Thank you for your interest!  I’m glad for the chance to share my stories with you.

Behind the Scenes

In the fall of 2005 I started poring through my journals, photos, video footage and correspondence in order to draw up a master list of topics.  Actual writing began in January 2006, using pencil and paper to draft, and revising during typing.

The opening – actually pieces #66 and #67 – drafted May 2006

By the fall of 2006 I laid out a chapter sequence and began a more intense revision process.

Sequencing topics into chapters, Nov 2006

I’d hoped to publish the complete work in time for the Beijing Olympics (August 2008) but missed that deadline.  Deflated, I left the book untouched for nine months.  A “just finish it” speech from a colleague prompted me to resume, and in eight feverish months I completed revision, photo scanning and layout.  The book became available on January 8, 2010.

Estimating photo placement, Jul 2009

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About Me

I’m happily married and have two three energetic and brilliant sons.  I work as a public middle school Gifted/Talented teacher, a fabulous job that gives me the opportunity to inspire the next generation of learners.

The Year I Smelled Like Milk is my first book.

Feel free to email me at my Gmail account, theforester.


1 Response to “Ni Hao!”

  1. 1 Richard Draeger Jr August 10, 2010 at 11:12 am


    I leave (again) for China in two weeks. I hope to read your blogs when I’m there!


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