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Dealing with cultural shibboleths, or so it ‘ap-pears’

My husband and I were coming home from church the other day and discussing groceries (yes, right now our lives revolve around such exciting topics as these! Those with young babies will understand … ). “This was the first time … Continue reading

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‘Mommy’ vs. ‘Mummy’ and other familial terms of respect

Maybe it’s a little too soon to be thinking about it (since my adorable daughter has yet to speak a single coherent word), but how is she going to address me once she grows older? In America we use “Mom” … Continue reading

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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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How to bargain even if you hate it

I’ve mentioned before how much I dislike bargaining and haggling┬áin 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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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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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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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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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┬áI grew to recognize the faces: my dad, my … Continue reading

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