Snow and winter and family time in Madison

30 Nov

I know, i know, its been a long time since my last entry. But much has happened since October. A Place to Be is up and active. Check out the web site http://www.aplacetobewillystreet.com

I have organized quite a few discussions and events and the ideas and thoughts are evolving.  So far the Place received positive feedback from the community, but the concept is evolving so if the readers have any ideas after viewing the web site, please sent them on to aplacetobe@cheemaoptions.org

On a more personal note, my mother who will celebrate her 90th birthday in the US, arrives on December 10 in Madison, Wisconsin. My niece is her travelling companion to bring her across the Atlantic and my sister will take her back to her home in India.  We all are so thankful to her for being their for us during our lives.  I am so proud of her for travelling the distance to be with us in this very cold winter. For me she was my inspiration, my supporter. She guided me and pushed me to achieve what i have in life and be the person i am. Looking forward to having her with me for a few months. Snow and all. She is one brave lady.

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A Place to Be – web site is up – check it out

20 Oct

Finally it is happening. I have my first event on November 11.  The past few months were like i was starting a new career. Had to learn about starting and registering a business, marketing, and of course getting the place ready. Finally the web site is up. I am very excited. It might take a year or so for the idea to take hold. But this community is very receptive and i think the place will get good use and also will be an incubator of ideas. Check out the flyer below  and the web site.  Image  

a year of transition and starting a new enterprise

11 Oct

Last year in October i arrived in Madison knowing few people except friends of my spouse, Jeffrey Wright.  However, my many years working with the US Government, and moving from country to country, had given me the basic tools to move to a new place and ground myself and make friends. I had been doing this for most of my life as a foreign service officer with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  I am a walker. Having recently retired from USAID,  i had plenty of time to walk, so i walked and stopped in bushiness and started a conversation, about my life and theirs.  People, despite the social media age and  being on face book, twitter, and many other social interactive sites, did want to talk and converse.  SO, it gave me an idea, why not open a salon where people can come and have creative conversations and discuss issues. So after a year,  I have had tremendous support from so may people in Madison for the idea and I will soon open A Place to be (picture below) where we can have face to face substantive discussions and a dialogue in an environment that is much like our living room. Comfortable and warm and welcoming.  The web site http://www.aplacetobewillystreet.com will be up very soon. I except to open the place first week of November with the  a discussion by small business owners who are women and what they bring to our community and challenges they face as women business owners.

If you live in Madison, please drop by. If you don’t and were to visit, do stop by and enjoy some artifacts that we have collected from around the world and will be on display at A Place to Be.

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Friends

26 Aug

We often think we need lots of friends.  In fact a few friends is all that you need to make your life complete.  i am one of those people who do not have many close friends, but the few that  i have, make me me complete as a person and a human being.

This past week, a few of those close friends visited me in Madison. They reinforced and validated my new life in Madison, a city that i had spent less than two weeks in my life, until this past October.  It is a city that i have begun to feel belonged to.  Part of that feeling of belonging comes from the friendly, accepting of me and my many ideas and the support,  that the Madison people have demonstrated.  Some of these new friends will be part of me as i move into the Madison phase of my life.  i will value these new friends as much as i have valued my friends from the first 70 years of my life.

To friendships – now and for ever

learning to live with a historic, 140 year old building

7 Aug

I loved the idea of buying an old house in a neighborhood where working class people once lived and was considered fashionable then.  I am talking about Williamson street in Madison, Wisconsin.  Owners over the years made do with minimum renovation to ensure the building  did not collapse.  They did not know my spouse who can not stand half done jobs and if its a historic building, then we should make right of others wrong.  So here are some images of the work being done.

The building is very charming. i am not sharing the picture of the facade as yet until its all ready. But I can share that the building was constructed in about 1895 and was a shoe sales and manufacturing business and the owner lived next door, which now is occupied by 10 students. The house behind the truck was the owners house then.  IMG_2287 IMG_2323 IMG_2352 IMG_2354 IMG_2357 IMG_2407

new buisness e-mail

21 Jun

i just got a new web based e-mail address from godaddy  and am having a very hard time importing contacts from yahoo and gmail to the new e-mail address. very frustrating. if any one has experience with this please let me know. their tech people responses are not very helpful.

kayaking

20 Jun

Can be fun – but kayaking and trying to fish at the same time can be difficult. One can paddle or fish. So some invention is needed here that one could paddle while fishing. IMG_1993-001 IMG_1994

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