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Final Letter 5: The Reply from Chaplain Marvin Maris in the Philippines

Note:  This letter is copied from the war correspondence between my grandmother (Connie Maris) in Holland, Michigan, and her husband, Chaplain Marvin E. Maris, in the Philippines. He refers to letters from his wife which have been in the previous 4 … Continue reading

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Letter 4: My grandmother’s news and observations, Day After VE Day: May 9, 1945

Note:  This posting is Number 4 in a 5-letter series, taken from the war correspondence between my grandmother (Connie Maris) in Holland, Michigan, to her husband, Chaplain Marvin Maris, in the Philippines. Wednesday Morning, 8:15 a.m.    May 9, 1945 Dearest … Continue reading

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Letter 2: My grandmother’s war letters — Victory in Europe Announced: May 6, 1945

Note:  These postings are from the war correspondence between my grandmother in Holland, Michigan, to her husband, Chaplain Marvin Maris, in the Philippines.   Monday, May 6, 1945 Dearest One far away: Today is the day will always remember — unofficially … Continue reading

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What is V-mail?

As mentioned previously, I’ve been reading over my grandparents’ WW 2 letter correspondence.  My grandfather, Marvin Maris, was a chaplain in the US Army and was stationed in New Guinea.  My grandmother, Connie Maris, was living in Holland, Michigan where … Continue reading

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A Good Friday Post

Jesus was accompanied by three Apostles: Peter, John and James, whom he asked to stay awake and pray . He moved “a stone’s throw away” from them, where he felt overwhelming sadness and anguish, and said “My Father, if it … Continue reading

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My Palm Sunday

My Palm Sunday yesterday was so vastly different from years before, as it was for so many of you across the States and around the world. While many  were engulfed in unbearable sadness, exhaustion, worry and fear of what the … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday: An informative, fun video for both young and old alike

This is a huge “thank you” to James Southworth, my hometown church’s youth director at Marshall First UMC.  He is posting kids’  lessons for those who are interested.  This is the latest, a bit of a Smothers’ Brothers  take but … Continue reading

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Faith Grows

A few posts back, I reported that we had a house finch who built her nest in our front porch wreath. At that time, we discovered three tiny eggs  tucked deep inside her oval home. But it seems our little … Continue reading

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爱德基金会向武汉运送了紧急救援物资 (The Amity Foundation sends emergency supplies to Wuhan)

Today’s virus updates pertain to my sponsoring organization in China, The Amity Foundation.  I am an Amity Foundation English Language teacher, and have been for 24 years with my US sending agency being the United Methodist General Board of Global … Continue reading

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Part 2: Celebrating Christmas as a College English Teacher in China

         I teach at Luzhou (loo-joe)  Vocational and Technical College in the city of Luzhou, which is located along the Yangtze river in Sichuan province. A majority of my college’s 10,000 students will graduate as teachers at … Continue reading

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