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Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been taking it easy. Really easy. As in not doing much of anything other than what absolutely, positively needed to get done. For example, that time spent pulling together receipts, filling out reimbursement claims for our international health care provider, making photocopies of the entire stack and then standing […]

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It’s been quite a holiday season this year, in oh so many ways. Nothing about it has been ‘normal’ or ‘same old, same old’ or even vaguely familiar. Given a whole range of circumstances, some of which will go unmentioned out of respect for others’ privacy and most well beyond our control, my family has found itself […]

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Yesterday was Halloween, and it was a smashing one indeed. It began dry and sunny (two big pluses during autumn here) and remained so throughout the day; Halloween night was, well, amazing. Halloween is HUGE in the United States, and every year, more and more Dutchies and other internationals join Americans in celebrating this fun-filled holiday. Cross-culturalism at its […]

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    It’s been a fairly typical ten days for Yours Truly’s family here in Nederland in the run-up to Christmas and New Year’s. By that I mean lots going on: some of it getting done, some on its way to completion and woefully behind on a fair bit as well. Given that Christmas comes on the […]

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Every once and awhile, you hear something that seems to stick in your mind. It might have been something said in earnest, or merely in passing.  Perhaps you overheard it.  But it lodges in the back of your mind and stays. Tumbles around and around like a load of clothes in the washer. You know it […]

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One thing you learn early on as an expat is that in order to celebrate the holidays, you have to recognize what rituals and traditions are absolutely essential. Yesterday an article I wrote on this very topic was published at http://www.iamexpat.nl. Certainly non-expats who move away from family and friends have to deal with similar issues. It’s just that as an […]

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