Fame is very much like an animal chasing his own tail who，when he captures it, does not know what else to do but to continue chasing(追逐，追赶) it. Fame and the publicity(公众注意的，众人皆知的) that accompanies it，force the famous person to participate in his or her own destruction. Ironic,isn’t it?
Those who gain fame most often gain it as a result of possessing a single talent or skill：singing，dancing，painting，or writing，etc. The successful performer（表演者） develops a style（风格） that gains some popularity, and it is this popularity that usually convinces the performer to continue performing in the same style,since that is what the public seems to want and to enjoy. But in time,the performer becomes bored（厌烦的，不感兴趣的） singing the same songs in the same way year after year,or the painter（画家） becomes bored painting similar scenes or portraits，or the actor is tired of（厌烦，厌倦） playing the same character repeatedly（重复地，再三地）. The artist becomes the slave of his or her own success,fame of the public demands. If the artist attempts to change his or her style of writing or dancing or singing,etc., the audience（听众） may turn away（拒绝给···援助，拒绝支持） and look to give the momentary（一时的，瞬息的） fame to another an then ,in time,to another,an so on and so on（等等）.
Two Truths To Live By（按照···规律生活）
The art of living is to know when to hold fast and when to let go. An ancient man said long ago :"A man comes to this world with his fist clenched(捏紧，握紧),but when he dies,his hand is open."
Surely we ought to hold fast to(坚持，信守，忠于) life,for it is wondrous,and full of a beauty.We know that this is so,but all too（极，甚） often we recognize this truth only in our backward glance when we remember what was and then suddenly realize that it is no more.
Stripping down to bare happiness
"What we're talking about is simplification(简化), not deprivation（匮乏）," explains Sara .a friend of mine."It isn't that you can't do all the things you like,but you change.You don't like the same things anymore. Some of the old habits seem so wasteful and unsatisfying that you really lose your taste for them. So you still have everything you want-only on less money."
When I first met them, Sara and Michael were a two-career couple with a home of their own, and a large boat bought with a large loan. They began to take an interest in the concept of “voluntary simplicity（简单，朴素）”with the birth of their daughter whom they wanted to raise（抚养，养育） all by themselves.Neither one of them,it turned out（结果是，原来是）,was willing to restrict what they considered their “real life” into the brief time before work and the tired hours afterward.
The Story of An Hour
Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted（使身心受痛苦）with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband's death.
It was her sister Josephine who told her, in broken sentences; veiled(蒙着面纱的，掩饰的) hints（暗示）that revealed in half concealing（隐藏、隐匿）. Her husband's friend Richards was there, too, near her. It was he who had been in the newspaper office when intelligence of the railroad disaster was received, with Brently Mallard's name leading the list of "killed." He had only taken the time to assure himself of its truth by a second telegram, and had hastened（使加速）to forestall any less careful, less tender friend in bearing the sad message.