美好而忧伤的美文 (24)写给女儿的信(下)

I want us to push the boundaries of discovery so that you'll live to see new technologies and inventions that improve our lives and make our planet cleaner and safer. 我要大家向发现的极限挑战,让你在有生之年能够看见改善我们生活、使这个行星更干净、更安全的新科技和发明。 And I want us to push our own human boundaries to reach beyond the divides of race and region, gender a...

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美好而忧伤的美文 (43)迟到的情书(D)

It was the only love letter I ever received, but it turned all my bitterness and grief into a peacefulness which was the nearest I could get, then, to happiness. 这可是我有生以来收到的唯一的情书!它将我的忧伤一扫而光,使我的心情变得平静–当时对我来说几乎类似幸福的平静。 I knew Richard still loved me, and somehow, as long as I had his letter, I felt that we could never b...

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美好而忧伤的美文 (59)幸运的礼服(上)

The Blessed Dress 幸运的礼服 I got an engagement ring for Christmas. My boyfriend and I had been dating for almost a year and both felt the time was right to join our lives together in holy matrimony. 圣诞节的时候我戴上了订婚戒指。我和男友交往已快一年,我们都感到是携手步入神圣的婚姻殿堂的时候了。 The month of January was spent planning our perfect Alabama June wedding. My mo...

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美好而忧伤的美文 (7)一个微笑挽救了一条生命

My life was saved by a smile 一个微笑挽救了一条生命 I was sure that I was to be killed. I became terribly nervous. 一想到自己明天就没命了,不禁陷入极端的惶恐。 I fumbled in my pockets to see if there were any cigarettes, which had escaped their search. I found one and because of my shaking hands, I could barely get it to my lips. 我翻遍了口袋,终于找到一支没被他们搜走的香烟...

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美好而忧伤的美文 (15)57美分建成的教堂(上)

A church built with 57 cents – Anonymous 57美分建成的教堂 匿名 A sobbing little girl stood near a small church from which she had been turned away because it "was too crowded."I can't go to Sunday school," she sobbed to the pastor as he walked by. 一个小女孩被拦在一座小教堂外面,“因为里面“太拥挤了,他们不让我进星期日学校(在美国,星期日学校是指在星期...

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美好而忧伤的美文 (3)老师的魅力(上)

The difference a teacher can make– anonymous 老师的魅力– 匿名 Steve, a twelve-year-old boy with alcoholic parents, was about to be lost forever, by the U.S. education system. Remarkably, he could read, yet, in spite of his reading skills, Steve was failing. He had been failing since first grade, as he was passed on from grade to grade. 史蒂夫已经12岁了,他的父母...

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美好而忧伤的美文 (21)我永远都会在你的身边(下)

To each parent he responded with one line: "Are you going to help me now?" 面对种种劝告,这位父亲的回答只有一句话:"你们愿意帮我吗?" And then he continued to dig for his son, stone by stone. 然后继续进行挖掘工作,在废墟中寻找他的儿子。 The fire chief showed up and tried to pull him off the school s ruins saying, " 消防队长出现了,他也试图把这位父亲...

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美好而忧伤的美文 (13)朋友就该这么做(上)

That's what friends do 朋友就该这么做 Jack tossed the papers on my desk—his eyebrows knit into a straight line as he glared at me. 杰克把文件扔到我桌上,皱着眉头,气愤地瞪着我。 "What's wrong?" I asked. “怎么了?”我问道。 He jabbed a finger at the proposal. "Next time you want to change anything, ask me first," he said, turning on his heels and le...

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美好而忧伤的美文 (36)一封给我儿子的信(上)

A letter to my son 一封给我儿子的信 Dear Seth, 亲爱的塞斯, You're only three years old, and at this point in your life you can't read, much less understand what I'm going to try to tell you in this letter. 你现在仅仅3岁,此刻你还不识字,更不用说让你去理解我接下来想在这封信里对你所说的话了。 But I've been thinking a lot about the life that you have ahead of y...

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美好而忧伤的美文 (34)忘记并宽容(上)

Forgotten and Forgiven 忘记并宽容 As I sat perched in the second-floor window of our brick schoolhouse that afternoon, my heart began to sink further with each passing car. 那天下午,我坐在学校砖楼二楼的窗沿上,看着一辆辆经过的汽车,心不断地往下沉。 This was a day I'd looked forward to for weeks: Miss Pace's fourth-grade, end-of-the-year party. 裴老师带的四年级班的年...

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美好而忧伤的美文 (56)天底下最真挚的爱情(下)

When he confessed losing some of our savings in the stock market, I gave him a hug and said, "It's okay. It's only money." 而当他坦白承认用我们的一点积蓄炒股亏了钱时,我紧紧抱住他安慰说:“没关系,钱财乃身外之物。” There is sensitivity. Last week he walked through the door with that look that tells me it's been a tough day. After he spent some time with ...

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美好而忧伤的美文 (42)迟到的情书(C)

"You must have wondered ", she said, "why I was so upset at the thought of young George's going to England without you. 她说:"我听你说乔治要回国,又不带你走,心里非常不安。我这份心事你是不明白的。 I am an old woman, and perhaps I have the silly fancies of the old, but I should like to tell you my own love story, and then you can decide whether it is ...

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美好而忧伤的美文 (40)迟到的情书(A)

The Love letter 迟到的情书 I was always a little in awe of Great-aunt Stephina Roos. Indeed, as children we were all frankly terrified of her. 我对斯蒂菲娜老姑总是怀着敬畏之情。说实在话,我们几个孩子对她都怕得要死。 The fact that she did not live with the family, preferring her tiny cottage and solitude to the comfortable but rather noisy household where we were brought up ...

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