Category Archives: Travel

In Honor of the 75th Anniversary of V-E Day: My Grandparents’ WW 2 Correspondence, A 5-letter series

Review Information A previous post spoke of a rare find in my home as my mom and I cleared out things for her upcoming house move:  Hundreds of  WW 2 correspondence letters between my grandmother, Connie Maris, and her husband, … Continue reading

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Easter Sunday at the Luzhou Protestant Church: A Year Ago Today (reposted)

I remember, awhile back, promising pictures of the Luzhou Protestant Church’s Easter services on April 21.  Let me make sure I post those here, along with a short explanation of what usually happens at Protestant churches in China. Changes to … Continue reading

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Toilet paper back in stock: “Mine, mine, mine!”

  The surprising run on toilet paper the past 2 weeks left paper product aisles vacant. Toilet paper and boxed tissue/Kleenex items were not to be found until recently when at least bulk toilet paper returned this week to our … 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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Continued News from China: My friends report

It has now become a national pastime in China:  Check the “in-real-time” app map (from Johns Hopkins CSSE, which stands for  “computing curriculum software engineering”) which reports minute-by-minute all coronavirus cases not only in China but around the world.  The … Continue reading

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Another Morning of Cell Phone Checks

Once again, I am on my phone to hear how things are faring in Luzhou. One of the Wuhan doctors, who in December first blew the whistle of the virus via text messages to friends, has died.  If you have … Continue reading

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More Coronavirus China News: “It will be over soon”

“Are you on your phone again?!” my 86-year-old mother disdainfully utters as, throughout the day, I constantly check messages from China. She is not an avid or adept cell phone user, although she now has finally updated to a smart … Continue reading

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Christmas in China: The Luzhou Protestant Church (Part 3)

“Foreigners can’t worship in China.  It’s against the law.” I have heard this adamantly repeated to me countless times, not only by people in America but by foreigners who live here. Many are unfamiliar with the laws of the country regarding religious worship in … 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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Still Catching Up: Easter Sunday at the Luzhou Protestant Church

I remember, awhile back, promising pictures of the Luzhou Protestant Church’s Easter services on April 21.  Let me make sure I post those here, along with a short explanation of what usually happens at Protestant churches in China. Changes to … Continue reading

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