Dis place meant

The experience of being away is always beneficial, but in ways you might not expect. We are in a three-day hiatus between guests, so Jonathan is writing lectures he will be giving here and I am working on a new manuscript, and for some reason we felt more homesick...

Dining at the Oriental Pearl Tower

  Yesterday we (me, husband, OD or Older Daughter) did the most touristy thing we could think of for OD’s last day in Shanghai. We took the metro to the financial district, rode an elevator up to the 88th floor of the Oriental Pearl Tower and ate a buffet...

Year of the snakes and ladders

Life is beginning to turn right side up. The students are returning to our Fudan University campus from their spring festival visits to family. We got our Metro cards and submitted knapsacks to the security scanners that sit at every subway entrance and blessed...

Shanghai Diary #1: Stock the Lodging

  I’m really glad we live near the original Chinatown in Toronto, when we’re living in Toronto. Now we’re in Shanghai for a month, and the sight of dangling ducks or the sound of Mandarin (okay, in Toronto it’s mostly Cantonese)...

Consider the poltergeist (2)

A paranormal specialist named Herbert Thurston wrote an interesting book in 1976 called Ghosts and Poltergeists┬áthat included a chapter called “Poltergeists before the Law Courts.” ┬áThurston noted how rare it was that “spiritistic phenomena are...
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