"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.
Last week, while I was working in the library, a message appeared on my screen telling me that my hard drive was about to fail and that I must back up its contents NOW! I will be honest with you and say I didn't take it seriously at first — thought it was kind of […]
Eleven years ago today, my father died. Below are the words that I spoke in farewell and tribute to my dad at his memorial service on January 25, 2001, in Roseville, Minnesota. Speaking them before 600 people was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. The first part of this tribute was written at […]
Update: The dates have been corrected to reflect THIS month! (Thanks, CR) This is a reminder to my readers in the Twin Cities that I've got 2 talks coming up this week. The first one is on Tuesday evening, January 10 at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis. Noel Piper and I will be talking about the"Esther […]
According to Dictionary.com, a Sinophile is “a person who admires or has a strong liking for China, the Chinese, or their culture.” After 25+ years in China, I guess I qualify. In addition to my own experiences, which I write about on this blog, books have played a major part in helping me understand China. […]
Last week I made a quick trip up to Changchun to visit some friends and do a workshop for some folks studying Chinese. Since I lived in Changchun for 8 years in the 1990’s, trips there always have a bit of a ‘going home’ feel for me. My time in the city was very short, […]