I am a teacher, a bicyclist, a martial artist, a cook. I am a lapsed filmmaker, an amateur photographer, and a sloppy linguist. My husband is a gifted healer and acupuncturist. Together, we are spending a year or more in Chengdu, China, as I teach applied linguistics at Sichuan University, and he furthers his studies in herbs and tui na massage. This site is not a travel guide for the curious or a how-to supplement for your Lonely Planet pocket pal. This is a place where I can wrap my words around the things we live, and where strangers and friends can put their ears to the ground for vibrations sent from the other side of the world.


18 Responses to “Who?”

  1. Mmmmmm… good to hear from you 🙂 Thanks so much for the life line- I’ll visit often.

    Petey sais hi… he’s hanging out at our house wile the folks are on thier motorcycle trip the next couple weeks. It’s cool they’ll get to check out this blog wile they’re out raising cane.

    Love you much, lady… Safe travels and may the force be with you- Carrie Hoof

  2. Sloppy linguist? Hardly! You weave magic with your words.

    What a sensuous, alluring picture!

    Looking forward to hearing about your adventures!

  3. I’m so happy and excited for you. It is great to know that the voice inside my head that said: “she will lead an interesting life” was right. I send you my love, Paola

  4. Thank you for inviting me into your adventure. Good luck setting off and setting a course.

  5. I wish you both a safe, enlightening and inspiring experience; and anxiously await the chronicles of your adventures.

  6. this sounds like an adventure both of your interests and gifts have fully primed you for. have an absolutely wonderful and positively challenging trip!

  7. Looking forward to reading about your adventure’s. Not much new with me. Just exploring the U.S. & Canada. I picked up a small boat and am taking up fly fishing. Enjoy the packing.

  8. well, the spiciness of the sichuan province will have nothing compared to the spiciness of your length…or your longevity…or anything really regarding the fact you and yao ming or that 7’6″ guy from the mongolian province who just married his love of only 5’6″
    you will be reckoned with my dear…oh., ni how you will be reckoned…

  9. a piece of paper
    words scrawled
    will bridge time and space
    my mailbox awaits you.

  10. may the road rise to meet you both

  11. Wow, I can’t wait to read all about it. This is great!

  12. Good luck –Lara–Sorry we didn’t get to visit gefore you left, but I’ll enjoy hearing about your adventures. And I still am looking forward to meeting Paul sometime.

  13. I just heard Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, speak about her work.
    The following quote describes you very well: “Like Alice, one must have the courage
    to jump into the hole to discover new worlds.” May your courage be richly rewarded!

  14. Lara, What a strong and lovely voice in your writing. Beautifully sculptured prose for us all to see, hear, smell, read and enjoy. Thank you! I feel as if I can hear the rain, and have wandered into thoughts of my own time spent in a dark and quiet house; my sleeping family, not knowing of my wandering.
    Continued adventures and learning to you and Paul!
    Mary from Chicago

  15. Lara, i had to search high and low for this email blog. I am glad i found it. Others have been asking for it, and be sure I will pass it on!

  16. Been in chengdu for a year and a half, too. Loved it. Nice to read about it again. Will come back once trouble cools off and chances open up again.

  17. Dear Lara,
    Kay F. Sent me your blog address and I really appreciate your grace under pressure. I am a China historian (Dean of College of Arts and Sciences) at Eastern Oregon University. If you get the position in Portland, make sure that you drop by La Grande and have some tea with me.
    Best Wishes for you and Paul and your continued safety and wonderful spirit,

  18. Hola Knifemaker,

    Love the blog.

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