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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Speaking of class: what social story do you tell when you talk?

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Speaking of class: having cleared other hurdles in your new society, are you still defined by the way you speak?

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French ladies: how my sister and I stopped fighting by becoming foreign women

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Two West Coasters overcome their sibling rivalry — in a town of hippies, yippies and Beatniks — by channeling Continental ladies of leisure.

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Sickness and health: superstitions and strange diagnoses

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You can get a first-rate boob job in Moscow, but I’m still unclear where they sell vitamins.

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Immigration immunity: is tolerance a two-way street?

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Does just being an expat earn you a badge of tolerance toward other cultures — all of a sudden?

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Monster brawl: when Gagaism meets totalitarianism

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Lady Gaga urged the Czech audience to get up and dance on the 21st anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. But totalitarianism lives on in Prague.

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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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The expat divide: digital world citizens bridge an opportunity gap

Expatriatism is often a life apart. So how does a writer abroad get up to speed and compete in her home market?

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Spirit of the season(ing): counterculture recipe for family harmony

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Around our holiday table in 1979, my fractious family were gifted with a sudden ability to perceive each other as the loveable characters we truly are. The secret ingredient: an unseen substance in the stuffing.

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Is GlobalNiche for me?

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Feel like a fish out of water, surrounded by the ‘wrong’ culture?
Juggling all your different worlds, family, friends, work, countries, languages, timezones?
Disadvantaged by where you are, out of touch with important things happening elsewhere?
Losing ground in your profession or education?
Trouble keeping favorite parts of yourself a daily presence?
Invisible and wish the world would notice you?
Stuck and yearn to reinvent yourself?

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