Category Archives: coronavirus

From China: Sichuan Province Colleges are re-opening but under strict conditions to do so

“Can we talk?” The text came at 10 a.m. my time, 11 p.m. China time,  from my best friend Cathy, a departmental head in another college in Luzhou. Absolutely!  I love talking to Cathy.  Aside from having wonderful English, she … Continue reading

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What’s it like in a Luzhou elementary school now?

I have quite a few former students whom I’m often in contact with.  Many are now English teachers in their hometowns or in different cities throughout Sichuan province. During the COVID-19 lockdown, which in China took place right before the … Continue reading

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活出愛 : Live Out Love — One of my favorite Chinese praise songs

There are so many uplifting praise songs used in the Chinese church today.  Here is one of my favorites I found to share with my choir members in Luzhou.  Perhaps when I return, our praise team (seen below, last year) … Continue reading

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Dealing with Slippage: My Mom’s April 21st “Walk with Me” Column

My mom has a weekly column in my hometown paper entitled “Walk with Me.”  Her columns are insightful, touching upon topics she thinks about as she walks the dog around our small-town community. Here is her latest, involving the term … Continue reading

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My Chinese Choir in Luzhou: Supportive and Concerned

  As mentioned before, I am in touch with my Chinese church choir on my cell phone via WeChat, China’s equivalent of Facebook. As in America, Churches and large gathering places still continue to be closed due to COVID-19. While … Continue reading

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Ruminations, past and present, on my Jelly Bean Contest

Yes, the contest is over and I have already posted the results on Facebook as well as my WeChat moments. I apologize for being a few days late on this one.  The contest was divided among USA and China.  From … Continue reading

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Palm-Passion Sunday in China: A year ago today

The news from my friends in Luzhou and larger cities in China was encouraging:  Primary and secondary schools across China are starting up classes on April 8. But as in America, large-scale gatherings are still not an option.  Universities and … Continue reading

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