When Lou Ann injured her back in China several months ago, and ended up in the hospital in Beijing, island residents Ralph and Vera put me in touch with their son Greg who lives in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. He offered advice, help, and contacts, all of which were a great comfort.
Greg has been visiting his parents on Ocracoke for several days, and Ralph and Vera invited me and Linda and Al over for hamburgers last night.
Ralph and Vera had served in the Peace Corps in Panama when they were first married, and Al and Linda met in Cameroon while working with the Peace Corps. Greg has lived and worked in China for a number of years.
It was a delightful and very interesting evening as conversation moved from one fascinating subject to another. In the course of the evening we explored the geography, politics, and language of China, topless doughnut stores in Florida, Witness for Peace delegations to Central America, higher education, prostitution, sailing, drunken monks, molas, and hoarding...among other subjects. As I said, it was an interesting (and mirth-filled) evening!
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter, Looking for the Wahabs of Ocracoke, was written by Dr. James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute. You can read the article here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082110.htm.