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“Did the Pilgrims really look like that?!”

The below article was written by my mom for her weekly newspaper column, “Walk with Me.”  Thought you’d enjoy it here. Walk with Me, by Priscilla Wieck I had planned to get back to writing this column in September and … Continue reading

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“Be Grateful or Be Stressful: It’s a choice”

My Ponderings on the Above The past 10 months I’ve been “stuck” here in the States have been a challenge. The early months had me waiting anxiously for the ban in China to lift. I was optimistic of a quick … Continue reading

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The search is on! Finding a pumpkin to carve in China

  From the Christian Science Monitor, Home Forum, October 31, 2002 Today, No Other Vegetable will Do  by Cornelia Wieck “She wants a what?” barks the fruit seller standing next to the vegetable lady. I am in one of the many street … Continue reading

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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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