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Feb 20, 2020

We went outside

Only around the apartment complex grounds

Take a masked tour of our apartment complex grounds.

Sunny days are rare this time of year, virus or no virus, so when we had one yesterday, we had to go out. We may not really be allowed to wander the city, but our apartment complex has some nice places to walk within the gates. And, birds!

Sep 19, 2018

Humble shyness

Don’t be shy, just try!

The subhead of this post is something I used to chant with my middle schoolers, to get them comfortable with speaking while facing up to the possibility that they might make mistakes. But the substance of this weeks video is about those kids who are shy … and why they like me as their teacher.

Also, it was so hot our first week of school that the government called it off for a heat day; my first one of those. To me, it didn’t feel crazy hot … not more so than usual for Luzhou summer, but I did also spend the day in the air conditioning inside. And I’m not one to look a gift day off in the mouth. What?

Dec 18, 2013

Baby, it’s cold inside

And there just aren’t enough layers in the world

The cold city streets of Luzhou

“It’s going to rain this weekend, and then the temperature will fall,” our boss Linda predicted last week. And she was absolutely right. It was 49 degrees this morning, and we are dying.

Now I know that all of America is drowning in monstrous amounts of climate-change snow. Complaining about a dip below 50 degrees may seem small potatoes. But in China, the cold is defended against only with more and more clothing. Maybe an electric hand warmer, if you’re lucky. (I take two to bed with me these days.) Fuel is expensive and heating systems are poorly designed and inefficient. Effectively, you are outside all the time. And it’s the WORST.

But, mercifully, some of our classes turned on their heaters today! This is the first time in 3 years that either of us has seen that happen. I could even remove my hat and gloves, it was so warm. I kept my coat on, though. It’s not that warm.