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Apr.12.2010
This week I’m thrilled to be featured in Chantal Panozzo’s WriterAbroad Interview series.I join fellow expat and global nomad authors like the Petite Anglaise blogger-turned-novelist Catherine Sanderson in France, veteran Expat Expert publisher Robin Pascoe , Maya “The New Global Student” Frost in...
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Mar.30.2010
All this talk about finding your tribe. It’s so rewarding to connect to people with similar world views. True peers. As we seek our global niche, we’re integrating across all sorts of out-moded boundaries. You could also say we’re segregating along the lines of our true selves. Perusing a Berkeley...
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Mar.22.2010
Passion fuels the lives we envision for ourselves better than discipline or elbow grease alone. However, a little bit of passion’s dark side -- anger -- may be the best defense of our identity, and a future that looks like us. This week Dialogue2010 participant Elmira Bayrasli shared the anger that...
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Mar.12.2010
Numerous primitive and tribal cultures believe a person's soul is stolen when they're photographed. I wonder if a photograph shows a soul being drained. I'm delving into mental and photographic snapshots of my 12 year expat experience for a colleague's blog: one highlight, one lowlight. The...
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Mar.02.2010
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This weekend’s live-recorded call in the Dialogue2010 series left me reeling. Ten women scattered in Turkey, the Czech Republic, Italy and four U.S. states came together to discuss mapping the hybrid life, moderated by Rose Deniz. The hour was early for those of us in Europe and Asia so we could...
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Feb.18.2010
I come from a land of Earth Mothers. On trips back to the West Coast -- Northern California, Oregon -- I note many hip young women are proud of their soft, rounded bellies, a more feminist 1970s standard of womanliness than the anorexic aughts. Like them, to me "being grounded" has meant...
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Feb.10.2010
When I was a girl I had an office -- and a mailbox. Besides filling order forms we'd salvaged from local companies going out of business, what I loved most were the messages I'd trade with my sisters. Plus, my grandmother nicknamed me “motormouth”. Years later an astrologer pointed out Virgo in my...
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Jan.29.2010
I've been thinking about magic. Even though I'm reading Joan Didion's memoir about the year she spent pondering how she might reverse her husband's death, I don't mean that kind of magical thinking. I'm talking about context. In its absence, everything looks like magic. David Blaine's recent TEDmed...
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Jan.18.2010
Last week I was honored to be included in a group of Cross-cultural and International Bloggers to Watch in 2010. This week as the guest curator  in a review series at SheWrites, I'm pleased to note a few fellow expat bloggers. Members of the Ning network's blogging group can read it here. I'm drawn...
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Jan.07.2010
If you're over 30 you probably don’t yearn to recapture 20-something days of gritty uncertainty. It’s even less appealing if you’re from the tail end of the Baby Boom, a generation gap in itself. My birth year alone meant I’d always occupy an entry-level position in that cultural generation. Last...
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Dec.21.2009
We resolve to be different. Fitter. Pay off debt. Volunteer. Clean out that god-forsaken garage. Stepping into a fresh calendar year seems like a chance to try on a colorful persona, yet new year's resolutions are so often based on territory (and images of ourselves) we already know. Instead, ...
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Dec.18.2009
I'm hosting a year-long blog carnival to celebrate Istanbul European Capital of Culture 2010.... For a worldwide audience (11 million foreign visitors are expected to descend on Istanbul next year), I'll be curating a feature at expat+HAREM, the global niche to highlight the best personal...
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Dec.14.2009
There's so much talk of movement these days, the advice on everyone's lips. Personally I'm charmed by the elegant momentum of agile living. A young woman posed a question at TravelBlogExchange this month, asking round-the-world travelers and serial expats how they face their homesickness. She wants...
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Dec.03.2009
This week at a global nomad dinner party -- guest list drawn up virtually by a mutual friend who met the diners all over the world -- I had the pleasure of chatting with an artist and his architect wife. Seattle-area residents, they spend a third of their time abroad in places like Kerala, India...
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Nov.23.2009
Mirror in Topkapı harem by A. Ashman By ANASTASIA ASHMAN Since the Ottoman royal harems were filled with women from the Mediterranean and the Baltic -- Italian families even casting their daughters on the Adriatic to be picked up by the sultan's sailors -- my Turkish husband jokes he finally...
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