Summertime. Gardens. Old Shanghai
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 Shanghai Lady

That's me in my apron at the end-of-year BBQ for the Write Club. We're a group of writers who share our manuscripts with each other and offer thoughtful feedback in return. The only cure for the solitude of writing! 

Summertime means a break. Time to travel for some; for others to read and write even more. For me, it's all of the above and gardening, too. I've got snow peas, borlotti beans, radishes, fava beans and three kinds of lettuce flourishing in my vegetable beds. Not to mention a healthy herb garden, too. 

In my father's garden in Old Shanghai, there were all sorts of vegetables and flowers, grape vines for shade in the summer and fruit trees: pomegranate, kumquat and peach. That house was buiIt by my grandfather. He started work at the age of 15. This week's blog post is about his time at the Shanghai Customs House.

Next week, you'll see one of my first essays to be accepted for publication in a real live journal. Stay tuned! But if you can't stand the wait, here's a book review for you to read in the meantime: Fight Club about John Green's tearjerker novel The Fault in Our Stars.

Mine mine mine
Gong Ho
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Fear of Failure

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