This is definitely the worst air quality I have encountered in China, even worse than when it was so bad you couldn't see the plane at the gate and all the flights were delayed by several hours.  Air quality on arrival: For pollution of this level, the recommendation is: "Everyone should avoid all physical activity… Continue reading Eek!

The Home of Confucius

I have spent the last few days in Qufu, Shandong, China, where Confucius was born, attending the Nishan Forum Dialogue on World Civilizations, which this year focused on Traditional Cultures and Ecological Progress.  There was a sub-forum on Women and Civilization, which was held in an amazing location -- the Nishan Academy.  It is hard… Continue reading The Home of Confucius

Glimpses: Lijiang, Yunnan, China

I spent last week visiting some community based organizations in Yunnan, and stayed in the Old City in Lijiang, far north in Yunnan Province.   Yunnan is known for its many ethnic minorities, many of which are matriarchal.  I find the dynamics in the villages to be different from those in the north which are traditionally… Continue reading Glimpses: Lijiang, Yunnan, China

The Ideal Destination…for Mice?

My Rattlesnake quilt has been calling to me, but so far I have no really had time to work on it at all.  I am almost there though!  I had two China trips this month, and have an intensive week of classes coming up, but once that is done, it will be quilting time! In… Continue reading The Ideal Destination…for Mice?

Blue Skies in Beijing

To fully appreciate how amazing the day is today, you have to see the pictures from my last visit to Beijing.  It was morning.  The sun was up and I was on my way to the airport.  I promise, the sun really was up. As we arrived at the terminal, it was as if it… Continue reading Blue Skies in Beijing