Now we look out on the construction site. The farms and the people who worked to grow food are gone. I now have postcards on the window to shield my gaze from the digging and building. Mountains are still there – but for how long? And how different is this than what the US did to truck farming during my childhood? Urban Sprawl – we are all culprits!
Development means many things in China. Better jobs for ordinary people. More technology and education are now available to more people. It also means the old ways are disappearing.
Check out these views out our window from two years ago. I will next post the ‘new view’. Change happens sometimes right before our eyes.
My brother David, nephew Julian and I went to the Pink Cadillac Diner before Julian’s road trip for basketball. Great food, interesting people! EVERYONE knows Dave…Everyone!
Sending Maddi off to college – early early whole family in Grinnell sweats — SOLIDARITY!
I like that siblings never change – that my brother is still my ‘little’ brother! I had a wonderful visit in Portland, OR – just a little bit like the show “Portlandia.” My niece, nephew and sister-in-law welcomed me in their home and patiently put up with all my art stuff and fascination with moss. Hoping to go back soon!
The Zora Festival gave me a welcome shot of African American Culture and life – just the tonic I needed for the long flight back to Shanghai. Met Pat Broussard and her daughter, and NY Nathiri – the force behind the Festival. I miss you all – and the Africana Village ambiance of the Festival. Thanks to Charon for taking the pictures 🙂
Spent January 30th in Eatonville and Winter Park the day before returning to China. Charon Luebbers and I visited the Hanibal Square Heritage Center and the beautiful award winning Quilt!!! Mary and Barbara made us very welcome – we’re scheming for a return!!