Back to Work and Out from Under These Boxes!

Today, with the clouds overhead and the slow drizzle that is another typhoon-season rainy day in Tokyo – I begin to crawl out from under the pile of boxes that has been my life since mid-June. I’m thanking my lucky stars! Whew! This transition summer has been the most...

What’s in Your Expat Tool Kit?

There’s this one wall in my house that is both a highlight and a challenge of our international life. It’s our family photo collage. A display of dozens of people and places, it’s the wall that people walk up to, stare at and ask about when they come over for...

Sweet Sadness

Sweet sadness. This may be the most quintessential expat emotion. It’s the simultaneous desire to go and to stay. It’s loneliness wrapped in joy, blanketed in longing, softened by comfort. Going somewhere can be so sweet – the new adventure, the new friends, the...

All The Many Ways You Feel…

So we made it! We’re back in Japan after fifteen years away and we’re back abroad after about 18 months in the States. There’s no other way to say it – YAY!! It feels so good to be back to our typical way of living. I think in some sort of way I didn’t know it would...

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