Aug 162010

Our friend “Smiling Jane” takes us into the community to learn about Chinese culture and everyday life. Jane runs a community group called “English Corner” in Hill Park every Friday for Chinese to practice speaking English together. We have made many friends at these events. People sing, tell jokes and stories and have fun for a few hours out of the busy Chinese work day.

Jane’s mother knows how to make the traditional good luck tiger baby shoes. She has generously offered to teach me how to make them and gave me the pair pictured here. At the time I did not know I was already a GRANDMA TO BE!!! Yes, our son Jesse and his wife Silvia will have a baby in April! I hope to make a hundred baby shoes and other baby things before then!

Aug 122010

Yesterday we gathered with new teachers from Brian’s school for dinner and to introduce some of our Chinese friends. Emma and Robert and others came back home with us to see how Chinese calligraphy is accomplished. Robert did a beautiful poem from Buddhist literature over my hand dyed and printed paper. Both Emma and Robert have amazing writing styles that express beauty and individual expression. We plan to make more things together in the future.

Here are the pictures