Happy Holidays from Doha!

At the end of every year, I usually write a holiday card for family and friends across the US. This year, since I am in Doha, it has been logistically a little more difficult for me to continue this tradition.

Some of you may have received a personal postcard from me. Postcard are hard to come by in Doha, but thankfully, a colleague of mine here has his own line of postcards and photographic memorabilia. However, to send 30+ postcards to the US in one shipping envelope, DHL charged me $67 USD. Once they arrived in the US, my mother graciously purchased the stamps to send them all out.

Regardless, family and friends, old and new, in the US and around the world, you can all read my holiday blog post. This is just to let everyone know what my boys (Zylan and Ronan) and I have been up to this past year. Enjoy!

Dear All,

I hope that 2017 has been a good year for everyone. This year has proven especially momentous and memorable for Zylan, Ronan, and me.


This year Zylan officially became an adult. He finished his senior year of high school and started his freshmen year of college at the University of Wisconsin – Stout. He is majoring in Apparel Design and Development. Over the summer, he rode the Empire Builder Railroad from La Crosse, WI to Portland, OR and spent a week with his Uncle Francis. In addition, to the dismay of his grandmother, Zylan got his first tattoo this fall while at college.


This year Ronan turned 16. He recently passed his test for his driver’s permit and should have his license by the spring of 2018. He is a sophomore at Onalaska High School and likes working with his hands, taking pictures, and playing with computers. This summer, he spent a week at Michigan Tech in Houghton, MI participating in a computer programming summer program. Recently, Ronan expressed an interest in joining the Armed Services after graduating from high school.


This year, as many of you know, I made a major career and life change by taking a position at Qatar University in Doha, Qatar. After seeing my oldest son off to college and saying goodbye to my youngest son, I boarded a play and relocated to the Gulf Region. The last four months have been an adjustment period for me, but now I am mostly settled and about to finish my first semester teaching at QU. I’m enjoying my snow-less December in the desert, and this January, I plan to take my first trip to Spain and Morocco. Despite my boys and I being on different sides of the world, we hope that you and your loved ones have had an agreeable year.

Happy Holidays!

From Zylan, Ronan, and Conan

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