I know this brilliant woman, Alisha Paddock, who is working on her doctorate on the intriguing subject of sacred space. As part of her research she’s been studying the difference between space and place. Here’s how she briefly describes those differences at their very essence: Space is an abstract concept and needs an identity, memories … Continue reading I Love Where I live-Part II
Jonny and Yasmin got married on a beautiful day in New Plymouth, New Zealand. While hints of rain threatened in the morning, the afternoon was clear and sunny. It was perfect. Yasmin is a kindred spirit and daughter of my dear friend Jenny. She is years younger than I am, but through background and personality … Continue reading When your Heart Finds a Home
Kids Books Without Borders by Gail O'Connor Journey back with me to a city in France, in the late 60s, as I revisit my childhood as a third culture kid... : As the cold and the damp settled over the French landscape, it seemed to seep through the walls of our house. Even our free … Continue reading Kids Books Without Borders – A Guest Post
Readers - I am at A Life Overseas today sharing an essay from Between Worlds: Essays on Culture and Belonging. I hope you'll join me! To the Displaced and the Exiled I get it. You sit in a crowd of people and you feel your mouth go dry, the bite you just took from your … Continue reading A Life Overseas – To the Displaced and the Exiled
Breakfast in Beirut. Lunch in Istanbul. Dinner in Cambridge. And here are the people we meet along the way.
A year and a half ago I put out a request to a group of adult TCKs asking what advice or thoughts they might have for the parents of TCKs. The response was excellent and informative. Responders ranged from 25 to 60 and everything in between. I have been asked ever since then to do a … Continue reading Some Thoughts From Adult TCKs to Those Who Raise Them – Part 2
Mr. Roub was principal of my elementary, middle, and high school from the time I was six until the time I graduated. There may have been a year or two in there where he was on a well-deserved furlough and Mr. Nygren took over, but overall it was Mr. Roub. He was a big man … Continue reading A Tribute to a High School Principal
I hear sirens as I'm walking up from the subway onto Tremont Street. I turn my head and see the blue and red flashing lights of an ambulance. Instinctively I know that the ambulance is heading to Tufts Medical Center in the heart of Chinatown. If I had seen those same lights on Storrow Drive … Continue reading The Pulse of a City
Growing up overseas, we had no family home. Rather, every place we lived had a different name, generally given to the house by the previous owners or missionaries gone by. Through the years we lived in Baker Building, the Johnson's house (later named Shah Latif), Park House, Rosenheim, Kuldana Cottage and Forest Dell. All these houses … Continue reading Eight-Acre Woods
When I was eight years old, I got a Chatty Cathy doll for Christmas. Chatty Cathy was the first talking doll. When you pulled a ring on her back, she would say one of ten or eleven phrases. Sometimes it was "I love you!" Other times it was "Let's play!" It didn't matter, when I … Continue reading Memories of a Chatty Cathy Doll
Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim friends and readers today. Each year, the sighting of a crescent moon tells Muslims around the world the date of Eid al Fitr. With that date, a month of fasting ends and festivities and celebrations begin.The second Eid celebration is always held on the tenth day of the Lunar month. This … Continue reading Memories of Eid Celebrations عید مُبارک
I was so little when I went to boarding school. And most of my friends were as well. When I look back on it, we all acted so brave. But if there was one wrong word or misstep, tears were at the ready. And that's why I love this video so much. Because my whole … Continue reading How I Felt Going to Boarding School….
Readers, I would love to have you join me at A Life Overseas today! I've included and excerpt below. When my parents moved a couple of years ago, they gave my youngest son a painting. The painting is of a Pakistani shepherd. He is holding a lamb on his shoulders, and his expression is one … Continue reading A Life Overseas – Gently Lead Those That are With Young
Goodreads Book Giveaway Between Worlds Essays on culture and belonging by Marilyn Gardner Giveaway ends August 28, 2015. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway
Last year Marilyn and I met up for a weekend at a reunion in Colorado. Our time was special but shared with others dear and precious. This year I've come to Marilyn. And I've brought my tribe. Marilyn reached out to me seven years ago. She heard my flounderings and she intentionally initiated a conversation. We've … Continue reading Sweet Reunion
A year ago I wrote a piece called "People Have Friends; Governments have Interests." A friend of mine made this comment on the post, and so I offer it to you today. I have been blessed to live in and travel much of the world that many Americans would consider dangerous and full of people … Continue reading How do You Open Your Heart?