Hsieh Kun-shan: A Man Who Never Stops Smiling
“How do you move and click a computer mouse?” “ How do you press the buttons on a cell phone?” I watch a large group of schoolchildren at Jian An Elementary School asking painter Hsieh Kun-shan one question after another. Hsieh loves the attention, telling jokes and making funny noises. “Do you use chalk?” one student asks. “Of course not,” he replies with a wide smile. “I’m not that foolish!” The children burst into laughter. Earlier, Hsieh displayed a slide show of his artwork. But Hsieh isn’t here just to talk about art.
Hsieh has mastered the technique of painting by holding the paintbrush in his mouth. When he was sixteen, Hsieh had a terrible electrical1 accident. Both of his arms and the lower part of his right leg were amputated. He also lost sight in his right eye. But Hsieh didn’t dwell on these devastating2 losses. In his autobiography,3 he wrote, “I had no idea what I could achieve, but at least I made a resolution4 to start something.” He decided to pursue5 art, and took the first difficult steps toward changing his life.
1. electrical adj. related to the form of energy that powers lights, machines, etc. 与电有关的 This electrical equipment must be plugged in before it will work. 这个电器必须插电才能运作。
2. devastating adj. terrible; inspiring despair 毁灭性的；震惊的 Seeing her dog hit by a car was a devastating experience for Cheryl. 亲眼看见爱犬发生车祸是最令雪柔感到椎心刺骨的痛苦经历。
3. autobiography n. sb.’s life story written by that person 自传 In his autobiography My Life, Bill Clinton wrote about his experiences as president. 克林顿在自传《我的人生：克林顿回忆录》里写下任职总统时的经历。
4. resolution n. a formal decision to do sth. 决心 Mark made a resolution to quit smoking. 马克下定决心要戒烟。
5. pursue v. to learn more about an interest 追寻 Eric pursued his interest in Japanese culture by moving to Japan. 为进一步发展对日本文化的兴趣，艾瑞克迁居至日本。
对话： dwell on sth. 沉溺于……中 A: Jeff is really depressed about losing his job. B: He really shouldn’t dwell on it. There are plenty of other jobs. A: 杰夫丢了工作，他的心情很糟。 B: 他实在不该沉溺其中，其他工作机会多的是。