Category Archives: Tiger Tail Soup

Journal Jottings on a Coup d’état

  I have stacks of steno notebooks, a.k.a., my journals. Writing in them has been my way of paying attention to the world around me and saving my observations for the future. In recent years I haven’t been journaling much. … Continue reading

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The True Story of a Foreign Ghost in a Chinese Cemetery.

We’re fast approaching that time of year when souls and saints appear. A time for recalling and repeating tales of the unexplained. So come along, I invite you to revisit this true tale of a little boy who encounters a … Continue reading

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A Chinese Island Retains Its Old World Charm.

Who would have thought that my contractors, a husband and wife team, would have visited Gulangyu on their Asian cruise! After all, they had five or six countries to visit, and the cruise only allowed three stops in China. Surprisingly, … Continue reading

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Translation: Is That What I Wrote?

My novel looks so different in translation. I look at all those Chinese characters and I wonder, is this really my novel? If only I could read Chinese! I did study it for a while. But that was years ago, … Continue reading

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My Translators Live in China.

 They show up on my computer screen every day or two with a question or a series of questions, and I answer them. But I’ve never met my translators. I picture them as three young Chinese men, but I could … Continue reading

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Stories Set in Foreign Lands

Since I started blogging a little over two years ago, I’ve become acquainted with lots of wonderful people, one of whom is Evelyne Holingue, an author who writes for both children and adults. Today Evelyne has gathered together six authors … Continue reading

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You Don’t Know What It’s Like to Be a …

 How many times have we seen the man in a sitcom or romantic comedy shake his head and say: I’ll never understand women? When the men and his friends act like a bunch of boys, the woman doesn’t say a … Continue reading

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Twelve Authors and Their Books

Today I’m teaming up with eleven other authors for an ebook sale. For the next ten days you’ll be able to load up your Kindle, Nook, iPad or phone with some new reading material for less than you’d spend on … Continue reading

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A Good First Line.

 If you Google “pick-up lines,” you’ll find oodles of suggestions. Funny pick-up lines, cute, clean, cheesy, dirty … They’re all there. One site has a list of 920. It appears that pick-up lines is an extremely popular subject. And for … Continue reading

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Mystery of the Tiny Boots

I found these tiny leather boots in an antique shop in Bow, WA. Or rather my sister Sue found them and pointed them out to me. “Look,” she said. “They must be for someone with bound feet. You could use … Continue reading

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