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Tobit

For years, I have thought of reading the Apocrypha (19 books for Orthodox, 15 for Catholics that have been omitted from Protestant Bibles), but I have never taken the time. A couple of days ago, Amanda and I were talking … Continue reading

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Protestant Tested, Catholic Approved

When I was in college a buddy of mine and his girlfriend made connecting iron-on t-shirts – one read “Protestant Tested”, the other, “Catholic Approved.” As I think about what the unity of believers means, I am struck by this … Continue reading

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Bills

Just like in the states there are many necessary amenities – water, gas, electricity, internet, rent, and filtered water. Unlike the states, paying them is always an adventure. It would be easy to just pay online or to write a … Continue reading

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Great Scrawl of China – March 2011

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Fat Guy in a Little Country…

Evey time I get on the subway or walk around town, I realize I am truly a fat guy in a little country.  Unlike in the states where there is a one seat space etiquette, China has no such cultural … Continue reading

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Class Projects

My first teaching job in China is an English writing class.  I have two classes that meet twice a week – one upper level and one lower level.  In my A class, one of my students wrote this essay during … Continue reading

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All Things Forbidden

The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost five hundred years, it … Continue reading

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