A Life Overseas – Freedom from the Silence of Shame

I'm at A Life Overseas today, talking about a hard subject. I hope you'll join me there!  Long ago on a spring day in Cairo, I was walking across a small footbridge to the area of the city where I lived. I had crossed the footbridge hundreds of times, usually with one or three children … Continue reading A Life Overseas – Freedom from the Silence of Shame

In Honor of a Birthday – Marty’s Balcony

My friend Marty had a birthday the other day. I haven't lived close to Marty in years, but just the fact that she had this birthday brought back beloved memories of this friend, and of the many times spent together, often on her balcony. So I remembered this piece that I wrote when I first … Continue reading In Honor of a Birthday – Marty’s Balcony

A Life Overseas – Offending and Mending

Readers, would you join me today at A Life Overseas? I've retooled an old piece! Of all the difficult things we do in cross-cultural moves, finding places to live is near the top. We want to create space and place – we want to create home. And often our expectations are a planet away from our … Continue reading A Life Overseas – Offending and Mending

Wrapping up the week – March 7, 2015

While you read this, I will be sitting with a group of people I've never met, but with whom I have a great deal in common. I am at the Families in Global Transition conference in Washington, DC. I will write more about this group later, but for now I am enjoying the gift of spending time with like-minded … Continue reading Wrapping up the week – March 7, 2015

A Mother’s Grief; A Father’s Pain

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/181692166192974583/?od=IzXlHgkc2a2hcrmfia1%2BDiAqc2%2BeVafQeDlL5D3beApprk8HYhYVGgLzy%2Ba5bknw9l4DdjfZF%2F3mVMK0K96Cn%2Bb1H92lcfIPXC7HWXcVV2gF4ErdvAfCTGZTbVp5zyWE1KP%2BgegWkwEiGJh7rbQ4u4xfVL12LkvhCqVNNnYSc4TUpfQ0Wp%2Bp9ox1%2BfEvb4CVJ04%2B0w10O6hIlEUn1Lkm2g%3D%3D&user_id=bWFyaWx5bmdhcmRuZXI1QGdtYWlsLmNvbQ%3D%3D&conversation=4752940022001308161&invite_code=d7b4147c36adc416e12666c27fbdef3d&utm_campaign=msgpin&e_t=be5891eb26414ee49e03357e6294bec5&utm_content=181692166192974583&utm_source=31&e_t_s=cta&utm_medium=2000 Three hours south of Cairo, in a small town rarely heard of until this past Sunday, families grieve. Thirteen of the men murdered by ISIS are from this town. Yousef Shoukry, aged 24 is one of those men. Like most of these men, Yousef needed a job and could not find one in Egypt, … Continue reading A Mother’s Grief; A Father’s Pain

“So – Are You Visiting?”

Today I am at the blog This.Is.Katha writing for Katha's 31 Days in the Life of a TCK series. Katha has written for me several times and I'm excited to guest post at her blog! You can find more info on the series here. For now I've started you off on this piece and link to the rest … Continue reading “So – Are You Visiting?”

Transition – Building a RAFT

Reconciliation  •  Affirmation  •  Farewell  •  Think Destination In their landmark book Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, the authors Dave Pollock and Ruth Van Reken have a chapter devoted to transition and dealing with leaving one place and starting in a new one. The chapter is a constructive and practical look at leaving well, at closure, … Continue reading Transition – Building a RAFT

“On Good Friday – A View from Above” at A Life Overseas

Today in the Christian Faith is a day we set aside. I recognize that many readers do not share the same truth claims and I am so grateful that you still come by and read! But today I am at A Life Overseas where I stop and reflect on some of what this means to … Continue reading “On Good Friday – A View from Above” at A Life Overseas

Finding My Niche in Development by Fred Perry

Today's "Finding Your Niche" segment comes from a great friend and someone I admire deeply. Fred Perry was in high school in Cairo, Egypt when I first met him. He was attending Cairo American College and we first became friends with his parents. Fast forward several years and we ended up sitting at his house … Continue reading Finding My Niche in Development by Fred Perry

Guest Post – On Being a TCK

Today I get to introduce you to Becca Garber. The similarities between her life and mine are astounding (other than that she's much younger than me and wiser than I was at her age!)  Becca and I met in Cambridge but quickly realized that we had both Pakistan and Egypt in common. We reconnected through … Continue reading Guest Post – On Being a TCK

Remembering “The Square”

On Friday night we watched the Oscar-nominated documentary, The Square (Al Midan). This movie captures what happened in Egypt from a few weeks before the momentous ousting of Hosni Mubarak on January 25, 2011 through this past summer. "Let me tell you how this story began....It began with a group of brave, young Egyptians battling … Continue reading Remembering “The Square”

On Sun-Drenched Elsewheres

"Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere." Isabelle Eberhardt I wake early on the off chance that there will be a snow day and the 'non-essential' personnel can stay home. I look out … Continue reading On Sun-Drenched Elsewheres

Books and My Moral Dilemma

I remember the first time I did it. You do it once and you can never go back. It was a John Grisham novel - The Firm. We were living in Cairo and my husband was traveling. I had little kids -- four at the time. I had bathed, storied, and kissed them and as I … Continue reading Books and My Moral Dilemma

When Fear is Your Currency [aka ‘Is it Safe?’]

"But is it safe?" My friend stopped drinking her Skinny Vanilla Latte ala Starbucks. She was truly concerned. It was back in late August and I had just told her about the trip I was going on to India in September. I had described what I would be doing, spoken with excitement about the place and the … Continue reading When Fear is Your Currency [aka ‘Is it Safe?’]

A Life Overseas – Sacrifice, Sheep, and Raising Kids Cross-Culturally

It's Saturday and we have a house full of college kids and young adults. Pumpkin croissants, courtesy of Trader Joe's, are baking in a 350 degree oven, taking the chill off this fall morning. I'm awake early, grateful and full. I wrote this post for A Life Overseas--retooling an older, shorter piece I had written … Continue reading A Life Overseas – Sacrifice, Sheep, and Raising Kids Cross-Culturally

A Cross, A Camel and a Nosepin – Outer Symbols of an Inner Self

On a gold chain around my neck I wear an Ethiopian cross and a small gold camel. When I take them off my neck feels naked, but more than that my identity feels compromised. I also wear a tiny diamond in my nose - my nosepin. I never take it off. These three objects are … Continue reading A Cross, A Camel and a Nosepin – Outer Symbols of an Inner Self

Join me at A Life Overseas – “When Envy Rots the Soul”

Readers - I'm at A Life Overseas today where I'll be sharing about envy. It was a convicting post to write and I hope you'll join me. Oh - and did I tell you I'll be writing regularly for A Life Overseas? So honored to join this fabulous team of writers!  ********************** We sat in … Continue reading Join me at A Life Overseas – “When Envy Rots the Soul”

Guest Posting at Djibouti Jones – A TCK Talks About Raising TCK’s

Today's post is perhaps the truest piece I've ever posted. It is a piece I needed to write and I look forward to hearing from some of you. I've included an excerpt here and then I ask you to go to Djibouti Jones to read the rest of the piece. Just being brought up by … Continue reading Guest Posting at Djibouti Jones – A TCK Talks About Raising TCK’s