Giving Back

I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”  – Kahlil Gibran

I love to volunteer.  And I love volunteers.  I have met some great ones in Shenyang.  Two years ago, I met Dorothy.  While living in Thailand, she had helped refugees from Burma.  At the same time, I also met Kazumi.  She is Japanese and has lived in Shenyang for more than 15 years.  I don’t know where she finds the time to do all that she does.  When we plan activities for the Dream Home orphanage (, Kazumi organizes our bell choir, puppet shows, skits and more.  This year, other friends from the International Club, Tricia, Karina and Ortrud visit the orphanage every week.  They sit with the children, play with them, help feed them, love them.   And a new friend, Sue, volunteered in the orphanage and nursing homes with an organization called LIGHT (  It is an honor to know these people and hear about their time and effort to make some difference in another’s life.  It inspires me.

So here are some recent photos of my volunteer experiences in China, and some of the people who inspire me.

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I started this blog in 2010 as we prepared to move to Shenyang China. Since coming back to the US in 2015, my writing has been less consistent. Trying to find a voice here...

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