Twenty-Two Tweens and a Telephone

I just got back from chaperoning a trip to a basketball tournament. Four adults, twenty-two tweens. Emotions, hormones, and sweat glands were running high. Deodorant was running low. For many of these kids, it was the longest they'd been without their parents, their first foray into independence. Add to all of that nerves and the... Continue Reading →

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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 →

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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