Monthly Archives: April 2020

A Good Friday Post

Jesus was accompanied by three Apostles: Peter, John and James, whom he asked to stay awake and pray . He moved “a stone’s throw away” from them, where he felt overwhelming sadness and anguish, and said “My Father, if it … Continue reading

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Tulips vs. Two Lips

My mom is full of silly little ditties she passes along to me from her childhood, high school years or college days.  I keep them stored in a special memory file on my computer and have been adding to the … Continue reading

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Join in our Global Contest!! How many jelly beans in the jar?

  Hi, folks! My students in China are participating in this contest via WeChat (China’s equivalent to Facebook) to lift our global spirits. If you want to join in, you’re welcome to do so. I’ve also posted on Facebook. Contest … Continue reading

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My Palm Sunday

My Palm Sunday yesterday was so vastly different from years before, as it was for so many of you across the States and around the world. While many  were engulfed in unbearable sadness, exhaustion, worry and fear of what the … Continue reading

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Palm-Passion Sunday in China: A year ago today

The news from my friends in Luzhou and larger cities in China was encouraging:  Primary and secondary schools across China are starting up classes on April 8. But as in America, large-scale gatherings are still not an option.  Universities and … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday: An informative, fun video for both young and old alike

This is a huge “thank you” to James Southworth, my hometown church’s youth director at Marshall First UMC.  He is posting kids’  lessons for those who are interested.  This is the latest, a bit of a Smothers’ Brothers  take but … Continue reading

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Longing to return to China: My WTWO Channel News Interview

Overseas English teacher awaits return to China

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Faith Grows

A few posts back, I reported that we had a house finch who built her nest in our front porch wreath. At that time, we discovered three tiny eggs  tucked deep inside her oval home. But it seems our little … Continue reading

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“Do you need masks? I can send them.”

My text messages this morning came from my veterinarian friend, Dr. Wang, who is located in Chengdu, Sichuan Province’s capital city.  Over the years, she’s helped me with numerous animal rescues:  giving me discounts, mailing me canine or feline medical … Continue reading

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