Tragedy in Guizhou Province, China

A time like this reminds me yet again how blessed we truly are. August 1st—we were on this exact route in a very similar (if not the exact) bus. Now, a catastrophic accident has occurred on this mountain highway, in Guizhou province. Translated from the Chinese… At 2: 40 on September 18, a passenger car…

Bike Rides & Blessings

Sunday, September 11th: Jinshan-Fengxian-Pudong (3 districts of Shanghai) Another 61 mile ride in the books. So, within 32 hours, we cycled about 123 miles. But whereas Day 1 took about 5 hours 45 minutes including breaks, Day 2 took a total of 7 hours 25 minutes😩 Stiff headwind, some posterior fatigue and heavy packs full…

Charlie & Hercules

Those who have passed on are not lost, but waiting for our arrival. In fact (or very real possibility), they may never have left us at all. Just a few days back, I dreamed of Hercules, my parent’s sprightly little chihuahua-poodle mix who passed on (perhaps) around seven years ago. His beige hair was shaggy…

Where Will You Go?

As you work your job, making the money to support your lifestyle, where will you go? What is your true passion? What is your creative or life goal(s)? Perhaps it’s one and the same with your job. For that, you are blessed. Perhaps it’s a hybrid, as mine partially is—earning income from teaching reading-writing, but…

We SHOULD Be F—-Angry

Shanghai Lockdown Day 60: Proverbial food for thought from the East…For as crazy as our lockdown here may be, for as much as I and many of us may disagree with some Chinese government policies, I have to state this emphatically at this moment, above all: Thank G-d, truly, military grade assault weapons do not…

You Still Think It’s Okay?!

18 children, 1 teacher killed in elementary school. So, you still think it’s okay to allow complete and total unrestricted access to guns??!! To not vote for trigger locks or even safe gun storage laws? Not even a law stating a stolen firearm must be reported? Instead, there are new laws allowing for MORE handguns,…

687

Quarantine Day XIV: Day of Hotel Departure & Day of REUNION! 687 Days separated from Serena In 5 hours, I step outside this hotel room for the first time in 2 full weeks. Then, I head home…home at least temporarily being my girlfriend’s studio apartment in Jiuting! Fun Fact: Jiuting is a large neighborhood (such…

HOPE

Quarantine Day XI 685 days since my girlfriend Serena & I were last together. Approximately 75 hours until we reunite. BELIEVE

Bill

The Beatles are playing more in heaven today, welcoming Bill— 18 August, 1961 (Lake Placid, NY, USA) – 01 May 2021 (Zurich, Switzerland) Fellow vegetarian-historian-avid newspaper reader-world traveler… In November, you flew home suddenly from Shanghai to Zürich. Now, you’ve passed on, too soon. Thank you, Bill, for your friendship, fellowship, adoption of little Rocky…