It was a sad departure for my mom and me yesterday. Not so much for the mother-daughter farewell as I head back to China, but more for the loss of our Chihuahua, Xiao Lao-lao, Little Old. Despite my best efforts, … Continue reading
It happens to all of us. While traveling either in country or abroad, there comes a point where we crave some specialty food item that comforts and soothes. We all have our favorites, be it fresh Illinois sweet corn for … Continue reading
It’s taken 15 years, but this past semester finally had the English Language Resource Center trickle into being. I had plenty of help this time around instead of going it on my own, which I had … Continue reading
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Note: I am currently enjoying some vacation time in America with my mom in Marshall, IL. The semester has been crazy-busy, which has made me a bit lax on postings. Let me update you a bit on some happenings from China, … Continue reading
Today is a holiday, Qing Ming Jie, or Tombsweeping Festival. Many families for the next 3 days will be traveling to the countryside to visit grave sites of family members. They’ll clean the area, place incense and offerings of fruit … Continue reading
I’ve had two great Easter celebrations: One in the classroom with my students, explaining to them the religious and secular traditions of this day, and then with the Chinese church community in Luzhou. Easter lessons had us learning the meaning … Continue reading
This posting is mostly for my Chinese students and friends. This morning, my mom and I spent 3 hours enjoying the Lincoln Park Zoo and Lincoln Park Observatory. Short Introduction Lincoln Park Zoo, a 35-acre area located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, was … Continue reading