Ah. Tea. The word alone makes me pause as layers of thoughts and flavors swirl in my mind. It was by far the most complex topic I encountered while living in China.

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Doing my part

I’d like to think I’m a part of protecting the environment 🙂

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At class this week we learned vocabulary for harvesting potatoes from your family’s small garden plot out in the countryside. 🙂

Makes me think of going down the handmade stairs into my grandparent’s root cellar under their barn smelling the carrots and potatoes stored there.

Meanwhile, here in the city, you found carts showing up with the bounty. Folks will bring in a load of freshly harvested potatoes for us city folk to enjoy. Heading out the other night we passed this couple parked at the entrance to our apartment complex.

Our teacher helped harvest her parents potatoes last week and now she and her husband, her parents and brother have their potatoes for the year with enough to share.

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Holiday week

Spend time with relatives, maybe get a few days off of work, celebrate your country

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Holiday Outing

Beautiful ride last weekend with some neighbors who had some time off for the holiday.

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Moonbeams in your hand…

Sharing moon cakes with family and friends and enjoying together the sight of the full moon during this Mid Autumn Festival is what most of my neighbors are doing tonight. Belonging is such a gift.

I hope each of you finds yourself belonging tonight.img_0344

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Living with contrasts

There’s so much wrong in this world.  So much kindness.  So much suffering.  So much happiness.  Most of both, even in my own family’s life, I can’t control.

I’m not sure what to do with the dichotomy most days.

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