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

A Story of Hope for this New Year’s Day
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When I reflect on where I’ve been on New Year’s day, one stands out in particular for me. It was New Year’s Day 2010, during the year our family spent … Read More

Enjoy this Funny Story About When to Say NO
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Every culture has specific rules of hospitality. Learning when and how to say NO is one specific challenge. For, if you don’t understand the rules, you can get into trouble. … 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

What Happens When We Rise Up to the Challenge
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Living abroad as a family often forces you to rise up to numerous challenges and stretching experiences. Sometimes, you move forward eagerly. Other times, you find yourself reluctant. What we … 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

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

In The Modern World, ‘Nyoman’ Is An Island
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Nyoman stands before me as a representative of the way the world is changing. Born in a tiny village above Ubud, Bali, Nyoman currently runs an Airbnb business at his … Read More

The Secret’s In The Kimchi: Korean Democracy & Prosperity
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I couldn’t believe I was sitting across from a top Korean government official. But there sat Yuna, my friend from 10 years ago, looking bright as ever. We were attempting … Read More

How To Find Hope On This Side Of Paradise: Selina’s Story
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Where To Find Hope? It was a crisp, fall Monday morning when a bit of hard news came my way. Selina had passed away. This is my Taiwanese friend from … Read More