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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 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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My mom’s newspaper article: Graduation Memories

Walk with Me  (Priscilla Wieck) The past week, Connie and I have been entertaining ourselves on our evening walks by looking up to find  tulip poplar trees in town. I say looking up because the small  green/yellow/ orange blossoms that … Continue reading

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Last Weekend’s Activities: Memorial Day

Last weekend’s Memorial Day had many of us doing numerous activities in my small town, including decorating our yards with flags to commemorate those who have served the country in some special way.  My home was the same. With the … Continue reading

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Walk with Me: My mom Gives Advice on Paying Attention to Surroundings and Keeping Calm

Walk with Me By Priscilla Wieck At the end of our morning walk, dog and I usually go by our “new” house to check on the progress being made. We also are getting acquainted with our soon-to-be new neighborhood. Since … Continue reading

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My Rescue in China: Ping-ping awaits adoption

It’s early evening in Illinois but late morning in China. This is the time when my phone begins dinging messages and videos from Wayne’s Pet World, the Luzhou pet shop and grooming center that currently is kenneling rescue foster kitty, … Continue reading

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