Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Wild West, Part I

We call ’em cowboys now, but back in the days of the “real” Wild West, things were somewhat different from what many of us learned from American TV and the movies. The same is most likely true for folks growing … Continue reading

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Americans Journey to the West

A thousand years after Tang monk Xuanzang’s original trek from China to India, his quest in search of Buddhist scriptures was immortalized in Wu Cheng’en’s classic novel, Journey to the West, published in 1592. That same year, halfway around the … Continue reading

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from Jp: Young Guns!

I grew up with a father whose main entertainment pleasures were war films and Westerns. Really, anything with a gun-toting hero would do — it didn’t matter if it was Audie Murphy or Rooster Cogburn. Growing up in the coal … Continue reading

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from Mary : My “Norwegian Woods” story…

Growing up in Southeast Asia, you wouldn’t think that American Cowboys & Indians would be, as my kids would say, “a thing,” but it was. My dad grew up in 1930s and 40s America, in the West. Out where real cowboys lived. Out … Continue reading

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Cowpokes for Christmas

Recently I spent the night at my daughter’s house in Nyack, NY, for a belated holiday get-together we hadn’t been able to get together until well into the New Year. Nelly usually goes down for the count right after wrangling … Continue reading

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Horsey and Sandy Join the Pilgrimage

To complete the roll call of Pilgrims in the classic Chinese Journey to the West, we need to introduce Sandy and Horsey, as they are called in English versions of legend. Today’s post will start with Horsey, (Yulong in Chinese, … Continue reading

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