Third Culture Kids Aren’t a Triangle–They’re a Wave

A recent conversation sucked me, feet first, into the black hole of expat doubt. And by doubt, I really mean: "What the hell is going to happen to my kids at the end of this experiment?" The conversation, with a brilliant friend who studies cultural differences, was about the unknown effect of removing yourself from... Continue Reading →

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Valentine’s Day, a Handy Gift Guide for Married People

Dating: Reservations at the super-fancy/can't really afford/won't like the food/you'll figure out how to pay the credit card bill later/restaurant; roses; fancy chocolates dusted with things that shouldn't be on chocolate Engaged: Jewelry, (bonus points if it's heart-shaped); Elizabeth Barrett Browning or Khalil Gibran poetry books; flowers, but not roses; thoughtful cards with sappy messages and... Continue Reading →

Expat Hindsight is 20/20

At a Q&A session at the launch for There's Some Place Like Home, I was in the hot seat. Luckily the menopausal flashes didn't make an appearance so that heat was more figurative than literal, but still. I had quasi-prepped for the type of questions I thought people might ask, questions I may have asked... Continue Reading →

Expats Anonymous

I've used plenty of phrases to describe living abroad: crazy, upside down, terrifying, exhilarating, tearful, broadening--but after a conversation with a good friend recently, I need to add another. Addictive. For some expats, whirling from one post and dervishing to the next, it's easy to lose yourself in the tornado of "the move". At times,... Continue Reading →

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