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Pecans & Life in America

Life is a wee bit more distracting in America…yikes – just the commercials have all of us Rathmells gawking at the TV – we are so easily sold because of the amazing graphics and professional wooing.  Jack knows that Geico can save us 15% or more in 15 minutes, that you can eat Taco Bell … Continue reading »

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The “Real” Deal…

Many of you know we’re coming back to the USA next Wednesday – we actually hop over to Hong Kong on Tuesday, spend the night there and hope to catch a standby flight from there direct to Newark (only 15 1/2 hours)… Anyhow..in the midst of our thinking about America, the kids keep coming up … Continue reading »

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Here I go again…

Some of you may have noticed I’ve been absent from the blogging world…I don’t really know how to explain why.  Well, first off, my travel blogging hopes were not only dashed, they were obliterated with the shameful lack of internet in New Zealand.  Talk about taking the wind out of my sails…I was so eager… … Continue reading »

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High/Low

I’m feeling ambivalent today – got lots going through my heart/soul/mind….thought I’d write it down (this is one of the times where having a melancholic mood can derail the day): 1.  High – took Dad out in town to shop and enjoy Chiang Mai/Low – Clutch in truck finally bit the dust and I drove … Continue reading »

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And the answer is…(Part 6 of 6)

Good thing I’m done with this montage of thoughts on the blog…after what I’m about to pull, you may need to take a break… Whenever someone asks me the simple question, “What are you going to do…”, a weird little radar goes off…things like, “I’m not sure”/uncertainty, “I don’t care”/apathy, “Go to Disneyworld”/relief all kind … Continue reading »

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What are you going to do with that? (Part 5 of 6)

This is the question I’ve been getting a lot lately.  If someone comes over and I show them my two antique purchases from China, they definitely have it on their mind.  I bought an old shutter from an ancient Chinese house that I thought would look super cool on my wall [now just have to … Continue reading »

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Being Strong is Never Easy…(Part 4 of 6)

I know…it’s no bombshell of amazing wisdom…it is, however, the second half of my encounter with three energetic physical therapists… After my “talking to”, I kept trying to get a word in edgewise about my spinal cord plight of years ago, searching high and low for some sympathy and understanding as to why my legs … Continue reading »

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Physical Therapy Anyone? Part 3 of 6

While at our conference in Beijing, we were treated to lovely, spoiling things by a ministry to North American missionaries.  You’re really only supposed to go to ONE of these conferences in a lifetime, but when they have space available, missionary vultures like Jen and myself are allowed to participate again.  (We are already stalking … Continue reading »

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Vulnerability Stinks…Part 2 of 6

After reading about getting swindled in Beijing, now you get to hear the rest of the story… As we continued our trek to Tiannamen Square, I could not shake how foolish I felt for being taken…it is not often, as adults (at least if you put forth a small effort toward wisdom) where we are … Continue reading »

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Roughed up in Beijing – Part 1 of 6

Inspired by my BFF, I am going to blog for six days in a row…I promise they won’t all be about Beijing (unless, of course, I run out of material and have to start ratting out said BFF about her not-so-nice-comments about China)…besides, I’ve wanted to see what it’s like to blog every day and … Continue reading »

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