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Your husband’s thoughtfulness for your mother and the pain I know you were feeling in that moment during hospice really touched me. Your writing usually does affect me. I am still so sorry for your loss. Please know your writing honors her, too.
Beautiful final gifts from you and Jeff. So glad you shared this story and honored your mom this day with treats.
Such a beautiful sad story. You are so creative in the ways you honor your mom.
I love this message, and the way you write!
You do make a difference in life, like George Bailey! Your actions and writing touch people, Ginger! When I read your words, I feel better because you are so authentically unique and so real and it is awe inspiring. Your observations (the current location and condition of Barbie’s shoes for instance) and your way with words bring me joy! Thank you! Please enjoy your day!
Thank you! You make a difference, too. Your brother Tom has been such an inspiration to so many people, his laughter and love for life.
Please tell me that I’m more attractive than George Bailey!
You’re FAR more attractive than George Bailey, Ginger!
And, you’ve made a difference in my life.
It’s the little things. Keep doing them, because they add up to big things over time.
Like the snowball that rolls down the hill and becomes bigger with each roll, changing the landscape as it goes.
I love this article!
Thank you! And I love tent city.
I love Ed! I’ve known him for years, and he still calls me “Ron.” Dunno why….
We stopped to see the memorial last night on our way home from outreach. The whole scene took my breath away as my heart broke for the mother who felt trapped by an antiquated system who could not see pure love. Prayers for all involved in this situation.
Wow, quite the vintage bank bag from Uncle Bill no doubt!
And it’s “a good thing”
We will miss you so much, but will be excited to hear about everything you manage to do…two months gives a lot of time for crazy adventures!
I will think of your mama shopping every time I step into a Chinese Walmart!
Awesome ginger 🙂
Send a pic with your where’s Waldo hat.
Those kids are lucky to learn from the best.
Way to live your faith!
Ooo. get some of those new baloney shoes.
I’d get a pair but the largest size is still too small.
Hope all is well with you Ginger, be safe and have a great time!!
Google Flights. Really.
Living the adventure! 💕
So, how has China changed you? ?
Have fun! Love hearing from you but hurry back
Well, I’m not going to sleep to the sound of gunfire every night. I feel safe here, but miss the drug dealers walking their pit pulls in the morning. Here, everyone has little show dogs. Miss you and Bob, too!
Sounds like you are having fun, but please don’t bring back recipes involving any of the things you mentioned in this piece…especially stinky tofu!
Love this! Miss you, my friend. All is well in the kitchen. Justin is a gem!
I am looking for a few of your bible studies for girls, like She Wise. How can I get a few of those?
Wow. I think you guys should do this to get going in the kitchen at home. Speaking of home, when are you returning?
I told it was cold there.
So sorry Ginger, hope your foot improves. Hope you’re otherwise, having a great time!!
Thanks for your prayers. A little bit of foam rubber in the bottom of my shoes prevents a lot of pain!
Ha, I thought the term “chillax” was going to refer to the leftover chili you had for lunch. I’m so glad you are having a great time with the students. It is getting warmer on the south side of the city but we still have no hot water. Will hope to get that fixed before you come “home” this weekend.
See you soon. I’ll bring my fur lined long underwear.
Enjoying your adventures, LOVE your violet fur-lined coat, your pics and writing. You have this wonderful ability to bring succinct and delightful closure to your articles…it’s a rare gift!
thank you! I miss you but not the shootings!
Can’t play the video unless I sign in but there is no place to sign in
It should work now. That’s what happens when you have an old fart uploading young hipster videos
wow, that’s intense! Thanks for a glimpse across the globe 😉
Thanks. I wish I could take a picture about the smells. Nothin’ can compare to a shopping cart loaded with durian, fresh kimche and dried fish!
Love the posts. Miss you.
Miss you and your fury friends!
Ginger, you’re missed!
Miss you, too! I’ll be giving hugs in March.
It’s really cute! Makes you look younger! Miss you.
Do I look young enough to get carded?
No more pony tails!
Ginger, I am sorry for yours and Jeff’s deep loss. Please be careful in China, we’ve been hearing concerning things in the news.
LOL. I hear the news about America. Be careful there!
Love this story Ginger, especially how the yeyes wised up and left! I laughed out loud. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you! The old guys think I have a lot to learn.
I love the cut. You look beautiful!
I brought home a box kite from China. It was beautiful. Made out of bamboo and printed silk.
We saw the men flying them and couldn’t resist.
Randy tried to fly it in Bushnell but it was too windy.
I’ll get another if I visit China again
I know what to get you for a gift!
another good one!
You make me smile!
What a cool day you had!
I wish I could have joined you!
I’m sorry about your mother-in-law’s passing.
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. Mark Twain
That’s quite an adventure Ginger! Glad you are able to do such. God bless and keep you safe, and have fun!!
thank you! and I wear your necklace everywhere!
They are all very cute!
…they are really cute when they stare at me like a deer in headlights because they haven’t seen a white person before!
I’m guessing you are the one on the right??
What you call stree burrito is my favorite street food from anywhere, tamales come in second
LOL.I think if at the original communion, Jesus served burritos instead of bread, christianity would be a lot more popular!
The WCs should have gotten a higher rating!
LOL. I’m so used to the smell of public johns, my nose doesn’t even flinch.
I love you!
I wish I could bring smells back to JPUSA. They’ll make the Wilson underpass smell like roses. Hug the kitchen rockstar for me!
Well done, Ginger! I’m sure he appreciated the video from his students!
tank you wery wery much! The best things in class are the lessons that don’t come from text books.
Omg!? Really? I’m starting to think you were an axe murderer in your last life. Can you not get a break?
It was so bad that it’s laughable. then a different kind of bug skedaddled out of the sofa. I haven’t been staying there, but since I broke the lease, I agreed to paint the apartment. I started the job before I realized the extent of the bug problem. so every night, I’ve been painting. Now I’m done.
Yes, I got a break. Got the keys to a new place–one a friend moved out of last month. It’s as clean as a whistle but about the size of a peanut.
Happy to hear you found a place!
Now would be a great time to break out that old 80s movie classic “Creepshow”. There a scene that would be very fitting.
So fascinating! Keep it ciming
Loved this blog, love and miss your wit, love and miss you. Always so very impressed with your writing ability and excellent analogies. See you in February!
Miss you too and your smile and your endless well of faith.. And of course, your red velvet cake.
Thank you Ginger!! You are by far the most talented writer I have ever known!!
Kelley and I send much love and prayers!!
Wonderful Ginger, thank you 💜
Thank you! Of all the smells I’ve encountered in China, none come close to cooking the donated meat from Portellos in the Jesus People kitchen! Miss the good times.
Life is good. Old folks will always make me smile.
This made me cry, Ginger. I don’t know if it was having your students spend time with older people, the sweet old lady giving you her apple, the fact that you had a divorce hearing on Valentine’s Day, the fact that I had no idea you were going through that, or that you found a perfect place for your wedding ring. It must have been a combination. I am sorry for what you have been going through. Thanks for posting this.
Thank you. The old folks tugged my heart, reminding me of my mom in so many ways. Their customs, faces and stories are the best of China.
Is your Chinese name really “pure and peaceful hamburger bun”? Lol
Yes. “Mai”, the character for my last name, is the same as the character for MacDonald’s. When I visit schools, I introduce myself as Mai LaoShi, or Hamburger Teacher.
Each day has hidden gifts in them just for us. What a blessing you have found them on this day – special, just for you. The best part is that you too are a tremendous blessing to so many of us. Your journey is not easy but it sure is powerful. The view you share from a vantage point most of us have not experienced ignites our hearts and stirs our passions. Thank you for sharing. Much love from one of your forever friends.
Thank you Cindy. Your prayers and encouragement have meant so much to me over the years!
Love you friend. Thanks for your courage and honesty!
I am a Sunday school teacher for an inner city church and have used a couple of the shortie pages and loved them.
I was unable to find anymore resources from your previous site. So excited to see this site.
Absolutely priceless, Ginger. Love you.
Thank you! It’s scary teaching little kids knowing the great responsibility.
Yep and good job! Incidentally, I roasted a retiring colleague a few years ago and presented him with a retirement tool box. It contained WD40 and duct tape. “If it should move and does not, use the WD40.
If it should not move but does, use the duct tape.”
LOL. Miss you and your jokes! And…your patented Flaming Fury TM peaches. It’s one thing that China hasn’t been able to counterfeit!
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year, lovely friend.
Thank you. Every day is a new beginning.
I enjoyed this. Be sure to read Wave by a young vacationing woman who lost her 2 young sons, husband and both parents in moments. Well written. It made your article more meaningful!
Miss you, my friend! Do I remember you saying something about visiting in February? I hope! Love you.
thank you. Of all the beauty I’ve seen in this country, the boat is the image that haunts me most.
Hi. do you have a more detail address or maybe a map where the place is? I would really like to go there but North of town is a very large area. Thank you Lukas
Wish I had better directions.
Hi, it’s about one mile to the right of the intersection of Longquan and Linyu ( the road Walmart and Carnival are one). It’ll be on the right side of the two way divided street. Keep your eyes peeled. The gateway is hidden down an alley.
Walmart is on Linyu and Beijing Lu I think. Is it after the Walmart coming from Longquan and Linyu intersection? Same side as Walmart? I am not quite sure if you just make fun here 😉
you are awesome. I wish I could send you some smells from the Frannie Farm
I’d love a few smells of your barn, your Fat Albert tree and a cuppa joe. Miss you, too!
Glad the big box flew, and had a knife for you. Missing you too, G.
Thank you. The item that I dream about more than smells is central heating!
much love and evening wellness to you.
Evenings are supposed to be filled with Zhumba classes. Lately, they have been filled with correcting grammar mistakes with a red pen. But better than waiting outside of a creative director’s door for a 5 o’clock meeting that doesn’t happen until 8…. best to you.
Hugs back at ya! A lot different than an early stroll in uptown.
Beautiful reflection. His lovingkindness is new every morning!
Yeah..and the importance of staying in the moment.
Your writing and your perspective are inspiring to me. I so often do not stay in the moment. Hugs Ginger.
thank you! Life sure is a lot more challenging than finding beer money for a college party!
Beautiful commentary on the importance of perspective! You are, as always, in my thoughts and prayers.
Thank you Laura. Your thoughts and friendship are as much of a gift now as they were in the 8th grade.
Incredible analogy to the skinned living frog! Love your writing. So very proud of you, my friend.
Thank you! Watching it wasn’t so wonderful.
Tears with you and for you dear Ginger. This is beautifully written, as always. oxJ
Don’t tell Sneaky Pete!
I have wondered that myself lately. So eloquently expressed as always. You have such a gift. Hugs, J
Happy Birthday Ginger!!! This is Julie….I don’t do Facebook, but Dave does a little. Mentioned today’s your birthday…he said he looked you up & you’re still in China. Hope you are both well…have a happy day!🎈🎉🎁
Are they all hard of hearing?
You sound really loud!
Ginger, what a trip! You are adventurous!! …and I love that tree too!
“How’d you like it if someone picked something off of you?” – Equally Famous American Tree
So glad you got your belongings to China with you, especially the sharpies, haha!!
Enjoy your writings Ginger, and so glad to see you. God has a good life in store for you, just keep trusting!! 💕
Thanks for the Sharpies!
I felt the same way when they bulldozed the fish ponds!
Awesome as always Ginger, loved the pics and toilet cam! Miss you
Thank you. The best toilet was in the PRADA shop. It was definitely the most posh place to pee!
nice. love your perspective
yup. our country is nuts.
So sorry there is no conclusion as of yet. Once again your insight brings laughter and pause to ponder. Much love to you.
I’m so sorry, sending you my biggest hug and lots of love!
Thanks. This is a lot more tragic than the call I made to Jeff Eichelberger’s mother in 10th grade.
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Wow. His speech is touching. I hate that people in this world can’t afford health care.
Thank you! A friend works with women in a different village. A few weeks before thanksgiving, one of the woman had cancer that spread throughout her body causing her arm to get gangrene. The village had no palliative care or affordable health care. The woman amputated her own arm. My friend brought her to a hospital in Kunming.
Thanks, Ginger! Such handsome boys!
This is great writing…. but more importantly, great living. You are walking the walk and talking the talk.
Sharing your gifts with the world.
Those kids are blessed beyond…. to have you there!
Thanks for making a difference 🙂
Wish this boy would have won;)
Jasna, thanks for your kind words!
Oh Ginger, this is all so lovely.
Love it, going to use this today for current events discussion with women I work with in Cook County Jail….wonder what they’ll say
Wow! A nameless boy in China inspiring young men in jail. Awesome.
Ginger, you are such an amazing person. Thank you for sharing this with us along with yourself.
Awesome as usual. He did win just not the official prize.
Wonderful stuff, Loved the little kids.
What an eyes-open, heart aware tourist you are, Ginger. Painful but true engaging. Thank you. You remind me of somebody I know. .. …
Thanks! Its good to have my eyes opened once more to the pain people are living every day. Even here in Chicago, where the top news seems to be a five car pile up on Lake Shore Drive, or two more families grieving over sons who were shot to death in a drive by. Elected officials who are accused of sexual misconduct ten years ago. My heart aches. Lord help meet the needs here and there.
I love the way you write. Not with your hand or your head, to show off and let everybody know how smart you are, but mostly with your heart, letting everyone know how caring you are!… Touching and true. Thank you
G, I keep coming back to this post, it haunts me with its beautiful and meaningful presentation of inhuman horror.
I have been told that in Spring the gardeners in Lincoln Park (which was Chicago’s graveyard) often find bone fragments — brought toward the surface of earth and memory by the freezing and thawing of the soil.
The study of religion is one thing, the practice another very different thing. The first is primarily intellectual and can be sterile, the second demands investment of passion and spirit.
You are one of the best practitioners I know, thanks for writing of it.
I just ran across your site as I was looking for devotionals/bible studies for urban youth. I LOVE the excerpts from “Another Boy From the Hood: Bible Studies for Urban Youth!” Please say that I can get a copy from you. Amazon is out. I am an associate pastor, a high school teacher, and Christian club sponsor. Thanks in advance!
‘Gotta go with Mr. Bean for diction and audio mix, although I did enjoy the cow too. Thought it desperately needed some ragtime piano.
You are a gifted listener. I love this story.
Mr. Bean all the way!
That’s at Charley Brown’s Mexican on Sukhumvit Soi 19 every Monday from 8.15pm
Enjoy your journeys and thoughts Ginger. Stay in touch…any chance you will be in chicago when traveling to Wisconsin?
Thank you. I’ll be flying into the Windy City. I’m always up for a cuppa joe or something stronger. Just hold the Wheaties:))
You, my friend are amazing! So proud to call you my friend. May this next leg of your journey bring you peace and joy. Always remember you have a place to stay here as long as you want. Thanks for sharing your life!
Cindy, thank you for your kind words and friendship and letting me sleep until noon. It was the longest journey ever–from marriage back to single life!
Lovely. It’s your Chinese Frannie Farm
Oh my! Your picturesque words tantalize my slumbering adventurous spirit! Glad you’re safe. Loving your vantage points. Moved by your memories. I love you my friend. Explore some more so I can be entertained on my sofa!!!!
I love reading your blog! You are a fantastic writer. I was taken to a beige room in Korea once…one of the scariest moments of my life 😛
Oh my! Beige…let’s ban the color from our wardrobe! Thank you for the kind words.
So that’s why the water looks like anti-freeze!
Wow, again another great story! Love you and miss you. Deeply treasure our tiny but momentous visits!
I thank you now and I thank you then! Your room was my prayer closet!
great writing, great thoughts and love your heart.
Thank you! And it all started with a butt bean….
Fabulously written, Ginger! You have a gift.
That sounds like a horrible night! I love your heart, too.
It was so bad and laughable. I hung onto this quote: Tears and laughter come from the same well. Laughter feels better.
The first word that comes to mind after reading your story is survivor. Despite all odds being against you that fateful night you not only survived, but found faith in humanity and saw the good. I know your journey has been heart wrenching, but you have survived and persevered. Continue to find the good Ginger, you deserve it!
Thank you! You are the survivor. No one would have the courage to live if they knew what tomorrow held!
What a night!
Ginger, you are my traveling hero. Miss you much, but if you were here then I would miss these wonderful blog posts.
Thank you Ginger for saying so beautifully what I had been feeling all day. Love you.
Thank you, Laura. 是大地的泪点，使她的微笑保持着青春不谢。
It is the tears of the earth that keep here smiles in bloom.
I’m sorry about your friend but I am happy you are finding such loveliness in the world. I hope 2019 brings you much goodness.
Thank you As sad as it was, the day was magical. I had stumbled upon this procession accidentally and was the only westerner there.
Your words brought smiles and tears as the memories came to life. What a gift you have and are to anyone who knows you. Thanks for sharing such heartfelt thoughts. Happy new year dear friend.
ha. thanks for this global peek into calm and chaos.
You look great! Wish I could join you! ♥️☮️
Looking forward to a great read!
Whatever you eat while I n your adventures probably works better than Metamucil
Shao Kao (bbq) is a sure way to get things moving!
Happy Birthday! <3
Love your tastyfaith words. They always bring a smile to me. Keep them coming dear friend!
Wonderfully never again Elvis!! Thank you Ginger be safe.
How does one write about divorce? It is at the same time a very common form of suffering and a very profound one. The telling of the story always leads the listener toward “But I’ve heard this before.” Because in many cases, there’s no escape from predictable patterns in the journey of the one left behind. (Few of us, frankly, are interested in the story of the one doing the leaving.)
Ginger Sinsabaugh (her unmarried name) tells her story in small, digestible pieces, interspersed with thought boxes asking as many questions as offering easy answers. Her background as a barista gives her “tastyfaith.com,” a publisher / approach that promises not to sugar coat things. Ginger doesn’t. Yet somehow one does discover a sense of hopeful optimism despite a lack of any simple happy ending.
Booklet-sized, “When Life Gives You Butt Beans” doesn’t offer complex theological dissections of divorce or abandonment. What it does offer will be found more than helpful. One woman’s story of divorce and after, her refusal to make that story a blueprint for anyone else, and her openness to allowing her readers and fellow travelers down that road discover what their own questions, hurts, and hopes might be.
-Jon Trott / former editor, Cornerstone Magazine
Gee. Your review rocked. I thought only chicks would dig this book.
As time goes on!
Your words are so true, and I totally get it.❤️
Write your review!
When Life Gives You Butt Beans is Ginger Sisabaughś autobiographical account of soul searching, and self discovery, amidst a mid-life divorce. Cleverly and poignantly told, Ginger bravely exposes her raw emotions to her audience as she muddles her way through this devastating life event. Although her profound sadness is palpable, her quick wit and self deprecating humor helps to keep her story hopeful.
There is no pretty wrap up to the end of her story; in fact there is not really an end at all, which I did not necessarily like. But then this novella is a work of truth not fiction, so of course there was not going to be the fairy tale ending that the lovable heroine, so completely deserved.
Not only does Ginger share some bits of wisdom that she discovers on her journey, she also raises important questions about faith and human nature along the way that we could all be wise to ponder.
Oh, my, I hope Ginger can forgive me. She does indeed, spell her name Sinsabaugh! My students will have a field day if I admit to them that I made a spelling error!!