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katherine-gregor's picture
Mar.31.2013
Massaging warm olive oil into my hands, face and legs, then wrapping in hot wet towels. To heal cracked fingertips, smooth hardened cheekbones, and soothe sore red skin irritated by too many layers of clothing.  It is the Norwich cold.  Standing on the bathroom scales and shrieking....
katherine-gregor's picture
Feb.24.2013
You do not need to travel across the Globe, to experience culture shock.  It can suddenly creep up on you where you least expect it.  Just a few hours away from where you have spent the last eighteen years.  Habit can turn on a sixpence, from stable friend to lurking enemy. ...
linda-lange's picture
Oct.21.2012
A few weeks ago, I stopped at a farmer’s market. “Here, try this for free. It’s a little different,” a vendor said. He handed me a small, green, heirloom tomato. As I palmed the green globule, I flashed back to my parents’ kitchen on a late-summer Sunday night. I visualized gleaming jars and lids,...
linda-lange's picture
Oct.21.2012
A few weeks ago, I stopped at a farmer’s market. “Here, try this for free. It’s a little different,” a vendor said. He handed me a small, green, heirloom tomato. As I palmed the green globule, I flashed back to my parents’ kitchen on a late-summer Sunday night. I visualized gleaming jars and lids,...
susan-brown's picture
Jul.23.2012
I think now we're up to the end of summer, 2006.  KidOne had moved out, but only to an apartment in the next building; KidTwo had just moved to an apartment across the street; and KidThree was back.  I had legal guardianship of her and she'd gotten her expulsion lifted, so she was able to...
wendy-nelson-tokunaga's picture
Apr.13.2011
It took a while, but it's finally here -- yay! My e-book, Marriage in Translation: Foreign Wife, Japanese Husband is now available on Kindle! This book showcases interviews with 14 Western women who speak candidly about the challenges in making cross-cultural marriages work, both inside and...
anna-huddleston's picture
Feb.06.2011
When we were heading to Egypt last year, we knew we were going to get sick. As much as everyone told us to drink bottled water and avoid tea, how could they seriously expect us to pass on the buffet in our hotel where half of the things were not cooked but looked like if we didn’t try, we’d die...
SharonWalling's picture
Nov.07.2010
Is this part of it? Feeling like a hockey puck has made a permanent home in my stomach. Is this part of it? Wanting to hear someone with your own accent. Is this part of it? Feeling ashamed that you complain your hot water only lasts 3 minutes, when so many others don’t even have hot water. Is this...
maria-espinosa's picture
Aug.07.2010
The heat kills.  enough heat and humidity in just a short walk to be totally wiped out. The idyllic house by the ocean had its problems:  hundreds of beachgoers appeared in July, and they loomed up close to the huge glass windows which serve as walls.  Garbage overflowed the one big bin near the...
wendy-nelson-tokunaga's picture
Jan.16.2010
So far the interviews on Love in Translation: Foreign Wife, Japanese Husband have been of Western women married to Japanese men who have been kind enough to share the joys and challenges of this still rather uncommon cross-cultural pairing. Today, in this two-part interview we meet Pamela (born and...