When was the last time you went shopping for clothes? This past weekend? Last month? If you’re my brother, the answer is about 13 years ago when you could still be forced to accompany our mom. He’s survived off of birthday and Christmas presents ever since. Since those dates are December 21 and 25 respectively, […]
As an American, I know that taking a child to any restaurant that doesn’t have it’s menu posted on a wall and ordering her juice while she plays on your phone will get you nasty looks at the least and reported to child services at worst. The US is a harsh culture in which to […]
We can learn a lot about our own culture by having to explain it to outsiders. What specifically outsiders want an explanation for is telling and then having to explain why can lead to great enlightenment.
For example, as an American I have fielded quite a few questions about guns. I’ve learned that to the […]
Recently, I decided to become a writer. I’ve actually been diligently writing a novel for a couple years, but a few months ago I quit my job teaching and left myself with no other answer to the question “What do you do?” So now people actually know.
Today I’m facing my first great test as […]
I have a secret to confess. I speak Portuguese. Please, don’t tell my mother-in-law.
I don’t speak Portuguese fluently. Nothing as impressive as that. I speak Portuguese like a 96-year-old suffering from extreme dementia. My sentences are punctuated by gestures and facial expression to stand-in for words I’ve forgotten, and my responses to questions sometimes […]
Today, I had a terrible afternoon. By the end of it, I was pacing around, shoulders hunched and knotted, snarling and snapping at any person who came within arms length. I was adding a Pinterest button to my blog.
It’s easy. Our platform allows for a smooth and intuitive interface. It’s drag and drop. You […]
Many years ago I was dating a handsome Punjabi who lived in Milan, and we took a trip to Paris. (That sentence is entirely true and designed to make me seem way more interesting than I actually am.) While leaving our hotel one morning, he offered to carry my wallet. “Thanks,” I said, “but these […]
A couple weeks ago as I was skimming the Internet, I saw the latest Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer. I saw it five times in a row. When I discovered in the comment stream that the movie opens on April 23 here in Brazil, a full week earlier than in the US, I squealed for […]
Today my daughter and I went through our regular morning routine. We had breakfast while watching cartoons, got dressed, and somewhere between the front door of our apartment and the front door of our building she decided she’s never going to school again. As usual, I hobbled out the door to our building with a […]
When I’m back home in Atlanta, I try not to mention that I live in Brazil. The opportunity presents itself with surprising frequency, usually when a sales associate asks if I’d like to sign up for a rewards card. I decline saying “I’m just visiting for the holidays.” Nine times out of ten, at least […]
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