Category Archives: China

An Earthquake Security Check

“Hey, Bruce!” I typed into my WeChat message to my Chinese colleague, “Bruce” Liu, yesterday. “Sorry to bother you again but have you checked on my apartment yet? I just want to make sure the recent earthquake didn’t do any … Continue reading

Posted in China, From Along the Yangtze, Luzhou, Luzhou Vocational and Technical College, Luzhou: Yangtze Rivertown Stories, Tales from Sichuan's Yangtze Rivertown, Travel | Leave a comment

Face-to-Face, 30 years later

In the previous post, I mentioned “Kevin” Hu , a former student of mine, who found me with a web search. Our connection is now complete on WeChat, where he and another classmate are trying to gather more of us … Continue reading

Posted in A 30-plus Year Reunion in China, China, Luzhou, Tales from Sichuan's Yangtze Rivertown, Tales of China, Travel, Waiting it out during Covid | 1 Comment

Surprising Announcement from China: The 3-child policy

The sudden news out of China came last week, while my mom and I were listening to an NPR report: Want three kids? Go ahead! I’ve taken bits and pieces from an online BBC article, “China allows three children in … Continue reading

Posted in China, Luzhou, Tales from The Yangtze River, Tales of China, Travel | 1 Comment

An encounter in China changes forever how I regard others

The following essay was published in The Christian Science Monitor’s (CSM) Home Forum section in November (I believe) of 2008. I’ve sent it to the Nanjing Amity office as a contribution to the Amity Foundation’s English Teacher program, celebrating its … Continue reading

Posted in From Along the Yangtze, Luzhou Vocational and Technical College, Luzhou: Yangtze Rivertown, Luzhou: Yangtze Rivertown Stories, Tales from Sichuan's Yangtze Rivertown, Luzhou, Tales from The Yangtze River, Travel, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Life amid the rats and insects: My grandfather’s WW 2 New Guinea

My grandfather, Army Chaplain Captain Marvin E. Maris, had numerous tales of creepy-crawly critters, large and small, which he encountered in the World War 2 jungles of  New Guinea. His journal Volumes 3 and 4, which I’ve been earnestly pouring … Continue reading

Posted in My Grandfather's WW 2 Journals: Chaplain Captain Marvin E. Maris, The Jungles of New Guinea in 1944-45, Travel | 1 Comment

China is now allowing all foreign national entries!! But problems for me

On the 23rd, China-briefing.com, my go-to site for current China information, flashed before me. “From 0 a.m., September 28, 2020, foreigners with valid residence permits for work, personal matters, and reunion, are allowed enter the country without needing to re-apply … Continue reading

Posted in A Visit Home to America, China, China ban lifting, coronavirus, Illinois, Return to China, Smalltown American Life, Travel | 1 Comment

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

Posted in A Visit Home to America, A Visit Home to Marshall, coronavirus, Illinois, My New Office Space, Smalltown American Life, Waiting it out during Covid | 2 Comments

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

Posted in 75th anniversary of dropping the Atomic bomb, A Visit Home to America, Michigan in 1945, Michigan's Lake Louise: A look back in time, Travel, World War 2 Letters, WW 2 Letters: My grandmother writes, WW 2: VJ Day | Leave a comment

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

Posted in A Visit Home to America, A Visit Home to Marshall, coronavirus, Illinois, Smalltown American Life, Travel | 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