Oh, hello there, 2016

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14 Jan Oh, hello there, 2016

I’m not sure how we got here, to mid January, without passing Christmas along the way. I vaguely remember a Christmas tree that fell over. And cookies and eggnog.

Sometime around November, someone pressed fast forward. I spent a week in China on assignment, exploring the city of Macau. An hour from Hong Kong by high-speed ferry, Macau is an unlikely marriage of European and Chinese cultures. It was colonized by Portugal until 1999, when the land was returned to China.

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The city is now owned by China, but is governed semi-autonomously. Macau’s competing influences and its varied history are reflected in its geography. The city includes a peninsula, plus two islands that are slowly becoming one island. Wandering around the city and beaches, you’ll see ruins of Roman Catholic Churches, Spanish-style architecture, Chinese shrines, and temples. Fishing is still a mainstay here, but so are casinos (the only legal gambling in China).

On this trip, I had the opportunity to explore the varied coastlines by running the 21-kilometer Macau Half Marathon. In doing so, I saw the city from a perspective that very few tourists (or locals) have.

I’m excited to share more about this adventure when my articles are published. Suffice to say, it was a journey unlike any other.

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I was home from Macau for less than 48 hours before dashing off to my cousin’s wedding in North Carolina. Then, back home, we began a series of much-needed repairs and upgrades to our old split-level home: Replacing the crumbling tile floors, painting, and more.

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So, here I am. I’m just beginning to think about 2016 and what lies ahead. Despite many requests, I don’t think I’ll be giving up my writing career to go into the doll business. But I welcome more opportunities to use my creativity to help my children and to advance important conversations about parenting and gender.

I’m also working on a special writing project that will (hopefully) launch this fall.

I’m continually thankful for my community — both personal and professional. Thanks to everyone who helped make 2015 so memorable. And cheers to 2016!

 

 

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