About Me

Hi, my name is Miriam Hurdle. I grew up in Hong Kong where I went to college and worked for five years before coming to the United States. While in Hong Kong, I taught Chinese as a Second Language in Hong Kong Baptist University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong for three years. I was also the Director of the Children’s Department at the Asian Outreach where she published four Chinese Children’s books.

I came to the United States for my graduate studies. I received my master’s degrees in Christian Ministry from Portland Seminary, Counseling from Seattle Pacific University, and Education Administration from California State University, Los Angles. After teaching in California public school for fifteen years, I was promoted to a school district administrative position. I went on to do the postgraduate studies and earned my Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from La Verne University in California.

I continued in my administrative position for ten years before retirement. In my retired life, I enjoy doing volunteer counseling, reading, writing, blogging, singing, drawing, watercolor painting, gardening, photographing and traveling.

I’m survived with melanoma cancer and am in remission since 2009.

I am married to Lynton Hurdle and have one married daughter and one granddaughter.


445 thoughts on “About Me

  1. hi Miriam! so nice to connect and meet you! I’m carol anne. I’m from Ireland. I blog over at http://therapybits.com/ I have complex ptsd and dissociative identity disorder, and I am also blind, I blog about a multitude of things, including mental health, disability, daily life, I post quotes, recipes, poetry etc. I hope we can become good friends! Looking forward to reading more from you!

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  2. Hi Miriam,

    My name is Justin and I have been looking through your blog. I love your artwork, especially your paintings!

    The reason I am reaching out is I just started a website for beginner photographers and want to get some feedback on a couple of my blogposts to see if I am on the mark or have missed the boat. Would you mind taking a look? Here is a link: jusmcafee.com/on-location/

    I’m hoping one or all of these posts my be useful for your readers. If not, that’s totally cool, but I thought I’d send it over and introduce myself anyways. Let me know what you think.



    • Hi Justin,
      I went to your Get Sparked Site and read a few posts and read about how you download the InDesign software and download Trojan. I was skeptical to open your photography site. I had Trojan visiting me at work. When I turned on my computer in the morning. He popped up and said “Good Morning” to me. I wasn’t sure if I would get a virus by opening your other site. Anyway, your photography is excellent.
      WordPress has a Weekly Photo challenge – https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/smile/. If you participate and visit other bloggers, you may get more readers and followers. I love your story about taking the quiz and answered in French. You’re very intelligent. I’m sure you’ll find many followers. This is a friendly community. I interact with bloggers. When they ask me questions, I respond to them as if I would in other types of communication rather than refer them to your next post.
      Thank you for visiting. Keep writing and posting photos.

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      • Thank you so much for the kind words Miriam! I’ll take a look at the weekly photo challenge, and I have to apologize about the other site. I had no idea you could see that. It’s a side project I’m working on. And sorry about the Trojan reference, hope I didn’t scare you too much!

        I will definitely keep posting photos, it’s too much of a passion for me!

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        • Passion keeps you vibrant and alive. Your other site is attached to your profile. I started taking photos as a youngster. The drawing and painting help me to compose the photos, but I do it as a hobby so I didn’t make any investment in it as far as camera and accessories.


  3. So nice to meet you through Carrot Ranch. My comment areas are at the bottom of my posts – the one for my short daily verse site (the first CR post): Space – works… unless somehow you got to the site I closed up? Anyway my fiction site is located through my second CR post To Catch a Thief? . I also have a longer verse site by that is not as active as the other two – but if you would like it let me know.

    Happy New Year! I live in an interfaith family. Respecting all the difference helps us bind and love each other.

    If I knew how to share photos better I’d add some to my blogs… but I’m sort of old school and not quite up to snuff on computer things. I do get to travel some with my hubby (he travels for work). I’ve gotten out of the country a couple of times. But I always like returning home too.

    Cheers and continue writing. ~Jules

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    • I like to the photos since I was a kid. I had a turntable that played old record albums. I had a separate radio/cassette player that I recorded a lot of classical music. I had huge computer when PC first came out. So I guess I’m not afraid of anything mechanical.

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        • I can manage the basic in computer, enough to get by. When I was working, we had computer tech to do the tech stuff. They got to a point that they didn’t have to come to my office to fix problem. They could log-in to my computer from their office, and I could see the pointer moving in my computer to do whatever they had to do (I was logged-off). 🙂
          Now when I get a new computer, I just let my hubby do the configuration.
          So I’m not good at the real tech stuff. 🙂

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  4. Really amazing about your father sending you photos of his baptism. We serve a great God.

    For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18

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    • Thank you so very much for reading and comment. I do realize that you have to scroll several hundred comments to get to the end. Just that effort alone makes me appreciate you even more.
      My siblings and I did pray diligently for our parents’ salvation and it was such a joy to know about their baptism. My parents did suffer toward the end of their lives but they went to be with the Lord peacefully.


  5. I reread your story this evening and find it very inspiring. I appreciate that you are non-apologetic for your Christian faith. The story of you parents is very special. You must have quite a time keeping up with your active husband. Perhaps you are the same?! It has been a pleasure connecting with you through our blogs.

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  6. Hi Miriam,

    I’m glad to have stumbled upon your blog. I’m a mother to twins and have Chinese ancestry living in Germany. My daughters are of mixed descent and I would be interested in knowing how you navigated your heritage with that of your husband’s and transfered it onto your daughter.
    Thanks for having such an honest and sincere blog. I look forward to reading your blog entries and also maybe to your reply!

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    • Hi, I’m thankful that you took time to read my About Me page. I haven’t encountered any problem in this part of the world – US, especially in California. Since 2015, white became the minority group with non-white being majority. So people are used to have different ethnic groups, different cultures in California. I have a friend who has 4 children, and two of them married Chinese – in California! So probably I’m not the one who give you any answers!! Sorry!


  7. Amen and Amen!! God Bless all my Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus-Yeshua and Your Family members and Friends!!

    Praise Jesus-Yeshua Christ to Today and Everyday, HE is KING of kings and LORD ( ADONAI ) lords!! Hallelujah and Maranatha!!

    Love Always and Shalom ( Peace ) Everone, YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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  8. Wow, I have always thought highly of you and some 15+ minutes later I find I am not alone. If kindness had its roots anywhere then I think it starts with you. Many thanks for being part of my blogging life, long may your life be full of the wonders that you find in travel, God bless,


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  9. Hi Miriam, Wow it took me five minutes just to get to the end of all these comments. What an amazing following you have developed. The picture of your daughter’s wedding is stunning with the pink flowers, maybe rhododendrons? I lived in Portland for several years, and love it. Your life sounds exciting and wonderful. Glad you won the battle with cancer. Thanks for visiting my blog. Hope you enjoyed it. 🙂 Marsha 🙂

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  10. Thank you so much for following Oh, the Places We See. You are such an interesting person, taking many steps outside your comfort zone like becoming a Christian when you parents were not of that faith. May you always have wonderful experiences to write about on your blog. We wish you much continued success. And thanks for traveling with us!

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  11. Hi, Just wanted to thank you for visiting and liking my post! So glad you liked it and stopped by because I wanted to thank you again for your nudge that helped me write that tribute to my Dad. I was able to share that with my Mom while shes was visiting with us this last week and we both teared up!

    Thanks again for the inspiration for this poem.

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  12. Hi Miriam, you got a beautiful blog site. And it’s great knowing you. I enjoyed reading about you and how you guys have evolved over a period of time. Fantastic. I too love photography and travelling and writing about them on my blog site. Take care and keep enjoying your life.

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  13. Hi
    Thank you for inviting me to your blog. It is beautiful! Your life seems fulfilled and that Almighty Father has truly blessed you. But I wondered… I note that you do Yoga. Do you find there is a contradiction between doing Yoga and being a Christian. I ask because I began Iyengar Yoga, and realised that it is quite spiritual. I find it very relaxing and centering. I stopped it now as I had to go abroad and did not keep up with the practice, but while I was doing it (which was twice per week) I found my body becoming stronger and I had more energy. It was really good but I also found myself going into a meditative state. I didn’t find it threatening, instead, I found it calming. I intend to take it up again, as soon as I can. Remain blessed.

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    • Yoga is from Thailand. A lot of positions are developed as their worship of the sun. But yoga also has variations, different sets. One instructor combined yoga with pilate. I take it as exercise, relaxation, not in the form of worship. So I don’t find conflict with being a Christian. Taichi is also good. It’d Chinese exercise, but I don’t find any near by by home.

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  14. Nice to meet you Miriam, your site is lovely. I too am a Christian. I became one later in life, in college, when I saw a vision in my mind’s eye of Jesus holding his arms out to me. He has been my Savior and best friend ever since. I also like to meditate and do yoga, just like you. I am a big fan of poetry! The poem that you shared about Winter is great! I write lots of poems about my brother, and it is quite healing. I believe it to be a form of therapy. It is nice meeting you on the meet and greet, and I look forward to the posts from you! ~Carol

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    • Hi Carol, I’m happy that we met! I appreciated your experience of the vision. It’s unforgettable! Yes, I love poetry. I’m retired, taking classes for the retirees, poetry is one of them. Look forward to your posts also! Miriam*¨*•♥•*¨*


  15. Hello Miriam. Thanks for dropping by and hitting the follow on pensitivity101. Glad to have you aboard.
    Hope you find things of interest and comment. I love the feedback and interaction..
    What kind of boat did your cousin have? Ours is a narrowboat.

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  16. I am honoured that you stopped by my blog. Thank you for the likes. I found them very encouraging esp as they come from someone as accomplished as you. Just found out you also do some artwork. Been looking through them and your write ups and I am loving them 🙂

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  17. Hello Miriam Hurdle,

    Thank you for your comment about my post and I’m pleased to have more friends to discuss and exchange ideas that I think it’s great for our diversity. This is the first time for me to use WorldPress and I would say I’m low tech. Basically, I like your stories that you wrote and posted “about me” page. I’m delighted to follower your bog.
    PS. I’m not strict in any religious.

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  18. Hey Miriam,

    First of all, thank you so much for following House of Rogue on WordPress! I look forward to hearing more from you!

    I’m here to let you know that I moved House of Rogue to her ‘official’ website. The WordPress account will soon be deleted, so I sincerely hope you will subscribe to the new website.

    Every Monday morning, a new update will magically appear in your inbox. With a weekly motivation, inspiration, updates, and every now and then some pretty cool travel destinations. I hate spam as much as you do, so you’ll only hear from me that one day a week, or when I’ve got something super important to share 🙂

    I truly appreciate your interest in House of Rogue so I do hope I’ll hear from you again soon!

    With love,
    Myra \\ House of Rogue



  19. Thanks for sharing your story.

    Thanks you so very much for taking an interest in my blog. I hope that you will find my stories interesting for some light and casual reading, but intriguing enough in their complexity to want to visit often. Anytime you visit, I love feedback. I am still a writer very rough-around-the-edges. Any feedback I can get, I cherish! Thanks again for your visit.

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  20. Miriam. What an awesome blog, as mentioned we have so much in common.
    You wrote and I quote:

    “He is a helicopter pilot. He likes to ride dirt bike, motor cycle, mountain bike, and diving.”

    My husband had a private pilot licence and we did many many hours of flying in small private aircrafts and took many a vacation with our then small children and flew to our destinations. We stopped flying once we moved to Canada fom SA.
    We still have a motorbike and even now, at our age, still do extended long trips two-up on a sport bike. Great fun.
    We both did scuba diving, although many many years ago.
    Life is good.
    God bless your fami.y

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    • Wow, I can’t believe it. We have so much in common. My husband is a helicopter pilot. He only has mountain bikes left because we live in busy Orange County in CA. Many motorcycle accidents here. We travel and I said I’m not ready for cruises yet… maybe when I can’t walk too much, I will consider cruises!!! 🙂 God be with your family!

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  21. Hey! I am Purva, an university going girl pursuing English literature. Reading, writing, dancing and painting is my some of the hobbies. Thanks for visiting me, hope you had enjoyed their. Lovely to know about you and your family. Hope we will enjoy exchange visits more often! 🌹

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    • I haven’t learned dancing. My sister is a ballroom dance instructor. She also demonstrates Tai Chi. I do yoga, watercolor, drawing, ceramic painting, of course, reading and writing. Yes, we will enjoy each other’s visit. I think I follow you already.


  22. Hi there! It is a pleasure meeting you! You sound like a wonderful woman with a wonderful family, and I know God has blessed you for sure! Always good to see another Christian on WordPress! I will be following along from now on! 🙂

    God bless!

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  23. Hi Miriam, my name is Liz and you have just accused me of stealing one of your photos. I am very upset at this. It is my own photo and I do not ever need to steal anyone else’s photo as I have many of my own. Should you wish to take this further I can send you an original file proving that I am not a thief. I would have thought, with your statements of your Christian belief, that you might have taken a different attitude to this. Also for your information I do not have photoshop. I have been on WordPress for over 4 years and have never had an accusation like this before. Very upsetting.

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  24. Hi Miriam,

    I like the content of your blog and have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Here’s the link: https://comeinsitdown.wordpress.com/2016/10/21/versatile-blogger-award/

    Your participation is totally voluntary, you don’t have to accept the nomination. Should you decide not to take part, I will completely understand that and won’t be offended.

    I however will appreciate it if you chose to accept it; I see the nomination process as a way to promote my fellow bloggers work across the board and to spread the word.

    Thank you and best wishes,

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