May 11

…in the merry month of May!

Heirloom asparagus planted 3 years ago from European seed.

May is a lovely month. April can be a little blustery with wet and cold sometimes a little snow. May is flowers and some showers. Plenty of sunshine and even some days of prematurely hot temperatures. *** I was absent most of last month while traveling about China. When I returned home, the weather was a marked …

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May 01

Closing thoughts on Travel to China

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Some final thoughts as I reflect on this fascinating trip to China. First — I will never understand the rules of the road in China. I have to say, it was a little scary just being a passenger. Actually, I am not certain there really are any rules of traffic. Left turn from the far …

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Apr 30

Traditional Chinese medicine, massage and acupuncture.

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  I mentioned some of the differences between Eastern and Western massage in the post about my visit to Jinan, China. In this article I will go into greater detail. For starters, there are clear separations for the types of care and treatment in the U.S. As an example, massage practitioners are not permitted to …

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Apr 28

Xi’an

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The flight was a little rough and booking it for late in the day was a mistake. I hate checking into hotel late at night. I still had a head cold and needed a good night sleep, but that was not likely as I checked in after midnight. Anyway, up in the morning for breakfast …

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Apr 27

Shanghai

Yangyang and her twin sister.

Taking the high-speed rail again, this time to Shanghai a city of 23 million (+ or – depending on how you count), the biggest city I have ever visited. A city that appears to be highly modernized, yet when you scratch the surface there are still some relics of the past. On one side of …

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Apr 23

High-Speed Rail to Jinan

This game of scrabble was an introduction to the game for several students, but we had fun.

Jinan (population 8 million) – “city of springs” – 72 natural springs and the home of the ancient politician and philosopher, Confucius. The train I boarded in Beijing is a regular run between the Capital and Shanghai, with a stop in Jinan. I was duly impressed with China’s high-speed rail system! It is clean, efficient and …

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Apr 21

Beijing, The Forbidden City and Falling on the Great Wall.

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Beijing, a city of more than 19 million (+or – a few million depending on how you count), is the seat of China’s national government and home to many famous ancient cultural attractions The vibe of this city is busy, bustling, crowded and everyone is in a huge hurry. The fast pace is typical of …

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Apr 19

Final night – trip summary

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I am back home from my trip to China. Walked through the door of my place the night before last, April 18th at 10 PM Eastern time. I was too wired to go to sleep and needed to eat and shower. I did not sleep a wink on the plane, so I was awake for …

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Mar 27

Gone to China

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Ready, set, go! 3rd article in this series. Go here for the first article where I talk about planning this trip and here for the second with information and ideas about preparing for the trip. The plan has been a long time in the making. I’ve done much reading and research from various source material. …

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Mar 19

Henry Hudson

The Hudson River is named after him in addition to Hudson Street in lower Manhattan and I think there are Hudson Streets in several towns around the region, the Mid-Hudson Bridge in Poughkeepsie bears his name and even a fictional place called Hudson University in TV-land.. Henry Hudson was a Dutch explorer of the 17th …

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