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   It has been a while since I have seen this in America, a woman plucking her chicken for the evening meal.  She has a pair of tweezers in her hand. My grandmother did this on the farm. This woman was in the market village square, among friends, conducting business as usual. It makes the chicken meal more delicious knowing the work that goes into the meal.

   First aid training for counselors at camp in Lijiazhai, Henan for the Mei Wen English Summer Camps this summer. We covered cuts, sprained ankles, concussions, and heat exhaustion and what to do as first responders until trained medical personnel arrive.  Thanks, Mim!

   Every summer camp the first item of business is to mop and disinfect the floor of the cafeteria from mildew.  High humidity and the tropical climate creates an ideal environment for mold to grow. Vigilant care must be taken to disinfect with cleaning chemicals that actually kill mold, a feat not easily accomplished, since the mildew embeds itself in the pocked concrete. We mopped with brooms made of cloth strips. Fortunately… Read More

Mutianyu, a favorite Great Wall site among visiting dignitaries and tourists, has undergone some drastic remodeling and reconfiguration.  Buses now transport visitors within a short walk of the gondola that takes visitors to the Great Wall. All the shops that once lined the narrow street, forming a gauntlet of market hagglers has now been relocated and dispersed down the mountainside to a spacious shop area at the point of entry.  All this… Read More