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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?
2021-06-09 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
2021-01-27 18:14
I came across notes the other day in a folder titled “Blog Ideas.” There were two lists of words. The first group contained this list of seventeen items (Sorry for the numbering… Read More
2021-01-20 05:09
With the annual holiday honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hovering, I am called to create my own dream of a time in the future, a time that holds out hope, a time that promises to… Read More
2021-01-13 05:18
Yup, I’ve given a great deal of thought to all those titles in the past few days. They didn’t always begin with the “How to;” I added that just now to give them a lit… Read More
2021-01-06 05:13
As promised in my last post for 2020, I’m looking forward to 2021 and to looking inward — how will I fare in honing my latest growing edge? What is my growing edge for this year?… Read More

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