April 2017

I Met My Honey at the White House

I Met My Honey at the White HouseNot “THE” White House. This White House is the name of a small village in rural Guangdong Province, China; population 200. The Chinese name is “Baiqi” (buy chee). Two days earlier, my friends treated me to lunch at a farmhouse restaurant near the village. On the way there, [...]

March 2017

I Dug a Hole to China!

I Dug a Hole to China! by Marc Curtis ©2017 MarcCurtis.com What 6-year-old boy hasn’t grabbed his shovel and started digging?  Everyone was doing it in the 1950s. Mom always said, “Eat everything on your plate.  There are starving kids in China!” It became our solemn duty to dig that hole so we could [...]

Grandma With Dementia, and Then She Was Gone

And Then She Was Gone ©2017 MarcCurtis.com all rights reserved Grandma Huang, Cigarette Filter Out   Huang Family Home She lived a life of poverty on a hillside in Sanxiang town, Guangdong Province, China. Verqun’s grandmother was stricken with dementia.  I only met her once, on New Year’s Day. The [...]

I Found My Hat!

I Found My Hat! by Marc Curtis ©2017 MarcCurtis.com all rights reserved. Sometimes we hold on to an item because it embraces a special remembrance. Welcome to Small Town, America Ord, Nebraska Population 2200 1.66 square miles Not exactly a tourist mecca, Ord is located in the center of the state. In 1985 it [...]

August 2016

Joshua Tree National Park California Desert

Joshua Tree National Park Desert Flower Cactus Century Plant Joshua Tree National Park is immense, nearly 800,000 acres, and infinitely variable. It can seem unwelcoming, even brutal during the heat of summer when, in fact, it is delicate and extremely fragile. This is a land [...]

Changsha Hunan Province China Hometown of Mao Zedong

Changsha Hunan Province China Junk Boats Morning Exercise Very Spicy Hunan Food Changsha Hunan Province is known as the hometown of Mao Zedong, although his birthplace is actually 100km away in Shaoshan Village. Changsha. As the capital of Hunan Province in south central China, Changsha is [...]

Flaming Mountains – Silk Road – Xinjiang China

Flaming Mountains - Xinjiang China A journey along the historic Silk Road in the Xinjiang Uigher (Uygher) Autonomous Region of China evokes images of an area that seems to have stayed the same for centuries. It is full of remarkable sights that grab the attention [...]

July 2016

Cebu Philippine Islands

Cebu Philippine Islands Philippine Jitney Philippine Jitney Philippine Jitney Cebu (Cebuano: Sugbo) is a province in the Philippines, consisting of Cebu Island and 167 surrounding islands. It is located to the east of Negros, to the west of Leyte and Bohol islands. Cebu is a [...]

Xiamen Fujian China

Xiamen Fujian China Xiamen Food Street Gulangyu Temple Temple Roof The history of Xiamen Fujian China dates back to the ancient times. It was part of Tong'an County, which was established in the 3rd year of Emperor Taikang's reign in the Jin Dynasty (282 A.D.). The [...]

Hanoi Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam Hanoi, Vietnam Hoàn Kiếm Lake Bridge Hanoi, Vietnam Alley Hanoi Vietnam’s capital lies in the North of the country and is one of the country’s top tourist hot spots. It offers French-colonial architecture, a rich food culture and a long history (the city [...]