Dear Friends and Family,
Warm greetings to you for a happy and peaceful holiday season. We are taking this opportunity from Villa Ndio to celebrate the small victories of collaborative efforts – the political inroads for positive change in Virginia and Alabama and yes, even here in France. The shock and embarrassment of the US Presidential election result in 2016 continue to haunt us, but we are inspired to look to 2018 with these signs of change. We are also hopeful that the cultural shift in addressing sexual harassment will in fact take hold.
On a personal front, we have had many joyful memories of family and friends this past year and some sad ones of losses, too. We have received many of you for visits to Villa Ndio and welcome more in the coming year. We also enjoyed a lovely spring weekend in London to celebrate Julian’s finally getting his “green card” to join Kristina in the US. We had a wonderful time with Larry and Marti and some mutual friends while we were there too. We also had another lovely fall weekend in Richmond for Kristina’s and Julian’s fourth (!) wedding celebration. Thanks to Elizabeth and Wade for hosting the garden party – and to Julian’s parents Dawn and Dave, plus Becky, Scott, PJ and so many others who came together from far and wide for music, fun and friendship.
Peppy and PJ had a fabulous week together in Thailand in October, while Kathy was treated to a return trip to the US for reunions with White House Fellows, family and special friends, and even a trip down memory lane at a faculty reunion at Guilford College. We have put together a collection of photos and commentaries from all of these experiences and encourage you to check them out here: villandio.net/family (pw: ndio6346).
Professionally, we are transitioning to a semi-retired lifestyle. Our Geneva activities with the Global Social Observatory and the CMMD Geneva Observer are coming to an end. While Kathy may take on a project or two with Geneva-based clients from time to time, Peppy is taking on an increasingly active role in supporting the International School of Bangkok alumni association. He is now the president of the board of directors. He is also concentrating on developing his photographic and musical skills from our home in Grasse.
This year we adopted the Airbnb platform to fill our home with visitors. We still prefer to open up our home, first and foremost, to our extended family and friends.
And finally, both of us are also launching blogs and commentaries and other writing endeavors.
Enjoy the holiday season! Please let us know how you are doing!