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From China: Another Translation Request

“Ping!” There it was, another heads-up notice that my WeChat message box was in need of checking. Glancing down, I saw it was from Bruce, yet a twelfth time in the last 3 days. “We have another translation needs your … Continue reading

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My Favorite WeChat Messages: “Connie, can you help me?”

Being stuck in America for so long is hard, especially for me, a teacher who spent 27 years in China and now finds herself no longer in the classroom or in China due to Covid. (Yes, I’m still waiting for … Continue reading

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Easter Services: 1944 and 2021

It seems appropriate, as Easter is upon us, that I add this entry from my grandfather’s WW 2 diaries, written in the jungles of New Guinea during the height of the war. The date was April 9, 1944. There were … Continue reading

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China Updates

Luzhou Vocational and Technical College Begins a New Semester The semester has begun in China without me.   The new president of the English Association (our campus-wide English Club) has been in contact with me already about most recent club … Continue reading

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A Vaccination Journey

Every time the phone rings on my mom’s landline, my eyes have been immediately searching out the digital read-out of the caller: First United Methodist (church secretary wanting to relay something), BSW Law (my brother’s law practice, probably brother Paul … Continue reading

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Covid Halted Much of Chinese New Year Travels

The Lantern Festival is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the Chinese lunar calendar. Usually falling in February or early March on the Gregorian calendar, it marks the final day of the traditional … Continue reading

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Lost in translation: Chinese New Year’s Humor

The Year of the Rat is almost at an end. February 11, Thursday at midnight, the mousies are out; the oxen are in. Yes, it’s the start of Spring Festival, what we westerners refer to as Chinese New Year. February … Continue reading

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Me and my mom’s “gig”

The first Sunday of every month puts me and my mom in worship as the special music. For awhile, in-person services were put on hold so we’ve been showing up for our live taping session (December and January) with only … Continue reading

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A 20-Year Reunion in the Making

When I first went to China in 1991, computers were just starting to make their way into the hands of common folk. Cell phones and smart phones were non-existent. Telephones were only for the very wealthy, with most villages, towns … Continue reading

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My Chinese Church Choir Offers a Glimpse of Faithfulness

“Ping, Ping, Ping!” It’s Saturday morning and my WeChat messages from the choir’s soprano group are becoming unusually active. Luzhou is 14 hours ahead of Illinois, meaning messages were coming in for China’s Saturday evening. That is a strange time … Continue reading

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