Thoughts & Sayings (June 2014)

Here are some thoughts and sayings I posted on Twitter and/or Facebook in April and May. To my knowledge, I made these up (for better or for worse). Sit back, relax, and enjoy the write!

Encouraging Words

1. Question this.


2. Live it up but let it down slowly.


3. It isn’t the end of the world, but avoid it like the plague.


Twisted Words

4. This restaurant is notable. I can never get a reservation.


5. If nobody’s perfect, I must be a nobody.


Random Musings

6. Why can’t I move as fast as my brain?


7. It’s never dangerous until it is.


8. Why do people care if chickens cross the road?


9. Every day, millions of people have their cake and eat it.


Click here to visit the Thoughts & Sayings page, or click here to read the previous batch of Thoughts & Sayings.


Click here to read the original article on MG Edwards. Visit MG Edwards for more great travelogues, photos, and videos from around the world.

How does one describe a country like China? Facts and figures do not adequately measure the immensity of the world’s most populous nation, its third largest by size, and one of its most ancient. Grandiose statistics do not do China justice. China is perhaps best described as “China.” The name itself conjures images of the Great Wall, megapolises, Zodiac calendars and complicated characters, sumptuous cuisine, exotic scenery, manufacturing might, exquisite artisanship, and many more. From the Middle Kingdom to a People’s Republic, China is a dragon both awe-inspiring and fire-breathing that has reawakened from its slumber and is now stretching its wings to reassert itself in the world. Like the 21,196-kilometer (13,171 mile) Great Wall stretching from the Yellow Sea in the east to the far western interior, the breadth of this land is difficult for anyone to fathom. An ever-growing number of foreign tourists flock to popular destinations like Shanghai, Beijing, Xi’an, or Guilin to immerse themselves in the Far East – or so they think – but they have only begun to discover what is truly China. Few ever will, for this dynamic land is always on the move, heading into the future and out of reach of full comprehension.

More About China

The Great Wall

2002_03 China Great Wall DSC00202-1

Pudong District, Shanghai

2010_07 China Shanghai IMG_4590-1

Forbidden City, Beijing

2002_03_30 China Beijing DSC00223-1

Terracotta Warrior, Xi’an

2006_04 China Xi'an 103_0346-1

Map picture

Celebrating New Year of the Dragon in China!

My wife Jing, son, and I spent the 2012 Chinese New Year with Jing’s family in Shanghai, China. It was a special New Year’s for us, not only because it ushered in the auspicious Year of the Dragon but also because it marked a first for our family—the first time we had been together with Jing’s family in China for the holiday. My wife had not spent New Year’s with her family in almost two decades, and it would be the first time my son and I joined them. The happy hearts and big smiles of my in-laws when we arrived January 21 foretold a joyous reunion.

photo 1

Click here to read the original article on MG Edwards. Visit MG Edwards for more great travelogues, photos, and videos from around the world.