(Blogger’s note: Posted on January 17, 2014 on the blog www.tourguizhou.net by John S. Porter. www.Tourguizhou.net is about the lives of expats in Southwest China. I teach English in Guiyang, of Guizhou Province in China.)
Movies of Autumn 2013
The following movies were shown to the Freshmen of the Guizhou Normal HND (Higher National Degree) program . The Freshmen are all about 19 or 20 years old, in the first year at the university. More
El Salvador is the smallest one, in yellow, toward the left. It is the most densely populated country in Central America.
Yup, when I saw an appeal for Spanish-speaking volunteers to be election monitors for the upcoming presidential elections in El Salvador (in February), I done gone and stuck my neck out. As they say in Colombia, Me metí en camisa de once varas, or in other words, I’ve got myself into an 11-yard shirt! More
Driving through Bulgaria’s hilly countryside in our small tour bus, one fine September morning, Alex (our tour guide) says to us (via Iva our translator), “We have a special treat for you today. The village we are going to is celebrating its name day with a feast and dancing. We are invited as guests of the Hristo Botev Cultural House!” More
Hello again Record-Eagle Readers,
Looking back at 2013, much of the market data suggest that the Grand Traverse area real estate markets have grown healthier, more stable, and property values are improving in most neighborhoods. In the broader picture, home foreclosure and unemployment figures are both lower, while fewer U.S. households are “underwater” with their home’s equity. More
The latest iteration of the holiday festivities is upon us. The King Cake or Galette du Roi. It’s a type of flakey pastry cake, which, traditionally, celebrates the Epiphany and is sold in most bakeries during the month of January. The flaky puff pastry has layers with a dense center of frangipane/ almond paste. More
Happy New Year Record-Eagle readers!
Looking back at 2013, with all of the disorganized bickering going on in Washington, D.C., who would have thought that it would be such a strong year for Traverse City real estate? In some ways our best year ever, 2013 showed continued growth and improved health in many of our local real estate market segments, and the prospects for 2014 continue to look good. More
One of the terra-cotta warriors
Visiting the famous Terra-Cotta warriors near the city of Xian (pronounced SHEE-an) was the highlight of the trip for me. They were created because the first Emperor of China, Qin (pronounced Chin) Shi Huang, wanted his army to protect him in the afterlife, so he commanded thousands of his men to have a life-size pottery statue of themselves made, including some with horses. These were then buried in special underground chambers near the emperor’s mausoleum. More
January! A new year and time to RE-new my dedication to sharing my life in France with readers back in the States. I see that my last post was in September. Not exactly the kind of record that earns praise for dedication and determination. I do, however, have a little bit of a very good excuse. More
Beautiful December snow of northern Michigan wraps around the trees, sticks to the rough trunks, lies along the oak branches, blows in our faces, makes us laugh, makes us swear. We freeze, we exercise, blow our noses, crave sunshine, drink hot chocolate, coffee and tea, bake cookies, eat cookies, gain weight and exercise some more. The world here is a set of live wood block prints. We give thanks for the winter solstice and the sun starting its way north. (You can click on the pictures to enlarge, then use back arrow, upper right corner.) More
One of life’s mysteries to me is why the rank and file of the Tea Party aren’t more concerned about the growing inequality in income which has plagued the United States for more than a decade. I grasp why many billionaires try to change the subject or enshrine the idea that all would prosper if only government and those pesky regulators would get out of our way. But many of the Tea Party loyalists are prime victims of this con game. They seem to buy the idea that – contrary to the data – American capitalism continues to provide equal opportunity for all to rise to the top. Also accepted is the idea that multi-millionaires and billionaires have earned every penny. More