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 you,” she sighed as IRead more

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 click on the article link itRead more

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 on the edge of theRead more

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 in my draft box like aRead more

My First Video Blog: In Case You Have Ever Wondered How Guatemalans Carry Their Babies

This one has been in my draft box for-ever. In fact, I would be embarrassed if you knew how many half-started  blog posts are sitting in my draft box right now. (ahem. maybe close to a 100). I figured maybe part of my goal for the year should be to publish some of this half-finished thoughts, eh? IRead more

How I Have Learned to Translate “big” into “tall” and Other Thoughts While Walking Through My Town

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I am so excited to be guest posting today over at Rachel Pieh Jones’ blog. I kind of think of Rachel as an expert in cross-cultural living, mothering & writing as an expat living in Djibouti. And if we’re ever in the same country I would jump on the chance to grab coffee with her just to listenRead more

The Ache: For anyone who has said good-bye or moved far away, you get this

 On Monday night we boarded a redeye flight from California to Guatemala. We’ve done this numerous times before, the difference being this time the little baby we thought would sleep was wide awake. We sat on the runway for a while before being giving the clear to take off. As she stared out the windowRead more