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Shanghai Noir



The start of a new year is a time of hope. Good things could be coming your way while bad habits are left behind. Resolutions, plans, a clean slate. Yes, I know it's almost February but I'm talking about Chinese New Year.

If, like me, you were born in the Year of the Pig, 2019 is your birth sign year. You would think this was a cause for extra celebration. Instead, it's a time for extreme caution, no life changes and a lot of red lingerie. You can read why in this week's blog post: Year of the Pig.

Chinese superstitions notwithstanding, I remain optimistic about 2019. I've attended my first Democrats Abroad meeting of the year and already we're gearing up for the 2020 US elections. I'm meeting new friends in unlikely places. And then there's the magazine editor who's willing to tutor me in the art of the long form essay. What is that, you ask? It's an article that uses as many thousands of words as the author deems are necessary to address her topic in the way it deserves to be handled.

In the meantime, I keep on reading. To my surprise, I read five books in the first month of this year. One of them was Gun Love by Jennifer Clement and this is my review: Lucky Strikes.

Made in China
How to Get Lost
Food Fight
2018 | My Year in Food
Lantern Festival

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