Share the Wealth with Lori Hirst: Russia through Anna and Sam’s Kind Introduction

by Mark Chmiel

In late May this year, my son and daughter-in-law welcomed me to their home in St. Petersburg, Russia. Even though I had taken some steps to prepare for the journey – through language, and literature -I was unprepared for the degree to which I fell in love with this country, its people and its beauty. While I cannot speak to the larger political context, I can share much that is positive. Thanks in advance for the opportunity; I look forward to deepening my understanding through sharing this experience.

Mark and I are colleagues in the Adult Learning Academy at St. Louis Community College. Alongside the teaching that takes place there, our discussions have taught me a great deal on a predictably wide range of topics. I have been with STLCC for over 18 years in several capacities, but none of them matches the current work we do with students preparing for new careers. And my gratitude for the opportunity to do so belongs to Dianne Lee whose courage and dedication continues to put in place programs that change lives.

Join us
Sunday 14 August
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.
Lori begins sharing at 6:45
At the home of Celine Shallon
4315A Shaw Boulevard
(On the corner of Tower Grove and Shaw)
Saint Louis
63110

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