Category Archives: Tiny Town on the Li River

The Story of A Student

  Not Fitting In               Isaac (Qin Haibo) is a bit strange.             Even I could sense the oddness about him when I first met him.  It made other students shy away, not wanting to have much to do … Continue reading

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A Foreigner’s Fancy: Where chickens are involved, breasts are the best. But how to get them?

  Lean and Mean               I’m one of those lean-meats kind of people.  Pork loins and chicken breasts are high up there on my protein list but in smalltown China, those are a bit tricky to purchase.             In … Continue reading

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It’s Hot!

Sweltering on the Weekend               Friday noontime had me trekking into town for my weekly meat run at the open air market.             12:00 to 2:30 p.m. is the Chinese siesta hour, where all students and faculty are crashed … Continue reading

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A Mom’s Day Lesson

     This Mother’s Day unit lesson is one which I do every year in my freshman classes.  It has recently appeared in the Terre Haute Tribune Star and my hometown paper in America.  I thought you might enjoy it here for … Continue reading

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May Day: A Holiday Weekend

    English Center Updates               The English Center volunteers were becoming frustrated.             Last semester, those who came to the English Center rarely checked out books, spoke in English or seemed to take advantage of the language opportunity … Continue reading

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Amity Update on the Qing Hai Earthquake

              Now that two weeks have passed, not many are hearing much about the Qing Hai earthquake on the news, both in China and also in the States.  I wondered how relief efforts were going on, especially from the … Continue reading

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Our First English Singing Contest

              All day Saturday, the English Association volunteers we busy at work preparing for our first English language singing contest.  They had banners to display, backdrops to finish and runways to set up.  They had red carpet to put … Continue reading

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Remembrance of Those in the Qing Hai Earthquake

  No Singing on Campus               Wednesday marked the 7th day since the devastating 6.9 earthquake struck the Tibetan region, Yushu (pronounced you – shoo), of Qinghai Province.             To honor and remember those who died and are now … Continue reading

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News of the Qing Hai Earthquake and Relief Efforts

  What News of Earthquake Emergency Relief?  UMCOR in Action               Those who are United Methodists will be pleased to hear about our UMCOR  efforts (United Methodist Committee on Relief) via The Amity Foundation.  Amity staff with supplies  reached … Continue reading

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Bits and Pieces from The Week

  A Much-Needed Rain               Sunday and Monday had us roasting.             Temperatures soared into the 90s with the humidity so high that stickiness was everywhere.  Dampened clothes sagged, papers and books grew limp, dormitory and apartment walls dripped … Continue reading

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