This morning I had a wild game of Spades on the computer, fighting back from a 200ish point deficit to a 200ish point win. It was a real roller coaster. My grandmother taught me how to play rummy when I was a little boy. I played all sorts of games, with chess the one game… Continue reading Playing Cards
By Erica Jong The poet must abolish I, Said Keats; have no identity, but as water flowing around a rock - a voice for all the unsaid waves within antenna of the deep.
A poem by Erica Jong "They conspired to paint the air knowing that art is not only a way of seeing but a way of being, a passion for the light a tenderness at heart just short of being wounded by the air, a toughness, too."
So how can China be appreciated without its most iconic historical figure? China is probably the only country in the world whose most famous name is a philosopher instead of a general, politician, or religious figure. So of course, people being people, they build temples to him. And they hang pieces of paper with the… Continue reading Shanghai Confucius Temple
Apparently the most popular place to take wedding photos in Wuxi is the Plum Gardens, like a little bit of Holland transplanted into China. When I asked my students why western themed weddings were so popular in China, they told me they thought Western weddings were more romantic than Chinese weddings, as they put the… Continue reading Wuxi Plum Garden