My nephew, Tim, and his wife and baby are moving. They have been living in Mexico for the past two years, and their time has come to an end. When they joined the Foreign Service, they knew that theirs would be a life of hellos and goodbyes; that boxes and moving trucks would periodically turn … Continue reading Where Our Experiences Find Life
“Unless the world finds compassion for this new communality, learns to make sense of one another’s voices, its humanity will perish.”* I have been a stranger in many places around the world. In those places, I slowly found a place and a home. It hasn't always been easy, but there are many times and … Continue reading Refugee Quotes
The study of the third culture kid perspective is not static. Every year, new information and quotes can be found. I've compiled this short list of TCK quotes for you today. There are many, many more - but these are some that I have gathered or written the past few years. Please add to this … Continue reading Quotes on “Third Culture Kids”
Readers - today is a repost. I'll be going off the blog through the weekend. I am so grateful that you come by and read, comment, encourage, and help me grow. Thank you. ***** “I’m so tired” I think as I’m walking to the subway. Rain is falling and my feet hurt. I’m dragging at … Continue reading Just be Faithful – a Repost
I belong to the early morning crowd. The group that gets up at 5 and is fully functioning by 6:45. The group that is still mostly groggy while on public transit. I used to hate the silence of this group, feel alienated that everyone was in their own world in these early mornings. Now I … Continue reading Ideas for #GivingTuesday
We took off from O'Hare Airport in Chicago in the early morning. On the ground the weather was cold and rainy, but as the plane ascended we flew above the thick grey into golden sunshine. It was beautiful. It's an old cliche -- that beyond the clouds is sunshine. But it's true. The sun may … Continue reading Scanning the Horizon
We here at Communicating Across Boundaries know that this might very well be an awkward holiday season for all of us. Families divided must now come back together around the Thanksgiving table. What on earth are we going to talk about? Here are a few suggestions to promote pre-Christmas “Peace on Earth” and “Goodwill toward … Continue reading When the Elephant in the Room is Bigger than the Turkey on the Table!
Elf is a well-loved film about a man who thinks he's a Christmas elf. If you know the movie, you are probably smiling right now. If not, then you are shaking your head and wondering where this is going. Stay with me for a bit, I'll explain. There is a point in the film where … Continue reading She’s an Angry Elf
Each year, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America set aside the Sunday before Thanksgiving as a time to specifically remember refugees and highlight the humanitarian work that they do through International Orthodox Christian Charities. Today is the day set aside for 2016. It is hard to get our heads around the … Continue reading Refugee Sunday – A Day of Sharing
Since November 8th, the day that shall live on in infamy, people have started wearing little safety pins. I was unaware of this until my friend Jill explained their significance and gave me one to wear. To wear a safety pin is to make a statement. Where this began is a little uncertain. There are … Continue reading The Simple Pin
Due to a WordPress error - the date of this is wrong. It is actually Monday, December 5. A light snow is falling as I exit the subway. It's so beautiful. I stop for a moment and watch the flakes. They are all different, I'm told. Not one the same - each one a beautiful reflection of … Continue reading Beloved
I called my mom before the election with one specific question: "Mom, when did American politics get mixed up with Christianity?" I really wanted to know. I didn't grow up in the United States and throughout my childhood, my parents voted via absentee ballots. I remember political discussions about the U.S. taking place every four … Continue reading Rambling Thoughts on Confronting an Idol
I'm angry. A Christian Pakistani woman is sentenced to death in Pakistan. Her crime? She is allegedly accused of insulting Islam after a group of Muslim women did not want her sharing the same water bowl as them. She offered them water and they refused stating it was "unclean." I wish this was hyperbole. I wish that … Continue reading On #InternationalDayofTolerance – Fight for Asia Bibi!
No matter where you live, you are probably completely fed up and exhausted by the U.S Election 2016. If you are a U.S. citizen, you are even more tired of it, even if you were on the winning side. So it's time to purge and detox. Like a colon cleanse, this list is designed to … Continue reading Election 2016 Detox Plan
Readers, I'm sending you over to Djibouti Jones this morning. She has written a beautiful "post U.S. Election" piece called Loving People Well. Here is a just a taste of her beautiful piece: What does it look like to love well? Listen to broken hearts, serve the needy, give up my tendency toward greed so … Continue reading Loving People Well – Djibouti Jones
"I miss you and your impossibly soft couch," my friend writes to me. I smile as I think of her and the hot mugs of tea we would drink as we would sit talking together. There was no clock in sight - time was unimportant. What was important was the friendship, kindred spirits meeting together … Continue reading Friendship, Facebook, and an Impossibly Soft Couch
Readers, I am at A Life Overseas today talking about how God is at work in places where we go -- and because of this, we can relax. In August of 2015 I had the privilege of going to the Kurdish area of Iraq to work with refugees. On my first day there, I was traveling … Continue reading A Life Overseas – Relax!