The title of this post should generate some attention! First, PURPLE. As my friends and family well know, I love purple, have many purple clothes. The amethyst stone is my (February) birthstone, and I’m lucky enough to have a few of those, too. I hope you will all note my redesigned PURPLE website.

Now to the PASSION part. Recently, I was honored by the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation with an Immigrant Heritage Award. The event was a dinner with nearly 400 attendees at the Hilton Financial District Hotel here in San Francisco. Fellow honorees were Yuan Yuan Tan, the China-born principal ballerina of the San Francisco Ballet; Vish Mishra, an Indian native and Silicon Valley entrepreneur; and, as an institution, the historic Chinese Hospital of San Francisco. Angel Island could be called the “West Coast Ellis Island,” and the foundation strives to keep the memories of immigrant stories alive through exhibits and oral history recordings.

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Now available for your Kindle, Sony reader, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple IPAD!

After the Auction may be set in 1990, but it’s cutting edge when it comes to 21st century access. It’s just been released in e-book format, which a few friends have asked about for months. I deliberately delayed this to take advantage of separate marketing opportunities and generally test the waters in print first.

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It’s been a weird summer.

Architectural boat tour of Chicago, August 7, 2010

For family reasons, we spent a huge amount of time in our old hometown, Milwaukee, and environs. The highlights were a week at beautiful Lake Geneva, WI, with kids in shifts, followed by a fabulous weekend in Chicago with my brother’s family and our kids from Beijing.  Thankfully, it was a remarkably sunny and warm summer in the Midwest. Ok–except for the night of the flash flood, during which Nicolet High School (my alma mater and our kids’) was so badly damaged that school is opening two weeks late. We were fine and definitely better off than the unfortunate driver who, in his Cadillac

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