When East Meets West for Christmas

Even though Christmas isn’t an officially recognized holiday in China, it is common to see plenty of holiday decorations. Many of the nicer hotels and department stores go all out with their decorations, and that is always interesting to see. During a recent trip to...

Sorry, Only Two Can Play This Game

Each winter, I bring gifts, food, toiletries, and cleaning supplies to the special needs orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life. Actually, I do this during my visits throughout the year, but it is a particular focus during winter, when we celebrate Christmas...

Happy Year of the Rooster!

In China, by far the largest holiday is the Lunar New Year, which is called the Spring Festival or “Chun Jie” in Chinese. It is based on the lunar calendar, so it doesn’t happen on the same day each year. It occurs around the end of January or the first of February,...

Have You Ever Heard of Moon Cakes?

One of the holidays celebrated in China during the fall is called the Mid-Autumn Festival or “Zhong qiu jie.” I have celebrated many of them in China, and one thing I can always count on is there being many moon cakes sold, served, and given as gifts. So, have you...

So Many Ways

The needs at the special needs orphanage in China supported by Global Partners in Life is long, and sometimes we may not realize all of them, but we provide for the children as we can. A universal and consistent need is food for the growing children, and this is one...