China Portfolio, a final view

June 4, 2019

  With China on my arm… “Stay this moment.” –Sam Abel National Geographic photographer   An unfortunate nighttime encounter with a bathroom doorjamb has rendered me with a sizeable purplish bruise on the left inner forearm. Upon reflection, it strikes … Continued

The China – U.S. puzzle: a backgrounder

May 22, 2019

This legacy post from May 2013 serves as a helpful backgrounder for the first-time reader of this writer’s work in China.   On this rainy Saturday in old Chongqing my host students take me to visit an ancient restored village … Continued

The Soul of America in my backpack

May 22, 2019

  To China this time I have brought the Soul of America. Literally, in the form of Jon Meacham’s new bestseller of the same name, subtitled, “The Battle for Our Better Angels.” The jacket notes explain, “We have been here … Continued

Returning to old Chongqing

May 20, 2019

  A Chongqing photo portfolio; a work-in-progress. Scenes from spring commencement with students posing proudly in front of the library or leaping for joy by the iconic “Book of Law” at Southwest University of Political Science and Law remind us … Continued

It’s a different China

May 19, 2019

While it’s only been two years since I was here last, it’s a different China in 2019. Trump is in the White House, Xi is president for life, there’s a trade war going on and China thinks its winning. The … Continued

A Chinese homecoming

May 17, 2019

“Travel is a journey into one’s own ignorance.” So writes American travel writer Frances Mayes. Truer words never spoken — especially if that travel takes you to the Middle Kingdom, a place so radically different from the U.S. — in … Continued

When a small place remembers a big event, who cares?

November 5, 2018

  As if to match the event’s somber mood, a light misting rain fell on Montepulciano’s annual Armistice Day ceremony and parade, marking the end of the Great War exactly 100 years ago today which claimed the lives of an … Continued

A rose for a fallen warrior

October 30, 2018

    Just outside Montepulciano, on the quarter mile drive down the Viale della Remembranza to the elegant Temple of San Biagio, one can’t help but be impressed by the 98 tall and elegant cypress trees, pointing straight to heaven … Continued