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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 .

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

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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

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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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“John Dana, Where are you?”: One mystery somewhat resolved

Recap from June 14th Post, “Dear Chaplain,” If you haven’t kept up on my entries, I came across hundreds of war letters sent back and forth from my grandmother, Connie Maris, and her husband, Army Chaplain, Captain Marvin Maris, who … Continue reading

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It’s Father’s Day! (My mom’s weekly column)

Walk with Me, By Priscilla Wieck The recent breezy cool mornings have made our early walks pleasant again this week. I have been trying to remember to check out the interesting outdoor sit places that are attached to some of … Continue reading

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Dear Chaplain

In the previous entry, I mentioned my grandfather’s role as an Army Chaplain overseas had him wearing many hats.  Not only was he tasked with the spiritual morale of the troops but also officiating over funerals, where it became his … Continue reading

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A Chaplain’s wartime duties: My grandfather’s service to his men

It’s been a very long time since I’ve been in the States for patriotic holidays.  The 3 that most recently come to mind are  Memorial Day (May 25), Flag Day (June 14), and our upcoming Independence Day (July 4).  These … Continue reading

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Re-cap and Updates From Me about China Return

I’ve recently received some emails saying, “Hi, Connie!  Just wanted to know how you are.  Are you still in China?” I’m guessing those individuals haven’t been checking out connieinchina.org or my Facebook page, so let me review, with a few … Continue reading

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