Street Photography in China II

The photo above was taken by the West Lake. Many couples come from far and wide to have their photos taken at the West Lake. The lake is the location of are several famous romantic tales. This group of photos were taken during my first few months of my twelve years living in China. I …

Not Lost in Translation

He who neglects to drink of the spring of experience is likely to die of thirst in the desert of ignorance. – Li Bai (Greatest Tang Dynasty poet: 701AD -762 AD) I got some great news this week. One of my poems – a Haiku – is going to be published in an upcoming issue …

Happy Chinese New Year

I made a Lunar New Year card from one of my paintings. The painting is of the Winter Blooming Plum, and the Chinese phrases are various ways to wish people a happy New Year. Today is Chinese New Year’s Eve or Lunar New Year’s Eve. It is the year 4719 according to the ancient Chinese …

Where Heaven and Earth Touch

There are unusual locations where the barriers between this world and that of the metaphysical, or spiritual, are thin. Sensitive people can perceive the harmonic vibration between the two worlds. Celtic people call these “thin places”. Introduces and explores the Longmen Grotto in China.

Off the Beaten Path in China:Part 3

To a mind that is still, the entire universe surrenders. – Zhuangzi Su Shi was ethically unyielding. The subtle political context of one of his poems caused him to be thrown into a dark prison cell for one hundred days. The hopelessness of his miserable condition changed the great genius forever. This terrifying experience further …

Doolittle’s Raiders

On April 18, 1942, an avenging thunder hit Japan and rolled mightily on to China, leaving in its wake jubilation and desolation. That thunderous shock was delivered by the eighty legendary Doolittle Raiders. – C.E.Wheeler Engine bolt from B-25 Mitchell – Plane 3 – 1942 Doolittle Raid. Recovered in China by C.E. Wheeler I bought …