Not Lost At All

Last year, in the space of 9 months, we lost my step-dad and both of my maternal grandparents. They were all people who’s influence in my life cannot be overstated. You know those people who say or do something and you go back to it forever? The people whose words you...

How Saying No to Gifts Helped Us Find Our Favorite Ones

My husband and I don’t exchange Christmas gifts anymore. Actually, we haven’t for years. It was a gradual process that has turned out to be one of my favorite details of our holiday celebrations. The process was accidental at first, but the reasons for our decision...

Traditions and Rituals for Smoother Transitions

I recently came across a letter I wrote to myself in January 2000. It’s sealed. I haven’t opened it and I’m not sure when I will. The idea of writing letters to myself has long had this sort of mysterious appeal to me. I think it lies in the idea that there’s a gift...

Space for Soul Mates

This article was originally published on Expat Bookshop – a great resource for finding expat-focused, expat-friendly, and expat-written books. She took the words right out of my mouth. We laughed. Then five minutes later I finished her sentence. Then we laughed...

My Tana Kitchen (Home Poems)

One of the most exciting and enjoyable aspects of the Families in Global Transition Conference this past weekend was the way in which personal narrative – both written and spoken – was taken as an essential part of processing the expat experience. I’ve written about...

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