Category Archives: Family matters

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and yes, we’re expecting!

Ahh, Christmas! Amazing and awe-inspiring to think that 2,000 years later we’re still celebrating “the newborn king,” as a familiar hymn goes. And on a personal note, we’re celebrating the news that a little baby girl will be joining us … Continue reading

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What’s the most exotic fruit you’ve ever eaten?

I’ve said before that if you’re an adventurous eater, multicultural marriage may be just right for you. Seriously. OK, perhaps not so seriously, but especially if you’re marrying into another culture with its own food traditions, it’s something to consider. … Continue reading

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How to bargain even if you hate it

I’ve mentioned before how much I dislike bargaining and haggling in any form. Well, a recent incident at a comfortable grocery story on a routine shopping trip showed me how much my outlook has changed … and I think a lot … Continue reading

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Cooking should be a communal activity in all cultures

The recent visit from my in-laws reminded me afresh about the community spirit fostered by family cooking. My mother-in-law graciously taught me how to make ogbono stew, which you can see in the lovely picture I took here. The yellowish … Continue reading

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Fire in the kitchen: Just another day with the in-laws

My parents-in-law recently came all the way from Africa to visit us. And we have learned an important lesson from their visit: Avoid fire extinguishers at all costs, except as a last resort! I repeat, in all seriousness, that these … Continue reading

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How to cut air travel costs to visit multicultural family

We’ve been making plans to visit some of our relatives who live outside the United States, but flying has been rather expensive lately. After lots of exhaustion and research, we’ve discovered some ways to cut costs and wanted to share … Continue reading

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Creating a household ‘food policy’

Maybe my childhood was ultra-Draconian, but I took it for granted that people just didn’t go to a fridge anytime they were hungry and help themselves. My mother always carefully budgeted our breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and every scrap of … Continue reading

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The power of names across cultures

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Dining: Table or no table?

The dining table is a sight of immense satisfaction to me. Some of my earliest childhood memories involve staring over my sippie cup at all the faces around the table. In time I grew to recognize the faces: my dad, my … Continue reading

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Sorry! Coughing leads to translating confusions

When I was just getting to know my future husband, something he did always puzzled me. Occasionally I’d have a cold or a tickle in my throat and cough, and he would always say, “Sorry.” When this first happened, I … Continue reading

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