Traveling Mercies

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When I was a kid there was a prayer we prayed every time we set out on a trip, which was often. My childhood was marked by travel and transition so you can know that we prayed this prayer frequently. Every trip was prefaced with a prayer that included a little request for “traveling mercies”. […]

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Oh Canada

Today I’m boarding a plane and going home. While the Canada Goose is turning her beak to the south, I’m turning mine to the north. I’m off to Canada! Canada is where my story started. There’s a warm and weird nostalgia that comes over me when I think about Canada and all things Canadian: Coffee […]

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Here’s to the Lonely Ones 

Here’s to the lonely ones, sitting at airports on Sunday nights. Here’s to the tired ones, weary of travel and goodbyes, idly eating granola bars and sipping coffee from styrofoam cups. Here’s to the mom, traveling with kids, weary of meeting the needs of little ones who are out of their habitat. Here’s to the […]

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A Short Correspondence on the Issue of Feeling Trapped

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Dear Robynn, I enjoyed your “Friday’s with Robynn” post (A Hidden Pearl. January 29,2016). It really resonated with me, so thank you for posting it. It was very thought provoking for me. Earlier this year I experienced a very similar feeling to the one you had having returned from Thailand. My friends and I arrived […]

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Unsettled.

Originally posted on Emily Greene:
This post is a response to “I’m From…” found at Communicating.Across.Boundaries. Originally written on my personal blog under maiden name Emily Harris.  Istanbul, Turkey. Photo Credit: Emily Greene. Instagram. I am from generations of pioneers. I follow trails made by unsettled hearts seeking more. ? I am from dusty shoes…

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Thoughts on Sharing our Stories

“Perhaps the greatest danger of our global community is that the person in LA thinks he knows Cambodia because he’s seen The Killing Fields on-screen, and the newcomer from Cambodia thinks he knows LA because he’s seen City of Angels on video.” ― Pico Iyer At a dinner party years ago, our host, a man from England, was waxing wise […]

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The Language of Transition

  “I do want to make sure we have a language for transition and crossing cultures and homesickness and living in a state of between-ness. I did not have that growing up and have found the TCK vocabulary helpful as an adult.” Elizabeth Trotter as quoted from A Life Overseas Like Elizabeth, I did not […]

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A Moment Between Worlds

I’m sitting in a Pakistani Restaurant in Los Angeles, just two miles from the airport – because that’s what we do when we are global nomads. We find comfort foods and places wherever we go, places where we can kill the saudade. I arrived just a couple of hours ago from New Zealand and knew […]

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“I wouldn’t give it up for a moment!”

….and other things we wouldn’t give up! [With thanks to Michele Phoenix.] I love playing the game “Two truths and a lie.”  It’s a get-to-know-you game, designed so that strangers can begin feeling comfortable with each other. The premise is that you tell a group three things about yourself. Two of them have to be […]

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Traveling While White

Blogger’s note: I have received some good feedback and pushback from this article – always good when you write a piece like this. Based on the feedback, I realize that it’s is not necessarily the simple black and white issue I have made it to be. I still hold to my original premise, that many, […]

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A Lonely Planet

I’m sitting at Gate 97 in the International Terminal of San Francisco’s International Airport. It’s evening and weary travelers are staking their claim to prime seating locations — the areas with booths and plugs are going first, followed by side seats near plugs. Our electronic age demands above all that we keep our gadgets powered, […]

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Valley of Weeping

We arrived in the Bekaa Valley and immediately felt the temperature change. It was cold and damp, the sun hidden behind a grey cloud. We entered a cold, concrete warehouse full of large, blue bags and boxes. This is where food and supplies are stored for refugees in the area. A truck was parked outside and volunteers were […]

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The MK/TCK Aversion to Being a Tourist

Attempting to be ‘good’ tourists on our last day in Amman I love travel. I love planes. I love airports. I love that feeling of getting another stamp in my passport, of going into unchartered territory, of waking up on the other side of the world. But I hate being a tourist. I hate associating with […]

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Plane Ride People

Breakfast in Beirut.  Lunch in Istanbul. Dinner in Cambridge.  And here are the people we meet along the way.    

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Waking up on the Other Side of the World

Last night my parents left for Istanbul. My niece, Sarah, drove them from Rochester, New York, to Toronto. There they embarked on a non-stop flight to Istanbul. They woke up on the other side of the world.  I’ve done this many times myself, but I still shake my head in amazement. How is it that our […]

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The Stories of Others

Since writing in a public space I have done a lot of reading and thinking about story – specifically writing the stories of others. I think about this as I come back from Iraq, full of stories, and I begin to tell these stories in this space. Indeed, there is a lot to think about. […]

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Hearts Made Larger

We returned from Iraq yesterday, touching down at Logan Airport’s international terminal late afternoon. It is difficult to find words in English to describe our trip. Amazing, interesting, challenging, joy-filled …..those adjectives are not strong enough so I’ll stick with this: The trip was extraordinary. This was my first time to Iraq. We arrived in early […]

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