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The Uncluttered I

I miss the desert
Its clarity
Its stillness
Its silent challenge

I miss the uncluttered I
Standing alone
In an expanse of sand 47 more words


Short Stories: Table Setting, New Names, English Moochers


I put together an entertaining lesson on American dining etiquette – the highlight was asking students to come to the chalkboard and fill in a “Formal Table Setting”, drawing and labeling each item as requested. 703 more words

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Labrang Monastery བླ་བྲང་བཀྲ་ཤིས་འཁྱིལ and more: the Chengs reunite in Lanzhou!

Mid-September my mom visited Lanzhou to check I was alive, 15 months into my Peace Corps service. In addition to cleaning my apartment from corner to corner (“ 920 more words

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Subject to change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 196 km NW of Nanchong, China / pop: 7,150,000 / local time: 14:14:37.4 2017-09-30
65 km NE of Jiangyou, China / pop: 128,000 / local time: 14:14:37.4 2017-09-30

Earthquake Alert


I made the request to teach freshman this Fall semester- I wanted the experience of being their first foreign English teacher in college (and in life, most likely… 664 more words

Peace Corps

Xiahe, China

You needed to get away from everything. Absolutely everything. For the next few days, you’ll disconnect from your phone, social media, and everyday life. You plan to clear your head, enjoy nature, and, for once, pay attention to the little things. 526 more words


Supermarket Sweeps: Mooncake (月饼) and Hairy Crab (大闸蟹)!


Autumn beckons a peculiar lineup of edibles in Chinese supermarkets. The cool weather is quickly followed by boxes of mooncakes piled high into looming towers throughout the central aisles of every grocery store, to ensure no child is left mooncake-less during the… 619 more words

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