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Organizing Principles

April 2, 2012

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Spring, as we know, represents renewal and new life on both the physical and figurative level.  It’s a transition period not only for the earth but also for ourselves.  Last year, transition meant for me the initiation of new projects and pursuing exciting dreams.  This year my spring transitioning is taking on the form of […]

Posted in: Relationships, Tips

Jump, Jump.

February 24, 2012

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Speaking of taking jumps to play with your life, here’s some visual inspiration along similar lines: I’m not sure I’m entirely down with the “forgetting the rest” part. Nonetheless, the idea of taking a plunge to do what you love is a point well taken. I conceive of it in terms of letting go of […]

Posted in: Lo cotidiano

Play with your Life.

February 21, 2012

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While he’s always enjoyed great critical acclaim, it’s Almodóvar‘s repertoire from 1999 onward that has received more popular success, starting with All About my Mother and including other truly great films such as Talk to Her, Volver, and recently La Piel que Habito. Personally though, I love Almodóvar’s work from the 80’s best. It was shocking, rebellious, cutting edge. Or as the renowned film critic Pauline Kael said, “[Almodóvar] reactivates the clichés […]

Most Excellent Free Reads

February 7, 2012

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I recently extolled my love of the Kindle. We talked of how insanely convenient it is for travelers/expats/etc. This is true whether we’re talking about Kindles, Nooks, ipads, or whatever your e-reader of choice may be. My Kindle, for example, is an old version my dad bought used from a coworker who was upgrading her own. […]

Posted in: Expat living

Spunky Love Songs

February 3, 2012

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The recent post on lovepats got me thinking about some songs on the theme of following someone you love. Of course there’s Frankie who invites us to come fly with him (to Bombay, Peru, and Acapulco — I’m in!). Gladys Knight follows her man back to Georgia. More recently, Edward Sharp & the Magnetic Zeros […]

Posted in: Playlists

Are you a lovepat?

February 1, 2012

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A friend of mine runs an e-magazine for “Third Culture Kids,” or TCKs.  Have you heard this term?  It refers to people who are raised in a culture other than their parents’.  For example, children of foreign service officers, military personnel, missionaries, or international business people are often considered TCKs. Readers of this blog may […]