Sherry is in her internship now. Last month, she bought a lipstick which she really liked. 上个月，还在实习的雪莉买了一只心仪的口红。
This lipstick cost her more than 50 dollars. It’s not cheap, but it made her happy, because it was the one that she had been longing for for a long time. 这只口红花了她300多块，并不算便宜，但她很开心，因为这是她一直想要的一款。
Every morning, when she puts on her makeup, everything seems brand new due to this lipstick. It feels like that the whole day is full of hope. 每天清晨化妆，因为有了这只口红，雪莉都感到焕然一新，觉得这一天都充满了希望。
Sherry has long been accustomed to rewarding herself through shopping. 一直以来，雪莉都习惯用各种消费来犒劳自己。
And this desire for material possession drives her to work hard. 而这些物质欲也激励着她不断奋斗。
She feels good about this. Her life keeps getting better all because of this kind of desire. 她觉得这样挺好的，她的生活因为这种物质欲而变得越来越好。
But her mother thinks quite differently. 然而，她的妈妈却不这么认为。
Several days ago, Sherry went back to live with her parents for a while. After her mother came to know the price of the lipstick, they had kept quarreling for almost a whole day. 前几天，雪莉回了趟家，在妈妈得知了口红的价格后，两人几乎吵了整整一天。
Her mother thought that it was completely immoral to spend money like this, while Sherry thought her mother was totally beyond reasoning. 妈妈觉得她这样花钱简直就是十恶不赦，而她却觉得妈妈完全不可理喻。
What Sherry didn’t know was that this woman standing in front of her had once been a little girl who had grown up in poverty and starvation. 雪莉不知道的是，这位站在她面前的女人，曾经是个在贫穷与饥饿中长大的小女孩。
That little girl could not find enough clothes to wear in winter. And those little desserts you see through the shopwindows were something from another world for her. 这个小女孩在冬天没有足够的衣服可以穿，而商店橱窗里的点心则是另一个世界的东西。
That girl needed to learn how to spend every penny as if it were two so that she could survive. 对于这个女孩来讲，一块钱需要当成两块来花，这样才能活下去。
It’s just natural that two people can’t understand each other, even for mother and daughter, because everybody’s experience is different. 在这个世界上，没有哪两个人天生就能和睦相处，即使她们是母女。因为两个人的经历不可能一样。
Try to be patient to the people around you. Try to get to know them. Try to stand in their shoes. 多给身边的人一些耐心吧，去了解她们，去站在他们的角度想问题。
If you can not listen to people, how can you expect them to listen to you? 如果你无法去倾听别人，又怎能奢望他们来倾听你的想法呢？
If you have been laid off, your new occupation is looking for work. 如果你被裁了，那么你的新工作就是找工作。
“It is a full-time job, probably the hardest one you’ll every have,” says Leslie G. Griffen, an HR consultant, career coach, and principal of The Griffen Group.
HR顾问、职业辅导，同时也是The Griffen Group老总的Leslie G. Griffen说，“你要找一份全职工作，这可能是你要做的事情中最难的。”
But once you have browsed the job ads and sent emails to your former colleagues, what do you do with the remaining seven hours of the day? 一旦你看过了招聘广告，给你的前同事们发完了邮件，剩下的七个小时你要怎么过呢？
The answer “is going to really change depending on the person and their style,” says Marianne Adoradio, a Silicon Valley recruiter and career counselor. 职业顾问Marianne Adoradio说，答案是“要去真正的改变你依赖的人和他们的方式。”
Experts offer this tips for filling your days — and accelerating your job search: 专家们提供了下面的小贴士来充实你的一天——并且帮你更快速的找到工作：
1. Read industry magazines. You’ll keep up on new developments in your field, and many contain job listings as well. 1.读读行业杂志。你会跟上业内最新的发展，同时也能获取一些可能的工作列表。
2. Create a list of companies where you’d like to work. Use your connections to make contact with people who work at them. You don’t need to ask them directly for a job; just call them to “talk about what it’s like to work there,” Griffen says. 2.列一个你愿意去工作的公司列表。动用你的人脉和在那些公司工作的人取得联系。你不需要直接请求他们给你一份工作，Griffen说，你要做的只是打个电话给他们“问问在那工作怎么样。”
3. Branch out. Consider whether a hobby could lead to a new career, for example, or whether you should learn a new skill. 3.扩大范围。比如，考虑一下一个爱好是否能引导你踏入一个新行业，或者你是否应该学习一种新技能。
Fred: Hi, this is Fred from Canada and I’m here with Tarta from Thailand. Some people think that cooking should be taught in school. I agree with that idea. I feel that definitely there should be some cooking classes in school. How do you feel about that, Tarta?
Tarta: Well, I don’t think that cooking class is supposed to be teaching at school because I learn cooking from my mom and my grandma and it gives me lots of, you know, good relation between mom and daughter and it’s kind of a family activity too.
Fred: OK, that’s a good point, but you see, you know, a lot of mothers are working nowadays in this new day and age and so it’s difficult for them to find time to teach their kids how to cook, and so what you’re finding is more and more children have bad eating habits. They don’t eat properly. They don’t get the amount of vegetables per day that they should eat, or fruits or protiens for that matter, and so I feel that if there were cooking classes in school then that could also help the situation because it would make them have a better eating lifestyle.
Tarta: Yeah, but why school? I mean, why you want to waste all the time studying cooking at school, not like instead of doing that, then you can learn all the top subjects like science, biology, chemistry and probably you’re mom can’t teach you all those complicated subjects, you know.
Fred: Yeah, but I’m sure there’s a balance. I mean, you have so many hours of class per day. If you only took like one or two hours a week that would be enough for the kids to, you know, maybe find some interest into cooking, and then it would start from there. Then it would just snowball. Alright, like, they could start having some cooking classes, then, the children starts liking cooking this kind of thing, and then he goes back home, and he shares this new cooking recipe with his mom or his grandmother. Don’t you think that would also bring the family closer?
Tarta: OK, if you’re supposed to cook at school, and then you have to buy all the ingredients, and those ingredients…. why you have to shop, you know? And some ingredients are already at your house and you just do your own cooking, but if you do at school then you have to go shopping outside and look for the ingredients from the textbook, and it’s so complicated.
Fred: I agree but, I mean that’s just a slight problem isn’t it. I mean, there’s people working at the school that could be in charge of doing that and then once the class starts, well, all the ingredients are already on the table so there’s no problem. They just start cooking, right?
Tarta: And one more thing. Like if you think about all the techniques, like family tastes and all, you can’t find in cooking class at school.
Fred: Well, you got me there, Tarta. That’s true.
Tarta: OK, Fred, you better come to my house, and I will show you how to cook.
Passenger: Hey Taxi! Ah great. Thanks for pulling over.
Driver: Where to?
Passenger: Well, I’m going to the National Museum of Art, and . . . .
Driver: Sure. Hop in. No problem. Hang on!
Passenger: Uh. Excuse me. How long does it take to get there?
Driver: Well, that all depends on the traffic, but it shouldn’t take more than twenty minutes for the average driver. [Oh]. And I’m not average. I have driving down to an art, so we should be able to cruise through traffic and get there in less than twelve minutes.
Passenger: Okay. Uh, sorry for asking [Yeah?], but do you have any idea how much the fare will be?
Driver: Oh, it shouldn’t be more than 18 dollars . . . not including a . . . uh-hum . . . a tip of course.
Passenger: Oh, and by the way, do you know what time the museum closes?
Driver: Well, I would guess around 6:00 O’clock.
Passenger: Uh, do you have the time?
Driver: Yeah. It’s half past four. [Thanks] Uh, this IS your first time to the city, right?
Passenger: Yeah. How did you know?
Driver: Well, you can tell tourists from a mile away in this city because they walk down the street looking straight up at the skyscrapers.
Passenger: Was it that obvious?
Driver: Well . . .
Passenger: Oh, before I forget, can you recommend any good restaurants downtown that offer meals at a reasonable price?
Driver: Umm . . . Well, the Mexican restaurant, La Fajita, is fantastic. [Oh] It’s not as inexpensive as other places I know, but the decor is very authentic, [Okay] and the portions are larger than most places I’ve been to.
Passenger: Sounds great! How do I get there from the museum?
Driver: Well, you can catch the subway right outside the museum. There are buses that run that way, but you would have to transfer a couple of times. And there are taxis too, but they don’t run by the museum that often.
Passenger: Okay. Thanks.
1. Where is the man going?
A. to a museum
B. to a movie theater
C. to a musical
D. to a park
2. How long will it take to get to his destination?
A. under five minutes
B. under ten minutes
C. under fifteen minutes
D. under twenty minutes
3. What time does the place in Question 1 close?
A. at 4:30 PM
B. at 5:00 PM
C. at 6:00 PM
D. at 6:30 PM
4. Where is the man going later downtown?
A. to a party
B. to a restaurant
C. to a play
D. to a business meeting
5. How much will the fare be for the taxi ride, not including a tip?
Chances are high that you’ve heard such things: 你应该听过这样的论断吧：
Don’t indulge yourself in safety. That’s like boiling a frog in warm water. It will slowly kill you and you won’t even notice it. 不要贪图安逸的环境，那是温水煮青蛙，会在不知不觉中杀死你；
You should get out of your comfort zone. Go for some challenges. Only by doing that can you grow stronger. 走出自己的舒适区，去接受挑战，这样才能变强；
You can only really learn what’s useful when you are facing immediate crisis. Nobody grows in a stable environment. 人只有在危机之中才能学到真正有用的东西，在稳定的环境中是得不到成长的。
And I only have one sentence for all these soup: 对于这些鸡汤，我只想说一句话：
Don’t let yourself be fooled by those them. 不要被它们冲昏了头脑。
And don’t despise a stable life. 不要瞧不起稳定的生活。
This balanced state of life is a rare treasure. 这种平衡的生活状态是一种非常珍贵的资源。
So many young people fight like hell in those major companies not because they enjoy the thrill of challenges but because they want to make such balance for themselves. 多少年轻人在大公司里艰难求生，并不是在享受竞争的刺激，而是恳望能达到这样的平衡。
The ultimate skill for survival has never been the spirit of adventure or the ability to endure suffering. 生存所需要的基本技能从来就不是冒险精神，也不是什么吃苦的能力；
You may know that Taylor Swift is a creative and dramatic singer. 你可能知道霉霉是一个既有创意又有戏剧性的歌手。
You may know that she is also a songwriter. 你可能也知道她还是个写歌人。
But if you assume that all her commercial success came from herself, then you are wrong. 但你如果以为霉霉的商业成功完全是因为她自己，那你就错了。
There are a lot of people who’ve made great contribution to this icon’s triumph. 她的辉煌，是很多人共同努力的结果。
And one of the most important ones of them all is Jack Antonoff. 而这其中最重要的人之一，就是杰克·安托诺夫。
He is Taylor’s producer and a musician himself. 他是霉霉的制作人，同时自己也是一个音乐人。
Don’t get me wrong. Jack is not just a producer for Taylor Swift. 别搞错了，杰克并不是霉霉的“一个”制作人。
He is Taylor Swift’s main producer. 他是霉霉的主要制作人。
2017 has been a fruitful year for him, because besides Taylor’s new album Reputation he also produced quite a lot other eye-catching pop records like Lorde’s Melodrama and St. Vincent’s Masseduction. 2017 年对他来说是硕果累累的一年，因为他不光为霉霉创作了新专辑 Reputation，同时还制作出了其他很多夺人眼球的流行音乐，例如洛德的 Melodrama 以及圣文森特的 Masseduction。
Being creative is not easy for anyone, even if it’s someone as productive as Jack Antonoff that we’re talking about. 想做个有创意的人并不是一件容易的事，这对谁来说都一样，即使是想杰克·安托诺夫这样高产的人也不例外。
And his advice is: 而他的建议是：
If it’s too big, don’t look at it. 如果目标太过远大，那就不要注视它。
“If, on January 1, 2017, someone laid out in front of me that I was going to make the Lorde record and the St. Vincent record and the stuff with Taylor Swift, I’d say I couldn’t do it. “如果 2017 年的 1 月有人说我会给洛德、圣文森特还有霉霉做出这些大作，我肯定会说我做不到。
But I knew they were going to get done. You slowly chip away at it one day at a time and keep your head down. 但我当时知道这些事最终总肯定会被做出来。你所需要做的，就是每天都多做一点，闷头做就好了。
If it’s too big, don’t look at it. 如果目标太过远大，那就不要去注视它。
If you want to do something massive, don’t look at it, because all you’re going to see is why it won’t work. 如果你想完成一件大事，那就不要总是盯着它看，因为那样的话你只能看到做不到的理由。
The killer of productivity is reality.” 创造力的头号杀手，是现实。”
This is the advice that Antonoff shared. 以上就是安托诺夫的建议。
And by the way, the time he usually wakes up is between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. 啊，对了，他通常起床的时间是中午 11 点到 12 点之间。
Right, he is not an early bird. And that’s something to be despised by nearly all the success books. 是的，他并不是一个早起鸟。这是几乎所有成功学书籍里都在鄙视的。
But apparently he is teaching a lesson way more important than anything they taught in those books in English: 但是显然，他教会我们的东西，比这些书里的任何东西都重要得多：
Life is a mess. It’s already hard even if someone gave you a plan to follow. 生活就是一团乱麻，即使已经有人给你订好了计划，你过得也不会轻松。
It’s much harder if your job is to create something new. 而如果你的工作是创造新东西，那就更难了。
There is no shortcut for anything. 世上没有什么捷径可以走。
You just try everything you can and deal with it when something goes wrong. 你只能尽力尝试一切你能做到的东西，然后在出问题的时候硬着头皮去应对。
It means those who spent six hours of the day standing rather than sitting could expect to lose almost six pounds in a year – amounting to more than a stone and a half in four years – if they did not change their diet.
Senior author Dr Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, chairman of preventive cardiology at Mayo Clinic, in Minnesota, said: “Standing for long periods of time for many adults may seem unmanageable, especially those who have desk jobs, but, for the person who sits for 12 hours a day, cutting sitting time to half would give great benefits.”
“Our results might be an underestimate because when people stand they tend to make spontaneous movements like shifting weight or swaying from one foot to another, taking small steps forward and back. People may even be more likely to walk to the filing cabinet or trash bin.
Is the rise in life expectancy in the west coming to an end? If you look at the data it seems so. In March this year Britain’s Office for National Statistics announced something depressing: a slight fall in life expectancy for pensioners – six months for women and four for men.
西方预期寿命不再上升了吗？如果你看相关数据，答案似乎是肯定的。今年3月，英国国家统计局(Office For National Statistics)宣布了令人沮丧的事情：养老金领取者的预期寿命略有下降–女性下降了6个月，男性下降了4个月。
Overall, life expectancy is still ticking up but at a much slower rate than everyone thought it would – at a time when there is no war on; no nasty new disease on the rampage; and no particular life-shortening social problem evident. Numbers out from the ONS this week show an increase of 0.1 percent for a child born between 2014 and 2016. There might be 571,245 people in their nineties living in the UK, but current data suggest that most of us will still only make it to our mid-to-late eighties.
This isn’t just happening in the UK. In 2016 life expectancy in the US fell for the first time since 1993 – and the rate of growth has slowed in most other developed countries. The average American woman is now forecast to only just scrape into her eighties – and her husband probably won’t.
There is no shortage of experts out there prepared to explain why life expectancy has stalled. Maybe it’s a result of the financial crisis, a failure of elderly care linked to austerity? Maybe it’s obesity, something that could even make today’s young the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents? Or maybe it is just that we are already close to the outer limits of possibility when it comes to life expectancy?
Yet look a little closer and talk to longevity experts and healthcare investors and a different picture emerges. The slowdown in life expectancy actually comes at a time when the science of ageing is getting very exciting. Much of the rise in life expectancy of the past 50 years has been down to environmental effects: the near eradication of real poverty in the west; the rise of universal medical treatment; antibiotics; better air quality; improved working conditions.
There is more of this to come. Look around today and you will see a good fewer heavy smoking, overweight drinkers knocking about than was the case a decade or so ago. We are also still getting a helping hand from the gift that never stops giving: evolution. New research from geneticists at Columbia University suggests it is weeding out genetic variants linked to Alzheimer’s disease and heavy smoking.
All these things should keep adding a little more to the numbers. They are also just the beginning. Next will come an enhanced understanding of what actually causes ageing and how it can be stalled, alongside the start of mass molecular fiddling. One example of the latter. You will have read about Silicon Valley tycoons having regular blood transfusions to rejuvenate. But most people involved in the longevity business are less likely to be doing this than be taking the generic – and very cheap – diabetes drug metformin, on the basis that it keeps blood sugar levels stable and so slows ageing for non-diabetics too.
In their new book Juvenesence: Investing in the Age of Longevity, Jim Mellon and Al Chalabi forecast that within the next 20 years average life expectancy in the developed world will rise to between 110 and 120. We will enter a new world in which “genetic engineering, cellular enhancements and organ replacements” will give us all the chance to be super centenarians. Adopt the right lifestyle and drugs to make it through the next 10 or 20 years and these technologies could give you at least another 20.
吉姆.梅隆(Jim Mellon)和阿尔.沙拉比(Ahmed Chalabi)在他们的新书《恢复活力：投资于长寿时代》(Juvenesence: Investing in the Age of Longevity)中预测，在未来20年内，发达世界平均预期寿命将上升到110岁至120岁之间。我们将进入一个新的世界，“基因工程、细胞强化和器官移植”将让我们全都有可能成为百岁老人。采用正确的生活方式和药物来度过未来的10年或20年，这些技术可能至少让你多活20年。
This makes the authors happy: their book is full of soothing thoughts about how the old patterns of our lives – be born, learn, earn, retire, expire – will soon be upended. We will “learn continuously”, have multiple careers and hobbies, and will start and connect with our families in very different ways.
That’s going to sound lovely to most people. But you can bet there is a large group who find it totally terrifying: policymakers. Ageing populations are very expensive. Our systems aren’t yet in any way equipped to cope with the odd half a million 90-year-olds the UK has already, let alone millions of 100-year olds. Our health and welfare systems were designed for a different era, and the unfunded liabilities of public and private pension funds are the kind of thing that never get addressed. This should make individuals worry, too.
Very few people have planned properly for their own retirements – and even if they have, extended longevity will mean that the assumptions on which they have based their calculations are entirely wrong. On top of this, almost no one will have planned for the fact that this will make governments that don’t seriously reform – my guess is that’s all of them – increasingly broke. Nor will they have planned for the obvious next step: that cash-strapped governments look to other people’s capital for help.
If we do enter a new age of the long-lived, it will probably be less an age of the happy rentier than the very heavily taxed rentier. If you don’t want to spend your 11th decade wishing that longevity science had never become a thing, think of what you once thought you should save for your retirement and triple it. Golden years? Working years.
Cellphone feels like a part of your body? A global survey has found that most people can’t live without their mobiles, never leave home without them and, if given a choice, would rather lose their wallet.
Calling mobile phones the “remote control” for life, market research firm Synovate’s poll said cell phones are so ubiquitous that by last year more humans owned one than did not.
Three-quarters of the more than 8,000 respondents polled online in 11 countries said they take their phone with them everywhere, with Russians and Singaporeans the most attached.
More than a third also said they couldn’t live without their phone, topped by Taiwanese and again Singaporeans, while one in four would find it harder to replace the mobile than their purse.
Some two-thirds of respondents go to bed with their phones nearby and can’t switch them off, even though they want to, because they’re afraid they’ll miss something.
“Mobiles give us safety, security and instant access to information. They are the number one tool of communication for us, sometimes even surpassing face-to-face communication. They are our connections to our lives,” Jenny Chang, Synovate’s managing director in Taiwan, said in a statement.
Mobiles have also changed the nature of relationships, with the survey finding nearly half of all respondents use text messages to flirt, a fifth set up first-dates via text and almost the same number use the same method to end a love affair.
Apart from the obvious calling and texting, the top three features people use regularly on their mobile phones globally are the alarm clock, the camera and the games.
As for email and Internet access, 17 percent of respondents said they checked their inboxes or surfed the Web off their phones, lead by those in the United States and Britain.
One in 10 respondents log onto social networking websites such as Facebook and MySpace regularly via mobile, again led by Britain and the United States.
“As the mobile becomes more and more an all-in-one device, many other businesses are facing challenging times. The opportunities for mobile manufacturers and networks however are enormous,” said Synovate’s global head of media, Steve Garton.
Not everyone is tech savvy, however: 37 percent of respondents said they don’t know how to use all the functions on their phone.