The gift that keeps on giving~

top of the world~_

When you have your first child you become privy to the most well guarded secret: you have just signed on for the most important and permanent job of your life. It looks so easy. Everyone does it. Our parents did it. Our friends and neighbors seem to do it. And then your child arrives! I used to hold important job after job before having my child, each with a heavy series of responsibilities, but I dove into them armed with the knowing in the back of my mind that I can just quit when I choose to. Then came the parenting job, and I realized that this is one job I can never quit!

I would not exchange this job for any other in the world because it is the gift that keeps on giving.

Day 58 of 365~

Image taken of my 8 year old daughter overlooking the valley of the saints in Lebanon, 2012

The inevitable change

secrets in the rain~ Shanghai

secrets in the rain~ Shanghai

once upon a rainy day~ Shanghai

once upon a rainy day~ Shanghai

fall games~ Shanghai

fall games~ Shanghai

fall mosaics~ Shanghai

fall mosaics~ Shanghai

legends of the fall~ Shanghai

legends of the fall~ Shanghai

Every year at about the same time in November a new wind blows in Shanghai bringing with it the promise of a heartless winter to come. But there is so much to love about the way the fall forces itself on summer, not offering any apologies, simply making a bold statement, stripping the trees of their leaves, forcing us all to alertness and away from the laziness of summer warmth.

 

Searching for home~

searching for home~ Edinburgh

searching for home~ Edinburgh

Ask me where I am from, where home is, and I find myself thinking before I answer you. This is the case for so many of us these days. We come from mixed race marriages, we leave our home countries, we live in a new place, we move again, we marry from yet another country and our children are left with a number of origins to choose from and call home. Recently someone asked my 7 year old niece where she was from, and she answered: “I am a Swiss/Lebanese/New Zealander and I live in UAE”, whereas my 9 year old daughter is a German/American/Lebanese who lives in China. Is this the face of new world citizenship and the age of planetary close connections and integration? I wonder…

Day Three Hundred Fourteen, December 2, 2011

winter is here

Winter has a way of appearing overnight in Shanghai, from one moment to the next, the mild air disappears and it gets replaced by a biting cold wind that makes itself known and heard, winter is here! The city looks so different in the colder season, and Shanghainese are known to bundle up heavily, 3 pairs of pants, 5 shirts, a lot of wool and the children end up looking like tiny Sumo wrestlers with all their padding. Pretty soon the meats will start to be seen hanging from windows to dry and fires on the street for cooking and keeping warm are lit. There is still an old time nostalgic feel to this amazing city despite the rapid and dizzying speed of modernism, Shanghai is a traditional city at heart.

Day Two Hundred Eighteen, August 28, 2011

The direction of change

It has become forcefully clear that change is upon us. Hurricanes, volcanos, floods, global warming, waves of animal extinction, earthquakes, tsunami, revolutions, uprisings, new and strange weather trends and even down to people becoming unsettled and unable to cope emotionally with the fast onset of change.

But we live on a planet of duality and positive changes are certain to accompany the negative an the threatening. But as all things fine, a human development change will be more difficult to detect, to know where it is coming from, to tune into, to be with and to grow and evolve with.