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low blood sugar

[This happened last spring 2014–scariest moment in China aside from this pickpocket experience.] Last night I had a choco McFlurry and a small snickers for dinner. I woke up this morning debating school breakfast or an Americano from Starbucks. I … Continue reading

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The Chesapeake Bay and the Milky Way

The Chesapeake Bay, an arm of the ocean, A highway encircling the earth, Where a man with a skiff may sail to far lands, Then return to the place of his birth. Overhead glows the Milky Way, Like grains of … Continue reading

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“Behold! Human beings living in an underground cave…”

[This is a followup to the previous post regarding Tiananmen Square massacre.] The ‘Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China’ opened the ‘June 4th Museum’ in late April of this year. Back in the 1980s, DengXiaoPing … Continue reading

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“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.”

It’s an interesting practice to reduce things to their most poignant role in history by use of a simple adjective or verb. For example the events that took place 25 years ago in Tiananmen Square happened simply because of love … Continue reading

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Mature Vinegar &Dumplings

I live in Dafen ‘Oil Painting Village.’ I often remark to David what fun it is to live here because we’re ‘surrounded’ by art–supplies, paint, brushes, finished art, trashed art, defaced art, copy art, art. To which David scoffs because … Continue reading

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House of Steamed Buns & the best Guard Ever

This past January I decided to rent a room with one of my students’ families. I approached an agent, said, ‘I want the cheapest, smallest flat,’ they could offer. We strode through a village, a bridge away from my school. … Continue reading

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Turtle City

David and I met in Dongmen for Valentine’s Day, to wander and enjoy fifty degree weather. [Dongmen is a shopping street in Shenzhen, you can probably find anything in this area. People will say, ‘if you haven’t been to Dongmen … Continue reading

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Plumbers

A few times a week David and I go to his parents for dinner. We leave Dafen and cross two footbridges, a plaza, a government center, a metro station, and walk up a steep hill to arrive at his parents … Continue reading

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Commute

If I’m lucky, zombies won’t strike just yet.

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A Mother’s Blood-curdling cries in a Silent Village

Today began like every Wednesday. I woke up early — so I could lay around and read the news, snuggle a little longer– before a day met. Washed my face/tidied the hair. Did a full-length mirror check. — Below me … Continue reading

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