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Share Our Happy Chinese/American Family
2014-5-20 18:40
Our Happy Chinese/American Family
As the only foreigner in our school, perhaps you might think I would be lonely. Well, that would be impossible, because since the moment I set foot in this school, my Chinese family was here waiting for me. We didn't know at the time how close we would all become, but now, we are a family forever. First there is Susan, my right hand and daughter of my heart, Alexander, my lieft hand and my son, Adan, our Master Chifu and also., my son, Alice, my daugh ...
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Share My Right Hand and My Left Hand
2014-5-20 18:13
My Right Hand and My Left Hand
Since I came to this university nearly two years ago, two very special people have been with me every step of the way. They are my dear Susan, and Alexander Dakota the Great! Without these two my life would have been far different. They have both in fact become my own children. There is nothing in this world that I would not do for them. They have been with me through thick and thin, through the good times and the not so good times. What can I say to you two... It brings tears to my ...
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Share A Chinese Love Story
2014-5-20 17:51
A Chinese Love Story
Let me tell you guys about my dear kids, Adan and Alice. The first time that I met them, they were both graduate students in my classroom, going on two years ago. The first thing I noticed about them was that both of them had beautiful smiles on their faces and they were glowing with their love for each other. I had never seen two people so much in love. A t that time, their love was new. They had only met each other about a month before, I think, Since then, they have become very close and d ...
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Share Saying Goodbye to China
2014-5-20 17:24
So, it is with a heavy heart that the time for me to say goodbye to China is almost upon me. In about a month, maybe two, I will go back to America. Since I first came to China in 1992, China has become a second home. Yeah, maybe I am American born, but I can honestly say that I am Chinese by choice. Alas, it is easier said than done... One cannot easily immigrate to China. If it were possible, I think I would surely do so. China has become my real home, more than an ...
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Share Miss Barbara's Happiness Project
2014-5-11 23:22
Miss Barbara's Happiness Project
Okay, guys, I have to admit that this is not my original idea. The Happiness Project I recently read about is written by a much admired blogger, Mary Anne, who writes "A Totally Impractical Guide to Living in Shanghai." It's a great blog. She's in London now, with a new baby, but I wouldn't be surprised to see her back in China sometime soon. Anyhow, back to my own happiness project. As some of you know, I will probably be leaving China in late June or early July. This is something that ...
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Share No Zuo No Die
2014-4-18 19:49
No Zuo No Die
These days I picked up a new phrase from my students. I asked them what it means? They said it means that if you don't do something stupid then it won't come back and bite you on your backside (to put it politely). I thought that was pretty funny, and asked one of my students to give me an example. So, according to Keven, when you can use it is something like this... Somebody bet me I couldn't do even one pushup. So, being a supremely confident person (sometimes) I gave it the old ...
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Share China then and now! What has changed and what has stayed the same... 1992 to 201
2014-4-15 22:43
Things that have improved: Although this is by no means a complete list, it is some things that stand out in my mind. 1. Bread - It used to be that all of the bread that I was able to find was much too sweet. Nowadays, pretty good bread can be found in Walmart and specialized bakeries. No one wants to eat a sandwich made on sweet bread. However, now that I have found bread, I no longer care to eat it - at all. Isn't that ironic? 2. Toilets - There seems to ...
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Share History Belongs to All of Us
2014-4-13 18:09
History Belongs to All of Us
Photo by Candy 2013 So, today I want to talk about history. Not on a large scale, but about how each one of us has something to contribute to history, as we know it. Someone said once that history is some stuff that happened, someone saw it, and someone wrote about it. It is written from that person's point of view, and maybe it is not at all how we or our parents or our grandparents experienced it. Maybe we see it in a whole different light. We hear sometimes about history being r ...
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Share Alex Learns to Drive
2014-4-7 21:22
Photograph by Candy You know, in China it is so difficult to get a driver's license. I know this because my husband got one, even though he is American. Now, my Chinese child, Alex, is getting his license. It is even more difficult, it would seem for a Chinese boy to get his very first driver's license. He has prepared for quite along time. Several times a week he leaves the house very early to go practice driving. He has had to pay a grea ...
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Share Dujiangyan Qing Ming Water Release Festival 2014 - A Magnificent Experience
2014-4-7 11:38
Dujiangyan Qing Ming Water Release Festival 2014 - A Magnificent Experience
Can Photo by Candy 2014 Last Saturdaymy dear friend and I wereinvited to attend the Dujiangyan Water Release Festival of 2014, and let me tell you guys, it was without a doubt the most magnificent performance I have ever seen, anywhere. The actors, the costumes, the dancing and choreography were a wondrous sight to behold. The traditional music, the gonging of the huge drums, and the beauty of the singingadded to the overall experience, making it a day t ...
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  • Saying Goodbye to China 2017-8-20 20:43

    Sad that you are returning to the USA. I moved here fulltime in 2012 after spending 3 months of ever year from 2001. China is my chosen home for the rest of my life since I retired in 2012. Safe,beautiful people, friendly,helpful,kind,polite and I love China. Of course I love my Chinese wife,her friends,family and my students make my life beautiful here. Thanks for all you did while in China.I know your students love you and will miss you.

  • Chinglish - A Popular Alternative to English 2017-8-10 13:30

    Well said.Good job.

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