I started this blog when I was preparing to make my cross-country move from Portland, OR to New York City on July 6, 2011.  Since that time I have found a teaching job at New Heights Academy Charter School, and have reconnected with family and friends. To say it was a tough transition would be minimizing it; it was very difficult. Prior to moving I had a total knee replacement, and as soon as I arrived in New York I had to walk, walk, and climb stairs; no great feat for my rehabilitation. However, I have tried to maintain my NW bubble around me to ward off the big city stress.

I am very happy that I am here. I miss friends, Mt. Hood and the peaceful lifestyle I had in Oregon. But I know I have more; family, old friends, diversity, Jewish holidays off from school and just a sense of “home.”  New York may also give me the impetus I need to start writing and continuing studying vocal jazz; I’ll make it to that nightclub yet!

To my friends, I ask that you keep in touch. I promise to return to Oregon to visit- how could I not – it’s so beautiful and I have such fond memories of friends.

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