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Lost in Translation: My First Halloween in China

Thought this seemed appropriate and a bit light-hearted humor for your upcoming Halloween This essay first appeared in the Christian Science Monitor’s Home Forum section on October 27, 1997. Lost in Translation: American Halloween  by Connie Wieck As Halloween approaches, … Continue reading

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A China return delayed

My last update of a return to China concerned bans being lifted. In that post, I excitedly announced the opening up of the country on September 28 to those of us who hold, or have held, resident permit visas during … Continue reading

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Autumn Outings

“There just isn’t anything in here I want to eat, ” my mom lamented on Friday around noontime as she peered with disappointment into the fridge.   “Too bad we can’t go out for our usual broccoli-cheese soup and salad … Continue reading

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Catch me and my mom on Marshall First UMC’s Facebook Page

As our Marshall First UMC continues with in-sanctuary worship (masks, social distancing, temperature checks and sanitation), my mom and I continue to take over special music for the first Sunday of every month. October 4 had us singing 3 duets … Continue reading

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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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