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Passion plays: defending our identity and a future that looks like us

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Most of us would agree that passion fuels our aims better than discipline or elbow grease alone. Passion’s dark side — anger — may be the best defense of our identity, and a future that looks like us.

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Flaming East: how do you share uncensored awe about a place?

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Inspired by history but not tethered to it, my Flaming East concept embraced the wonder of the region’s watery crossroads, from the Renaissance’s Age of Discovery to the steamer trunks-and-servants Golden Age of Travel. But does exploring the past mean flaming the east?

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Being grounded is overrated: getting distance from the inner you

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By putting some distance between me and my center of gravity, I have room to be in a wider orbit around the inner me.

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Great (avatar) expectations: who decides our best look?

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What do portraits (and self-portraits) demand of us? Which version of yourself do you want to show the world today, and why?

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Winged etiquette: do manners travel?

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“Manners are your passport to the world” say the etiquette queens. Yet, are manners culture blind?

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The twinge of heritage: ghostly urges of a post-immigration life

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After four generations of immigration, a New World woman finds the mysteries of extended lineage often crop up as synchronicity, quirks of taste, wanderlust.

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Ring my bell: finding resonance with hybrid creatives

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What comes first, the hybrid self or the hybrid life? Are our most resonant peers made or born?

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Expat images: unrecognizable vs. iconic

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Fleeting, picturesque moments can capture an enduring truth about expatriatism.

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Bornean Buddha: a mindful horror story

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When a bored luxury resort guest is dropped on a snake-infested island, she finds her inner Buddha and turns the corner on her nature’s bitter edge.

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Decomposing self: misplacing your most valuable expatriate possession

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Life abroad can test our sense of self. Realizing we’re part of an adventuress continuum can restore it.

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