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The Circle is Unbroken - Friends of the Brothers Return to Brooklyn Bowl 10/25

We will never allow the circle to be broken. Very excited to be returning to the great Brooklyn Bowl with Friends of the Brothers on October 25.  Tickets are just $12 and presales are a big help. Click here. FOB features Peter Levin…

Videos from the trip

This is Anna being wooed and swept away by the entire wait staff of the little restaurant where we had dinner our first night, in guiyang.Driving out of Kaili to the South, you go through this light industrial zone and then into the countryside,…

Let the Guizhou pictures begin

God, I have so many great pictures to share. I will try to post a bunch but will start with shots form the villages we visited. The area we were is an autonomous region for Miao minority people. They are the same as the Hmong in Laos, Vietnam…

You wouldn't believe this place...

Greetings from kaili, Guizhou Province, People's Republic of China. It is a really wild place. Very beautiful but a little rough edged and quite poor..caol mines to the north and ringed by industry zones, beyond which are stunningly ebautiful…

Hiking to a temple.. blessed by monks...more video

Went for a hike last Sunday.. wish I could say it was all great but we got badly lost on the way.. should have been 90 minutes and it took 2.5 hours or so... everyone was ragged out...We weren’t that far from our house really but we might…

Column feedback

Alan,The mad frenzy at the train station book store you described is reminicent of the comical phenomenon my wife and I experience each time we are away from Beijing on short home leave trips. Sometimes it is not just reading material but simple…

A brave new world -- video added!

The Shaolin Warriors in action...

Jacob takes Silver

Jacob got his silver certificate last Thursday at the school assembly. They get merits for good behavior, good work, etc and after 10 they get a bronze, 30 a silver, 60 a gold. Jacob got his silver last week and it happened to coincide with…

May Day, Shaolin Warriors and more...

Today is May Day and it kicks off a week-long national holiday. No school, no ayis, lots of stuff closed.. We are going to Guizhou on Weds. evening. it is a South Central Chinese province, supposed to be very pretty and pretty poor and remote.…

Coaching kids sports

I am writing a bunch of stuff for the Insider's Guide to Beijing. Many of them are basically rewrites of my columns, but here is an original piece of work. I'm not really sure how much I like it.I have always found sports to be a great icebreaker…