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Shirley's 100th Friendly Greeting--Sun, August 12, 2007

Hi,Dear Friends

How are you? I do hope that you are well and have a easy and relaxed weekend.

In China culture, 100 is a lucky number. It means consummation, lucky and many cool meanings. When a baby has come to the world for 100 days, his/her parents would make party for him/her. When a company was found for 100 years that means it is one of the best companies in the world. What is the meaning of the 100th greetings that I have sent to you via the little web site? I would like to make a recall about the road it has gone in the past 3 years.

It was September, 2004. I had learned the art of painting and vocal music for 1.5 years and I would like to find a place to save my learning works. I decided to found my own web site Shirley¨s World with the domain names www.ebridge.com.cn and www.ebridge.cn. Since then, the little web site has experienced 3 phases.

The first phase (from September, 2004 to April, 2005): It was just a store and to save and display my painting, music and photography works.

The second phase (from May, 2005 to May, 2007): It had developed its basic foundations as a web site; its content started to be focused on something I am specializing in. The parts that I am not specializing in have been canceled. Painting and music creations, Chinese language and culture have become the main content. Its running style and the main characteristics started to be clearer.

The third phase (from May, 2007 to Now): It has entered a combinative time to research and explore its own core competition ability. Painting, music, calligraphy creating and culture introduction are becoming some tools and background to service for the Chinese Language Learning. Chinese language learning is becoming a thread to pass through the other parts on it. To create a unique Chinese learning style with my own knowledge copy right. With this way, something that I was learning for fun, something that my level is on a general level will be improved on a new and better level via the combination? I am not very sure at this time. But, I feel that it should be a direction. After all, Chinese language is my best specializing in, plus the other things that I have learned and I am learning, the combinative advantage should be outstood? I am thinking and exploring it now.

The good news is that since I started the new exploration, the list of the little web site has had a big upgrade. Shirley¨s World has been listed on the 1st page and kept listing on the first 3 ones on www.google.cn in the 4.7 million web sites with the same title. Sometimes, it is listed on the 2nd page. The list on www.google.com, 'Shirley¨s World' has entered the first 3 pages. The list has been upgraded on 20th to 30th. Sometimes, it is on page 2, No. 20, in about 5 million web sites. On the rate of flowing of data, one of my domains www.ebridge.com.cn is listed on 1.13 million in 3 million web sites in China, the other domain www.ebridge.cn is listed on 2.4 million. There are about 1100 regular users of the weekly greeting until now.

I am confident on my volunteer cooperator team and myself. I am interested in working on the web site. I am going to do my best to develop it with a work down to earth. To help the others while to improve myself.

As a friend, what is your thought about the little web site? Do you have any suggestions and comments about it? You are welcomed to tell me about it.

Shirley Created Combined Art -- 009: A Chanty
I created this picture to express the meaning, that in a peaceful night, under the moonlight, what a person had seen, heard and thought on a boat over a little stream by a mountain. Once more, I felt that the most difficult part of creating a picture is not painting itself. It is to design it. Very often, I put a piece of white paper on my easel and I look at it and paint with my imagination. I feel easier after I have made the picture in my mind to be painted on the paper. Now, I am using a new kind of paper, I have not mastered its characteristics yet, so, the water party is not good as it in my mind. Also, I dropped some ink on one of the fish, so that I had to cover it with some thick white color and I have destroyed the color's transparent result. I will re-paint it in the upcoming time...

Shirley Created Art -- Chinese Xieyi 0149: Rich Fruit
After looking at "my 9th combinative painting -- Intone A Willow", my Chinese art teacher pointed that my painting skill can be given 90 marks, but the structure of the painting could be given 70 marks only, because the two parts of the willow and the birds lacks a connection. For correcting this problem, my teacher asked me to paint a new picture and to feel how to connect the two parts of the basket of the fruit and the tree with the leaves and the vines. This time, I was given 90 marks. How do you think of this picture, do you enjoy it?

Bilingual Song--003: Shirley Sings A Chinese(Xinjiang) Folk   Song --0062"A Lovely Rose" in English & Chinese
Chinese people like rose and make it as a symbolization of love. This song is famous in China, because it has expressed the loving feelings between a young girl and a young boy, with a funny story! When the young boy Yi Fan Do Da Er was hunting by his horse in a mountain, he was attracted by the singing of the young girl Ci Li Ma Li Ya on the hillside, her beautiful song made him lose his road, so that he rolled down from the hillside... Then, the girl invited the boy to go to her house with his music instrument -- Dong Bu La, to make their dream, that to sing a song together under a tree is true. I have tried to translate it into English and I have sung it in English and Chinese and I hope it is a little bit help to you to know more about Chinese culture.

Chinese Classical Poem 0091(By Dai Shulun) & Shirley Created Music 081-02: Lanxi Chaoge -- A Chanty of Brook
Have you had any experience to spend a night on a boat in a stream by some mountains? This poem has not only written a beautiful and peaceful landscape of the water and mountains in the moonlight, but also it pluses some colors of flowers, sounds of rain and the jumping of fish, to give the peaceful picture a lot of alive breath. Just like a snippet of a "Film". On November 19, 2006 I had quickly written a piece of a little music to match it. This week, I have created a new picture and calligraphy for it. Also, I re-recorded the music. I do hope that my effort will be a little bit help to you to learn your Chinese language.

Friends--0015: Mr.Charlie K -- My American Art and Music Teacher and Guide, Will Be Alive In My Heart...
Thursday, my most respected American art and music teacher, my guide who has led me re-going on the art and music learning road, the most important tutor and a best friend, who has affected my life in the past 5 years and in the future. Mr. Charlie K left from the world after struggling with the illness for 44 months. It seems like my heart was cut a hole and my tears could not been stopped. Anyway, with the help from his family, Mr. Charlie K had heard my songs and has seen my paintings. He was proud of himself as my teacher and the last direction of his is to wish me to learn the singing style from Andrea Boccelli. The last words of his is "to say 'Hello' to Shirley" as his family. I know Mr. Charlie K deeply and I will do my best to create the best works to continue the art life of my dearest teacher in the heaven. I do wish him happy and peaceful there. Mr. Charlie K will be alive in my heart forever.


I am just a learner on art, music, English and the work on the web site in my free time. Anyway, I would really like to do a little bit things with what I have learned to make this little web site to be An Electronic Bridge Of Culture Exchange, Friendship and Language Learning. During the process to help the others and to improve myself.

I do appreciate your understanding, directions and supports. I do hope to get your great help continuously now and in the coming time...

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please write to shirley@ebridge.cn or shirleyz004@yahoo.com. You are welcomed to publish your opinions in the forum.

Shirley Yiping Zhang
Written and Edited on Sun, Aug 12, 2007

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