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Corona Update #3 from Beijing

“Far from such din, when blessed silence returns, I can listen to the butterflies that flutter inside my head. To hear them, one must be calm and pay close attention, for their wingbeats are barely audible. Loud breathing is enough to drown them out. This is astonishing: my hearing does not improve, yet I hear them better and better. I…   …read more.

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Corona Update #2 from Beijing

Last night, I felt like I had been infected… …by the panic. I started to sweat. I started to wonder what chaos is on its way and what it’s going to look like. The virus is coming for us. There’s a wave about to fold over Beijing and we will be trapped here under it, suffocating. How do I get…   …read more.

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Corona Update from Beijing

Jan 31st, 2020 I have received so many worried messages from friends that I thought perhaps a proper blog was in order. I’ll give you a glimpse of my life here in Beijing especially now that the Corona Virus (capital letters intentional) has taken over as the omnipotent leader to whom all must bow… Okay, there it is. My opinion…   …read more.

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Home For Christmas

I’m sitting alone at a table in a nearly deserted restaurant in a mall on Christmas Eve Day watching my kids play in a play area designed for toddlers. They’re innovating the toys and being too loud, but there’s almost no one here and I’m just watching them with an absence much like misty nostalgia, which is really just a…   …read more.

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Stuart Knight Podcast Live

After returning from Canada and several great shows in my home country, including the Mundial Conference and an afternoon unique live performance (both music and interview) with Stuart Knight in Toronto, I am happily home in Beijing. But recently, a podcast I recorded with (the same) Stuart Knight this past summer, 2019, has now gone live on their site. It…   …read more.

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Final Thought: Nov Update 2019

*This piece was also published in the Nov 2019 issue of Beijing Kids Magazine* ~ “Mommy, why don’t you take videos of us?” This is my son, skateboard tucked up under one arm in our compound’s courtyard, a look of curious judgment on his nearly-six-year-old face. His helmet is askew. His knees and elbows are bulging with protector pads, wispy…   …read more.

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Final Thought: June/July Update 2019

This post is the continuation of my recent June & July 2019 Newsletter’s Final Thought:   FINAL THOUGHT (Con’t) Since I last wrote to you all, lots has happened. Personally, that is. In retrospect, maybe that’s part of my disappearance from your inboxes; it’s not that I didn’t want to share what I was up to, professionally, but sometimes the…   …read more.

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Stitches: Memoir Excerpt

This excerpt appeared in “Asia Literary Review: No.32 Winter 2016” as well as in the Anthology entitled “Afterness: Literature from the New Transnational Asia” published in Hong Kong by After-Party Press in 2016: ***** STITCHES by Ember Swift   My mother-in-law, Wang Wei, has a key to our flat. She moved to Beijing when I was very pregnant with Echo,…   …read more.

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4th Euro Tour Complete!

My 4th European Tour has just come to an end and I’m writing this quick review from Prague just a day before we fly back to Beijing, China–our adopted home. I say “we” because I’ve been lucky enough to travel once again with the amazing Gabriel Beaudoin on guitar with whom to share stages and long walks in these many…   …read more.

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New Album Sneak Peek

This past fall, we started production on the new series of songs that will form my 13th release. By “we” I mean my team of musicians in Beijing with whom I am so grateful to have a working relationship. Also, I had some guest players for the first session, and I hope I have a chance to work with them…   …read more.

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