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As our world becomes smaller–through social media, immigration, relocation, or travel–we will find ourselves bumping up against culture clash, cultural difference more and more. Understanding the role that culture plays in our lives, often unconsciously, will become even more important. These “three Cs” guide each post: Curiosity, Compassion, and Courage Through my writing, I want you, my reader, to increase your curiosity in the cross-cultural “other,” and through that curiosity come to understand better your own culture, and your place in it. But curiosity must be partnered with compassion, or it’s just being nosy. And to do that, courage is often required. Are you ready?
2021-09-15 06:00
I’m getting adept at Plans B of late. Landscaping plans sit on the shelf because we just don’t feel like spending that much money this year. Maybe next. (I’ve been saying t… Read More
2021-08-11 06:28
First published September 25, 2019 as On GoldenRod, With Apologies, I wanted to bring it back for a rerun. Hope you enjoy it. For the past twelve years, from mid August to mid-September, I h… Read More
2021-07-21 06:37
I’m often asked how we wound up in Vermont. It’s a good story, one I enjoy telling if given enough time. At the same time, it occurs to me that if one owns one’s own websit… Read More
2021-06-30 05:06
Race, Racism, White Privilege, Guilt Freedom, Justice, Peace, Equal opportunity Negroes, African-Americans, Blacks, BIPOC community So many words, so little time. How do we talk about these… Read More
2021-06-09 19:00
Those of you who follow me on Facebook know I spent yesterday with Sasha at a Veterinary Surgery practice in Hanover, New Hampshire. Last week, when I took her to a new local vet for her mon… Read More
2021-05-12 06:20
Sasha here. Alpha Mom is exhausted and told me to have at it. I guess that means I can say whatever I want. Let’s see. I told you about our new puppy, Jackson, here last year. But Alph… Read More
2021-04-28 06:44
[This post was first published April 27, 2016 as Is There A Clothesline In Your Backyard. I like it and thought I’d send it around a second time. I hope you enjoy it.] Such an idyllic… Read More
2021-03-31 06:50
[Excerpted from my post March 18, 2020, Coping In the Era of CoVid-19. I was curious to revisit how I wrote about CoVid in the very beginning, a year ago. Much has changed. Or has it?] How a… Read More
2021-02-10 05:27
A few months ago, I came across this quote from Thomas Merton: On Violence There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist most easily succumbs: activism and overwor… Read More
2021-02-03 05:02
Woody and I have a young man living with us whose native language is not English. Suffice it to say (I love the alliteration of that phrase), we get frequent opportunities to talk about Engl… Read More

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