Back home again.
I'll try to post a few reflections. .. after the laundry and such.
Thank YOU for following this wonderful adventure!
It is a Chinese tradition when a friend is leaving to spend some time together making dumplings for dinner. Here, Dr. Zhang's daughter (a cute and clever dumpling, herself) is helping.
And, despite the limited structural integrity of the dumplings I constructed, they were amazingly delicious!
I very much hope I may travel to China soon. The combination of friends, scholarship, and food is irresistible! !
As my Fulbright specialist project draws to a close, I wander once more through the park. This time, I cross over the Salle River and catch this view at the end of the day.
Some look for the light at the end of the tunnel. And some (halfway) joke, or simply fear, that it may be an oncoming train.
Here, poised between day and night is where we are balanced with structure and light. Consider, if you will, that there is no tunnel we have not created for ourselves. And, when guided by light, supported by structure, and possessed of humility for learning and a sense of determination, there is no chasm we cannot cross.
The light at the start of the bridge.
The "continental" weather in Salle is very different from Petaluma. I was just settling down to a picnic dinner by the river (to read some articles) when I heard some thunder.
Taking the better part of valor, I packed up and began walking back home to IAMO. Along the was, the wind knocked a large branch off a tree... only 60 feet (20 meters) from me! I was primed to panic!
Made it home alive, although a little wet, and witnessed an amazing display of thunder and lighting!
More weather in 20 minutes than my home town gets in 20 months!