Physical Well-being and Cross-Cultural Adjustment

I was sick yesterday. Not laid flat in bed with a high fever sick, but a low grade fever, aches, and general feelings of misery. I was scheduled to visit the maternal child hospital with the Maternal Child Health Professor- Mamusta Renas. I had been looking forward to this visit, and I was not going … Continue reading Physical Well-being and Cross-Cultural Adjustment

Ladies Day Out

I am driving from the downtown area of Rockport when I suddenly decide to stop and sit a spell by the ocean. The day is perfect September, all blue sky and mild temperatures. It is low tide and the beach has lost the crowds of summer, leaving pristine sand and so much space. I easily … Continue reading Ladies Day Out

Enlarging our hearts in Ranya ڕانیه

It's difficult to believe that we have only been in Kurdistan for 48 hours. Our flight from Qatar was uneventful. We connected with another new faculty member just before boarding the plane. The fact that she spotted us so easily was a reminder that we are westerners and everything from the way we talk to … Continue reading Enlarging our hearts in Ranya ڕانیه

5 Newton Street – a Love Story

5 Newton Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 It was ten and a half years ago when I first walked through your front door. I will never forget the day - December 18, and Boston was experiencing the worst winter they had had in five years. Snow was piled high around you - your porch barely passable … Continue reading 5 Newton Street – a Love Story

That Magic Word – Home

My younger daughter was recently in Toronto at the wedding of a friend. On return she had some difficulty with her ticket and had to go early to the airport in order to clear it up. As she was talking to a woman in security, she said "I just want to get home." Responding with … Continue reading That Magic Word – Home

Goodbye 250

I get on the bus and swipe my Charlie Card, my ticket to discounted rides for the last ten and a half years. The bus driver nods as I say hello. There is room to sit down, but I stand. Central Square is a 12-minute walk from my house, but the bus is a wonderful … Continue reading Goodbye 250

Grace in a Bottle

It's so quiet that I can hear myself think. This is what hits me as I wake up early today. We are in Rockport, our happy place of rest and art; writing and thinking. Rockport allows me to pull away from the everyday stuff that distracts and rethink what is important. It is a place … Continue reading Grace in a Bottle

Monday Wakes with an Invitation

Monday awakes, warm and muggy from rain that fell during the night. While the sun is trying hard to break through the clouds, it's not quite succeeding - as though the clouds are saying "It's our turn! You got Saturday!" Sometimes anthropomorphizing the weather is incredibly satisfying. It is perhaps easier to cope with clouds … Continue reading Monday Wakes with an Invitation

The Last Week – A Graduation Story for the TCK

It is the last week of June and graduation season for this year will soon be behind us.  In any culture, graduations are milestones and rites of passage. They are filled with excitement and butterfly stomachs, a clear sense of accomplishment and an expectation for what might lie ahead. But for the third culture kid, … Continue reading The Last Week – A Graduation Story for the TCK

Royal Weddings, Slaying Dragons, and Good Things in a Hard 🌍

"I just don't think we should pay attention to it!" The man was adamant. "It's an archaic system and we should not give it attention by even talking about it!" I was listening to a call in talk show about the royal wedding on public radio. There were experts and commentators on everything from what … Continue reading Royal Weddings, Slaying Dragons, and Good Things in a Hard 🌍

If You Had a Few Weeks to Live, Where Would You Go?

If you had a few weeks to live, where would you go? A few years ago, writer Roger Cohen asked this question in an opinion piece in the New York Times called “In Search of Home.” He talked about the “landscape of childhood” that place of “unfiltered experience, of things felt rather than thought through, of the world in its … Continue reading If You Had a Few Weeks to Live, Where Would You Go?

Be Still and Create

“In an age of movement, nothing is more critical than stillness. In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention.” Pico Iyer in The Art of Stillness I sit on my couch, coffee beside me, mindlessly playing a game on my iPhone. This has never been a problem for me before, but … Continue reading Be Still and Create

Fearfully & Wonderfully Body Scanned

"Take off all of my clothes?" My voice intonates the last word as a question, rather like a child who asks her teacher if she has to complete all of the homework assignment. I am sitting on an exam table under fluorescent lights in a clinic.  I feel cold, not only because it is an … Continue reading Fearfully & Wonderfully Body Scanned

A View from Above

Bab Zuweila

In the city of Cairo twin minarets stand tall, their silhouettes marked against a clear blue sky. They stand distinguishable from a thousand other minarets because of their fame as a city landmark. The minarets frame a gate still standing since the 11th century, the gate of Bab Zuweila. The minaret towers are so high … Continue reading A View from Above

One Fall Away

I slipped and fell on my way to work today. It was early morning and I was walking from the subway to my office. Unnoticed black ice was the culprit, and in a blink, I was down and struggling to find my footing. It's not a big deal - except that it felt like a … Continue reading One Fall Away

About a Book….aka Kill Those Darlings!

Some of you may remember a big announcement last year. It was about a book. A book that I was so excited about. I talked about it on the blog and on social media sites. I had a book reading and signing. But something just wasn't right. That book, that precious book where I let … Continue reading About a Book….aka Kill Those Darlings!

I Hate Saying Goodbye

It’s a sunny day in Thessaloniki. The sky is indescribably blue and Mount Olympus is in full view, the snow capping its peak like marshmallow fluff. From far away snow is so pretty! I got up early, knowing that I didn’t want to be rushed, instead opting for a leisurely coffee and pastries. We came … Continue reading I Hate Saying Goodbye

Amphibians, Chameleons, and Cross Cultural Kids

"But those people who are fishes out of water were often the most vibrant ones in the room. I’ve begun to recognize a social type, the Amphibians — people who can thrive in radically different environments." David Brooks "The Rise of the Amphibians" In a recent article in the New York Times, David Brooks writes … Continue reading Amphibians, Chameleons, and Cross Cultural Kids