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About jamescmarch

A child of the '50's in rural Pennsylvania, an adolescent of the '60's in southern California, and a political activist of the 1970's in northern California, I have been a husband, a college graduate, an expert witness, a banker, a father, a software entrepreneur, and a philanthropist. Today, I follow my heart by writing.

Back in the USA

All my bags were packed and ready to go… I put my key on the table, hefted my backpack over my shoulders, turned off the lights, grabbed my guitar with one hand, pulled my suitcase with the other, and left … Continue reading

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Potato Fish Feast

Thursday, November 10th, one day left. I had my last Mandarin class this morning. Taught by a young man who spoke very little English, I learned about Chinese culture, including the Chinese knot. My teacher gave me a completed knot, … Continue reading

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Hot Pot

Wednesday, November 9th, two days left. Met Jenna (Chinese teacher) for lunch, my first and only “hot pot.” We had to try several places before finding one that didn’t use beef fat in the broth. I loved the retro look … Continue reading

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Last Week in Chengdu

Tuesday, November 8th, three days left. This morning I listened to the wake-up call of the men’s chorus knowing that soon I would not hear them any more. My time in Chengdu is going quickly. With my computer down, I … Continue reading

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Computer Hard Drive Failed

Well you might be wondering why I haven’t posted recently. While in Thailand my computer hard drive decided to die. I tried to resurrect the poor thing for two days, and again once I returned to Chengdu, but it is … Continue reading

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Sunday Thailand

Sunday, November 6, five days left. Sailai took me down to the big market. I couldn’t stop taking pictures!       This large piece of machinery was the moveable form for constructing the new roadbed for the “skytrain,” Bangkok’s … Continue reading

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Thailand Saturday

Early morning breakfast, then a van ride to the monastery for the Kathina robe-giving ceremony.     Lunch was served half-way through the 5-hour ceremony.   The last part of the ceremony was done outside, traditionally done in the woods, … Continue reading

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