Is the end of summer leaving you feeling sad and melancholy? Do you wish you could begin summer all over? Do you dread having to wear clothes again and going back to school? Worse, are you worried about that perennial first assignment, “What I Did Last Summer”?
You are not alone.
When you’re an author, and you haven’t written a single word all summer on account of you were taking a break from authoring, you feel this way too. Now It’s time for me to put my clothes on and go back to work. But first, let me tell you What I Did Last Summer. Maybe it’ll give you some ideas to use in your own essay 😉 — Continue reading
CONCORD, MA — Today I’m taking a break from telling you about my research trip to China to wish you all a Happy New Year from Concord, Massachussets, which is horrible to spell without spellcheck.
It was a very nearly almost-white Christmas here this year.
But it’s snowing now! Hooray!!!
And though I’m in Concord to spend the holidays with friends, and to eat all their yummy food and to receive all their fantastic gifts, I couldn’t help but ask about the Caesar Robbins House, which I first told you about here.
Here’s what the Robbins House looked like in the post-almost-white Christmas snow:And here it is after Saturday (12/29) night’s snowstorm: Continue reading
SHAOLIN TEMPLE — 7 November 2012 — Two things happened to me today.
1. I surrendered.
I surrendered to following my Kung Fu monk for the rest of the week. I gave up my plans to go to Shanghai, Chengdu and Lijiang. Continue reading
SHAOLIN TEMPLE — 6 November 2012 — The day after I played hooky did not start so well.
First, I had to do extra laps around the temple.
Then I got a lecture.
“There’s a saying,” my shifu began. “Once a teacher, always a father.”
His eyes looked into the bottom of me. Continue reading
LUOYANG — 5 November 2012 — Today, I played hooky.
I was so exhausted this morning from three days of Kung Fu lessons, I had to play hooky to save my life. Truly!
How to play hooky from a Kung Fu monk: Continue reading