大家好!我们是美国人。我不会中文很好。 我从美国森林服务组织退休了。我是位全职作家。我是一个生态学者和生物学家。I would like to introduce myself.  I don't live in or very near Fayetteville, although I have an undergraduate degree in zoology and a master's in botany from the University of Arkansas. I'm an American botanist and ecologist as well as a freelance writer and editor. 

Phil Sheila

Photos: Phil (left) and Sheila (right)

Why am I writing to you?  I enjoy having friends from China.  They help me learn Chinese and I teach them English.  I know several Chinese students in Fayetteville who attend the University of Arkansas.  Several have visited my wife and I in our home.  We live 126 miles east of Fayetteville in the small town of Mountain Home, Arkansas.  Several Chinese students have visited us here. 

Chinese friends at a lake near our home. Chinese friends at a lake in North Carolina

Photos: Chinese friends at a lake near our home (left) and in North Carolina (right)

I have taught three of our Chinese friends how to drive a car or truck.  We have taken one student with us on vacation to California in Jan. 2009 and again during the Christmas holiday 2011/2011 to San Francisco when we drove out to see my daughter and her family.  We taught Changji how to drive on the way to California in 2009.  In 2011, a Chinese student rode with us to California in my pickup truck and we visited five national parks including the Grand Canyon, and we also saw Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Hollywood, and the Universities of California at Berkeley and at Santa Barbara. 

Sheila at the Saguaro National Park in Arizona  The truck we take on trips parked at our guest house.

Photos: Sheila at the Saguaro National Park in Arizona (left) and the truck we take on trips parked at our guest house (right)

In summer 2009 I went on a trip with three Chinese friends to the mountains of Colorado.  In spring 2010 we took four Chinese friends to Tennessee/North Carolina to visit the Smoky Mountain National Park and saw wild bears.  So, I’d like to invite you to become one of my Chinese friends!  我会说一点中文,可是不好。我的太太叫Sheila. 她不会中文。Maybe you can stay in our guest house for a weekend or holiday or take a vacation with us.  We are seriously considering a trip to Yellowstone next summer.

Our house Our guest house

Photos: our house (left) and our guest house (right)

Would you like to have an American friend? We would like to invite you to visit us in Mountain Home.  We own two houses in this town.  We use one for a guest house.  Both are small older homes.  We inherited one house from Sheila’s parents and we bought the other house which is across the street (610 and 625 East Sixth Street, Mountain Home, Arkansas, if you want to use Google Earth to see them).  I can provide transportation if you want to come visit some weekend or holiday.

Phil with his microscope. Phil pressing a plant specimen

Photos: Phil with his microscope (left) and pressing a plant specimen (right)

On Feb. 26, 2004, I was visiting a book store in Atlanta, Georgia.  I happened across the a Chinese phrase book, bought it, and the rest is history.  At first I thought, "If I could speak Chinese, I could talk to anyone on the planet" since most people know either Chinese or English.  I used language tapes and now use QQ and other things to study Chinese.

Plants specimen label with Chinese and English. Our garden

Photos: Plants specimen label with Chinese and English (left) and our garden (right)

Hiking, kayaking, swimming, canoeing, caving, and other outdoor adventures are available in our area.

Sheila at City Rock Bluff along the White River near our home. Phil in Perry Creek near our home.

Photo: Sheila at City Rock Bluff along the White River near our home (left) and Phil in Perry Creek near our home (right)

I worked as a botanist and ecologist for the U. S. Forest Service for 17 years and love to hike cross-country (without following trails).

Phil hiking cross-country. An American Indian article found in a bluff shelter.

Photo: Phil hiking cross-country (left) and a Native American tool found in a bluff shelter (right)

I worked on the Ozark National Forest for a few years.  I like to visit bluff shelters and find Native American arrowhead and tools.  Native Americans are improperly called "Indian" since they were not from from India.  The photo shows a scraper which they would have used to clean deer hides to make clothing.  You are looking at the sharp edged blade (facing up).  I can't collect the artifacts on government land; that's illegal.  But I document the sites and report them as prehistoric archeological sites to the Forest Service.

You can read much more about me at a couple websites:

You can find me at www.sedgehead.com – this is my personal website.

http://www.sedgehead.com/index.php/uncategorised-articles/34-why-chinese - tells why I study the Chinese language and culture

QQ: 256313199. 

Or the groups I chat with:

QQ group 113527229 for English with the www.dioenglish.com people.

QQ group 104490944 for English with the www.dioenglish.com people.

QQ group 104692038 for Chinese where I practice writing or on QQ: Sedgehead Family.

I also post notes in Chinese at www.lang-8.com (as sedgehead) to practice my use of Chinese.

I also teach English on Skype. I am “headsedge” on Skype.

PS: at first I only contacted male students.  Then my wife, Sheila, said, “I’d like to have some female Chinese friends.”  So you can contact either one of us.