What I am thankful for …


It’s been six months since my last blog post. How time flies!

Writing and reading used to be my passion in life. So I wrote (columns and blogs) and read almost every day. I enjoyed it.

My passion, my focus, and my life changed when my mother was serious ill with diabetes complications and hospitalized in 2014. Staying in the hospital for three weeks with my mother, watching her and other patients living a life of pain and suffering with no quality at all, was a wake-up call for me. It changed my viewpoints and raised my awareness of how important health is to a new higher level.

Because of my mother’s amazing experience with USANA supplements in her recovery last year, for the first time I realized that it is necessary to take high quality supplements on a daily basis for true health care and disease prevention.

That’s why I became passionate about USANA Health Sciences, a company that provides the highest quality supplements, weight management and skin care products on the market. I have been focusing more time and energy on sharing USANA with others. As the result, writing and blogging were put on the back burner.

2015 has been an eventful year for me. My father-in-law died of esophageal cancer on July 17. Less than one month later, my mother passed away on August 16. I am thankful I was in China at the time of her death.

I planned the trip to China several months in advance to attend my 30-year college graduation reunion in Shanghai, not knowing my mother would leave me during my trip in China. It was sad to see her spend her last few days in ICU and then to lose her, but I was very grateful that my mother chose a time to leave that could not be any better for me. I was able to spend half of my time with her in hospital, and had enough time to deal with the funeral and grief before attending my class reunion which was one of the purposes of my trip.

My heart is full of gratitude when I think about my mother. She always put others first, in life and death.

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Attending my class reunion in Shanghai was an unforgettable experience. We had a little over 30 classmates in total majored in German at Beijing Foreign Studies University in 1981. We spent 4 years together and graduated in 1985. I had not seen most of my classmates in 10 years, some in 30 years. They came from all over the world to the reunion, from Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, and different places in China. We had a great fun time in Shanghai and Hangzhou. I am thankful for my college experience and for my classmates who are now successful in their own lives.

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Rising to the Gold Director level after joining the company as an USANA Associate only one year ago was a great accomplishment for me. I was so surprised and grateful when I received the congratulatory roses from USANA.



Attending the USANA Leadership Summit in Salt Lake City in November 5-8 was another highlight of my life in 2015. I am very thankful for this incredible opportunity to visit the company behind the wall, to see the production line closely with my own eyes, to meet the management team, to be treated like royalty, to feel valued and appreciated for who I am and what I do. It was the best conference I have ever attended in my life.



I am so thankful that USANA came across my life’s path at the right time. It has changed my life and the lives of many others through me. I am thankful that I had found a new passion and focus in my life. I am thankful for the many partners and customers I have met because of USANA. They have become my friends. I am thankful for the privilege to help spread the vision of Dr. Myron Wentz, Founder and Chairman, USANA Health Sciences:

“I dream of a world free from pain and suffering. I dream of a world free from disease. The USANA family will be the healthiest family on earth. Share my vision. Love life and live it to its fullest in happiness and health.”

Thank you to Woodbury Bulletin editor Mathias for reminding me of this blog. Yes, it’s time to get back to writing. I still love writing. I am thankful for this God-given gift.

Happy Thanksgiving!

BPA inspires leadership and business career

photo 2 photo 1 photo 3 photo 4 photo 5 photo 6Recently my 16 year old son Andy, a junior from East Ridge High School, made his first solo trip in his life. As the only student from Woodbury, he traveled with a group of students from Eastview, Eagan and Henry Sibley High Schools to Anaheim, California to attend the 2015 Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference, held May 5-10, 2015.

BPA is a national organization for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields. The mission of BPA is to contribute to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.

BPA focuses on real-world business skills and problem solving abilities in finance, management, IT and computer applications. Through the Torch Awards Program and BPA Cares Program, students are inspired to build their leadership skills and serve their chapter and community.

BPA has 43,000 members in over 2,300 chapters in 23 states.

Andy started doing BPA as a freshman at East Ridge High School where BPA is offered as an extracurricular activity. He had participated in the BPA regional and state competitions and leadership conferences. This was the first time that he attended the national conference. He was awarded the Merit Scholar award. The award session is available online along with other recorded sessions.

The conference was really fun for him. He told his younger sister to join BPA as well and she should also go to the conference next year.

I think Andy’s experience with BPA helps him build leadership skills and confidence. It will inspire him to go to business school and pursue a career in business. For that, I am grateful for the opportunity at ERHS and for BPA.

Recorded Sessions

Secondary & Middle Level Grand Awards Session

A Night of Comedy with Bob Stromberg in Woodbury


FREE Fun Family event at Eagle Brook Church Woodbury Campus on Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM., at 11125 Eastview Rd., Woodbury, MN 55125 (at the intersection of Eastview Road and Settlers Ridge Parkway)

Eagle Brook Church would like to invite the public to an evening of heartfelt laughter with Bob Stromberg. The event is free, but you need to reserve a seat online.

Bob co-wrote and starred in the popular play, “Triple Espresso,” which ran for 12 continuous years in the Twin Cities and has been performed in 44 cities around the world. Bob will bring his family-friendly comedy to the Eagle Brook Church Woodbury Campus.

Eagle Brook Church is one of the mega churches in the country. The Woodbury Campus, a $25 million, 75,000-square-foot building on 40 acres with a 1,500-seat worship center, is Eagle Brook’s fifth permanent campus, joining others in Blaine, Lino Lakes, Spring Lake Park and White Bear Lake. In 2013 Eagle Brook started its sixth campus in Coon Rapid at a local high school.

Eagle Brook Church Woodbury Campus may be one of the newest churches in Woodbury, but it has quickly become the largest in town. After three years of worshiping at the East Ridge High School auditorium as a temporary location, it finally moved into its own permanent building in Sept. 2014.

Welcome new Editor Mathias Baden

I’s been a while since I last updated my blog. My life has changed since I started a home business last summer, and meanwhile things have changed at the Woodbury Bulletin as well. Mathias Baden, editor of the Jordan Independent, was hired as the new editor to replace Michael Longaecker. 

I would like to send a belated warm welcome to Mathias to Woodbury Bulletin and to the Woodbury Community. It’s great to make Woodbury your home!

A coworker in my office started her career in news media and knew Mathias. She spoke highly of him. Woodbury Bulletin is already an awarding winning newspaper. I look forward to his leadership in making Woodbury Bulletin an even better local newspaper.
I love reading the newspaper every week and keeping myself informed of the local news and events. Thanks to the editor and everyone at the Woodbury Bulletin for creating this weekly paper for the community. Your hard work is much appreciated.


In my previous post, I talked about my new passion for USANA. As a follow-up, I want to share why USANA is the best. So you know, when you choose USANA, you are choosing the best.

1. No. 1 in the world – USANA was named the No. 1 nutritional supplement company and its product has been rated the No. 1Multi-vitamin/Multi-mineral worldwide by the “Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements.” This source compared over 1500 nutritional supplements.

2. Pharmaceutical Graded – USANA supplements are pharmaceutical graded unlike the supplements sold at the stores that are food graded. These drug grade standards focus on safety, potency, purity and efficacy. The FDA currently only requires nutritional supplements to be manufactured according to food grade standards that focus mainly on safety.

3. Potency Guarantee – USANA adheres to the standards set by the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP). The USP is an independent, non-governmental entity. The USP is the most internationally recognized developer of standards for prescription and OTC medicines and supplements. Every USANA micronutrient has this statement on the label: “Laboratory Tested. Quality Guaranteed. Meets USP Specifications for Potency, Uniformity, and Disintegration, Where Applicable.” 

4. USANA Guarantees Label Matches Product – Many popular supplements contain fillers, such as soybeans, wheat, rice and weeds — items not listed on the label. USANA ensures that what is defined on the label is actually contained in the product. Formulas developed in USANA’s laboratories use only the highest quality ingredients and are modeled after Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP). 

5. Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR) – Some USANA products are listed in the Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR) for Prescription Drugs.                                                   

6. No chemical preservatives – Sensé, USANA’s revolutionary skin care line, is now the only complete skin care line in the world that contains no chemical preservatives.

7. Offer Athletes Million Dollar Guarantee – USANA is the official supplier of nutritional supplements, energy and health products for world class athletes worldwide, including WTA, US Speedskating Team, Biathlon Canada, etc. USANA is the only Company Worldwide to guarantee athletes 1,000,000$ that their products are pure and free from illegal substances.

8. USANA’s founder, Dr. Myron Wentz, is a world class Microbiologist, Immunologist, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is a world-renowned scientist in the field of human cell culture, disease diagnosis and cellular nutrition. In the 70’s, he developed the first commercial test kit for the Epstein-Barr Virus (mononucleosis). He has applied his vast knowledge and expertise in growing healthy human cells toward the development of the USANA Nutritionals. Dr. Wentz and USANA have received numerous awards.

9. Healthy Growing Company – Since its beginning in 1992, USANA has been growing worldwide in over 20 countries. Its stock has been highly recommended.

10. Sanoviv Medical Institute – USANA’s state-of-the-art, fully-licensed hospital and health resort offers a unique blend of conventional, alternative, and integrative programs to help maintain your good health and to treat a wide range of diseases. Whether you are coming for a Healthy Get-Away or Intensive Cancer treatments, from the moment you are picked up by our courteous professional drivers to your goodbye hugs at the end of your program, you become part of our family. Experience the extraordinary results of a completely integrated team of medical doctors, dentists, psychologists, chiropractors, nutritionists, fitness experts and spa therapists that will assess and treat your health issues. Our toxin free facility, delicious organic meals, comfortable cotton clothing, luxurious ocean-view rooms, and relaxing environment will aid in building your health up from the cellular level.

USANA Cares about You and Your Health  – “Everything We Do Helps You Love Life and Live It.”

“I dream of a world free from pain and suffering. I dream of a world free from disease. The USANA family will be the healthiest family on earth. Share my vision. Love life and live it to its fullest in happiness and health.”  – Dr. Myron Wentz, Founder and Chairman, USANA Health Sciences

USANA, my new passion

I have always had a great interest in health & wellness.

This year, my interest in healthy living took a new direction and moved to a different level, it has become my new passion in life.

It all started with my mom and her terrible illness with diabetes complications that led her in and out of hospital several times this year. My mom’s illness and amazing recovery then led me to get interested in nutritional supplements, become a USANA Associate and start a home business.

Before I knew USANA, I was not a believer in nutritional supplements and did not take any supplements myself.

My mom was very ill in April this year after a surgery. Her kidney failed. I couldn’t visit her until my kids were out of school in June. Before I went back to China to visit my mom, a friend introduced me to USANA. I was interested in buying some supplements for my mom, so I did research on USANA and found out that USANA makes high-quality supplements. I was willing to try it.

I spent almost the entire month of my trip in hospital with my mom. When I first saw her, she was near death and lost hope and will to live. To my surprise and relief, she regained some strength and recovered to some degree. She was able to leave the hospital and walk again by the time I had to leave and came back to the US in July. I believe with all my heart that the USANA supplements helped my mom greatly in her recovery.

After my researching and witnessing my mom’s transformation, I became a total believer in supplements and started taking them myself. Now my whole family takes the USANA products. I love USANA because I have seen great results for myself and others,

Then in August I attended the 2014 USANA International Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. It changed my mind and attitude even more. It brought my love and passion for USANA to a new level.

Now as a USANA Associate, I want to share its mission and its amazing products with as many people as I can. USANA gives me a new focus, a new mission, and a new passion in life.

Before I knew USANA, I knew there were many choices, and I chose not to take supplements. After I knew USANA, there is only one choice for me, and now I take several supplements every day.



Founded in 1992 by microbiologist and immunologist Dr. Myron Wentz, USANA Health Sciences is a science-based company that develops scientifically advanced nutritional, personal-care, and weight management products. The name “USANA” derives from Greek and Latin and means “true health.”

USANA was founded with a mission to manufacture the highest quality products without compromise, products that people can trust. Because poor manufacturing can destroy great science, USANA is one of the few companies to manufacture most of its products in its own state-of-the-art facility in Salt Lake City, Utah.

What I Can Do For You?

  • Provide Health & Wellness related information and consultation.
  • Provide USANA product recommendation.
  • Provide Associate price and 10% off for all products.

I will definitely write more about USANA later. Meanwhile, here is my USANA website [http://qintang.usana.com] if you are interested in learning about the company and the products. On this website, you can also take a free health assessment for product recommendations. Feel free to contact me for more info. I would love to talk with you and help you live a better and healthy life.


Aaron Harper’s resignation – surprised, but welcomed

Last Thursday, Aaron Harper resigned as East Ridge High School principal, following an investigation conducted after School District 833 received a complaint against him. No details about the complaint and the resignation were revealed.

Read the article from Woodbury Bulletin: East Ridge’s Harper out as principal after complaint investigated 

I was surprised by the news like most people in the community. As far as I know, the teachers at ERHS knew no more about the circumstance than the public.

I do not know Mr. Harper, except I saw him a few times at ERHS events. I know I should not form an opinion about someone I don’t really know, but I have to say that Mr. Harper didn’t leave me with a good impression due to his own action or inaction. On two occasions, I contacted him via phone and email, he never responded to me. Ignoring once was understandable and acceptable, but ignoring twice created a really bad impression when you are considered a leader in the community. Now I don’t remember the reasons why I contacted him, but no matter how trivia my inquiries were, it’s common courtesy and good manner to respond to people or forward the requests on to others who will respond.

A friend told me that Mr. Harper made a racial comment at a sport event that wasn’t appropriate.

I know Mr. Harper has made great contribution to the community. He led East Ridge since its opening in fall 2009, and he was instrumental in planning for the school beginning in 2007.

Mr. Harper might have done big and great things and done well for the school and for the community, but for someone like me, it’s the little things that break the deal.

I would like a principal who shows more common sense and courtesy, who will respond to my questions either directly or indirectly. As a community leader, the principal should be a good communicator who values the inquiries and feedback from the public. Ignoring people will only cause a bad impression and opinion.

Two years ago, I was equally surprised by the news about then Superintendent Mark Porter’s contract not being renewed by the district. I didn’t know Mr. Porter either, I only saw him at school events. But he left a good impression in me for the simple fact that he responded to my email promptly. As the result, I was on his side and questioned the school board’s unfair decision.

Read the post Performance review and Porter decision.

Here is a lesson for all – little things do matter. That is one of the secrets to becoming an effective leader.

Update from January 6, 2015:

For the update on the case, please visit Woodbury Bulletin:

Harper misused school money, kept ‘slush fund’ at East Ridge

National Honor Society induction ceremony at ERHS

I was honored and proud to attend the National Honor Society induction ceremony at East Ridge High School on Monday morning. My son who is a junior at ERHS was inducted, and was presented with a NHS pin.

The National Honor Society is a nationwide organization and consists of many chapters in high schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories, and Canada.  

NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Selection is based on these four criteria.

NHS requires service to the community, school, or other organizations. It is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities.

The new Eagle Brook Church in Woodbury

Eagle Brook Church Woodbury Campus may be one of the newest churches in Woodbury, but it has quickly become the largest in town. After three years of worshiping at the East Ridge High School auditorium as a temporary location, it finally moved into its own permanent building at 11125 Eastview Road, located at the intersection of Eastview Road and Settlers Ridge Parkway. 

The NEW Woodbury Campus opens today for the first service at 4 pm and then at 6 pm. Tomorrow’s services are at 9 & 11 am.

Eagle Brook Church Woodbury Campus, a $25 million, 75,000-square-foot building on 40 acres with a 1,500-seat worship center, is Eagle Brook’s fifth permanent campus, joining others in Blaine, Lino Lakes, Spring Lake Park and White Bear Lake. Last year Eagle Brook started its sixth campus in Coon Rapid at a local high school. 

Please note that when you type in the address of the permanent Woodbury campus, some mapping apps will bring you about three blocks west of the church. When new buildings are created, it typically takes a little while for these navigation resources to catch up. Please visit the Woodbury Campus website for driving direction.



Visit MnDOT booth at Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair, also referred to as the Great Minnesota Get-Together, starts today. For the next 12 days, from Thursday through Labor Day, all the fun and talk in Minnesota will be around the Fair. If you plan to visit the State Fair, I invite you to stop by and visit the MnDOT booth in the Education Building. The theme this year is “Get Connected: How Transportation Affects YOU.”

Here is what you can do or get at the MnDOT booth:

  • Ask questions about transportation-related topics, wondering about a road project near you or how to drive a roundabout?
  • View the display that highlights how transportation improvements along busy corridors help the economy by keeping traffic and freight moving; how use of innovative technology on projects shortens traffic impact and improves safety; and how the projected growth of traffic and freight during the next 15 years will affect the state’s aging infrastructure.
  • Sit in the “rest area” of MnDOT’s booth to view short videos depicting a range of transportation projects and innovations. These include showing a snow storm from the driver’s seat of a snowplow, seeing the Larpenteur Avenue Bridge slide into place through time-lapse photography to illustrating the impact to traffic when drivers use/don’t use the zipper merge.
  • Get a free Official State Highway map or bicycle map.
  • Win a MnDOT T-shirt or Minnesota transportation history book (Footpaths to Freeways) by completing a short survey and submitting it into a daily drawing.

In addition to MnDOT’s presence in the Education Building, MnDOT workers will be driving a snowplow in the State Fair’s daily 2 p.m. parade on Fridays and Wednesday (Aug. 22, 27 and 29)