A Cultural Backbone

The lights have bewitched some in Shanghai. Those who are between the wealthy and the poor flaunt their knowledge about the city’s growing prosperity. They point out the magnificent glass department stores filled with designer brands, describe the new communities possessing utopian names, and compare the optimistic environment with America. It can’t compare, they say. … Continue reading


Snow Day

It’s snowing again in New York. Although the flakes are soft and gentle, snow can shut down an entire city. Under a blanket of falling snow, the city is quiet. Cars, trucks, buses, and pedestrians still traverse the roads, but the atmosphere of stillness that snow brings wherever it falls persists. Somehow the snow has … Continue reading