"Bird on A Nest" painting by Brenda Szuromi

From the time she was a young girl, author Yolanda A. Reid wished to learn Chinese. Years later, as an adult, she finally set out to learn this most ancient, complex language. A poignant personal essay and a quick-read, "The Bird's Nest: How I learned Chinese" explores how the author overcame large and small challenges, to emerge transformed by Mandarin, the process of learning it, and life itself. Avallable at