2019 – Pondering the Journey

It has been quite a while since I have taken the time to write and explore my thoughts about living here.  I am now almost half-way through my second year of teaching abroad in China.  Just typing that sentence is still quite surreal because it is so dramatically different from what I thought my life would look like just a few years ago.

The Way I See it…

per·spec·tive pərˈspektiv/ noun a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.   I never really understood the power of this word and just how much impact it can have on a life…until I moved to China. I didn’t really understand just how close-minded my sheltered existence enabled me to be….

Wanderlust

Wanderlust… “An irresistable desire to travel to understand one’s very existence.” I’ve always heard this word, but never really grasped its true meaning. I’m not certain that I completely  grasp its full meaning now. But, I am certain of one thing. If God had not brought me to this place and given me this opportunity…

Expecting the Unexpected

“Unexpected intrusions of beauty – this is what life is.”  – Unknown Yesterday, I experienced exactly that – an unexpected intrusion of beauty.  It snowed in Shanghai!  What made it so absolutely unexpected was that it continued snowing – ALL DAY LONG.  Teachers all around me were marveling at the sight out the windows as…

Confessions of a Weary Globetrotter – Part One

So, for those who have been following my journey, you know where this post is being written from.  For those who don’t, I’m writing this afternoon from my new apartment in Shanghai, China! I moved 10 days ago from my home on the Eastern Shore of Maryland (calm, quiet, and smog free) to Shanghai –…

Dandelion Wishes and Daring Dreams

I remember how excited I would get when I was much younger and the dandelions turned to seed in the front yard.  I would go out there for what seemed like hours (we had a HUGE front yard) just picking them and blowing the seeds into the gentle breeze. Each one a wish. Each one…

Beginnings and Endings

So often, we go about our day-to-day lives, passing the same things, seeing the same people, and we become comfortable.  Maybe its complacency for some, but for me it was what was comfortable – what was expected.  One of those things that I passed everyday were the signs in the library at my school.  The…

The Rest is Still Unwritten…

Sometimes I wonder what the next chapter in the book of my life will look like… As it is, I’ve seen things and done things that I would have never dreamed possible.  I’ve traveled to places that seem to be untouched by the harried busyness of the life I live – I’ve experienced so much…

Mountaintops and Valleys

Have you ever looked at a situation in your life and wondered “Why is this happening?” or “What is going to come of this?”  I know I have in the past and am right now.  As some of you are reading this, it may feel like it is hitting home with you too. I was talking…

Letters I Cannot Send – Part Two

This summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a writing workshop for teachers.  I really enjoyed the experience and I learned a lot about myself as a writer.  The class afforded me the opportunity to explore some concepts that I had never thought to write about. That is where “Letters I Cannot Send” originated….

Snow – Everywhere Descending…

O.K., so let’s just get this out there – I LOVE SNOW!!!!! I love everything about it.  Even when I was very young, I remember standing in the kitchen staring out of what seemed like the biggest bay window ever at the snow as it would fall and lay on the bushes in the front…

Christmas Memories

As I write this post, I am sitting in my Mom’s living room.  It is Christmas Eve.  The tree is in front of the window – the gilded ornaments hanging from the boughs sparkling in the warm glow of the white, twinkling lights .  The presents have been wrapped and are sitting at the base…