I am a Shanghaied American. A former US diplomat who is now not diplomatic at all. My wife and I have a business here in Shanghai, a city that is all about busy-ness. Trying to get back to my Quaker roots in a city of 14 million with no Friends that I can find.
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If you are a regular reader of poetry I'd really really recommend the anthology Soul Food - Nourishing Poems for Starved Minds (Bloodaxe Publications 2007). (Not the best title for book or publisher, but trust me. ) Came to me in a very roundabout Quakerly-and-not way last year, from a non-Q friend who was attending the same Q workshop as me, both of us way out of our comfort zones. It is what is says it is, for me...
hi Denny in Shanghai. That's a population of about 13,995,800 more than where I'm based at the moment...wow.
I'll post some public follow-up in the next day or so. Just wanted you to know that I wasn't at the AWPS meeting - that note was from Helen Bayes who attended, so she's the person to ask re contacts. Or maybe check out the AWPS site - a search for something like 'Friends Australia West Pacific Section' should get you there - and maybe ping an email off to Valerie Joy. She's the Secretary (or Co-Ord?) and I think she's the person who does the putting-touch-thing, has up to date contact info.
Good luck. Keep looking for ways to hold and be held in the light and it will come, I reckon. This QQ site is useful for me, a way to stay in the Q zone intellectually at least, hope the head stuff helps with the heart stuff.