A few weeks ago, I paid a visit to the Chengdu Gay Community Care Organization. It was both a fact-finding mission and a chance to introduce myself. Since I volunteered in the HIV/AIDS community in L.A. for 12 years, I’m anxious to find an outlet for my continued involvement in this field. You can read my write-up about my visit here:
Summer is returning with a vengeance. With my friend’s help, I bought some new lightweight clothing. Other things I will soon need: new athletic shoes, hiking boots, sleeping bag, travel backpack, and a digital camera. And I thought I was leaving the consumer lifestyle behind.
Here are some photos from some other recent activities:
In the petrified forest – not petrified, exactly, but an outdoor sculpture garden of 3,000-year-old trees unearthed at the Jinsha site.
RJ does IKEA. Yes, they now have a Chengdu store. So many furnishings, so little time….
Quotes for the day:
Learning a foreign language is a good way to get laughed at. I think we need to give learners a chance to be laughed at, at the same time as we stroke their egos because we are impressed by their language learning performance.
No teacher ever failed from ignorance.
That is empiric professional knowledge.
Teachers fail because they cannot “handle the class.”
Real education must ultimately be limited to men who INSIST on knowing, the rest is mere sheep-herding.
Ezra Pound, ABC of Reading, NY: New Direction Publishing, 1987, p. 84