Category Archives: Smalltown American Life

Tulips vs. Two Lips

My mom is full of silly little ditties she passes along to me from her childhood, high school years or college days.  I keep them stored in a special memory file on my computer and have been adding to the … Continue reading

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Join in our Global Contest!! How many jelly beans in the jar?

  Hi, folks! My students in China are participating in this contest via WeChat (China’s equivalent to Facebook) to lift our global spirits. If you want to join in, you’re welcome to do so. I’ve also posted on Facebook. Contest … Continue reading

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Longing to return to China: My WTWO Channel News Interview

Overseas English teacher awaits return to China

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“Do you need masks? I can send them.”

My text messages this morning came from my veterinarian friend, Dr. Wang, who is located in Chengdu, Sichuan Province’s capital city.  Over the years, she’s helped me with numerous animal rescues:  giving me discounts, mailing me canine or feline medical … 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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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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