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I’ve often wondered what I would say in a post like this. I’ve played it out in my mind before, I just never thought I’d be writing this now. You see, it’s time for that kind of post. Not the kind where you tell everyone you’re moving on to another expatriate experience, although there were a […]

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Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend the annual Families in Global Transition conference (aka on Twitter as #FIGT2013). The theme this year was ‘Cultural Integration and the Illusion of Closeness.’ It was, in a word, exhilarating. Inspiring. Tremendous. Thought-provoking. Reassuring. Okay, it was many words, all those and more. Two thought-laden days dedicated to exchanging […]

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We’re already into double digits (gasp!) in January, and fortunately my New Year’s resolutions for 2013 are going swimmingly. I say this because I want you to know that I have not neglected you, my Adventurer community. (See how neatly I just tied you back to one of my resolutions? Impressive, I know.) It’s just that I’m recently […]

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Earlier this year I introduced Expats A to Z,  a new series of posts about the little things that can make a difference in how we approach some of the challenges and experiences of expat life. I’m talking about those qualities and traits that we can nurture within us not only to simply survive but thrive […]

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Time again for another Riveting Expat Read in which I shine the spotlight on a new (or new to me) book in this varied and rapidly growing niche. There has been a slow but steadily expanding upsurge in books written by and for expats/global nomads/TCKs which examine life lived cross-culturally, and we are all the richer […]

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It is an exciting day here in Expat Land: we’re madly flapping our wings for take-off, determined to catch the wind currents, achieve flight and soar. ‘What’s with the flight metaphors?’ you ask. ‘They’re flying left and right.’ Heh heh. Today marks the book launch of the second edition of Forced to Fly: An Anthology of Writings That Will Make […]

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You know the old adage ‘two heads are better than one’? Well, during the summer when I learned that Evelyn Simpson (aka The Smart Expat) and Louise Wiles (aka Success Abroad Coaching) were joining forces to conduct the Career Choice & Accompanying Partner Survey, I knew this dynamic duo would be a formidable combination. I’m a fan of […]

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Almost three months ago I wrote about the challenges inherent in being a member of the Sandwich Generation, Expat Style. You know what I mean: being squeezed between children (of whatever age) and parents and elderly family members. Both groups may need you, albeit in very different ways. It happens to many most of us, and we […]

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I’ve been back in the United States for a week now, and I’m still adjusting. Daughter and I are here for an extended period visiting family, beginning to check out universities, attending a pre-college program (her) while I hole myself up to work on some writing projects, and so on. Oh, and eventually spending some […]

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Here in the northern hemisphere, when it gets to be February, March and April, the season begins. You would be forgiven for thinking that I’m referring to the blossoming springtime. Emerging from winter is certainly important, but there is another season beginning to bud: it’s what I referred to last year as a matter of The Clash […]

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Recently I introduced Expats A to Z,  a new series of posts about the little things that can make a difference in how we approach some of the challenges and experiences of expat life. I’m talking about those qualities and traits that we can nurture within us to help not only survive, but thrive amid constant change. You […]

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Lately I’ve been busy working on my book about the importance of emotional resilience in expat life. I won’t kid you: it’s been, well, challenging to try to cover the full range of issues I believe are important, and to address them in a fitting manner. Especially when real life continually intervenes. Sheesh, what’s up with that? Still, I’m […]

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It was a chance encounter yesterday on a crowded street that sent me back in time. As I turned the corner onto our nearby shopping street affectionately known as ‘the Fred,’ I caught a snippet of conversation. The young woman was seated at one of the outside tables of a local restaurant, twirling her forefinger along […]

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Earlier this year I read what I can only describe as an incredibly uplifting book, but I am only now getting around to sharing it with you. Shame on me, because it is the kind of informative, thought-provoking book that stays on your mind long after you read it. Its name? In Their Own Voice: […]

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Recently I caught up with a couple expat friends, enjoying koffie while sharing the latest on comings and goings. Spring is in the air, along with blooming trees, blossoming flowers and plants, and the necessary but dreaded pollen. Students are getting antsy, ready to break free of their daily grind (oh, if they only knew!) of classes, course […]

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In support of an effort by the group Bring Change 2 Mind to erase the stigma faced by those dealing with mental illness, my fellow expat blogger Aisha launched an ongoing series of posts on her site Expatlogue earlier this year entitled ‘Breaking the Code of Silence’. Bravely sharing her own disturbing memories from younger days, the pain and suffering […]

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As a writer and an expat, I like to keep abreast of the current literature in the field. The field itself is relatively small, which is why new arrivals are long awaited and eagerly devoured. Recently I had the opportunity to read and review Expat Teens Talk: Peers, Parents and Professionals Offer Support, Advice and Solutions […]

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NorthSouthEastWest: Expat Dispatches With 2012 still fresh and new, this month’s NorthSouthEastWest: Expat Dispatches examines beginnings from the four corners of the globe: Linda/Yours Truly www.adventuresinexpatland.com in Netherlands is NORTH Russell www.insearchofalifelessordinary.com in Australia is SOUTH Erica www.expatriababy.com in Japan is EAST and Maria www.iwasanexpatwife.com  in Canada is WEST.   This month finds Erica at I Was an Expat Wife, writing […]

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One of the absolutely best aspects of the internet is the ability to find all kinds of information at your fingertips. Those of you who remember life before the ‘world wide web’ know exactly what I mean; those younger can just roll your eyes and skip the next paragraph. It continually amazes me that you can […]

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    Congratulations to cyber friend and talented writer Anne O’Connell who has just done what only a small percentage of people ever do: write a book and have it published! Despite being launched just two days ago, Anne’s book, @Home in Dubai: Getting Connected Online and On the Ground, is now the must-have book for […]

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