Four years ago today I was in the city of Ya’an, in Sichuan Province. Ham is popular in that region of the country, and everywhere we went we saw little “ham shops” – storefronts where people were not just selling ham, but actually cooking it. If you’re looking for a new way to cook your Easter ham, give this a try:
Friday Photo: The Happy Couple
Friday Photo: Old and New
Friday Photo: Reading the Bible
Kid in a Basket
Bear One Another’s Burdens
Tea and Games
Have you ever wondered exactly where China’s 1.3 billion people actually live? This image, taken by NASA of Asia at night, gives a pretty clear visual answer to that question.
Image credit: China Economic Review
One of my favorite American authors, Pat Conroy, passed away on Friday. Here’s how NPR reported it:
Pat Conroy, the beloved author of The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline and The Prince of Tides, has died. Conroy — who announced last month that he had pancreatic cancer — died Friday night at his home among his family in Beaufort, S.C. He was 70 years old.
Pat Conroy was a master storyteller, blending the raw material of his difficult family life with the landscape of coastal South Carolina. In 1986, Conroy told me that the reason he wrote was to explain his own life to himself.
If you haven’t read his books, yet, I highly recommend them. These are my favorites:
The Prince of Tides: A Novel
The Water Is Wide: A Memoir
Beach Music: A Novel
Four Days, Four Books
My Favorite China History Books
A Book for Today
A Book for St. Patrick’s Day
Farewell to a China Hand
Reading Up on South Africa