Tag Archives: multicultural

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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A chilling reminder from Nazi Germany

Over the weekend I finished reading Erik Larson’s “In the Garden of Beasts,” which a friend recommended to me. I haven’t read much narrative nonfiction before, but this one is amazing. I could hardly put it down. It made me … 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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Chimamanda Adichie video explains ‘danger of a single story’

A special thanks to blogger Chantilly Patiño (on Twitter: @biculturalmom) for making me aware of this video. It’s long and deals with some very sobering issues. I would advise viewer discernment, but it’s eye-opening, amazingly done and well worth the watching: For … 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 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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