Monthly Archives: October 2020

Lost in Translation: My First Halloween in China

Thought this seemed appropriate and a bit light-hearted humor for your upcoming Halloween This essay first appeared in the Christian Science Monitor’s Home Forum section on October 27, 1997. Lost in Translation: American Halloween  by Connie Wieck As Halloween approaches, … Continue reading

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A China return delayed

My last update of a return to China concerned bans being lifted. In that post, I excitedly announced the opening up of the country on September 28 to those of us who hold, or have held, resident permit visas during … Continue reading

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Autumn Outings

“There just isn’t anything in here I want to eat, ” my mom lamented on Friday around noontime as she peered with disappointment into the fridge.   “Too bad we can’t go out for our usual broccoli-cheese soup and salad … Continue reading

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Catch me and my mom on Marshall First UMC’s Facebook Page

As our Marshall First UMC continues with in-sanctuary worship (masks, social distancing, temperature checks and sanitation), my mom and I continue to take over special music for the first Sunday of every month. October 4 had us singing 3 duets … Continue reading

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Life amid the rats and insects: My grandfather’s WW 2 New Guinea

My grandfather, Army Chaplain Captain Marvin E. Maris, had numerous tales of creepy-crawly critters, large and small, which he encountered in the World War 2 jungles of  New Guinea. His journal Volumes 3 and 4, which I’ve been earnestly pouring … Continue reading

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