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Happy New Year 2010 !!!


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Whatever your choice of celebration in this festive season,we wish you a meaningful and enjoyable time. Happy....

Lisa, Fiona, Patchanee and Jan wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Lisa, Fiona, Patchanee en Jan wensen u een Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar.

Lisa, Fiona, Patchanee et Jan vous souhaitent un Joyeux Noel et une Bonne Annee.

Lisa, Fiona, Patchanee lae Jan kho song kwam suk lae kwam prattana di ma yang tan nai ware dithi kuen pee mai.

Lisa, Fiona, Patchanee und Jan wünschen Euch ein wunderschönes Weihnachtsfest sowie einen guten Neue Jahr

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Happy New Year 2010 !!!

  1. 1. Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year 2010 Lisa, Fiona, Patchanee & Jan
  2. 2. Hi This is our second New Year’s message since we moved to the US on the Christmas Day of 2007. We are doing fine amidst the economic crisis, we are still busy settling down in Amherst. We all received our permanent resident visa (the so- called Green Card) early this year. We have made good American and international friends. Our girls are making progress with their social and academic lives. And so are we.
  3. 3. Our ‘home’ Since we bought a colonial style house on Valentine’s Day 2008, we went through the process of getting a building permit to build extensions (a vestibule, a sun room and a screened porch) because part of our backyard is overlooking the woods and a conservation wetland. The additions were finished in January 2009 when we returned from Thailand. Landscaping and stonewalls were finished in August, when we were in Australia.
  4. 4. Griffin Recently we welcomed a new member in our family. Meet our Griffin, a wire- haired terrier puppy we adopted from a shelter in Arkansas in mid November. He is a hyper dog. So he keeps us active and alert.
  5. 5. Ja, watte! Fiona celebrated her sweet 16 anniversary this year and is a junior at Amherst Regional High School. Our 13 year old Lisa is in grade 8 at Amherst Middle School. They are now taller than Pat.
  6. 6. Lisa This year I started the 8th grade at ARMS. I have been doing pretty well in school. I have made many new friends and enjoy school more. Apart from school, I have been busy with my new puppy, Griffin. It is quite frustrating because he likes biting and hurting me, but apart from that, he’s a great addition to our family. 2009 has been a good year, but I’m ready for 2010!
  7. 7. Fiona The highlights of this year for me were definitely going back to Australia to see my good friends, starting dance, having a German exchange student stay with us, making many new friends, and helping to teach German at the Middle School. With only one more year of High School left to go, I am focusing on excelling in my school work, keeping busy and happy at the same time. I hope that next year will be even better than this one! In other words: 2009 was a blast! Too bad it’s the last.
  8. 8. Patchanee I graduated with a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Queensland in July 2008 but went back to Australia to attend the graduation ceremony in July 2009. I have worked as a researcher at the School of Public Health, UMass Amherst since November, 2008. For those who are interested in what I do, please visit my (academic) blog:
  9. 9. Patchanee I am also working on a book. I hope it to be ready in 2010. I plan to go to Thailand to undertake research in 2010. I have many sincere and compassionate friends in Amherst and I am grateful. I strive to live my life as a good Buddhist and that keeps me young :). I wish you a healthy body, mind and spirit for the New Year 2010.
  10. 10. Jan I have been busy as usual. Conferences, research, editing two journals and two book series on top of my own publications, teaching, and community engagement. I became the Director of a new SBS Center ‘Communication for Social Change (CSSC)’, joined the Board of Directors of ORBICOM, the UNESCO Network of Communication Chairs, Amherst Community TV (ACTV), and was appointed Honorary Guest Professor at Huazhong University of Technology and Science (HUST) in Wuhan, China. And, by the way, always look at the bright side of life! ?v=jHPOzQzk9Qo
  11. 11. Lisa, Fiona, Patchanee & Jan Find us on facebook!