Happy birthday to my little brother Mackenzie! A big 25 today and I wish you all the best from Beijing. You have pushed me, inspired me, and made me think of what it means to be a brother. Remember when padre sat us down in the living room to read us "Who moved my cheese?" as we squirmed about under the chairs? Or going over to Ed's for ice cream and that inevitable lingering smell of cigarettes as Norma did the crossword? Every time I see the scar on my left arm I'm reminded of chasing you out the back door, shattering glass just for a baseball glove. Hell of a glove though. We've roadtripped to Montana, partied in McCall, and spent countless times together laughing for no reason. I cherish those memories and look forward to creating more with you in the future.  Much love and have a wonderful birthday!  


Degen Hill

About: Degen Hill is a travel junkie, gym enthusiast, and avid writer who currently resides in Beijing. He is a 28-year-old graduate of Eastern Washington University where he studied Spanish & Communications and quickly learned that life's too short to not travel. Degen is aggressively realistic, open-minded, sarcastic, curious, and results-driven.

Currently: Degen graduated from Tsinghua University with a Master's of Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy in Beijing. He is now a reporter and editor for the political magazine China Today (今日中国). His Chinese language ability is a work in progress and enjoys the challenge. He is currently living in Andingmen (Right above the Forbidden City).