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Easter egg dyeing

As I mentioned last week, my international students spent a class dyeing Easter eggs.  Most of them had never done it before, so it was fun to watch them experiment with different designs and colors.  I think all but two of the boys probably has ADHD (or am I confusing that with junior high?), so it was a challenge to get them all focused on a task and not wandering around asking to use the computers and trying to climb out the office windows (for real).

Yerkezhan (Kazakhstan), Linda and Min (Korea), Neil (Texas), Bella (Korea), and Jess (UK) show off their eggs

I caught Timo (Germany) making a swastika egg and made him change his design. The result? A window.

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Fù​huó​jié​: a Chinese lesson on Easter Sunday

Easter = 复活节 ( huó jié)

复 (fù) = return
活 (huó) = live, exist, survive
节 (jié) = used to signify a festival or holiday

Happy He-has-returned-to-live Day!

Foretold: For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.

Accomplished: He isn’t here!  He is risen from the dead!  Look, this is where they laid his body.

Easter reflection, IV

Foretold: He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone.  But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s tomb.

Accomplished: Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a long sheet of clean linen cloth.  He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the rock.  Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance and left.

Easter reflection, III

Foretold: He was despised and rejected  – a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.  We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.  He was despised, and we did not care.

Accomplished: He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him.  He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.

Easter reflection, II

Foretold: The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.

Accomplished: YHWH is the living cornerstone of the temple.  He was rejected by people, but he was chosen for great honor.

Easter reflection, I

Foretold: Your king is coming to you.  He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey – riding on the donkey’s colt.

Accomplished: They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it.

Degooglification has begun

If you hadn’t heard, Google cried foul after it was hacked and fled mainland China for Hong Kong.  When this happened on March 22, users visiting google.com were automatically directed to its Kong Kong site, google.com.hk.  From there searches worked just like anything else in the mainland – results are censored for anything deemed objectionable and some things are blocked.

Until today.

I go to google.com and am redirected to google.com.hk.  All is fine.  I search for “great wall” and all is not fine.  The connection gets reset and I receive the white screen of death.

However, things seem to work if I use the Google search bar within my browser window.  I search for “great wall” and get Continue reading