It Just Doesn’t Go Away

It just doesn’t go away - written anonymously This week at Communicating Across Boundaries we received this letter. We’re putting it out there and inviting you our readers to help us know how to respond. I’m appealing to my community out there who grew up with Where There Is No Doctor or The Village Medical … Continue reading It Just Doesn’t Go Away

“It’s a Long Way to go for a Friend” Guest Post by Pauline Brown

I'm so happy to feature my mom today in this post on friendship. You can read more about my mom here and here. She is a gifted, amazing woman, the author of the books Jars of Clay ordinary Christians on an Extraordinay Journey in Pakistsn and Cat Tales and has modeled friendship well through the … Continue reading “It’s a Long Way to go for a Friend” Guest Post by Pauline Brown

Guest Post – A Single Perspective

On this day before Valentine's Day I am so excited to have my beautiful niece Amy write for Communicating Across Boundaries. Amy is single - which you may have picked up from the title! And I purposely bring our attention to this single perspective on this day before Valentine's Day, when suddenly rational people think … Continue reading Guest Post – A Single Perspective

More Than a Tourist: Living Deeply Across Cultures

I'm honored to have Jody Fernando guest post today at Communicating Across Boundaries. Jody blogs at Between Worlds, a blog I highlighted as a favorite new blog that I've discovered. It was my brother who first sent me a link to an article she wrote in the fall and that's all it took to bring me in. The article … Continue reading More Than a Tourist: Living Deeply Across Cultures

The Reluctant Orthodox – Volume 12 “By the Waters of the Maumee, We Sat Down and Wept”

In my faith journey this past year, I've discovered some people who have walked the road before me and can offer wisdom, challenge, and comfort when I need them most. Aaron Friar is one of those people. He comes from a protestant background, has attended many churches in the past, and has a deep and … Continue reading The Reluctant Orthodox – Volume 12 “By the Waters of the Maumee, We Sat Down and Wept”

Lessons From an Ill-Fated Holiday Feast – A Guest Post

As promised earlier in the month in a call for stories, today I bring you one from a reader's childhood in Mozambique. Writer Heidi Carlson takes us back to a poignant memory of excited kids, a mom desperate to recreate tastes of her home country (the U.S.) and how it didn't turn out quite like … Continue reading Lessons From an Ill-Fated Holiday Feast – A Guest Post

And Change Will Come…..

Today's beautiful post comes from my nephew, Tim. I am honored that he penned these words and sent them to me, giving me permission to post them. And I also love that Tim affectionately calls me "Aunt M".  It is late April, and I look out my window at giant snowflakes, floating down from above. … Continue reading And Change Will Come…..

The Magic of Sinterklaas

Earlier in the fall I asked readers for submissions on Christmas traditions around the world. I am delighted to offer you this post on Sinterklaas by Annelies Kanis who wrote the popular post The Trunk That Traveled the World. Bright December moon is beaming boys and girls now stop your play for tonight's the wondrous … Continue reading The Magic of Sinterklaas

Hospice Care – Quality Care at the End of Life

In an appropriate follow-up to yesterday's post, Jan Klingberg takes us into the realities of hospice care. Hospice care is often misunderstood and I'm grateful to Jan for giving us first hand information about this important service.  Kristine’s husband, Gerry, returned home from the hospital with end-stage cancer after his doctor bluntly told him to … Continue reading Hospice Care – Quality Care at the End of Life

When Following Jesus Is a One Way Trip

I met Deanna Davis through blogging, and it was an immediate TCK connection. Deanna writes with honesty and clarity about her faith and her life as a TCK/ATCK. I think you'll love this piece by her: "When Following Jesus is a One Way Trip". There is more information about Deanna at the end of the … Continue reading When Following Jesus Is a One Way Trip

Altering Body and Soul – A Guest Post

Blogger's Note: Daily as I take the subway home I  see a little boy with brown-rimmed glasses walking with an older woman. He seems tiny for his age, oblivious to the adults around him, much the same as other children. The thing that distinguishes this child from others is the tube that comes out from under … Continue reading Altering Body and Soul – A Guest Post

Guest Post at Tamara Out Loud – Unfair Grace

Today I have the privilege of guest-posting at Tamara Out Loud: Thoughts on Real Life and Real Faith. I am honored for a couple of reasons. The first is that Tamara is one of the best writers I know. At times she puts together words and thoughts in ways that go straight to your heart … Continue reading Guest Post at Tamara Out Loud – Unfair Grace

Best Before [d.a.te]

I have come to both love and rely on Robynn Bliss as a regular contributor to this blog. Those of you who read regularly will recognize her - those who have just begun are in for a treat. Enjoy this Guest Post from Robynn Bliss... I’m about to turn forty-two. The last 3 or 4 … Continue reading Best Before [d.a.te]

“I Stumble and I Fall” – the Poverty Challenge

For a long time I have wanted Cecily Thew Patterson to write a guest post for me. I first met Cecily when I returned to Pakistan with my husband and we were working at the boarding school I attended through high school. At the time Cecily was a pretty, outgoing girl who already had the marks … Continue reading “I Stumble and I Fall” – the Poverty Challenge

Reader Response: Tea and Soul Care

Tea matters. The responses from readers on tea gave personal pictures from Laos to Pakistan to South Africa of what tea means and why tea matters. All the comments were rich with memory and feeling, but I've picked one that spoke to my soul today. It's one of the reasons I love blogging - I … Continue reading Reader Response: Tea and Soul Care

Guest Post: You Know You Live Downtown Cairo When….

As a mom who is miles away from all but one of her children, I am acutely aware of my inability to protect them. There are also times when I realize how much I don't know about their lives. This awareness reached a new level when I read a post that my daughter had written … Continue reading Guest Post: You Know You Live Downtown Cairo When….

Guest Post ~ Narratives of “Lived Time”

I am delighted to have Tiffany Kim guest post for me today. I met Tiffany through mutual friends this past fall and when we were finally able to meet for lunch, despite age difference, it was instant friendship.  After a conversation on a recent post we had a discussion on the importance of stories. It … Continue reading Guest Post ~ Narratives of “Lived Time”

Guest Post – Into the darkness there came a Great Light

Bhai Lal was our electrician in Varanasi. He lived down near the Ganges River. His wife had died years before and he parented half a dozen hooligans on his own. Bhai Lal was an entrepreneur. He had crazy ideas and they worked! One year he created a boat entirely out of recycled water bottles. He … Continue reading Guest Post – Into the darkness there came a Great Light