Getting Used to the New Normal

One of my favorite podcasts these days is Rough Translation from NPR. Their blurb says that they tell stories about how the things that we're talking about in the United States are being talked about in other places. that follow familiar conversations into unfamiliar territory. The episode about how COVID-19 is challenging other cultures explored…

Friends in Bogotá

About a week into the new year, Susie and I were playing when a clod of dirt came flying over the brick wall, narrowly missing Susie’s head. Hey!” I yelled. The wall was too high to see over. I jumped back as another clump of dirt soared into the air. I was getting mad now. “Ma, cosa fai?"

Third Culture Kid: Music History

  My husband is transported by music: a half-hour of vintage salsa refreshes his outlook like little else. Although he doesn't need to analyze the "why" to benefit from the practice, I looked into it. The reason that listening to music makes us feel good dopamine, the same pleasure chemical that encourages us to eat, sleep and…