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Prime Time America

Posted by admin in December 11th, 2009 | 3 comments 
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If this is your first visit to this blog, please look around and read one of the older posts. I recommend “Redemption Can Be Found in Every Pile of Garbage” or “Mean Old Lao Deng” which is really good for the Christmas season. For those who are regular readers, I wanted to let you know […]

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Thanksgiving Rocks!

Posted by admin in November 23rd, 2009 | 5 comments 
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Well, Happy Thanksgiving everybody! We’re celebrating with a pretty big group–almost 30 at my SGC’s house. (That’s sister-girlfriend-cousin). We’ll be doin’ the traditional meal wearing our matching Paula Deen aprons. I love Thanksgiving ’cause it’s all about the food. (Also my SGC is actually Daryl’s cousin, but I love her so much that I claim […]

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Irrigating Deserts: Why Relationships With Students Matter

Posted by admin in August 21st, 2009 | 5 comments 
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C.S. Lewis said that too often educators approach teaching as deforestation. You go in and tear down every preconceived notion, pull up roots of ignorance and clear the land for planting. According to Lewis, that is the absolutely wrong approach. To his mind, we should be irrigating deserts. Bringing knowledge, life, learning, information, worldview to […]

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Aged Clay is Better: But It Stinks!

Posted by admin in August 3rd, 2009 | 5 comments 
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Effects of Aging Clay: aging lends better workability to clay. To age clay, it is left open to the air for a day or two after mixing. This allows microscopic organisms to move into and grow within the clay. These organisms add more plasticity to the clay. The one drawback aged clay has is that […]

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Two Yangs DO Make It Right

Posted by admin in July 24th, 2009 | 2 comments 
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Yang Ai was the first chubby Chinese person I had ever met. I loved her immediately—yes! At first sight. She was jolly, jovial, with a face like a little pixie doll. She was assigned to me by the university to help with my research project; part of my dissertation work. I was researching exam-driven education […]

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It’s That Time of Year Again!

Posted by admin in July 11th, 2009 | 6 comments 
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IICS, the organization Big D and I work for ( www.iics.com) has its annual conference every July. It’s a time of great fellowship, amazing speakers and it’s a time when IICS profs come home from the field and share their stories—stories of how God has moved on the lives of their students, colleagues and neighbors. […]

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Part III – Huo Chi? Is That You?

Posted by admin in June 22nd, 2009 | 2 comments 
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Tuesday morning Pia had survived yet another night with me sleeping in the bunk above her. Thank God for little things. I was thrilled that I had my Aeroflot tickets in hand and was scheduled to leave Helsinki on Sunday, April 27, heading for Moscow and then on to Beijing. But Aimo strongly cautioned me […]

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Clothed in Shekinah

Posted by admin in June 9th, 2009 | 1 comment 
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Just four years after mainland China reopened to the West, I went there to live and teach. During that time I had the privilege of visiting a Chinese underground Church. The government was in the middle of a new campaign to crack down on what it called “spiritual pollution.” Of course, the Church was its […]

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The Even Bigger News

Posted by admin in June 8th, 2009 | no comment 
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Daryl’s flight out of Chicago was cancelled last week and he had to spend the night in the Windy City. I decided not to go to church on Sunday, May 31st, and waited for my man to come home from the road. So, instead of sitting in a pew that Sunday morning I was sitting […]

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Beautiful Betty

Posted by admin in June 3rd, 2009 | 1 comment 
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Betty turned 78 on June 1st this year. She’s not married, has no children, was an only child and has no living relatives. Betty lives alone. She volunteers at IICS where Daryl and I work. She has volunteered there for nearly 15 years. She stuffs envelopes. Files Daryl’s crazy newspaper clippings. Gets huge mailings ready […]

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