Category Archives: Travel

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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