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Author Archive | Dave Parks

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My Dad and the Lone Ranger

My dad sat at the kitchen table with me after supper and listened to the Lone Ranger. We didn’t have TV for a few years after it came in because good Free Methodists didn’t go to movies, and TV looked like a movie. Instead we listened to the radio and made movies with our imaginations. […]

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9.1 To Brook Kerith

“Everyone at home is fine, Lijah, but do you know where ‘here’ is?” Elijah glanced around at houses and trees. “Sometimes, Nathan, I could wring your scholarly neck.” “Just as I thought. You don’t even recognize the Well of Harod. Do you realize who once drank at the well in this village?” “This? Here?” Elijah […]

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Forty Old Bachelors

Our Grandmother Elma Fine Ingram baked mouth-watering cookies and recited fun poems. At our 1972 Ingram reunion, someone asked Grandma if she had a song. She replied that she did not have a song but she did have a recitation. Grandma was as cute as any 12-year-old: “I don’t believe I can stay seated to say […]

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Kuang Hong Yi is here!

Congratulations to Michael 邝灿强 and Tan CuiJiao 谭翠娇 near Guangzhou. Their son Kuang Hong Yi 邝泓毅 arrived January 31, 2012. Michael was our student in Chongqing and is back home doing a bang-up job teaching English to many eager young students. Here is Hong Yi at eight months, all 7.5 kilograms of him. Isn’t he just the most […]

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Eric – Before and After Ph.D.

When Eric (Li Ke) graduated with his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, he showed me these before and after shots on the right of a Ph.D. candidate. The little guy in blue reminds me how, for two years I expected to get a letter from Michigan State University saying, “So sorry, but there’s been […]

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Emet in Shenzhen

My newly arrived great grandson’s mom, Tessie, has been calling me 爷爷 [grandpa] for a few years. When she graduated from CTBU, Tessie went off to the boom town of Shenzhen and married a wonderful guy named Paul. They’re running a most intriguing business called Yage Star and producing this fun little boy whom I […]

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Benjamin lives in Lincang.

Isn’t he just the most beautiful boy?! Benjamin’s mother, Xiao Mei, lived with us in Kunming, where she found Xiao Zhang, a great guy from Wuhan.  She liked him so well that she married him and took him home with her to Lincang.  

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Kuang Hong Yi

Congratulations to Michael 邝灿强 and Tan CuiJiao 谭翠娇 near Guangzhou. Their son Kuang Hong Yi 邝泓毅 arrived January 31, 2012. Michael was our student in Chongqing and is back home doing a bang-up job teaching English to many eager young students. Here is Hong Yi at eight months, all 7.5 kilograms of him. Isn’t he just the most […]

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Superb Virtue in Foshan City

Please welcome 黄超贤.  He arrived among us via Foshan City.  Such a handsome and happy little guy!  His mommy is Jane, Vickie’s student in Chongqing. For fellow westerners, 黄 Huáng is this young man’s surname.  My dictionary says 超贤 ChāoXián means Superb Virtue.  Something to live up to, eh!

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Eric – Before and After Ph.D.

When Eric 李珂 graduated with his Ph.D. from Tsinghua University, he showed me these before and after shots of a Ph.D. candidate. The little guy in blue reminds me how, for two years I expected to get a letter from Michigan State University saying, “So sorry, but there’s been an error, and …”

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