It’s Never Good Bye

Since Hong Kong is considered international travel leaving Beijing means leaving Ivy. Tonight, to celebrate a fabulous trip we had a farewell dinner with our Tour Manager, Ivy or her Chinese name, Sha Sha. What a special person she is, and what a special tour has been. Russell and I have always talked about coming…

We had a beautiful blue sky day in Beijing on our first day! It is likely we benefited from the recent Communist Party meeting that was held here this week, which only happens every five years. Today are cute guide, Ivy told us about the AIPAC Conference Beijing hosted a few years ago and Beijing’s…

A Tale of Two Chinas

We are only a week into our magnificent trip to China, but we have already seen several things about the Chinese we love. The people are very friendly and very social. There have been several studies lately linking loneliness and premature death. The Chinese seem to have conquered this issue. You don’t see a lot…

Pros and Cons of Group Travel

Yesterday we travelled with our tour group to Suzhou, a city outside Shanghai. With traffic, of which there is a lot, it took about 2 hours via our bus to get there and a little longer to get home. I thought recounting this experience would be a good way to share the pros and cons…

Shanghai Street Food Tour 

Last night Russell and our friends and travel companions, Stephanie and Bruce (pictured above) had dinner with a group of expats – teachers for the English speaking International School in Shanghai. This fun group of 6 included a couple from Ireland, two single women one from from Great Britain and one from Ireland and a…

We Made It to China

After almost a year of planning, 23 hours of travel with a transfer and 4 hour layover in Taipei we made it to Shanghai yesterday afternoon. I am a spoiled American who is used to having another English speaker easily accessible in the places we travel, but here in China that has already proven to…

AND THE YEARS FLY BY…

  BIRTHDAY PARTY Last night we celebrated Russell’s 60th birthday with our children. It’s crazy to imagine Russell is turning sixty. I still remember that young, eager, somewhat rough around the edges 25 year old law student with whom I fell in love. I was very young too – just a rising sophomore in college,…

Lessons from Harvey

Last week on the way to work someone cut me off. When I tapped my horn because I was afraid the driver had not seen me, he flipped me off.  Then later I posted a comment on someone’s Facebook with some information about restoration efforts.  It was truly informational, but it was taken as a…

#HoUStonStrong

I’m still thinking about how great Brene Brown’s talk was this week. Thank you to my friend, Cindy Clifford for inviting me to go. For those who do not know of Brene’s work, she has spent her entire career studying shame and vulnerability, and how it affects our lives and those with whom we come…

Houstonians are Resilient: Message from a Recovering Flooder

I like to say I am a recovering flooder. My husband and I have flooded twice. The first time was in a freak storm that literally sat over only my neighborhood and dumped 19 inches of rain on that small area of Houston in 12 hours. The second time was in 2015 during what we Houstonians call…

Being Heart Forward Wine Social

Originally posted on Fashionably Mimi:
This February Chaun Vaughn’s brainchild was birthed into 13 days of celebrating #HeartForward Leaders. Seven forward-thinking ladies and gentlemen were featured for their #HeartForward efforts; beginning February 1st. The honorees were celebrated for the difference they are making in the world and lives of others. The 13th day culminated with…