30 Dec 2012
in Holiday, poetry
Tags: Holidays, May Sarton, modern, New Year, poetry
The time has come
To stop allowing the clutter
To clutter my mind
Like dirty snow,
Shove it off and find
Clear time, clear water.
Time for a change,
Let silence in like a cat
Who has sat at my door
Neither wild nor strange
Hoping for food from my store
And shivering on the mat.
Let silence in.
She will rarely speak or mew,
She will sleep on my bed
And all I have ever been
Either false or true
Will live again in my head.
For it is now or not
As old age silts the stream,
To shove away the clutter,
To untie every knot,
To take the time to dream,
To come back to still water.
18 Nov 2012
in architecture, China, expat life
Tags: modern, preparing for fall, traditional, trees
We’ve been blessed with sunny warm days. Today all the American English teachers went on a walk over to the traditional market. Here’s a few things I saw on the way.
30 Aug 2012
Tags: cherry blossoms, China, Hai Zi, modern, nature, poetry, sea
I’m having my students choose a poem and recite at the beginning of each class. It’s a lovely way to start. Here’s one that’s a translation of a Chinese Poem.
Facing the Sea With Spring Blossoms—Hai Zi
From tomorrow on,I will be a happy man.
Grooming,chopping and traveling all over the world.
From tomorrow on,I will care foodstuff and vegetable.
Living in a house towards the sea, with spring blossoms.
From tomorrow on,write to each of my dear ones.
Telling them of my happiness.
What the lightening of happiness has told me.
I will spread it to each of them.
Give a warm name for every river and every mountain.
Strangers,I will also wish you happy.
May you have a brilliant future!
May you lovers eventually become spouses!
May you enjoy happiness in this earthly world!
I only wish to face the sea, with spring blossoms.
20 Jun 2012
in art, China
Tags: colorful, feminine, modern, portraits, Women
From an exhibit at Prince Gong’s Mansion, Beijing.
13 Jun 2012
in art, culture
Tags: China, modern
I saw this at an exhibition at Prince Gong’s Mansion in Beijing. They didn’t have any English signs so I don’t know who made it.
05 Jun 2012
in poetry, Teaching EFL
Tags: education, literature, modern, teaching
On Flunking a Nice Boy Out of School
I wish I could teach you how ugly
decency and humility can be when they are not
the election of a contained mind but only
the defenses of an incompetent. Were you taught
meekness as a weapon? Or did you discover,
by chance maybe, that it worked on mother
and was generally a good thing—
at least when all else failed—to get you over
the worst of what was coming? Is that why you bring
these sheep-faces to Tuesday?
They won’t do.
It’s three months’ work I want, and I’d sooner have it
from the brassiest lumpkin in pimpledom, but have it
than all these martyred repentances from you.
23 May 2012
in art, China, culture, expat life, museum
Tags: Art Museums, Arts and Entertainment, Asia, Beijing, China, Chinese art, modern, museum, National Art Museum of China
I spent a lovely afternoon last Saturday wandering through the galleries of the National Art Museum of China. The collection consists of paintings, drawings and sculpture from the 20th and current century.
If you’re in Beijing, I recommend this museum. It’s free if you show your passport or Chinese i.d. card, and it’s not so crowded, a rarity on the weekends.
27 Apr 2012
in culture, YouTube find
Tags: dance, Fashion, modern
Both in one YouTube film. Enjoy!
25 Mar 2012
in art, China, photos
Tags: families, fun, kites, modern, parks, recreation, roller blading, sculpture
It was a beautiful spring day, perfect for strolling through the new sculpture park on the west side of town.