cross-cultural communication

I can’t remember when Jonathan and Elizabeth Trotter first entered my online writing life. Perhaps it was when the former ALOS site founder and I were discussing one of their posts, perhaps it was before – no matter, at some point I realized that our online friendship had become one that I looked to for […]

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Hello World!

by Rachel Pieh Jones on August 3, 2015

How do you greet people where you live? I asked this question recently on Facebook because I was working on an essay: To Kiss or Not to Kiss? (check out that piece for a somewhat more thoughtful look at cross cultural greetings). I wanted to see what greetings were like around the world. Even though […]

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Adventures in Awkward

by Tara Livesay on May 2, 2014

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 A little humor for your weekend… Disclaimer: If you struggle with prim and properness to the point of easily offended you should not read this post.  There are words that are used to describe human bodies. One day my husband, Troy, declared that his “life had become far too weird for description.” I beg to […]

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Words Matter

by Marilyn on August 26, 2013

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In health care we have a story we call “The 71-Million Dollar Word Story”. It involves a young man from Cuba, the absence of a skilled interpreter, and a misdiagnosis. The man was 18 years old and had just graduated from high school. He was riding around with his friend when he complained of a […]

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