Is that a pain cry? What we want to hear about death

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Can grief-illiterate Americans grieve in public — and out loud? Restricting who we talk to about death can cut us off from people unafraid to hear about it, perhaps those even able to console us.

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Virtual reality: meshing our networked lives

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Chatting with an Internet media theorist and online psychotherapist whose interests include ‘mixed reality’, globalization and cultural theory.

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Get creative about your place in the world: how to operate on a micro-yet-global level with a global niche

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Suspended between multiple worlds — challenged in your pursuits and interests by culture, geography, language or time zone? Welcome to the GlobalNiche club, where our situation mismatch is our secret weapon.

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Creatives surviving & thriving abroad: lowering barriers and raising your game

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Technology and the times both lower the barrier for writers abroad, and raise our game. Now we’re producers, directors, engineers of content.

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Psychic location independence: optimizing life in spite of where you are

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Most of us cannot go somewhere on the ground where all our people and our perfect lifestyle exist. We must find that psychically — call it our “global niche”.

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Bridge of folk art: mastering an intercultural skill

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I’m native in the Japanese language and love the country but it took the folk art Etegami to help bridge the divide.

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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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No 40 years of friendship: the mass market distorts traditional hospitality

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Tourists in Istanbul’s shopping Mecca have been so traumatized they can no longer distinguish an invitation from an inquisition.

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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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