Hi! I’m Marilyn…
I’m a public health nurse and writer who lives between worlds, but mostly in Boston.
I was raised in the country of Pakistan and went on to raise my children in Pakistan and in Egypt.
Moving to the United States proved to be the most difficult move I have ever made. For a long time, my cross-cultural and international roots remained silent as I struggled to connect and fit into my passport country.
I began writing in 2011 after participating in a humanitarian aid trip to Pakistan. Revisiting my childhood home and working in this relief effort awakened a long dormant desire to communicate what it was to live between worlds. My writing and speaking come from a place of knowing what it means to live between.
I have participated in humanitarian relief trips to Pakistan, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon. In 2018, my husband and I moved to Northern Iraq where we lived in a small city and taught at a public university. This experience gifted me with a love for the people and place of Kurdistan.
Communicating Across Boundaries
is a blog about communicating across faith and cultural boundaries. Topics include everything from thoughts on culture, third culture kids, faith, and communicating cross culturally.