A Long Time Coming

I’ve dreamed of this day for the past — forever it seems.  My first blog post.  I don’t know why I haven’t gotten around to starting a blog until now.  My loved ones have been encouraging me to do it for years.  I love to write.  I love sharing knowledge with others. So I did it today.

First off, here’s me:


As you can see by the picture, I have two thumbs.  What you can’t see is my love for my family.  I am Hmong.  In my culture family is huge.  In my case literally and figuratively.  I am the oldest of ten siblings.  I am married to a wonderful guy who believes himself to be rough and gruff, but has a big heart.  (Quick story: The other morning he got up early to put the garbage on the curb.  He didn’t stop there.  Our neighbors had hauled out two mattresses and two box springs and had just left them in their driveway a week ago.  So what does he do?  He hauls them to the curb.  What a guy.  I would have let them be, but that’s just me.)

I can’t write about myself without mentioning our cats.  They are delightful.

I adopted Madelyn 13 years ago from a shelter in Lincoln, NE.  She is my snuggle bug.  Clementine came to us from the human society in Coon Rapids, MN.  This quirky girl loves to search for spots of sun around the house.  My husband found Lillith several years ago on the engine of his tow truck during the polar vortex.  Her eyes were still closed and she still had her umbilical cord scar.  He brought her home and we bottle raised her.  Lillith fancies herself a farmer.  My houseplants bear many signs of her efforts.  We also have neighborhood cats stop by the house.  They get a treat and a food name.  So far we have Frijoles, Gnocchi, Ghee and Kishka.

I worked as a television news producer for 13 years and had the opportunity to work with some of the best journalists in the country.  (The picture above was taken in one of the newsrooms.)  My career took me to Lincoln, NE and Flint, MI where I met many incredible people and made some wonderful friends.  I recently had the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream of mine.  I filled in for my old college professor while he was on sabbatical and taught news producing.  I’d love to go back to teaching someday.  Professor Panhia does have a lovely ring to it.  I’m currently doing freelance media relations and social media.  I also moonlight as a florist every now and then.

So why did I start this blog?  As I mentioned earlier, I love to write and have been yearning for an outlet since leaving television news where I wrote a lot.  I love being creative.  I cook, craft, sew, knit, crochet, and can among other things.  I also love new experiences — whether it’s checking out a new restaurant in town or a new city.  And as I mentioned earlier, I love sharing my knowledge.  So on my blog, you will see Panhia cook.  You will see Panhia craft.  You will see Panhia sew.  You will see Panhia explore.  I hope to share these experiences with you.

One last thing, in case you were wondering, while reading this inaugural entry, how to pronounce my name, it’s Panhia, like Tanya, but with a P.  It means “Silver Flower” in Hmong.



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