Category Archives: Smalltown American Life

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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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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It’s Father’s Day! (My mom’s weekly column)

Walk with Me, By Priscilla Wieck The recent breezy cool mornings have made our early walks pleasant again this week. I have been trying to remember to check out the interesting outdoor sit places that are attached to some of … Continue reading

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My mom’s newspaper article: Graduation Memories

Walk with Me  (Priscilla Wieck) The past week, Connie and I have been entertaining ourselves on our evening walks by looking up to find  tulip poplar trees in town. I say looking up because the small  green/yellow/ orange blossoms that … 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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Walk with Me: My mom’s weekly Column

Now that the days are getting a bit warmer, dog and I are walking earlier in the morning but getting home later. That is because of all the stop and talks. There seem to be more folks about at our … 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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Earth Day, April 22, has passed but not the sentiment

My mom’s column in today’s newspaper, The Marshall Advocate, is a reminder not to forget the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.  Remember to follow through with your plans on how to make the world a better place for ourselves and … Continue reading

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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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A Wartime Era Revealed: Digging through my grandparents’ World War II correspondence

During my extended stay in Illinois, my mom and I have continued  to prepare for her upcoming move to her smaller home, a move now delayed due to the pandemic.  We’ve been digging through rats’ nests around the house and … Continue reading

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