Greetings to you, One of the joys/hardships of studying the Chinese language is the progressive accumulation of cheng yu, or Chinese idioms, four character phrases that have been passed down over thousands of years and can sum up a situation or teach a valuable lesson. Many of them require a whole paragraph for an adequateContinue reading “Updates”
There are “Washingtonians” and there are DC residents.Â The members of one group considers themselves “local” if they manage to stick around for more than two years, they go to cocktail happy hours in the rooftop bars of hotels, they discuss the political drama of the day. Members of the other groupÂ vote in localContinue reading “DC Places”
Here is a post on the newly retooled Writing the World, a new venue for me to share my experiences in my new job with the U.S. Foreign Service.
Washington, DC, the international city that it is, is a seethingÂ petriÂ dish in the World Cup feverÂ laboratory. Locales include Lucky Bar for the sad South Korean loss, and both Oakwood Residences with State Dept friends and the rooftop of Local 16 for the even sadder USA loss to Ghana.
Discovering the virtues of manipulating one’s Depth of Field, the espresso becomes the sole obsession of the photograph, the background rendered inconsequential. Contrast this with, of course, a perspective whose view of what lies Â behind is as clear as that of the object of focus, begging the question what really is the subject?
The figs making their first showing here in Northwest Washington, DC. These are the first pictures with a new DSLR camera – I can’t wait until I figure this thing out!