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…

31 Questions Worth Asking for Cross- Cultural Workers

For the month of October I am joining thousands of others writers and bloggers and committing to write for 31 days. I haven’t written consistently for years. I compose drafts in my head and never write them. I start posts, only to save them for later, where they accumulate […] Continue Reading…

The Letter I Wish I Would Have Read My Freshman Year of College

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  Proof of the red sweater set. (just the tank is pictured, thank goodness) This was taken the day we moved in. Elena and I are flying back to California tomorrow for my 10-year college reunion. My parents graciously gifted us miles. I think partly so I […] Continue Reading…

Dear Mija: On Turning Two and How Being a Mom is The Best Never Ending Job

If you are new here, these are series of letters I started writing to my daughter before she was born. This was the first one, and this is one her Daddy wrote her. I wrote about her birth story here  and a year ago I wrote this one. I seem to write a lot about raising a bilingual and bicultural […] Continue Reading…

A Few of My Favorite Things {May 2015}: Traveling with Toddlers, Green Soup, The Best Garlic Peel Remover & And My Favorite Summer Dress & Sandals

  Hi! It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of the posts and I had so much fun putting this one together. Some good stuff for summer and traveling with little ones and some of my favorite links around the web. Plus, a few healthy recipes for the kitchen and […] Continue Reading…