Book Review: Master storyteller brings readers closer to China (Street of Eternal Happiness)

What better way to know Shanghai but to read the stories of its people and author Rob Schmitz truthfully conveyed the facenof modern by sharing the lives of its locals in his book Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along A Shanghai Road.

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China as a whole is generally viewed as the country which curtails the freedom of its people. This nation, called Middle Kingdom in Mandarin Chinese, has been labeled as the source of fake and substandard goods and products. Those who haven’t been to China (or Shanghai) or those who have very little Chinese experience are quick to summarize this nation based on what they read on social media and from what they see on TV. Continue reading “Book Review: Master storyteller brings readers closer to China (Street of Eternal Happiness)”

Book Review: Five learnings and realizations from two books on sexual abuse

I was hesitant to sign up for the book tours of Journey to Heal: Seven Essential Steps of Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (Crystal M. Sutherland) and Naming Our Abuse: God’s Pathways to Healing for Male Sexual Abuse Survivors (Andrew Schmutzer, Daniel Gorski, and David Carlson).

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For one, it wasn’t fiction. Continue reading “Book Review: Five learnings and realizations from two books on sexual abuse”

Dad Speak: 17 Years — Where Have They Gone? Chinese Expert and Expertise (The First in a Series)

Note to Readers: Sharing this career reflection that Jeff recently wrote for LinkedIn. I decided to post it here because Jeff has a pretty interesting career revolving the Olympic movement and China. Someone out there may be able to pick a lesson or two from this article. I know I did.

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Seventeen years.

Where have they gone?

In a world where people consistently jump from one job to another – I’m entering my 18th year with China Southern Airlines, the largest airline of the People’s Republic of China.

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Book Review: YA novel discusses death, depression (Remember to Forget)

I should begin by saying that this young adult novel that discusses sensitive themes such as death and depression is written by a 17-year-old named Ashley Royer.

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Entitled Remember to Forget, the story of an Australian teenager named Levi who chose to stop talking (selective mutism) after the death of her girlfriend, Delia, gained a huge following on Wattpad. Fan fiction drove Royer’s work to the publisher and then… to my mailbox. Continue reading “Book Review: YA novel discusses death, depression (Remember to Forget)”

Book Review: A chic Bible and a yummy journal

A chic Bible and a yummy journal landed on my lap earlier this month as my family were boxing up our belongings to move out of the very first house we called home here in Montana.
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I belong to a family of gypsies — we’ve moved from one country to another in the last four years– and I’ve been, admittedly, contemplating about putting an end to this nomadic system of living as we (Jeff and I) already have three children to drag along in every move, not to mention the painstaking effort it takes to pack up clothes, books, mugs, and whatever whatnots the family has accumulated over the years.

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