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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 timeĀ 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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What if you have more than 1 ‘Home for the Holidays’?

A recent radio promotion encouraged listeners to submit reasons why they should be sent on an all-expenses-paid trip “home for the holidays,” and the radio station would then select people based, presumably, on how well they asked. For instance, one … Continue reading

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The husband who listens too well

Sometimes I hear from wives who complain that their husbands don’t listen enough. I have the opposite problem. My husband listens too well. Inklings of this problem began to surface while we were still unmarried but just friends. I’d be … Continue reading

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Cultural differences in celebrating birthdays

So many times, you never realize how different you are from other people until the difference smacks you in the face. Or in this case, smacks you on your phone bill. My childhood family always celebrates birthdays with Hallmark or … Continue reading

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Lessons learned from unpacking

Whew! I always thought we were fairly frugal, anti-materialistic folk … that is, until we moved to our house. Boxes and bags of stuff accompanied us, and we still haven’t finished unpacking them. Even minimalist living comes complete with advertisements … Continue reading

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Buying a house during a housing slump

Not sure how or why this happens, but my husband and I seem to be bucking trends lately. At a time when the housing market sinks to new lows (this MSN article cheerily concludes the slump is far worse than … Continue reading

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Moving out of your parents’ house

I recently came across this interesting article from Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen, “Moving Back in With Your Parents? 5 Tips to Make It Easier.” And that, of course, got me thinking about multicultural differences. For many cultures, living with your parents is … Continue reading

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A world of difference between him and her

We have recently been moving house, and both of us have been discarding items we’ve hardly used in two years. One of the tougher decisions, for me, was a birthday gift I had bought for my husband-to-be years before we … Continue reading

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Celebrating Father’s Day across cultures

Happy Father’s Day, everyone, in whatever way you celebrate it! I say this because I have recently noted how differently we mark Father’s Day around the world. We even have different dates, depending on the country. When I first got … Continue reading

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