• About Joel

    Joel reads and writes a lot, and teaches, and tries to get you to believe that grammar is a big deal in a different way than you thought. He also plays the drums.


    We’re raising funds for International China Concern

    by  • September 18, 2012 • family • 0 Comments

    I’ll keep this brief, because I don’t really like reading fundraising letters myself. They usually seem manipulative to me. So here goes. In the last year or so, there have been a number of stories about the death of innocent children in China, like the story of Yueyue, which I wrote about here, and several […]

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    Two More Thoughts on Sanmenxia

    by  • March 26, 2012 • family • 0 Comments

    1. I wasn’t feeling too well while we were in Sanmenxia, and we were staying in a cheap hotel with a very uncomfortable bed, so Sarah, who was increasingly pregnant, wasn’t feeling great either. Yet in a way it’s the leg of the trip I remember the most fondly. I have such deep admiration for […]

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    Xi’An [Dec 7-11]

    by  • March 26, 2012 • family • 0 Comments

    The much-neglected China travelogue continues…. I really didn’t know anything about Xi’An other than the fact that it was considered old, which by Chinese standards is really saying something. I had heard that it used to be called Chang’An, and that it was the capital of China at some point. You get used to hearing […]

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    by  • December 11, 2011 • family • 0 Comments

    Chengdu may have been our favorite city on this trip so far. We’d heard while in Chongqing that it (Chengdu) was a nicer place to live, and the descriptions we’d heard of its major characteristics – slower pace of life, teahouse culture, natural beauty, excellent cuisine, etc – reminded us of some of the things […]

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    Three Gorges Cruise – Days 2/3

    by  • December 2, 2011 • family • 0 Comments

    NOTE: internet connection is still slow, though a little better, here in Chengdu. I have little patience with trying to upload photos but I’ve added a few from the cruise.   We are still experiencing things at a faster rate than I am able to write them down! I’m writing the beginning of this post […]

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    Shanghai and Yichang

    by  • November 27, 2011 • China • 0 Comments

    NOTE: Our internet connection is too slow to upload pictures at the moment. We’ll catch up soon. Greetings from a giant boat on the Yangtze River! We are currently aboard the “President Prime,” the newest and fanciest cruise ship on the river (it started business in April of this year). This is probably the most […]

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    Return to Shaoxing and Hangzhou

    by  • November 25, 2011 • China • 1 Comment

    At the beginning of this week, Sarah and I returned to the two cities where we lived for each of the two years we lived in China. Shaoxing and Hangzhou. I’ve been to both cities several times since I’ve been here, but for Sarah it was her first time back in 3 years. In Shaoxing, […]

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