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About connieinchina

I have been in the Asia region for 30 years as an English language teacher. 28 of those have been spent with the Amity Foundation, a Chinese NGO that works in all areas of development for the Chinese people. Amity teachers are placed at small colleges throughout China as instructors of English language majors in the education field. In other words, my students will one day be English teachers themselves in their small villages or towns once they graduate. Currently, this is my 13th year in Luzhou Vocational and Technical College. The college is located in Luzhou city (loo-joe), Sichuan Province, a metropolis of 5 million people located next to the Yangtze River .

A generous offer from my home church: Office Space!

As previously reported, my mom has moved. Looking at these two pictures, you’ll see it was quite the downsize. Yes, the new house is very nice but one of the biggest draw-backs for 2 people is space. My mom expected … Continue reading

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September updates from me!

  I promised in the last post for more recent updates from my end.  Here is the latest about what’s happening in my extended stay in America. There have been so many ups and downs:  moments of excitement, sadness, determination, … Continue reading

Posted in A Visit Home to America, coronavirus, coronavirus situation in China, Illinois, Luzhou Vocational and Technical College, Return to China, Smalltown American Life | 1 Comment

My Grandfather and Mr. Brooks: Did they cross paths?

Note:  For those following me as an Amity Foundation teacher in China, I will update about my return-to-China news and current status of that in another entry.  For now, this posting seemed timely and appropriate so I include it here. … Continue reading

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A 51-year-old church newsletter rings true today

The yellow-tinted, aged paper caught my eye, seeming to call out for a reader. In preparation for her upcoming house move, my mom had been going through cabinets.  She’d been pulling out dusty folders from hidden drawers and came across … Continue reading

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75 years later, Atomic bomb reflections re-surface

Previously, I mentioned I’d been going through the World War II correspondence between my grandmother, Connie Maris in Holland, Michigan, and her husband, Chaplain (Captain) Marvin E. Maris, serving overseas’ in New Guinea and the Philippines from 1944 – 1945 … Continue reading

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My battle with the Virus

Like so many others, my battle with the virus has left me exhausted, mentally drained, frustrated and wondering, “When will this ever end?!” But unlike so many others, my Covid-19 struggle is not one of health but of bookings. Although … Continue reading

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Views from Around the World: Window-swap.com

“Open a window somewhere in the world” This is the beginning of a world journey to be taken by any one of us through window-swap.com. My mom read about this unique, quirky website in one of her magazines.  A pair … Continue reading

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Back to Worship: My Hometown Church and My Chinese Church Open for Worship

 Welcome Back!! July 5th had our Marshall First UMC open to worship in the sanctuary.  The preparation for this was quite stringent and lasted several weeks.  I listened in on  the discussions via Zoom, which my mom participated in as … Continue reading

Posted in A Message of Faith, A Visit Home to America, A Visit Home to Marshall, coronavirus, Coronovirus Situation, Illinois, Luzhou, Luzhou Protestant Church in China, Return to China, Smalltown American Life, The Chinese Church, Travel, Visit To The States, Wuhan coronavirus | Leave a comment

News of rescue kitty 平平 (Ping-Ping): A match made in heaven

The Recap from previous post Last October, an abandoned newborn kitten was handed to me by a colleague who found her on our campus. Near death and in dire straights, she blossomed with a good dose of antibiotics and round-the-clock … Continue reading

Posted in A Visit Home to America, China, Chinese Christians reach out, coronavirus, coronavirus, Luzhou Vocational and Technical College, My Rescue Animals in China, Tales from The Yangtze River, Tales of China, Travel | 1 Comment

My mom’s last newspaper column for the summer

Walk with Me by Priscilla Wieck Summer is my usual time to take a break so this is my last column until September. Hopefully in July, I will be moving to 710 Mulberry Street, just a few blocks from the … Continue reading

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