Monthly Archives: May 2008

A Sick Dog, A Sleepless Night

                   Last night was supposed to have me in bed by 11 p.m. and a great sleep-in in the morning.  Instead, it was an anxious, restless wait for morning to come.  The reason?           Xiao Hua (Little Flower) was … Continue reading

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Chengdu Residents, Go Home!

               Thursday morning  brings China’s earthquake virtually out of the international news.                                                                                In the States, Sen. Kennedy’s  illness claims headlines.  Internationl reports now turn to poor Myanmar, whose massive relief aid waits entry into a country with … Continue reading

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Note To United Methodist Communities

                Although this website is openly read by anyone, I will just send a private note to those of you who are of the United Methodist Church, with which I am affiliated.             Now that things have calmed … Continue reading

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Tents desperately needed, but will Chengdu residents give?

               Chengdu residents today were quite pleased with themselves.  A pouring, all-night rain  showed their tent purchases, no matter how outrageous the price, proved to be money well-spent. Those who created their own makeshift wonders, stockpiled with comforts of home … Continue reading

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“How Much Was Your Tent?”

              Upon emerging from my apartment at 11:30 a.m. today,  I found that my neighbors had been quite productive that morning despite little sleep due to our midnight scare.   Elaborate makeshift dwellings had suddenly appeared.  Chairs, tables, sofas, mattresses, … Continue reading

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A Midnight Madness; A Morning Lull

              Despite bringing along important documents and overnight necessities, my midnight camping “trip,” along with the rest of Chengdu, didn’t last long.  I called it quits at 3 a.m.               All would have been quite comfortable outside had it … Continue reading

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The Midnight Panic

                         I think I can say, with relative accuracy, that the city of Chengdu, at least in my area, anyway, is officially in panic mode.  I must admit, however, that the growing crowd here in the open courtyards of … Continue reading

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