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Introducing myself and my journal: the sky of the sky of the tree called life

About Me:
The title of this journal is going to be "the sky of the sky of a tree called life." It comes from an e.e. cummings poem that my daughter used on my Christmas card this year. I love his work because there is something so appreciative and joyous and primitive in his words. My daughter chose this poem to convey our closeness. It's true we are close...a closeness that somehow seems to connect me to other mothers, other women, to those worries and problems that mothers, and mothers of daughters share.

After leaving my work in engineering to be home with my son and my daughter, I did all those things stay-at-home mothers do. I have taught school and taught cooking. I have worked in offices and taken care of the young and the elderly.

It was a "smallish" world, but I have always known it is much bigger. Having French parents I grew up bilingual and traveled to France regularly to see the family that had stayed behind. In college I traveled as I trained to become an officer in the Merchant Marine. All great experiences, but I knew the world was bigger still.
In 1993 I moved with my husband, my son, and my 4 month old daughter to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. We lived there two years, and in that time we traveled to Indonesia, to Thailand, and to Africa. And this is when I learned that, far from being "small", the world was huge, and more importantly, it was filled with so many different people whose lives were so different from our own...I regret that my children were so young that they don't remember as much about the experience as I would wish, that they don't remember the people we met,( the Saudi couple who came to our house for dinner - the husband allowed his wife to eat in my husband's presence, though she had to remain veiled), the Indian driver who brought us idli on Saturday mornings, our African guide who taught them Hakuna Matata long before they heard the expression in a Disney movie. It is all in the journals I kept for them, but it's not quite the same....We have been back in the US a long time now, but we try to remember to stay connected to a world that stretches beyond our backyard - and this is why I am here.

and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)
e.e. cummings

My Passions:
I love to read, to sew and cook, and to run.

My Challenges:
Right now, my biggest challenges are communicating with my wonderful Nepali student - who is making great progress - and preparing for my half-marathon.

My Vision for the Future:
I would love to work in some aspect of Free Trade because there is such a need - and a desire from the consumers - to work with these organizations who value and respect their artisans and connect them to bigger markets abroad.

My Areas of Expertise:
I speak, read and write French. I have worked in offices, and could teach sewing, cooking, computer skills, and English.

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Welcome

Welcome to WP! I have much to say to you, but will get to it later. I wanted to get a quick response to you though so that you feel welcome. Your profile is great, and you will find a home here!

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helpful hints...

Marie-France-
You sure have a host of experiences that have opened you eyes and heart, and given you such an array of experiences in our world. I agree that it can seem both small and big at the same time. We are same and then not so, all at the same time. This social media technology have sure made it seem smaller, in that we can connect more easily. I have gained sisters in far-off places with unfamiliar challenges. Yet in our hearts we are as close as one can be without melding into the other. I, too, love that bit of poetry, reminding me of a song:
'Take my heart.
Take my heart.
Kindle it with your heart.
And my heart, can not be kindled without you.
With my heart kindle your heart.'

As you explore the WP site, you will see all the exciting things going on and ways to take action. I have found the quickest way to enter into this community is to click on the "Voices Rising" link, which is under the "PulseWire" tab near the top of the screen. From there you can easily access and read journal entries, and perhaps make a comment in reply. In order to add people to your community, click on the person's name. You will be taken to their profile, and can click on the 'add to my community' link under their photo.

Be sure to check out this link for many other ways to be involved with WP:
http://worldpulse.com/pulsewire/about/guide

In addition, I will send you a private message to relate a suggestion I have, and connect you will a fellow member.

Yay you!

Let us Hope together-
Michelle
aka: Cali gal

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@CaliGalMichelle
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