Seoul Food

Seoul Food

In November, we made a weekend trip to Seoul to meet friends.  In addition to palaces, bright lights, pottery, and fall colors, we enjoyed a great food.  T and I made a Saturday morning stop at Butterfinger Pancake in the Gangnam Neighborhood for a most amazing breakfast, then all four of us enjoyed Suji’s for … Continue reading

A Beautiful Bride

A Beautiful Bride

Earlier this year, I wrote about weddings.  Months ago, I was honored to attend another.  My friend, Grace, married a hard working, loving man.  I am so happy for them both, and now, for their little peanut on the way. At the time, she asked me to compile their wedding portraits into a video for … Continue reading

This City

This City

To walk this city at my pace I see me. I am glorious blue, and polluted gray, shades among. I am determined and loud, lost and exactly in place, silent and moving, constantly moving. I belong and I don’t.  Who knew? It knew.  This city knew.                   … Continue reading

Real Food

Real Food

I went pumpkin hunting, and found so much more.  I always do.  I love market days. It’s the season when cabbage and leeks are everywhere.  I’m told that, years ago, the Chinese would set out cabbage and leeks during this season to dry so they would have vegetables during the long, harsh winter.  Though we can … Continue reading

Qingnian Park

Qingnian Park

Up the street a few long city blocks lies Qingnian Park. It is a peaceful gem in the middle of traffic and construction. My visit a couple of weeks ago was in the early morning of a beautiful fall day. I was surrounded by the tai qi practitioners, the walkers and fishermen, those congregating for … Continue reading

Beiling Park

Beiling Park

Beiling Park is one of the most beautiful places in Shenyang.  Fall is beautiful, and I already plan to go back in winter to see it with a light blanket of snow.  The park is home to the Zhaoling tomb complex as well, a reminder that Shenyang was a favorite of the Qing Dynasty.  Enjoy. … Continue reading

Halloween Costume

Shenyang is wearing an interesting Halloween costume today – a 969 air quality index.  I guess my costume will include a face mask.  It makes for a spooky day that leads one to wonder how many days are being taken away by breathing a fraction of that air outside. Taking my life and lungs on … Continue reading

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.