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 … 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

Can You Be An Intercultural Expert? Start With Your Heart!
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It all starts with the heart. Understanding others who differ from us – across cultures, ethnicities, race, religion and any number of other potential “divides” –  is often a function … Read More

How To Discover The Best Fit For Your Life
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How do we figure out the best fit for our lives? Namely, how can be discover what we’re good at, where we belong, and what we’re called to do? We’ve … Read More

How To Become A Brilliant Cross-Cultural Ninja
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My Early Cross-Cultural Ninja Training In the earliest years of our marriage, my wife and I lived for two years in Japan. There, we encountered marked differences in how Japanese … Read More

How You Can Have Victory Over Unmet Expectations
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“I really didn’t ask for this role. It was not among my expectations. Really, many of my classmates could do the interpretation better than me,” my Taiwanese friend, Emma, began. … Read More

Yes, you can. Be present, be helpful, be brave!
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TRIBE Conference calls us to our better selves. To be present, helpful and brave. This was the call Jeff Goins, founder of Tribe Writers and Tribe Conference, put out to … Read More

This is what happens when China commemorates its 9-11
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How do we, as a nation, commemorate loss? September 18, 2009 NOTE: I wrote this piece eight years ago, during the year our family lived in China. It is an … Read More

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