Aaliyah Annie

Six years ago, when I was a Middle School Principal, I bought this ink drawing at a silent auction run by my school in Beijing. I didn't know the artist but knew that she went to our Elementary School. I immediately loved her work. The following year, I was visiting a second-grade classroom when I …

A to Z Challenge: Day Twenty-Four – “X”

A to Z

'X' is for 'Xièxie' (谢谢). Since I lived in Beijing for fourteen years, it seems only fitting (and shamelessly convenient) to share my gratitude in Mandarin. Although participating in this challenge kept me hopping, the benefits were extraordinary. Heartfelt appreciation to the the A - Z Team. Founder, Arlee Bird (Tossing it Out) and co-hosts, …

Returning Home

returning home

For fourteen years my husband and I lived and worked in Beijing, China. It was an incredible experience that enriched our lives in ways too numerous to mention. Being part of a large international school (me) and a global law firm (Richard), we were able to meet and form deep friendships with remarkable people from …