Category Archives: China

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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The Story of the WeChat group, 大学同学, University Classmates

The Jelly Bean contest continues!! Deadlines are:  Midnight today (Saturday) for USA; Noon on Easter Sunday for those in China. The Most Active Contestants: 大学同学, University Classmates Things have been slowing down from the USA end with 28 entries but … Continue reading

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Tulips vs. Two Lips

My mom is full of silly little ditties she passes along to me from her childhood, high school years or college days.  I keep them stored in a special memory file on my computer and have been adding to the … Continue reading

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Join in our Global Contest!! How many jelly beans in the jar?

  Hi, folks! My students in China are participating in this contest via WeChat (China’s equivalent to Facebook) to lift our global spirits. If you want to join in, you’re welcome to do so. I’ve also posted on Facebook. Contest … 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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Longing to return to China: My WTWO Channel News Interview

Overseas English teacher awaits return to China

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“Do you need masks? I can send them.”

My text messages this morning came from my veterinarian friend, Dr. Wang, who is located in Chengdu, Sichuan Province’s capital city.  Over the years, she’s helped me with numerous animal rescues:  giving me discounts, mailing me canine or feline medical … Continue reading

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News from China brings ponderings of what lies ahead.

In China, the news is victorious. Wuhan, a city of 11 million and the epicenter of the virus, is open once more. After 9 weeks of lockdown, starting on January 23, this Hubei province metropolis has survived the worst.  Virus … Continue reading

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