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North America » United States » Arkansas » Little Rock May 13th 2008

There was an earthquake in Chengdu. 7.9. 8500 people killed. Schools collapsing. I wonder if these were some of the schools we were supposed to visit. I wonder if these are friends of Martha. It's horrible.... read more

First, the news via Anne Culver...THEN KEEP READING FOR HOW THIS DAY REALLY ENDED.... The C2C crew filed for 1 pm CT departure from Mountain Home after a fun-filled, three-day visit. Wrote Anne Culver, relayed from Bob Hawkins, "As far as I can tell, the townspeople will have a parade today, led of course by the Blues Brothers’ Chevy, but I have no information if the parade is before they leave (in celebration of their visit) or after they leave (in celebration of their departure). There must be at least one beer hall that is going through the stages of grief right now…" Bob reported at about 1:30 EDT that he saw patches of blue sky to the west and their weather briefer said, "...t’s clearing and should be okay, but possibly windy." They might go ... read more

Martha Morton called & said I owed her some things. It seems I never turned in my Culture III assignment (I did that... DIDN'T I???), and I didn't turn in my signed waiver form (think I just spaced on that & walked out with it), & I have to give her some dissemination plan. Dang, I don't know how I'm going to disseminate information about China right now. Right now I'm not completely sure how I'm going to disseminate Edgar Allan Poe to freshmen. I am really grateful for this opportunity, but DADGUM does anyone realize how much work is involved in being a teacher? ... read more

I feel so overwhelmed at the thought of trying to have everything done before we leave on June 6th. June 5th is our last day of semester exams, so I won't even have a work day between classes and leaving, much less a day for organizing and packing. I keep thinking of things I need to do, but I'm so scattered. Like: I need to call the credit card company & tell them I'm going to China so pretty please don't cut off my credit. Get some plug adapters There was other stuff I was just thinking about... Now what was that? See?! Somehow have to have all my grades in, including my semester exam grades, which I'll finish giving at 1:00 the day before I leave -- that end of school checkout list (the scavenger ... read more

I got a notice on my forum query about Ryokan Rikiya. This was encouraging. url= Ryokan Rikiya review ... read more

I've been working on getting donations for our gifts to the Chinese schools. So far I've contacted the state house, the Hot Springs Department of Tourism, The Arkansas Heritage Society, a couple of places in D.C., Disney (what could be more American), an my senator. The smaller the place is, the more willing they seem to be to donate. Today I got a sack of pens and arkansas shaped notepads from the Heritage Society (Thanks Mrs. Whitfield!). They look great. Susie got some t-shirts from LRSD today. I am hoping we can get some of those postcards with the picture of LRSD on them. The school is so beautiful. I think that would be something they would be interested in. I am hoping that I can come up with a few gifts that are more generally ... read more

North America » United States » Arkansas » Little Rock April 26th 2008

Day two of the workshop started at a much more reasonable time, 9:00 a.m., with some Tai Chi. I don't know if I would like it. Mostly I felt awkward, but everyone else did too. I think I'll stick with Yoga. The nice thing about Yoga is that you can feel when you get it right, and the time in the positions is much longer, allowing for self-adjustments & meditation. But I can see the appeal of Tai Chi. We continued the individual current events presentations. I think we were all ready to be done, though. Too much sitting! We took our "test." Mary Laura was right, & she is much loved among the program participants. Catherine Channell gave us a short Chinese lesson. She's a really great teacher, which didn't surprise me since she's been ... read more

North America » United States » Arkansas » Little Rock April 25th 2008

We had our first day of the two-day workshop, beginning at the crack of dawn. We had to be at the UALR campus at the obscene time of 7:15 for a 7:30 three mile hike. I was a little trepidatious about this part of the "test." I have lost 22 lbs since January, but honestly I haven't ever gotten into an exercise habit. Still, I'm a tough girl. I didn't know that the leader of this thing was going to be a flippin boot camp instructor (literally) and that he was going to lead us on a sprint-paced all uphill death march! Good grief. I know we'll be doing a lot of walking in China, but I don't think we'll have to walk at that pace! Anyway, I made it, & I wasn't last, so it's ... read more

North America » United States » Arkansas » Little Rock April 14th 2008

I have been trying for a month to find a place for Susie and me to stay while we're in Kyoto, Japan. I really wanted traditional Japanese for our stay. At first I researched & researched for the perfect place, and I finally came up with this place, the Heianbo . Unfortunately, they were booked. Then I tried another place... and another... and another. I was getting desperate. Fortunately, someone at tripadvisor lead me to the itcj, the International Tourism Center of Japan. Both are wonderful sites if you're trying to plan a trip to Japan (tripadvisor, for anywhere) remotely. The ITCJ has maximum cost restrictions for the accomodations to be on the site, and it caters to foreigners trying to book from outside the country. You can do searches ... read more

North America » United States » Arkansas » Little Rock March 30th 2008

Obfuscator writes: The night of storms in Texarkana continued through the morning. We drove into town to check out some of the sights. Of course, since it was basically pouring on us, we didn't feel it necessary to look too closely. We did stop at the Post Office which straddles the state line, and is quite lovely. In front of it is a little statue to the Confederacy (of course), which was also picturesque, and crosses the state line as well. We drove northeast from there, heading toward Hot Springs National Park. We stopped briefly in Hope, Arkansas to see the first home of President Clinton. It was closed though, since it was a Sunday, and we drove on. Eventually we did get to Hot Springs, which is rather peculiar, really. The National Park surrounds the ... read more
Look!  The state line!
Texarkana's statue to "Their Loyal Confederates."
Bill Clinton's first home in Hope, Arkansas.

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