A Love Story

Today is our 12th wedding anniversary and I have been working on having this post ready for it. It's the story leading up to how I met Jack. It's a story about finding love on the other side of the world, and how it never would have happened without the friends that lead me there. …

Identity Formation

The value of the knowledge we get from elders is beyond measure. It's their time and energy invested in perfecting how to do a thing, then passing it down for us to apply and adapt to our own needs and desires.  These customs keep us healthy and happy while raising us and forming who we …

Dear Karma,

When we all started working from home I felt happy.  I had been wanting this for years. Working from home saves me 2 hours of travel time each day, add the time I spend packing lunches and snacks and it's almost 3 hours per day. After only a few days of working from home I …

A Very Good Thing

My mom was driving down my street with a truck right up on her tail. As she continued straight he sped up to pass her, make a left turn, and flip her the finger. It was multi-tasking at it's finest. He angrily gunned his big, muffler-less, truck around that corner, after putting my 70 year …

Hit the books!

In my last post I wrote a bit about letting children excel by supporting their interests. Today's post is written by my most excellent friend, guest writer, Elliott Ulrich.  Elliott has been living on the lush island of Taiwan for 40% of his life at this point. It's challenging to live immersed in a culture …

The Next Level

Ballerina's don't start pointe work until they have reached a certain level of strength and bone development in their feet. After 10 years of dance training Ana has started at last, and is ablaze with excitement! I'm glad she is starting now, avoiding the extra risk of injury associated with starting to go on pointe …

Circle of Influence

Living in groups is complicated. Each one of us is part of several different cultures from friend groups to ethnic communities, and more. We are individuals experiencing life on our own terms, yet, like pieces of a puzzle, we each fill a unique role within the cultures we help form.  Maybe you've heard the saying: …

This is a Test

  Ana's summer was being consumed by her phone. It bothers me that I am to blame. The only reason she can spend any time on it is because I provide the access. I, my friends,  am the enabler. Without setting and enforcing limits it's like buying a bag of blow and saying "Go at …

The Right Door

Each time I go abroad I get this powerful longing to never return to my regular life. But I always go back. It happened again, but this time was different. I felt the most solid sense of home in Croatia and, in part, this is because it's where my family comes from. I grew up immersed in the culture and most of my family still lives in the capital city, …

Pierogi’s, we’ll see…

Do you know the stories from your parents' lives? I was inspired by three sisters who interviewed their dad, as he lost the fight for his life in hospital. I realized there is so much I don't know about what my parents' lives were like before my brother and I came along. The little I …