Feb 192011
 




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!

Feb 192011
 





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.

Feb 152011
 

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!

Feb 142011
 








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!!

Feb 142011
 






Met this couple in the Market – baking spicy flat bread – 1 yuan each. They used a tin drum oven with hot coals inside. The bread sticks to the side of the oven and is pulled out with a pair of tongs – hot, fresh and delicious!

Feb 142011
 







The Market continues to draw me in – the fresh fruit and vegetables artistically arranged, the kind people.
This trip was on Sunday afternoon – everything almost closed – people subdued, quiet – ready to go home yet still patient and helpful.

Feb 142011
 


When the plum blossom opens, spring is on its way. My Caligraphy teacher, Cue Laoshi (Teacher Cue) says the plum blossom is important to China because its beauty appears in severe weather. An apt metaphor for China!