Beyond Borders

Showing Up to the Dance

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Visiting another culture or returning home to a culture you thought you knew provides challenges. A woman who worked in Tokyo for five years will re-enter America a different person and find the land of her birth strange, less comfortable. Businesses spend a lot of resources sending executives on foreign assignments only to find that […]

Books

Partly Sunny

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The line of firs across the road droop with early morning frost. The neighbor’s rust and gold adorned Japanese maple glows in the dawn light. Yesterday’s dark, stormy demeanor recedes giving way to partial sun and chilly temperatures. At times, the weather conspires with my emotions. On sunny spring days, I’m glad for this. Autumn […]

Film

Remnants of Irrationality

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Reflections on incidents from my childhood in which I felt my father behaved irrationally blaze into my thoughts at times when my own “perfect day” plan goes awry or is interrupted by the unforeseen incident. My dad seemed to succumb to these behaviors while driving, looking for a parking space, or any time he felt […]