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When is enough, enough?

Today, I have a serious question that I need an answer to. And like all times when I don't know where to go for counsel, I turn to my blog.  The question is, when do you think you know you've tried enough? How long can you continue to try to make things work when you know that the other side is not reciprocating at all? When do you give up if you know that all the effort you are making will eventually go down the drain?I don't know how to explain the predicament that I am in without going into s...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Rant, Delhi, Krishna, sgEchoChamber


art in our new home

When we were in Salt Spring Island, we went to the Saturday Market, and I instantly fell in love with this man's work.  Salt Spring artist Lorne Tippett uses wine-barrel stays to create a hanging frame, and carves the designs from reclaimed wood. We splurged and bought one. It's not like we're spending money on anything else this year! It's now hanging on our covered deck. We hung it where you can also see it from inside the house. I love the shape of the wooden base; it echoes t...
Tags: Travel, Art, Personal, Indigenous Peoples, Pacific, Chris, Julie, Vancouver Island, Laura K, Cluxewe Waterfront Bistro, Lorne Tippett, Cluxewe


cooking with cookie!

We had a bit of excitement last week, and I realized I shared it only on Facebook. I'm sure wmtc readers want an answer to the burning question, What is Cookie up to now? This is what she's up to! She Who Cannot Be Contained must have put her paws on the kitchen counter -- I had been cooking and she was looking for morsels -- and on the way down, hit the stove, turning on a burner. The Instant Pot lid was resting on the stovetop. I was on a zoom meeting with my door shut, but Allan (who has a...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Facebook, Dogs, Personal, Allan, Laura K


Catholic Mass in Shanghai in the Time of COVID (2020)

I’m often asked about the COVID situation in Shanghai. The truth is, things are almost normal now. We do have to wear face masks on the subway and in places like hospitals. But other than that, things are pretty normal. There is one notable exception, though. English Church services for foreigners have still not been allowed to resume, even though church services in Chinese resumed months ago. (I assume it’s the same for Catholics as for other Christians, but I’ll correct this if I’m wrong.)...
Tags: Censorship, Religion, Personal, Catholicism, Shanghai, Linguistics, St Ignatius, Catholic Mass, Xujiahui, Coronavirus, COVID-19


The Liminal Space

I’ve personally been in a liminal space for most of 2020. Today, most of America is in a liminal space. The word liminal comes from the Latin word ‘limen’, meaning threshold – any point or place of entering or beginning. A liminal space is the time between the ‘what was’ and the ‘next.’ It is a place of transition, a season of waiting, and not knowing. Liminal space is where all transformation takes place, if we learn to wait and let it form us. I’m participating in the first annual DEIS P...
Tags: America, Trends, Personal, Feld, Rodney Sampson, OHUB


Please Vote Today

If you haven’t voted yet, today is the day. Please vote. The post Please Vote Today appeared first on Feld Thoughts.
Tags: Trends, Personal, Feld


Last Vote from Florida

I was able to mail my absentee ballot in through the Shanghai Consulate via diplomatic pouch at the end of September, and then confirm last week through the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections’ website that it was received and counted. Whoo-hoo! (Much better than my 2016 “vote by fax” experience!) I feel a lot of pressure as a Florida voter (key word: 摇摆州 , literally, “swing state”), and this is actually the last election I’ll be voting as a Floridian. My mom is moving to Atlanta, s...
Tags: Florida, Atlanta, Personal, Linguistics, Shanghai Consulate, Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections


apologies to sir elton: itch, itch, the itch is back

Remember the severe hives I complained about? That condition is now officially chronic idiopathic urticaria. Translation: long-term hives of no known cause. After struggling through our mini-vacation in Victoria and Salt Spring Island, I called the dermatologist's office and pleaded my case. They very kindly squeezed me in as an emergency, on the day we were driving through that town -- saving us six hours of driving. I later learned it was the doctor's last day before his own vacation. Thank ...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Mental Health, Health Care, Victoria, Laura K, Salt Spring Island


Meatland

I saw this ad in the Shanghai subway. I’ve also seen an animated version before movies in the movie theater. I find this “land of meat” a bit disturbing… (Americans consume too much meat, but the Chinese consuming more and more meat is not good for anyone either, much less the planet.) The brand is called 双汇 (Shuanghui) and is a big brand you’ll find in any Chinese supermarket. The post Meatland appeared first on Sinosplice.
Tags: Health, Food, Advertising, Personal, Shanghai, Linguistics


Simply Begin Again

One of my mantras for v54 is “Simply Begin Again.” As I get closer to v55 (58 days from now), I’ve been thinking about it more. During my morning meditation, I repeated it for a stretch and then did the same for about a mile on my run this morning. Garth gets so many things correct. I made a big shift earlier this summer after I finished up some of the work I was doing with the State of Colorado around Covid, specifically around the Innovation Response Team. A lot of that energ...
Tags: Colorado, Trends, Personal, Mental Health, Running, Foundry Group, Amy, Feld, Garth, Ian Hathaway, COVID


Bubble Houses in Shanghai’s Space Forest

My family and I stayed in one of these places during the October holiday. The Chinese name for these kinds of structures is 泡泡屋 , literally “bubble house.” You’re inside a giant plastic bubble, inflated by a pump. So there’s a sort of “airlock” door. Interestingly, while you can easily see the bubble walls inside the bubble, they often don’t show up in pictures. (In the photo below, you can see the shiny plastic wall in the bottom left of the photo.) This place is ...
Tags: Travel, Camping, Entertainment, Personal, Shanghai, Linguistics, Observations, Chongming Island, Shanghai Municipality, Space Forest


My track with U2

In 2017, I got a call from Jonathan Freilich to record some horn parts he wrote. It turned out to be a session with producer Hal Willner (RIP) and U2. Unfortunately, Sir Elton’s part was not recorded at the same session… The record is finally out. Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group Bang A Gong (Get It On) · U2 · Elton John Bang A Gong (Get It On) ℗ An Island Records recording; ℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited Released on: 2020-09-04 Producer: Hal Wi...
Tags: Music, Personal, Jazz, Elton, Larry Mullen Jr, Island Records, Hal Willner, Ray Moore, Jonathan Freilich, Elton John Bang, Hal WillnerStudio, Adam ClaytonAssociated, Brad WalkerAssociated, Charles HalloranStudio, Howie WeinbergComposer


Glamping in Shanghai

I’ve been meaning to go “camping” in Shanghai for a while, knowing that whatever activity I engaged in would probably be pretty different from what I know as “camping” in the USA. Well, on the October holiday, I finally did it… my first glamping experience. (And yes, they even call it “glamping” here in Shanghai, too… 精致露营 in Chinese.) The campgrounds are located within a large park on Changxing Island 长兴岛 (near Chongming Island 崇明岛 ) called 长兴岛郊野公园 (Changxing Dao Jiaye Gongyuan)...
Tags: Usa, Camping, Entertainment, China, Personal, Shanghai, Linguistics, Observations, Chongming Island, Changxing Island, Dao Jiaye Gongyuan You


RIP Larry Nelson

Larry Nelson, a very close friend, passed away on Friday. If you don’t know Larry, he was a super positive participant in the Boulder and the Denver startup communities for many years. He and his wife Pat produced w3w3.com well before podcasts were trendy (Larry and Pat referred to it as “Internet Talk Radio.”) I always thought of Larry and Pat as the encouraging storytellers of the Boulder and the Denver startup communities. Going back to some time in the late 1990s, Larry and Pat started...
Tags: Trends, Personal, Rip, Boulder, Denver, Nelson, Pat, Brad, Larry, Feld, Larry Nelson, Larry Lord Nelson


a little story about learning to play piano

Recently I was unable to play piano for three weeks -- a combination of the unbearable hives (now about 75% gone!) and being on vacation. Since beginning Pianote's "Foundations" course in March, for four months I never missed a day of practice, and after that never missed more than the occasional day, one or two days per month, maximum. So being away from the keyboard for three weeks, I thought I might forget everything! Really, I thought I might be starting over from day one.The first day,...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Laura K


Goodbye, Wilson

I haven’t been writing anything over the Chinese October holiday. I’ve been coping with the loss of my friend Wilson. It’s hard to believe that Wilson lived in China for only a little over a year, from 2002-2003, because his friendship meant so much and had such an impact on my own development. It wasn’t that he taught me any specific thing or gave me career advice (besides starting this blog). But his passion and his confidence were infectious, and they affected me. They affect me still. I t...
Tags: China, Personal, Linguistics, Wilson


BEST PERSONAL GOLF LAUNCH MONITORS OF 2020

2020 PERSONAL LAUNCH MONITOR BUYER’S GUIDE Golf launch monitors have become ubiquitous with the pros.  At every PGA TOUR event, you see a variety of launch monitors on the range. Foresight, TrackMan, and FlightScope are the leaders. Bryson DeChambeau, the 2020 U.S. Open champion, uses launch monitors from two brands to dial in his game. Given that many of the best players in the world use these devices to drive both equipment and on-course decisions, it’s understandable that average golfers wou...
Tags: Sport, Launch, Personal, Golf, Garmin, Monitors, Bryson DeChambeau, PLM, Trackman, Voice Caddie, Rapsodo, Golf Buyer's Guides, Ball Speed Club Head Speed, Mevo Rapsodo SkyTrak, Flightscope Mevo Check Price


in which i implore the goddess of antihistamines to smile upon me

I am so grateful to be home, and to have several more days off before returning to work. All four of us are happy to be back. What a joy and a privilege to have a home that I love! Seeing the dermatologist in Campbell River on the day we were driving through town was an even bigger stroke of luck than we knew: it was the last day before the doctor's vacation! I would have had to wait another two weeks, in addition to another six hours of driving.Dermatologist:1. Ordered a whole whack of blood te...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Campbell River, Laura K


cpmvfsgu days 8 and 9: monday and tuesday on salt spring island; whether or not to leave a negative review for an airbnb

I've spent the last two days reading, blogging, scratching, and occasionally eating and sleeping. There were other things to do on Salt Spring Island, but I was too uncomfortable to do anything. It was very nice to have uninterrupted time to read and write.Tomorrow we'll take an early ferry to Crofton, drive up to Campbell River, take care of our appointments, then head back home. * * * * I've had a long running argument by email with the host of this cottage. I'd like to leave a negative r...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Complaints, Tripadvisor, Travels, Consumer Issues, Vancouver Island, Crofton, Campbell River, Laura K, Salt Spring Island


cpmvfsgu day 7: salt spring island (sunday)

Today's big news is that the GP Dermatologist in Campbell River will see me on the day we are driving through that town, on our way home. Which is two days from now! I'm so relieved I could cry.I called and pleaded my case -- to be honest, just a simple explanation, I didn't need to exaggerate! -- and also explained we would be passing through town in a couple of days. The scary part was waiting to see if they actually had the referral. I suppose if they hadn't, I could have corrected that with ...
Tags: Travel, Oregon, Personal, Travels, Allan, Vancouver Island, Campbell River, Laura K


cpmvfsgu day 6: salt spring island (saturday)

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times? Perhaps not as dramatic as all that, but yesterday was a tale of two days, for sure.We had a leisurely morning -- well, when you barely sleep, all mornings seem long -- and drove the dogs over to Salty Dog, the local daycare and boarding spot. When I made the arrangements, Jaime was the opposite of every doggie daycare place I've spoken with in any city. She was so totally laid back. Whatever day, whatever hour, just come on by. She didn't ask...
Tags: Travel, Art, California, US, Personal, Ireland, Egypt, Travels, Allan, Maude, Sophia, Jaime, Vancouver Island, Laura K, Ganges Ganges, Lorne Tippett


cpmvfsgu day 5: victoria to salt spring island

I am having the surreal experience of looking through photographs of the wildfire devastation in Washington State, Oregon, and California, and seeing the names of towns where much of my family live. They are all personally safe, and as of right now their homes are intact. It's very scary, both in the immediate and the larger pictures.My own personal surreality continues, my skin covered in red welts, scabs, and bruises. (Bruises from scratching; my skin bruises easily.) I've learned that chronic...
Tags: Travel, New York, California, Personal, Vancouver, Victoria, Travels, Allan, Ndp, Cookie, Ganges, Vancouver Island, Crofton, Saanich, Kai, Swartz Bay


consolation-prize mini-vacation featuring special guest urticaria: days 1 and 2: business in campbell river

This is the time when wmtc turns into a travel journal, which I write almost entirely for myself, for a record of my travels.First of all, we were supposed to travel in April, an ultimate road trip that would take in everything I could want in a vacation, from beloved friends and family -- many of whom we had not seen in many years, and who I really miss -- to gorgeous scenic drives, and, of course, baseball. And with our dogs, too! That is truly my little heaven. Even before the lockdown, we re...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Travels, Allan, North Island, Campbell, Vancouver Island, Kai, Campbell River, Port Hardy, Laura K, COVID-19, Campbell River Campbell River, Campbell River Hospital, Popsey


Why do the Chinese hate Disney’s Mulan so much?

Disney’s Mulan comes out in China today. All indications are that this movie is going to be a huge flop in China. Now, Mulan isn’t getting great reviews in the US either (it’s currently at a 5.5 out of 10 on IMDb), but it’s doing even worse in China (currently at a 5.1 out of 10 on MTime, China’s IMDb). Some of the US reviewers are saying that the film suffered from trying to appease Chinese censors and Chinese audiences. But Chinese audiences are not at all impressed with the result...
Tags: Movies, China, Disney, US, Personal, Culture, Shanghai, Linguistics, Mulan, Kung Fu Panda, Tenet, Henan, Fujian, Mulan Everyone


consolation-prize mini-vacation featuring special guest urticaria: days 1 and 2

This is the time when wmtc turns into a travel journal, which I write almost entirely for myself, for a record of my travels.First of all, we were supposed to travel in April, an ultimate road trip that would take in everything I could want in a vacation, from beloved friends and family -- many of whom we had not seen in many years, and who I really miss -- to gorgeous scenic drives, and, of course, baseball. And with our dogs, too! That is truly my little heaven. Even before the lockdown, we re...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Travels, Allan, North Island, Campbell, Vancouver Island, Kai, Campbell River, Port Hardy, Laura K, COVID-19, Campbell River Campbell River, Campbell River Hospital, Popsey


consolation-prize mini-vacation featuring special guest urticaria: day 1 and 2

This is the time when wmtc turns into a travel journal, which I write almost entirely for myself, for a record of my travels.First of all, we were supposed to travel in April, an ultimate road trip that would take in everything I could want in a vacation, from beloved friends and family -- many of whom we had not seen in many years, and who I really miss -- to gorgeous scenic drives, and, of course, baseball. And with our dogs, too! That is truly my little heaven. Even before the lockdown, we re...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Travels, Allan, North Island, Campbell, Vancouver Island, Kai, Campbell River, Port Hardy, Laura K, COVID-19, Campbell River Campbell River, Campbell River Hospital, Popsey


laura and the angry itch: recent experiences with both sides of the medical divide

As my Facebook friends know all too well, I have been struggling with severe urticaria -- hives -- for two months. I have been going out of my mind with unrelenting itching. My skin is on fire.For six weeks, I had no idea what had caused the urticaria, and nothing known to me relieved the itching.At the end of a day of itching and burning, Aveeno soothing baths and a thick eczema balm help calm things down.* Ice packs offer some relief.  Antihistamines do nothing, although I continue to take the...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, New York, US, Personal, Health Care, Big Pharma, Laura K


The Ever-Present Phantom Menace

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in China. There is a phantom menace always lurking. Yes, I’m talking about food poisoning. It got me on Tuesday. Yikes. After a rough morning, I went into “recovery mode” and slept all day. There’s a lot I’d like to write about. First step: stop getting sick! The post The Ever-Present Phantom Menace appeared first on Sinosplice.
Tags: Health, Food, Funny, China, Personal, Linguistics


another blog, for anyone who is interested

I've decided to have bariatric surgery. I made the decision towards the end of last year, and I started a separate blog so I could write about it.Initially I wanted to keep this very private. I just wasn't ready to share it. But there's a lot of stigma around weight-loss surgery, and I like to poke holes in stigma whenever I can. I'm taking steps to improve my health. There should be no shame in that. If some people are judgmental or feel superior, that's not my problem.If you want to come along...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Laura K


Do Waiters Always Deserve the Tip?

Our waitress wasn’t very courteous to us today. We asked for an empty plate and she never acknowledged the request. When she came by 15 minutes later, she just slid the plate on the table without stopping. This got me wondering — do waiters/waitresses always deserve a tip? It’s a widely accepted American standard to at least pay a 15% tip for dine-in meals. Yet, we probably wouldn’t be happy if we went to buy a book and they asked us for a tip. What’s the difference? Someone (or machine) assem...
Tags: Asia, Marketing, Personal, Canada, Money Management, Money Beliefs, Money Stories