Michelle Ward has a new crusade up for September. If you haven't seen these before, take some time to look back through them, she has some great ideas and really gets people motivated. This month the theme is 'back to school' - thinking about the learning we do in and out of the studio.
I am most surprised that I learned a little bit of Mandarin. I took a class last spring to prepare for my trip to Beijing in May 2008. It was so gratifying to be able to speak a little bit of Mandarin, and the effort seemed to be appreciated. The best moment was when I was able to speak to a Chinese painting teacher after a lesson and thank him for his work, while many people only thanked the translator!