Dr. Henry Kissinger, a Nobel Prize winner and former Secretary of State for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, visited Seoul today.  I was immensely honored to meet and shake hands with him today after his brief remarks.  Dr. Kissinger is regarded by many as one of our country’s greatest Secretaries of State.  I’m very lucky to have met a statesman of such stature during my first year in the Service.  As one colleague put it, "I’ve been waiting for ten years to meet him, and you get to meet him during your first weeks here!"  Yep, I’m lucky I guess.  I thought I would have to keep working in lieu of hearing him speak.  However, everyone was invited at the end of the day to a meet and greet.  I’m privileged to have had an opportunity to meet the man who played a crucial role in U.S. foreign policy and is largely credited with spearheading normalized relations between the People’s Republic of China and the U.S.  Dr. Kissinger remains a giant in foreign policy and still consults on numerous foreign policy issues.

Last night I was happy to get reacquainted with an old friend, my personal computer.  I received it yesterday in my air freight and set up late last night.  It still functions just the way it did when I disassembled it back in Virginia (technology can be so touchy sometimes).  For the first time in an eternity I have a perfectly functioning home network.  My computer runs great, and my secure wireless network works seamlessly.  I may jinx everything by mentioning how well it’s all working, but I can’t help but mention how happy I am to have my computer back.  I had been using our old laptop until it arrived, but the laptop is much too old and slow to do everything I want to do.  Now that I have my computer back I can start using technology to do some tasks that require a top-of-the-line system, including video editing.


Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his family. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or contact him by e-mail at me@mgedwards.com or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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