Category Archives: Communicating/Relating techniques

The day I saw a talking, motivational weigh scale

Would you want a weigh scale that actually talks to you? Apparently people in Dubai do, going so far as to stamp inspirational messages on their weigh scales. I started giggling when my husband and I passed through this Middle … Continue reading

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Why anniversaries are such beautiful things …

Recently my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. In the grand scheme of things, our married life is only a few years old and we have so much more to learn. On the other hand, I find myself already … 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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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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Unable to see the bird’s nest for the trees

I’m so glad spring is in full swing. We’re able to spend more time outdoors, and I love venturing out in the car without needing to bring a winter coat. My husband loves the extra sunlight, too. Having grown up … Continue reading

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Time to rail against ‘time’

One of my early childhood presents was a watch. I loved that watch. I felt so grown-up strapping it to my wrist, checking it just like my parents did, and that all-important feeling when I would ask aloud, “What time … 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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How to incorporate proverbs into Western culture

When I was first getting to know the man who would later become my husband, I remember being impressed by his uncanny knowledge of English cliches and phrases. “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush!” he’d … Continue reading

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The power of names across cultures

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Growing up left-handed in a right-handed family

My Twitter feed led me to this article by Web Ink Now: Thinking Right (and Left) about Content Marketing. Here’s a section from the article: Left-brain thinkers focus on the logical, rational, sequential, and analytical while right-brainers prefer more random, … Continue reading

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