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For a little change of pace, we’re going to do something different today. I’m over at Jo Parfitt’s blog with the first of a three-part guest post Getting to Where You Want to Be, Part I. I recently listened to an insightful webinar interview with Jack Canfield, co-founder of the immensely popular ‘Chicken Soup of […]

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I went to bed last night thinking about what I wanted to write here this morning. I awoke to the tumultuous news that Osama Bin Ladin was killed in a firefight with US forces in Abbotabad, a city north of Islamabad, Pakistan. Out went my well-laid plans. You see, this is very personal for me. […]

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When I sat down this morning, I fully intended to write on another topic. I’d been thinking of doing that post for over a week now, and had outlined a few key points in my head. But I won’t be writing about that today. It seems another idea has been camping out in my thoughts, burrowing […]

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Recently I was over at The Smart Expat’s site, and I happened to notice this great post about decidedly NOT loving the term ‘trailing spouse’.  When I read it, I knew I had a comrade in arms. I do not like the term ‘trailing spouse’. In fact, I loathe it. For oh so many reasons. […]

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‘Griping isn’t the same as creating something. Rebelling isn’t rebuilding. Ridiculing isn’t replacing. We’ve taken the world apart but we have no idea what to do with the pieces.’                                          Novelist Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club I absolutely love this quote. Why? Because it celebrates the building up, the creating, the fixing in this world. Palahniuk […]

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I often talk about writing, and the fact that I like to work on various writing projects. My credo is: I like all kinds of music. Why should I be button-holed into only one writing genre? One of the things I do ‘on the other side’ is write articles, interviews and the occasional book review. […]

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It’s Sunday morning, still early. I’m not really a morning person. (I laughed while typing that last sentence, because I’m not really a night owl either. I have both feet planted firmly in the ‘not too early, not too late’ camp. If I told you when I’d like to get up and when I’d like […]

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Uh oh.  I think I’m in trouble. Deep trouble. I follow @Quotes4Writers on Twitter, and just read the following anonymous quote: Being a writer is 3% talent and 97% not being distracted by the internet. Damn. Only 3% for talent? I am in trouble. And that’s for the most talented writers out there. So I’m thinking […]

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Several days ago I wrote a post entitled Seven Reasons Not to Become an Expat. It grew out of my surprise about the nature of comments and questions of many aspiring expats on various expat info sites and expat blogs. Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s great to ask questions, and I’m a firm […]

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This morning I was sitting here trying to get my head around how I would do the seven tasks on my ‘absolutely, have to do now’ list; I estimate it will probably take me about eight (uninterrupted) hours to do them, and do them well. You see, I only have four hours in which to get most, if not all, […]

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Over the past couple days I’ve been a little out of sorts. Not irritable or cranky, just distracted. I’d been plugging along on prep workd for what I’ll call Project A, trying to get a fair amount done before a crucial meeting (and before the first wave of house guests arrives).  I’m really excited about Project […]

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Many people harbor a secret dream of trading in their current life to become an expat. Making a break and moving abroad. Not surprisingly, the frequency of such dreams tends to spike after you return from a wonderful vacation overseas. Who doesn’t know someone who has sighed and murmured, ‘What I wouldn’t give to live […]

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Okay, that’s not exactly accurate. But I wanted to share a request that, if you’re able to help out with, will make you feel as good as if you’d adopted a grad student. I happened to see a recent article on Expatica about a graduate student seeking working expats for a thesis-related survey on ‘time to […]

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It is absolute madness around here. We’re talking sheer bedlam. So much noise and commotion that it’s hard to think, let alone write. Except that I have deadlines to meet, places I’d like to go, people to see. Oh, and a ton of laundry. Which is a royal pain because the washer/dryer are on the […]

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Busted!

Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. It ended up happening this week. I work at home, primarily on my laptop. Two days ago I was juggling a host of projects. Making progress, meeting deadlines, Skyping for a meeting. It was a druk (busy) day. I was getting a lot done, with more to do. […]

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I’ve noticed something about myself recently, and couldn’t quite come up with a name for the condition. I’ve been busier than ever, juggling more than my share of projects and tasks. Many are interesting, challenging or just plain exciting. Others are mundane, tedius or downright monotonous. You know, the kinds of things that make up our days. […]

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On Sunday evening, a new friend and I met up to see the two-woman play Suitcases and Sacrifices at Den Haag’s Pepijn Theater. Another fellow expat had recommended it, and it sounded intriguing. As explained in TheHagueOnline here, this play has been translated from its original Dutch. At times touching and deeply affecting, at others uproariously funny, the show tackles […]

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Yesterday evening I was in  my car again, for yet another chauffering run. As usual, I had the radio on. I like to play this game I call ‘Let’s listen to the Dutch news station and see how many words you can understand.’ (Believe me, it’s waaaayyy more interesting to play this game than actually […]

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In yesterday’s post, I wrote about how procrastination can affect the best of us. I’ve been having a very busy week. Lots to do, not enough time to do it all. Blah blah blah. You know the drill. Anyway, I put myself on notice here that I needed to quit dilly dallying with questioning my […]

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I’ve been having one of those weeks. You know the kind. Where you have way too much work to do and not enough time to do it all. I’ve got a ‘to do’ list a mile long. I even tried prioritizing the list. Thought I’d identify the most important ‘top five’ items and work my […]

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