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Cricket's Voice

An Expat's mid-life Musings in Nanjing,China.
Personal-Creative Non-fiction
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Site Owner: DivaMomCarol

Most Recent Posts from Cricket's Voice

Zaijian - Farewell

It's time for the wrap up, the send-off, the “So Long!  Farewell!”We are leaving China and our three-year Nanjing home within days.Three adventurous eye-opening years slipped through our toes like goose shat on a fescued steep hill.  Zip!  Zap!  Zoop! We arrived, we discovered and we will become repatriated in the good old United States of America. It has been a great adventure and an unbelievable privilege to live life abroad at this point in our lives.We’ve learned a ...

Posted on 15 March 2014 | 5:38 am

Stopped Stitching But Still Running

The summer of 2012 I created  Run Stitch Run - Stitching to Support those Less Fortunate than Ourselves - a grassroots organization. The Pillowcase Project was born - funded by generous folks and crafty sewing friends and strangers.A year ago in the Fall of 2012, my friend Angie and I traveled to an orphanage near Fujian, China. Our suitcases were filled to the brim with custom and unique pillowcases to gift each child housed there.  An...

Posted on 5 November 2013 | 10:57 am

Same-Same - But Different-2013

The T-shirt slogan “Same-Same – But Different” caught my eye in 2011 when we traveled to Bangkok, Thailand and perused the bustling Sukhumvit Street Market there.  Puzzled by the phrase I asked our friend and host Bethe.  She laughed and said it poked fun at Thai vendors who are selling ‘similar’ merchandise also known as “knock-offs.”  The claim that the merchandise they offer is “Same-Same – But Different” is a common one.  We have used the expression ev...

Posted on 28 July 2013 | 12:35 pm

A Tale of Two Kings

No surprise to any of us that as life goes forward, body parts lag behind or function less easily.  Let’s just say that it has been happening to us for the past several years.  Most significantly, at the age of 50 we both started to notice changes.  Some subtle, some less.  It was then that the extra weight was harder to lose.  It was then that six month check-ups with laboratory tests and screenings of this and that were offered and attended to.   We are ver...

Posted on 20 July 2013 | 9:43 am

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough!"

In our USA homeowner- forever-married state, nine out of ten weekends were spent on household projects.  A 50-year old house nestled in a suburban wood requires basic upkeep and maintenance and we are "project people."The pattern was to rise early, jump in a FORD car or truck and head to Home Depot.   On many long weekends, instead of heading to a northern cabin in the woods, we became woodchucks chucking wood and would accomplish all sorts of things, from landscape projects ...

Posted on 26 May 2013 | 8:00 am

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