Category Archives: Smalltown American Life

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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Lending Hands of Faith to our Finch of Faith

Before reading, if you haven’t already, for the background story check March 28 post, “Mea Culpa.”  Thunderstorms engulfed our area of Illinois yesterday evening.  The weather cells affected large swaths of the Midwest, including swooping down through the southern states … Continue reading

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Mea Culpa: It’s the Finch of Faith, not the Dove of Peace

Hey, folks!  I owe you all a mea culpa. Last post eloquently postulated about our mourning doves which I announced had created a nest in the front door wreath.  It was a logical assumption as last year, they made woven … 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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Newsletter Recipients, Take Notice! Itineration changes — March 1 – April 13

This posting regards my most recent newsletter, which was sent out today. For those who are not aware of my snail-mail updates, I send out 2 newsletters a year:  Winter and Spring.  This newsletter is formatted, run off, stuffed and … Continue reading

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Finally Able to Report: A hectic semester ends

平安 (ping ahn), Peace!    I begin this first entry for 2020 with, of all things, excuses. The silence to this blog space has mainly been due to a very hectic semester:  more teaching hours than ever before, the usual … Continue reading

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Finishing up my “To Do” list: A Historical Relic Homesick for Home

This afternoon, I headed off to Plainfield, Indiana (near the airport), for my hotel overnight before flying out from Indianapolis to begin my journey tomorrow, back to China.  My brother chauffeured me the 1 1/2 hours on I-70 to the … Continue reading

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