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The Woods of the Shadow of Death

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In Humanities 101, we memorized John Donne's Holy Sonnet X.  I no longer can quote the whole thing, yet I often find the opening and closing lines running through my mind.

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
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One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

Audrey Assad has done a beautiful musical adaptation of this poem.  It's utterly appropriate right now. 

This year has brought the death of several dear saints, and while I rejoice for them ending their races well, I mourn for our loss. 

Saturday (morning in the US, evening in China) brought the horrific news of a shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.  While shootings in America have become a sickeningly common occurrence in my own living memory, there's something especially awful to me about this one, happening in the region…

New Students

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I'm a little embarrassed at how quiet my blog has been this semester.  It's not for lack of stories, certainly; more for lack of time and any functioning brain cells left at the end of the day.  The fall semester has swung out of the season of me feeling like I was waiting for everything to start into the jam-packed busyness that I normally associate with spring semester. 

Mom and Ben came and traveled with me and met a lot of my dear friends and students.

I have about 320 new students this year.  It's a lot of new names and faces to learn, especially when I only teach each of them once a week.  They're a fun and friendly bunch, eager to talk and learn and share stories and eat meals together.  Each of the three years that I've taught at Chuan Wai I've been in a different building and different department -- this year gives me the furthest walk from my apartment to the building where I teach (about ten minutes) and the most sophisticated technology (basically sm…