Nostalgic baggage: taking love with you

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If each tiny, agile step forward is a step away from something else — guaranteed not to be there forever, trustily waiting for our return– we need to consider with extra care where we’re headed and when we choose to go.

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Girls at the crossroads: puberty is a time to pivot

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Adolescent girls in the developing world are unlikely agents of change but hold the key to raising the standard of living for everyone around them. A Girl Effect campaign with 100+ bloggers.

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Hitch-hiking inheritances: the trust culture between strangers

What did hitch-hiking mean to your family and how did it affect your practices when you reached adulthood?

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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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Self mute: choosing a world-flung life when you’re language-averse

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Loving to communicate is not the same thing as communicating well. Nor does it mean that communication comes easily.

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Reacting to taboo: how avoidance can make us complicit

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Taboo’s unintended cloaking effect: we banish from our thoughts the most unimaginable human acts, making us blind to them in our midst.

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Dress like a local: taking on the idiosyncracies of style

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Israel’s finely delineated cultural dress code requires an American transplant — who dresses for comfort — to retool her style.

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Remix culture: cross-pollinating with our pluralism

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Where we come from counts, and by bringing what we uniquely have to offer, we cross-pollinate the culture.

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About this site: making the psychic limbo of global citizens a productive state

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Why do you need our help? Because liminal life is a bittersweet limbo — coming, going, never quite arriving. expat+HAREM embraces the unmoored and central reality of our globetrotting, multicultural, hybrid times.

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Food communion: finding lost rituals

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A global nomad now back in the USA misses the special status of food.

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