A question for my American readers — did you enjoy your local fireworks display last night? They were most likely made by hand in a small factory somewhere in China. The Asia Society blog recently posted a series of photos from a fireworks factory in China. Here is some of the accompanying text: Fireworks and the […]
With the passing of Nelson Mandela this week, I thought it would be a good time read up on South Africa. I ordered Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation, the story of how rugby brought healing to a nation. I look forward to digging into it. […]
A special thanks to all the new subscribers from last week. Unfortunately, only 2 of you could win a copy of my book. The winners are Mark J. and Elaine C. I will contact you by email to get your mailing addresses. And now for something completely different to start off your Monday morning. The […]
Is there a more quintessential comfort food for Americans living abroad than toast (preferably slathered with peanut butter and jelly)? Most of us can go a long time with out a lot of things, but extended periods of time without toast will eventually start to prey on our minds and emotions. Earlier this week a […]
You know your day is not going according to plan when you find yourself horizontal in a dentist's chair in a village outside of Beijing round about sundown. That's exactly what happened to me yesterday. There I was, sitting down in a salon to get my nails done, happily chewing on a piece of cinnamon […]
"Big Red," my Toshiba laptop has returned from the shop with a new brain. I am very happy! It took longer than expected because it seems there is a shortage of hard drives, due to the floods in Thailand last fall. Blogging will resume shortly.