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I Might Be Amish

by Jerry Jones on April 23, 2018

I felt strangely Amish today . . . in a bizarre, science fiction, alternate universe, I live in China where there are no Amish people kind of way.  From now on I will be blogging by candlelight. I grew up in a part of America that we call the Midwest.  Actually, if you look at a […]

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Honor the Grief, Honor the Goodbye

by Marilyn on March 8, 2018

“Make sure you say goodbye” I text these words to my youngest son, followed by “It’s important to say your goodbyes.” He is only leaving for the summer, he will be back on the same campus next year. But it is critical to me to say this to him. I want my children to be able […]

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How a 40 Year Old Camel Changed My Life

by Jerry Jones on January 29, 2018

  In the interest of integrity — the title to this post is slightly misleading. I’ve been reading up on clickbait and I’m just trying to stay current. Click here to catch up: 33 Clickbait Headlines for Expats — Number 12 Will Make You Gasp The full truth is the camel (actual picture above) was […]

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Ahh, busyness . . . sneaks up on you doesn’t it? Especially this time of year. Caught me off guard and I’m a bit overrun by cookies, carols and Christmas cheer to pause and post something fresh. So . . . please accept my apologies and this repost from The Culture Blend. Merry Christmas to […]

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The Challenge of Thankfulness

by Jerry Jones on November 19, 2017

Blah. Blah. Blah. That was my gut reaction when I got this challenge recently. Identify three things that you are thankful for and start every day focused on them.  See what happens. In fairness to me — I come from a place where “thankfulness” has been sugar-coated, watered down, sucked dry and beaten to death.  A place where “count your blessings” […]

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When you visit a country where the people don’t speak your language, there are several important phrases you should know how to say: things such as “Hello” and “Goodbye,” “How much is this?” “Where’s the bathroom?” and “Can I have ice with my water?” But when you move to that country, the stakes become higher. The […]

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The Five People Who Shape You the Most

by Jerry Jones on September 20, 2017

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” (Jim Rohn) Soak in that for a minute. Think it through. Is it true? For you personally? For everyone? For me it is one of those brilliantly profound and profoundly frustrating statements. It makes sense. A lot of sense. So much […]

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When Hard Things Happen Back Home

by Jerry Jones on August 21, 2017

There is something surreal about being on the other side of the world while major events unfold in your home country.  It leaves you feeling both connected and disconnected at the exact same time.   It is 7158 miles (11,520 kilometers) from where I am sitting right now to Charlottesville, Virginia (USA) but there is […]

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The Fine Line Between Expat Chaos and Rhythm

by Jerry Jones on July 24, 2017

People living a life overseas are a special breed.  We don’t so much make sense to the normal people do we? My family is on the tail end of a whirlwind, six week “home” (finger quotes) visit and we’ve been reminded every moment of it what a ridiculous life we have chosen. Seriously.  Who does […]

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On Home and Keeping Place

by Marilyn on May 10, 2017

“Home is a human place. Instinctively, each of us, male and female, knows the sound of its welcome – and the joy of our possible return. This community knows the challenge of creating home in odd spaces and places around the globe. We also know what it is to be homesick, to long for familiar […]

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Dear Life Abroad — I’ll keep my identity, thanks.

by Jerry Jones on January 25, 2017

“Loss of identity.” It makes every list doesn’t it?  Right near the top.  Up there with rootlessness, culture shock and horrible toilets. When you take a two column, pros and cons approach to life abroad, the word “identity” rarely makes it into the pro column.  In fact, if you compiled the sum of all of the […]

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Ten Things I Love About Christmas Far Away

by Jerry Jones on December 19, 2016

Cue the music.  Sing it with me. “Christmas Eve will find me Where the love light beams I’ll be home for Christmas If only in my dreams” Stop. What a sad, sad song.  “If only in my dreams?”  This guy spends the whole song building up the joy and jubilation, which is the magical connection […]

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