Tag Archives: Ways of life

Do we trust our country’s post office system?

My father had something stolen in the mail recently. He was getting a free mini USB mouse as a freebie from some technology association, and the padded envelope arrived in the mail … but with the envelope already opened and … Continue reading

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Bartering, haggling, negotiating … a price is never fixed!

Recently my husband talked $25 off a home inspection that I don’t think we would have got if he hadn’t asked for it. I was lost in admiration. Coming from my comfortable Western world, I wouldn’t have dreamed of asking … Continue reading

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How to tackle money topics across cultures

Money is a delicate topic. Throw multicultural and interracial factors into the coin jar, and you could create quite a clatter in moments! If you find yourself in a multicultural situation that involves money, tread carefully! Here are just a … 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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Coat steal, thanks to Goodwill

Lately my parents have been impressing upon me that I need a thick, light-winterish sort of coat. Not a thin summer coat, but a rainproof, lightly insulated coat. (I have the thin summer coat and a gigantuan winter coat that … Continue reading

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I suck at soccer

My husband grew up playing soccer, or football as it’s called in Africa. I didn’t know much about the sport until I married him, but I’ve been learning. Today since it was so beautiful outside, he suggested we walk to … Continue reading

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Gigantic, huge, massive, whopping chocolate candy box

We were attending a holiday white elephant party a few days ago and came across the largest Russell Stover candy box we had ever seen. Pretty amazing, huh? It couldn’t even fit in the chair, so we had to take … Continue reading

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An ode to chocolate cake

In honor of the chocolate cake I helped recently consume, I thought I’d share with you a small poem I wrote when I was the venerable age of 10 (or thereabouts)… (P.S. One surefire way to inspire creativity in the … Continue reading

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How to buy holiday gifts for family overseas

If you’re like us, you have family – lots of family – overseas. Family you may not even know about, but who definitely know you! At this time of year, I usually start to think in earnest about holiday shopping. … Continue reading

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“The only cockroach in my cupboard!”

My husband is very eloquent, and it’s not uncommon for him to give flamboyant complimentsĀ  … especially when he wants something. Hah! Just kidding. Anyway, one night he was doing the equivalent of “verbal serenading” and started out something like … Continue reading

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