Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Guest Writer

I have a friend who does a lot of writing for his own blogs and others around the internet and he asked me to be a guest writer for one of his blogs. StarterTech.com does a great job covering some basics about technology and the internet and if you could use a few tips about such things you really ought to bookmark that one.

I'll be writing a series of articles about working with video. This one is about editing a video to be uploaded and shared online using youtube or vimeo or other video sharing sites. There are many different ways to do this and I've written about just one. If you'd like to share your favorite tips or sites on this topic I hope you'll leave a comment. I'd be glad to pass them along in my next article.

Here's my article on StarterTech.com:


Tuesday, April 07, 2009

For Natsumi

While our Japanese exchange student was with us we began to see signs of Spring. It looked like our daffodils might bloom before she left. Each day we would tell her, "Maybe you will see them bloom while you are here." But it didn't happen. Until a couple of days after she left.

So here, Natsumi...these are for you:

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Cultural Exchange

I've clearly been away from this blog for far too long! Now that I've had a couple of weeks to think about it, I want to tell you about our Japanese exchange student, Natsumi.

It started with my daughter's interest in anime and all things Japanese. She took Japanese language classes at the local community college during a couple of summers and eagerly joined the Anime Club when she got to high school. When plans were made for a few students to go to Japan and for Japanese students to come here in exchange, a Japan Club was established to sponsor this activity. My daughter helped teach her fellow students a little of the language as they made plans for the trip. Her experience in Japan last summer was unforgettable, and not really my story to tell, so I won't.

A couple of weeks ago, we were honored to be a host family for a student from Japan, Natsumi. She stayed with us for one week and quickly became another member of the family. Attending school with my daughter each day and joining us in all our activities, we tried to give her a little glimpse of life in America. She helped me make a few pocket mirrors and pack up some Etsy orders. She always offered to help with meal preparation and clean up. She watched a little American Idol and played some Wii and had a fun afternoon of karaoke at a friend's house. She even got to meet Big Sister when she was home from college one afternoon.

Natsumi represented her country and her family well and we have missed her! The morning they left was a teary one as all the host families and students gathered at the bus on the school parking lot. Posing for photographs with new friends, autographing t-shirts in English and Japanese, and hugs and hugs and hugs and finally...goodbye!

Thank you, Natsumi. I'm glad you came to our family.