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Hard & Delighted Efforts & Explorations-- Shirley's America Travel Diary 141 & 578th Friendly Greeting - May 6, 2018

How are you? Are you enjoying your weekend now? I do hope you are.

It has been 14 days since I came back to Springfield, MO, USA. And since April 24th, I have offered 34 lessons for 8 grades and about 850 students in 3 K-12 schools. Until last Friday, I have offered 100 lessons in the 3 schools since 2015 and the accumulative total 265 times and about 365 hours for free for about 5,050 students in 39 American schools or organizations and 2 Chinese schools in Beijing since 2009.

During I worked in the local 3 K-12 schools. Mrs. Glad Eyerman and I have been trying to do our best to research, thought and innovate, and then to re-study, re-thought and re-innovate what we are doing for improving our work once and once, day and day...

Sometimes, I had to work until 2:30am or 3:30am and then to offer 5 or 6 lessons continuously since 8:00am or 8:30am, but found what I had designed at home wasn't suitable for some of the students, then I tried to adjust my work style at once and try to find the best method for my students...

By the good organizations of Mrs. Glad Eyerman and the great supports from the 3 principals, in the past two weeks, except 2 of the 34 lessons weren’t ideal, most of my lessons were welcomed by my students. Meanwhile, both of Mrs. Glad Eyerman and I have innovated the fault lessons, the students' jobs have been improved obviously.

Can you imagine? When I heard the warm applauses and saw the big smiles on the faces of my students after I did a new demonstration, such as a landscape or sang a Chinese poem song which I myself composed, it is full of the delights in my heart and the tiredness or ache somewhere in my body have reduced so much...

Next week, I will offer another 20 lessons for about 500 students. Meanwhile, I have gotten some invitations from another local schools.

I am glad that my dream on founding a new subject in Chinese as a foreign language field and a multidimensional art form in fine art field is generally realized step by step... I am going to use for 10 or 15 years (2009 to 2019 or from 2009 to 2024), to found a Cross-cultural & Compressive Art System which includes Creation, Teaching, Research & Business or Public Welfare abroad, plus the former preparedness time 2000 to 2008, I need about 18 years to 23 years.

Maybe you would say: “Wow! It is too slow! When can you make money? ”

My answer is that anything top needs time. After all, the first two volumes of the most famous Chinese art text books in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) which were used for 15 years,but my first series which I designed and translated with 4 books and 4 CDs were used for 2 years and the second series which I wrote and created with 2 books and 2 DVDs were used for 10 years...

As far as money, for me, no matter what a rich person it is, he can only wear in one suit of clothes, sleep on one bed and live in one room once... Therefore, as long as my own finance could support, I would really like to be a volunteer always. After all, in this world, it really needs someone as pioneers to open some new roads and to plant trees for the later generations...

How about you? Do you have anything special to share?

I am just a student on Arts of Painting, Music, English and Management,and work on the web site in my free time. I would really like to do something with what I have learned, to make this little web site to be a little Electronic Bridge of Cross -cultural and Comprehensive Art Study and Chinese Language Learning, to help the others while to improve myself.

I would like to appreciate you for your good understanding, directions, supports and help.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, you are welcome to write to or leave your message on Message Board.

Shirley Yiping Zhang

May 6, 2018 (Chicago Time)

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