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The Excitement of Leaving

When we tell our friends and acquaintances that we are moving the entire family to Jerusalem they often say “Oh, how exciting!” For several weeks I’ve had trouble recognizing the emotion I feel as excitement. From the moment we officially accepted the assignment we

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The Process of Leaving

In the book “Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds” authors, Pollock and Van Reken, designate three stages in preparing to live outside of your country of origin: Leaving, Transitioning, Entering. Within those stages Third Culture people (people who have a

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Swim Lessons

This past weekend my family spent both Saturday and Sunday at The Georgia Institute of Technology’s beautiful aquatic center as my little girl struggled through her first swim meet. She walked away with four disqualifications out of 7 events, one

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Dementia Stealing My Memory, Too: Caring for Grandmother, Me

I am having trouble remembering the grandmother of my childhood. Some things come to mind, like at 13 years old I told her I didn’t want to go to Disney World again for summer vacation. I had been to Disney

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