This doesn't mean I didn't prepare for any talks. I did. Just a couple. But I have a sneaking hunch other topics will arise. One already did even after Peggy helped identify two for me to work on. This is why knowing a little about a lot of things but not being an expert at any one thing comes in handy.
I finished reading the book Wild Swans by Jung Chang in which she writes the story of her grandmother and mother as well as herself growing up in China during the early years of communism. It was heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time. Such courage in the midst of terrible suffering. I am so glad I read this before going - it opened my heart to the Chinese people.