Category Archives: Luzhou

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

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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

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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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Back to Worship: My Hometown Church and My Chinese Church Open for Worship

 Welcome Back!! July 5th had our Marshall First UMC open to worship in the sanctuary.  The preparation for this was quite stringent and lasted several weeks.  I listened in on  the discussions via Zoom, which my mom participated in as … Continue reading

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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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To my Chinese college, still awaiting my return

Yesterday, I received a message from my college asking me to compile a short informational write-up for their teacher files.  This was to include a  photo headshot, description of my educational background, places I’ve taught, courses I’ve been teaching and … 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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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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