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I launched this site in the midst of my “professional halftime,” in Fall 2019. After 20+ years in the corporate world, I took time off to pursue a passion project (writing a book!) and spend time with my family. Who knew COVID-19 would happen and gift us with more quality time than we could ever have imagined! 

 

The Spare Room launched April 6, 2021 and became an Amazon bestseller in May!🎉

 

 

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Connected to the breath of earth

Connected to the breath of earth

The Chinese phrase for “down to earth” is 接地气 (jiē dì qì), or "connected to the breath of earth." I was thinking about this phrase the other day, because while the concepts are the same, the translations are a bit different.  In English, the idea of “down to earth”...

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Our funniest Spare Room memory

Our funniest Spare Room memory

Our family loves chatting in the car, and we appreciate that in China, we either take taxi's or have our beloved Mr. Zhao to drive us where we need to go. This practice is not only comfortable and convenient, it also buys us precious family time. Together in the car,...

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How a star stays alive

How a star stays alive

One beautiful advantage of living on the outskirts of a city is that we can once again see the stars. Nothing beats a warm evening outside, glass of shiraz in hand, gazing upward as one by one, the twinkling lights begin to reveal themselves. One evening as I watched...

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Meet Tara. She’s extraordinary.

Meet Tara. She’s extraordinary.

I had the great privilege of interviewing Tara Baswani for my book and have featured the award winning performing artist in Chapter Three of The Spare Room, "A Voice for the Voiceless". And oh, what a voice. Tara broke professional ground as a leading creative...

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Proceeds of my book will go to SOS Children’s Villages.

Proceeds of my book will go to SOS Children’s Villages.

Our family has had the enormous privilege of sharing our spare room with 16 vulnerable kids and young people over the last 21 years. Over time, we have come to see this service opportunity as our social legacy - our way to positively impact the places where we live......

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Join me for a live book launch party!

Join me for a live book launch party!

So our family was celebrating Easter with friends, and brainstormed the idea of hosting a live virtual party this coming Saturday. The book officially launches on April 6, so we'll be hosting a party on Friday night. Please join us on Friday 4/9 at 9:30PM EST! Just...

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