Toronto, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; Jacksonville, Florida.
One of largest tea distribution centres in the city, where we asked about luobuma tea, and were told it's not considered to be a Chinese tea. Merchants used smartphone to translate Chinese messages into English. Followed suggestion to visit a herb store, and we were offered the bluish dogbane on the first try. (Laoximen Tea Plaza, Shanghai, PR China) 20190317
Meeting with maternal Yee aunts, uncle and cousin for dim sum in the East Bay. Mishmash of languages with English, Toisan and Mandarin mixed across generations. Years between gatherings of elders, more opportunities for the young who travel more. (East Ocean Seafood Restaurant, Webster Street, Alameda, California) 20190706
Dinner of elders, on evening before final celebration of one not with us. Having family together in times of change, even briefly, interrupts our lives to remember what is important. (Grand Lake Chinese Cuisine, Kennedy Road, Markham, Ontario) 20181219
Systems sciences discussion @redesign @snousala, with Timothy FH Allen extending the previous day's keynote presentation at greater depth. All of us are ISSS members who coincided at this venue, oriented more towards open systems theory based in biology, and less in cybernetics. Catching everyone while we can. (ASC Cybernetics, University Center, State Street, Chicago, Illinois) 20180818
Grill chief in open kitchen topping salmon roe onto salmon filets, as fourth on a custom tasting menu. Five orders similarly plated, and the sixth a vegan variation. Starting to get full in the 3-hour family celebration of RDI's 25th birthday. (Richmond Station, Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario) 20180910