A donkey cart doesn’t always mean what you think it will mean. This is a great photo that someone posted today on Weibo, China’s micr0-blogging site.Talk about a role reversal. There is something kind of poingnant about the photo as well.
I just got a phone call from a friend, congratulating me on ‘finally paying with a full deck.’ As you can imagine, I wasn’t quite sure how to take her comment. She reminded me that today is my 52nd birthday, there are 52 cards in a deck; therefore today is my “Full Deck Birthday.” It’s […]
A week after knee surgery in Hong Kong, here are some specific things I’m thankful for….. A skilled and attentive surgeon Great care at Matilda Hospital A smooth trip back to Beijing (wheelchair service at both airports, on-time flight, and an empty seat next to me) A warm apartment in Beijing A fantastic set of […]
Xiao Zhang, who has been my housekeeper ever since I moved to Beijing in 1998 is leaving tomorrow. She and her family will return to their village in Anhui Province. It’s a move they need to make in order to improve their 13 year old daugher’s chances of getting into university somewhere. The Chinese education […]
Recently I was at the Panjiayuan “antique” market in Beijing. Back in the day, we called it The Dirt Market, because it was a weekend market on a dirt field. Now it’s been spiffed up and become a major tourist draw. Anyway, I spotted these interesting clay figurines, and instantly dubbed them ‘The Hutong Boys.’ […]
Last month, while I was in the States, I rummaged through some of my many boxes that are stacked in my mom’s garage. I came upon some interesting things—old yearbooks (scary, those are), stuff from my early days in China (way back in the 80’s), and a box full of all the letters that I […]