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Why this blog?

Updated: Feb 7

Dear reader,

After 29 years teaching at the same school and living in the same county, I’m heading to Hangzhou, China. I leave in seven months. I don’t speak the language. I’ve never been there. So, why a blog?

I've got friends I want to stay connected to. I want to be able to share my pictures and stories. That's a change for me. I've never felt comfortable with the concept of social media. Both times I've had serious relationships end I immediately deleted my Facebook account that I almost never posted on. My good friend Marni has asked me several times, why are you doing this? Perhaps she'll be able to understand if I write down my random thoughts. Perhaps it will help me to better understand why I'm diving into this adventure.

Am I running away from something? Certainly. Am I running towards something? I believe so. It was either Steve or Ted that put that question in my head. I can't recall which. Both seem to have a way of asking the right question at the right time.

I’m ready to live a couple of years on my own. Who am I? What’s important to me? What do I like about me? In what ways would I like to be different? I'm ready to be by myself for an extended period of time and just focus on me. Just be with me and explore a new (old?) world.

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