Travel as way of life: when traveling nature finds its full expression

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Travel used to be a special occasion. Then I became an expat and a global business traveler — the full expression of my traveler nature?

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Strategic love: the embassy of intercultural marriage

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If marriage is the smallest unit of a community, then cross-cultural couples are ambassadors, peace-makers, and change-agents.

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Hybrid domesticities: an artist mixes the professional and the personal

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When an emerging American artist moves to Turkey and starts a family, she navigates new definitions of career and home life.

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Sink or swim: facing the surprise depths of cultural immersion

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Easy answers to complex cultural questions can’t prepare an American for her submersive role as member of a Kurdish tribe by marriage.

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Thanksgiving with Mary Jane: spirit of the season(ing)

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When you’re a teenager there are a million places you’d rather be than at a family gathering. However when I was fifteen, Thanksgiving with my relatives was the best turkey day I’ve ever celebrated. My anti-establishment father put marijuana in the stuffing. What’s your countercultural recipe for family harmony?

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Links of interest: networked reality, the global zeitgeist, and a gathering of cultural chameleons

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Families in global transition get together. Now that our digital and physical worlds have meshed, how do we evolve? The problem of nailing universality when you’re too damn exotic.

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Death at a distance: finding solace abroad

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When you live a global life, how do you cope with death-at-a-distance?

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It takes a virtual village: cultural parenting from afar

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A virtual network of mothers helps an Irishwoman in Turkey raise her children by the standards she grew up with.

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Downdrafts and uplifts: far-flung reality clashes with idealized dreams

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An Irishwoman weighs the dream of life versus the reality, versus the dream of making it happen nonetheless.

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Essentials to living an expansive life: what we hold on to

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Remaining fluent, despite language barriers. Remembering the strength we’ve shown. Freedom to live on our own terms. The ability to integrate other cultures.

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