Hey! Well, this is it. I’m headed out tomorrow. I’m done with a year teaching English, done with a year in Jishou, soon-to-be missing the mouth-numbing food of Xiangxi. A week ago, I was nervous. There’s an uncountable amount of things that can go wrong on a trip like this. Some days, things as simple … Continue reading The First Pedal Strokes
First, a small diversion from climatological difficulties: Some mornings, a minor leak in the u-bend of my kitchen sink would leave a trail across the floor. It didn’t matter much while the winter air stayed dry and conducive to evaporation, but then the spring humidity hit. For 4 consecutive mornings the puddle got bigger, and I finally got the nerve … Continue reading When Plumbing Fixes Don’t Go Quite as Expected, And: What if Corporations Weren’t Horrible?
Note: If you haven’t yet tried to understand the perspectives of Baltimoreans who are not white and upper-middle class, please do that. Then I’ll try to contribute to an understanding of America, Reaganomics, and Injustice, based on my reading of Gustave Speth’s America the Possible. It’s a lotta text today, but please stick with me ’cause I’ve got something … Continue reading WEEKLY POST: Reaganomics and Injustice in the Light of Baltimore
We’ve just passed the 6th week of a 16-week semester, and the ground–or should I say road?–is coming up fast. There are too many things to read, write, and study. Can I put off grading for a few hours to read these travelogues and this treatise on new economic models? Will I really find the time to study my Chinese … Continue reading The Start of Planning and the Merchants of Doubt
The training started today, on a bike four sizes to small. Continue reading First Bike Ride of Spring
I’ve been in China for almost eight months now, and I have never once seen a young, able-bodied person ask for charity. The beggars I see on the street often prostrate themselves on the street and grovel, waving their disability for everyone to see. (For more on the stigmatization and abuse of disabled people in … Continue reading WEEKLY POST–The Countryside: A Photo Journal