Friday, October 30, 2009

All the Tea in China

I've just posted a short article at HubPages called All the Tea in China that might be of interest to readers here.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Book Reviews

When I first moved away from the US about 17 years ago, fresh out of college, the market for Christian fiction was just revving up. I read a fair number of novels that are now smack in the middle of that very vibrant (and lucrative) field, but those were just the early precursors of what was to become a pretty big industry.

The flood of Christian fiction seems to be mostly contained in the US, with much smaller amounts available in the markets where I currently live. I usually pick up a few novels within the genre when I am back in the States visiting my parents. But I find it a little overwhelming sometimes to be faced with so many options. Of course, with as big as the market has gotten, there is often a lot of really bad writing to wade through before finding the good books.

With that in mind, I've started putting together a website with reviews of Christian fiction. I am going to include all sorts of titles there, whether they be books marketed specifically as Christian fiction, or works that seem to be of interest to readers who tend toward that market. I've started posting reviews, and will continue doing so. I'm also inviting other reviewers to submit your thoughts for other readers. It doesn't matter to me what your background is, or even whether you yourself are a Christian at all. I am open to reviews from all readers, but the reviews need to be written specifically with the Christian market in mind. Feel free to review titles that are already listed on the site (I'm open to multiple reviews of the same book from different readers), or send something over on any book not yet listed there. I'd really like to see the site expand, with lots of new titles being covered.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

A Huge Project Completed

I've been hard at work on the dark 'til dawn poetry lamp series, in cooperation with decollection. We started back in April, and have finally completed the 30 designer art pieces in the series. We've got a launch scheduled for Nov 7, with all of the available spots already booked up. It looks like it is going just as planned..... which, naturally, scares me to death!

This is the first series of collectibles launched by decollection, and I hope it will be the first of many. They do excellent work, and it was a pleasure to collaborate with Peter Zhou of decollection on this project. Pictures of the lamps (along with order forms) will be available soon at the decollection website.

This is also the first time my poetry has been used in a series of art pieces, and the whole process has been quite enjoyable for me. You can read more of my reflections on dark 'til dawn at my main blog site.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Open Mic

We had a good crowd at Open Mic in Shanghai last night, including a few newcomers, and of course, all of the old regulars that we love. There was lots of poetry read, and several musicians had songs to share. The theme was "Night," and was a lot of fun.

Next week, the theme will be "strangers." I think that is going to be a fun one, and I hope we have a good crowd gather for it. We meet at A Tale of 4 Cities. That’s at the 3rd floor of the Ke Art Center, No. 613B Kai Xuan Lu. Stop in and join us on Wednesday at 7:30 pm.

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White Collar Crime Lawyer in Dallas

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The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy are one of the leading firms in addressing white collar crime in North Texas. When faced with charges for a white collar crime, a tough defending attorney is the first thing you look for, and this Dallas criminal lawyer is as good as they get.

McConathy handles all level of misdemeanor and felony cases. So, whether one faces charges for homicide or failure to pay a parking fine, McConathy is the man for the job. There's a little video snippet of an interview with him at his website that is kind of interesting. It talks about the problem of outstanding citations, and the desire of the city to collect the hundreds of millions of dollars owed it, and the mistakes made that can result in seeing warrants issued for the arrest of people who have paid their fines on time. That's not exactly the sort of situation I first think of when I hear "white collar crime," but it is one that, if I found myself in it, I'd sure want someone who took my case seriously to address it for me. McConathy does just that, taking both the big and small cases in hand, and treating them with the seriousness they deserve.

Check out criminal lawyer Dallas for more information on Richard C. McConathy if you need the services of a good white collar crimes attorney.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Earn Travel Rewards as You Travel

It's pretty much common knowledge that credit cards make travel much easier. No one wants to be on the road without a few credit cards in the wallet. The best sort, though, are those that offer good credit card rewards that let you earn more savings on travel, hotels, and more. Some even offer good cash back options when you use them, which puts money right back in your pocket.

There are lots of good packages to choose from. Before packing the bags and heading out for another trip, you might want to take a look at this website and see some of the better credit card reward programs out there, allowing you to earn travel rewards as you travel.

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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Exciting Opportunity

Woo-hoo! I'm working now on a travel guide for the city of Suzhou. The guide will be published by the group that puts out Urbanatomy and the That's magazines.

I'm looking forward to the upcoming months of work on the guide. I've been getting my feet wet the past few weeks, and so far it is going well. I am enjoying it, and really happy about the whole project.

I'll keep you posted as things go along.

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Sunday, October 04, 2009

National Day in China - the 60th year

Lots of fun stuff going on this week with all of the National Day celebrations.

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Saturday, October 03, 2009

Pins on the Map

I only recently set up my Facebook account — I know, way behind the times, huh? Anyway, I had a good time playing with one application, designed by Trip Advisor. In this little game, you put pins in the map marking places you've been. I posted my map here recently.

On thing that this little game reminded me of is that there is a whole big world out there that I haven't seen. It is amazing that I think I've seen a lot of places, and yet there is so much out there still unseen, unvisited. And that I probably won't live long enough to see.


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