Category Archives: WWII in China

A Certain Kind of Soldier

(This post was first published more than three years ago. I think Memorial Day weekend is an excellent time to revisit these two remarkable men, my dad and my father-in-law.) Two Veterans of WWII My dad was a gentle man, … Continue reading

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December 7, 1941: “A Date Which Will Live in Infamy.”

Seventy-five years ago today, The Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. President Franklin D. Roosevelt called it, “A date which will live in infamy.” The following day, the United States declared war on Japan. Three days later, it declared war … 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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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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Mothers … When Circumstances Are Less Than Perfect

Single mothers, wartime mothers, hard-working mothers, stepmothers and adoptive mothers, deported, undocumented, or disabled mothers, far-from-home mothers, teenage mothers and old mothers, mothers who died too young … Being a mother is hard. Right from the start you have to … Continue reading

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Where Have All the Tigers Gone?

During the holidays my family—seven adults, one child and a teenager—visited the Indianapolis Zoo. Despite the unwieldy size of our group, we succeeded in staying together for a while. (The shark-petting pool with its small hint of danger appealed to … Continue reading

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If You Were in a Horror Movie, How Long Would You Survive?

  A few weeks ago, my oldest daughter sent me an email. The subject line read: “Have you retained Daddy’s training?” She’d taken an online fun quiz called “How Long Would You Last in a Horror Movie?” and she was … Continue reading

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Pearl Harbor Wasn’t the Only Target on Dec. 7, 1941

  For most of my life, I thought the only country the Japanese attacked on December 7, 1941, was my own, the United States of America. In my defense, the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor was an enormous event for … Continue reading

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A Technical Glitch to “Christmas Shopping Made Easy”

I’m sorry to the subscribers to my blog. When I hit subscribe today for my post, “Christmas Shopping Made Easy,” WordPress sent you something else. This is what I meant to have sent: Christmas Shopping Made Easy This year I … Continue reading

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Christmas Shopping Made Easy

Christmas Shopping Made Easy This year I finished my Christmas shopping early. Hurray! I’m so proud of myself. Most years I’m late—rushing around when the stores are too crowded and the best things are gone. Then I have to stand … Continue reading

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