110 Stories

110 Stories

This is what 110 stories looks like in the early stages.  A massive hole in the ground.  Cranes constantly moving.  More scaffolding than you could imagine.  Trucks driving in and out at all hours.  Workers, workers, so many workers. After a walk in Qingnian Park (post to come later), I ventured up to the lobby … Continue reading

Another Walk Along the River

Another Walk Along the River

I would prefer to take pictures on blue sky days, but in this city, it is not always possible.  Sometimes, you make a plan for a walk or a bike ride and you end up with a 275 air quality index.  Cover your mouth and hop on your pink bike.  Beautiful view, albeit veiled in … Continue reading

Fall Gently

Fall Gently

Fall is a beautiful time of year.  Is it that so everywhere in the world? This fall, we saw Indiana and many family and friends.  I wish we could have packed the blue sky to bring it home.  Enjoy.                            

Shenyang Too

Shenyang Too

When the glaring white fills too many skies of our Shenyang and China days, we learn to fully appreciate the blue.  Stand at the window and stare.  See skyline details you’ve never seen before.  Take your pink bike or sneaks out for a spin. Do not forget that THIS is Shenyang too. It is not just the … Continue reading

Crazy Town

Crazy Town

There is really a place our city, Where you can buy one thing or fifty. Wuai Market is the name. Crazy chaos is the game. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Wuai Market is the place to find almost anything.  Almost.  All those things stamped “Made in China” that your friends in the US complain … Continue reading

How right it is

How right it is

I love flowers.  I take so many pictures of the blooms and colors, petals and leaves, bugs crawling their way to lunch.  What do I do in winter?  Flowers turn into snow.  Leafless trees hold that lonely beauty all their own. In Hawaii, there were so many things to see.  On one hike, the guide said, … Continue reading

The last days

The last days

These are pictures of our last few days in Hawaii.  In the depths of winter, I will look at these and wish. Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. -Henry James

The Big Island

The Big Island

For me its balmy airs are always blowing, its summer seas flashing in the sun; the pulsing of its surf is in my ear; I can see its garlanded crags, its leaping cascades, its plumy palms drowsing by the shore, its remote summits floating like islands above the cloud-rack; I can feel the spirit of … Continue reading

I Could Live There

I Could Live There

You know those questions some people ask at dinners and parties – “If money was no object, what if?”.  I recently went to dinner where the conversation questions included “what superpower would you have”, “what would your everyday car be”, and “where would your primary home be”.  And though there was an attempt to ridicule … Continue reading

Wonder Forever

Wonder Forever

Happy 50th Anniversary to my in-laws!  Thanks to this admirable celebration of their love and family, we were (luckily) a part of a grand celebration in Hawaii.  It was the honeymoon they’d never had.  It was a vacation and an adventure like we’d never had. Hawaii is one of those places on many lists – Most … Continue reading