Category Archives: Identity

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
/By any other name would smell as sweet. I can’t say I agree with Miss Capulet on this one. I’m sure if the flower we know as the rose were called … Continue reading

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It’s a small world after all

You’ve got the Disney song stuck in your head now, haven’t you? Sorry about that. Yesterday I watched the video of our long-ago trip to Walt Disney World, and I’ve had the tune playing on a mental loop ever since. … Continue reading

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Repatriating TCKs: It’s not all sunshine and lollipops

When it became apparent that our family would be moving back to Canada after five years abroad, I set out to prepare my daughters for yet another big change in their lives. I encouraged them to talk about their feelings, … Continue reading

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Sh*t Expat Women Say

I am an expert procrastinator. I have four articles due on Thursday and another four due next week. So how did I spend my weekend? Watching “Shit X Say” videos on YouTube. Unless you’ve been living in a cave somewhere, … Continue reading

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Missing the Parade of Nations this UN Day

UN Day just isn’t the same without the Parade of Nations. Today, October 24th, marks the 66th anniversary of the ratification of the Charter of the United Nations. I confess I’d never even heard of UN Day until we moved … Continue reading

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I. Am. Canadian.

July 1st is Canada Day, and tomorrow my homeland will celebrate its 144th birthday. There’s a huge party going on at City Hall, a 10-minute walk away, but I won’t be going — introvert that I am, I can’t stand … Continue reading

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Turkish delight

I get lost. A lot. That might not seem like a big deal to you, but as readers who followed my confessional series on the Big Five Personality Traits know, I’m highly neurotic and not particularly open to experience. That … Continue reading

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Happy Victoria Day, eh?

Today Canadians across this great land unite in joy to celebrate the birthdays of England’s Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. Well, sort of. The last Monday on or before May 24th is a federal statutory holiday in Canada, and … Continue reading

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What does expat success mean to you?

My recent series of posts on the Big Five and expat adjustment seemed to strike a chord with readers, and I’ve been mulling over the idea of doing another series exploring some of the non-psychological factors that lead to expat … Continue reading

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Maids are mothers, too

For many expat spouses, the decision to employ affordable live-in help is a no-brainer. It frees up a lot of time that would be otherwise spent on household drudgery and childcare — time that could arguably be better spent elsewhere. … Continue reading

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