The Truth of the Matter


It was the little things that made Bea realize that Jake might have had a problem. The sudden start when in an otherwise quiet room. Staring off into space as if listening to a distant…

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Dalian Zoo – Part 2


So we got to see a whole bunch of those warm fuzzy critters last time, but not EVERYTHING! Not by a long stretch! But, I mean, we got the pandas and the adorbs red pandas,…

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Life Lessons from Debate


This past weekend, I got to be a judge at a debate tournament here in China. Don’t worry – I’m not going to launch into the ins and outs of debate in China and how…

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Dalian Forest Zoo (Part 1)


Did I mention I had witnessed an attempted jailbreak in Dalian a few weeks ago?  No?  I even got a picture… (yep – I think I’m funny….)   Now, why on earth would I be…

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Thank You For Coming In


“Thank you for agreeing to meet with me, Agent Rider.”  The vice-principal had greeted Richard at the door with a grim smile and a firm handshake.  “Please, come in. Can I get you something to…

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Banpo Museum – Xi’an


Before I thought of going to Xi’an, I admittedly didn’t even know this one existed, and I only found it on a fluke.  I was looking at private tours for the Terracotta Warriors, and I…

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Xi’an City Wall


Xi’an is precisely what I pictured most large cities to be like here in China before I came – a fascinating mesh of ancient and new forming something distinct.  Dalian doesn’t have that.  The city…

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Giant Wild Goose Pagoda – Xi’an


So I saw a whole bunch of historical sites while in Xi’an, and while the Terracotta Warriors were certainly at the top of the list this one was definitely a significant place that I simply…

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Terracotta Army


So we all know I’m a great big nerd. Yeah, I get it. One of the major draws that brought me to China was the history here.  It’s simply not something we see much of…

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In Your Dreams Part 2


The cigar pressed against her shoulder, and the stink of burning flesh flooded her senses once more. She bit back on her scream as fresh tears sprung to her eyes. Jaw locking, she bared her…

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