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How about the writing?
A Mind of Independence, A Life of Simplicity
Late at night on December 3, 2004, I was surfing on the Internet when three Chinese characters, namely Shiing Shen Chern, flashed across the screen…… I took out the photo of Mr. Chern and me taken in my interview with him two years ago, and placed it right on the top middle of my bookshelf. On the wall behind Mr. Chern and me hangs a round-face quartz clock reading 13 minutes 4 seconds past one o’clock, April 5, 2002 -- a precise record of that very moment.
I'd change 'top middle' to 'at the top in the middle'.