Well, I hope I'm back, at least for a while. The America trip really did nearly kill me. It's been too months since I got back to China and I am just beginning to recover. A few weeks ago I thought I was feeling pretty good so I went to the beach with a students family. That ended up with me unable to walk without extreme pain and the beginning of the realization that at 74, I can't run around as if I was 24 (some of us are slow learners.) Since then I have been seeing a “Shi Fu.” A Shi Fu is a healer and teacher trained by a Shaolin monk (the “Kung Fu” people) who does acupuncture, cupping, and massage. I will be learning a lot more this weekend when I can sit with him and an excellent interpreter and ask some more questions. Right now I have some pictures, including the therapy dog that hangs out in his office. The dog, belongs to a neighboring shop that sells medicinal Bei Jui (white alcohol) but comes to the Shi Fu's as soon as he opens. Here are a few pictures of the Shi Fu at work ….... they really aren't particularly flattering as far as pictures of me, but at 74 I shouldn’t expect to look very good in a picture that has my underwear at half mast and my butt full of acupuncture needles. I guess time does have it's way with us and photography can certainly show us what that way has done.