Getouttamyway! How to Interpret the Frenzy on the Roads of China
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I wrote this when we lived in China. Indeed, the getouttamyway! frenzy on the roads there provoked my imagination. What Might Driving Patterns Say About National Character? Living in Ningbo, China … Read More

Keep Alert and Be Open to the Possibilities!
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It’s easy to miss the learning moments when whizzing through our days. And so hard to stay alert to them. Don’t you find that to be true? It seems we … Read More

Want to Master Change? Right this Way!
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Change is hard. I was struggling with that reality when I sat in the café with Emira, my Middle Eastern friend who is returning home very soon. She’s been counting … Read More

How to be an Authentic Peacemaker: Start with the Heart
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Why does it matter to the world if we are an authentic peacemaker? Is it even possible? Can we truly get into another’s shoes? Can we get to a place … Read More

Musings on Our Mess: Can We Make a Better World?
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“The mess we’re finding ourselves in is one of suspicion, anger, hatred, chaos and confusion.” This is the sentence I wrote in my journal a few days after June 12, … Read More

The Lure of Comfort: Gaining the Right Perspective
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Aran had a problem. While completing his undergraduate and graduate study in the U.S., he had experienced the lure of comfort. He slowly became accustomed to many amenities he often didn’t … Read More

Get Creative When You Encounter the Unexpected
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At 7:02 am the power shut off. In that unexpected moment, everything seemed to stand still.  A Lengthy Blackout I thought it was a simple short, but it’s in a … Read More

5 Secrets for Marriage Success in the Face of Divides
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We have two sets of German friends. Each couple is in a marriage spanning the former East-West Germany divide. I’m sure many dramatic stories of love affairs between east and … Read More

Smash your Preconceptions: Facebook “Friends” can be Real!
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What, really, is a “Friend?” I have 1,770 friends on Facebook right now. This is not bragging, it’s just what is. What does this tell you about me? You might … Read More

What Happened When the World Came for Thanksgiving
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My living room transformed into a mini-UN for Thanksgiving a couple years ago. Irfan sat across from me on our “Thanksgiving Eve” international dinner. We had planned a small group, … Read More

How to Become a Natural at Crossing Cultures
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Becoming A Natural…When I Wasn’t At First Just this morning I took a moment to review my week. I gave some good thought to how I had spent my time. … Read More

How You Can Turn Tragedy into Unparalleled Opportunity
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“What do we talk about?” I knew this was a pivotal moment, but I didn’t yet understand my role. These thoughts came to me as we sat on the porch of … Read More

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