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At roughly 9:40 AM, the US Consulate office in Shanghai, China, on the 8th floor ofย in West Gate Mall, proclaimed Leo to be a bonafide citizen of the United States of America. He handed us a USA flag sticker and said “Welcome to the team!” ๐Ÿ™‚ While the declaration was made, it will be another week or three before his papers are ready for pick up. Nonetheless, it’s official, he’s an American!!!

The average person has no idea how difficult quality teaching can be. Writing curriculum, developing lessons, making your own teaching / learning resources, presenting the content to 120 students, managing the classroom, assessing over 600 pages of portfolio content every 6 weeks, providing written and meaningful feedback, etc. etc., is truly hard work. However, with all that said, I think God I am blessed and fortunate to work in a warm, dry… Read More

I just posted a photo on Facebook and came across this video I posted 4 years ago. Man, I love and really miss Yangshuo, China.

Coming from Oklahoma, land of farmers and beef herders, I’m always a bit impressed and weirded out but the local selection of clams, crabs, turtle and . . . whatever some of this stuff is.

Takashimaya has a really awesome PacMan exhibit this week, I so wish I had this at home!! This version of Air Hockey is so awesome. Check out those scores, 83 to 52 when I stopped recording. Who wouldn’t want a 8 foot tall LED PacMac arcade?

The 3rd is my father in-law’s birthday, so today Tingting and I took him out for lunch and then had cake at home. We ate lunch at this yummy place on the 7th floor of the Japanese Takashimaya building.

I can’t wait for this place to open. Ya, it’s totally ripping Starbucks, but it’s across the street and I’ll be there every day! ๐Ÿ™‚

I shot this short video of a butterfly in Hainan during a school service trip to The Bright Connection, an orphanage for abandoned children with cerebral palsy.

When I moved to Shanghai in 2011, air pollution was so bad that schools closed a few times each year and encourage their students to stay indoors all day. We measure air pollution with the AQI (Air Quality Index) scale, that ranges from 0 to 500. Anything over 50 is bad, and it was believed no inhabitable place could exceed 500. Well, we passed 500 several times. The air was so bad,… Read More