Someone I Can Count On

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“I have a problem” are not the four words you want to receive in a text message from your visa-carrying spouse while at U.S. immigration. I started to imagine worse case scenarios. His next text interrupted my thoughts, “I forgot my license.”   I jumped into problem solving mode with a sense of urgency and intensity. I spentRead more

Saying Good-bye (again)

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  Last month I said good-bye to another friend. We sat cross-legged on the tile floor, a blanket thrown down where her table once stood. I pulled out plastic plates and a Tupperware full of spaghetti with red sauce. Her eyes were tired from the exhausting process of packing up your life into six suitcases. “Thank […] Continue Reading…

A Letter to my Bilingual & Bicultural Daughter

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Exactly three years ago this week I published a letter to my future daughter on the site Spanglishbaby.com. Then NBC Latino picked it up and re-posted it. It’s probably one my favorite pieces that I’ve written. However, since then Spanglish baby has closed down it’s blog and when you […] Continue Reading…

Dia De Los Muertos: What Guatemala has Taught Me About Death and Grieving

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  Yesterday driving home from the store on the only paved road right outside of town, I slowed down as I saw a family huddled together on the opposite side of the road. The older son, stood in the street to direct traffic around his parents who were kneeling down […] Continue Reading…

Some Thoughts on My Birthday about Gratitude, Loss and The Gift of The Ordinary

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   I am 33 today and despite my daughter’s concern that I am getting “older” I feel a deeply grateful. Maybe there is a certain wisdom and perspective that comes each year. I’d like to think I am little wiser, a little less controlling and a bit more joyful than […] Continue Reading…

31 Questions for Cross-Cultural Workers: How Do You Define Poverty?

I realize I am making an erroneous leap, assuming that all cross-cultural workers are working with people in poverty. I know that is not the case. There are cross-cultural conversations happening all the time across board rooms and school rooms that involve people from two different cultures, but similar […] Continue Reading…