JISHOU, HUNAN — It’s 00:27 here on January 1, 2011 (1/1/11). Sorry, I missed posting at 00:11 — too busy responding to text and QQ greetings from students and friends.

On a more serious note, one of my freshmen, Laura (Liu YaYou 刘亚尤), is worried about her dad. He has been ill for some time, and will have a serious operation very soon. She’s already lost her mom. Please hold her and her family in the light. Thanks.