Monthly Archives: December 2021

Wishing my Students in China a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Thanks to my older brother, my mom and Bridget for being such good sports to record this for my students. I received a lot of comments after sending it off through my WeChat channels. Thought those of you who follow … Continue reading

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Our Christmas Eve Church Service: Mother and Daughter in a Tricky Trio

There’s a story here concerning my mom and me performing in a trio during our Marshall First UMC Christmas Eve Service. We weren’t meant to be a trio. We were only meant to be a part of the choir but … Continue reading

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The Mooncake or The Fruitcake: Which do your prefer?

     It was a fight to get through the lower levels of the Mouer Department Store in Luzhou, China. The entire population of this Yangtze River town seemed to be here. I pressed in close and peered over the … Continue reading

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My Overseas Christmas Stocking: Breaking Traditions

(This piece was published in the Christian Science Monitor’s Home Forum section, December 3, 2004. Thought it was appropriate for today’s entry, before Christmas. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!)        My Christmas stockings have followed me around the world.  … Continue reading

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My Mom’s Weekly Newspaper Column: “Walk with Me”: Ornaments old and new

My mom continues with her weekly column in The Marshall Advocate, our local newspaper. She’s been in the Christmas spirit as we’ve been decorating with all our favorites. Numerous Christmas items from 5 separate bins have been emptied and placed … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Day Greetings from China from Students, Colleagues and My Church Choir

Last weekend, my WeChat messages from Chinese friends and colleagues exploded into my account. “Happy Thanksgiving, Connie!” “Wishing you happiness!” “Are you eating the turkey?” The answer to the last text was definitely “yes.” This was apparent in my later … Continue reading

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