Category Archives: Luzhou

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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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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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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Our little bird brings hope

We know spring is here when our mourning doves are flitting about with tufts of dry grass, weeds and stalks in their beaks.  According to the mourning dove info I’ve found, peak nesting time is in late spring or early … Continue reading

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For My Methodist Supporters: For your church newsletters, bulletin boards or other means of announcing

平安 (Ping Ahn),  Peace from here in Illinois! As many know, I am still in America after having come for my Chinese New Year holidays on February 9.  I have not been able to return yet due to  the current situation … Continue reading

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