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The busy Akihabara area of Tokyo on a rainy day.

Tokyo, Anime, and My Son

Disclosure: The following is a sponsored post; I received payment for writing it and including a link. All opinions, however, are my own! My 17-year-old son, Robert, is not a traveler. That’s not to say that he hasn’t traveled, however; we’ve dragged him along with us on vacations all his life. Rather, he just isn’t…

The table is set and ready for Thanksgiving tonight.

Thanksgiving Reconsidered

This entry is part 5 of 23 in the series US citizenship

“Are you still going to do Thanksgiving?” This is one of the questions I get asked when I tell people I’ve renounced my US citizenship. Yes, I am still doing Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving in the Netherlands It’s always felt a little odd to celebrate Thanksgiving in the Netherlands. It’s a celebration of a particular event in American history, after…

5 Keys to a Successful Marriage

As of today, my husband and I have been married for 25 years. When people hear how long we’ve been married, I get one of two possible responses: “Congratulations! We’re coming up on (fill in a number of years).” “Wow! How do you do it?” This post is directed at the second group, who wonder how…

A Special Encounter on a Puddle-jumper

The puddle-jumper Traveling from Martinique to the US involved three separate flights for me, and the first of these was on a Liat Airlines “puddle-jumper.” First, a 15-minute jump from Martinique to St. Lucia, then a half-hour jump to Barbados. If you know me, you know that fear of flying is an ongoing issue for…

view from a plane

Solo Travel and Guilt

I’ve been reading a lot about traveling solo lately, and realized that most solo travelers are a) single and b) childless. I am neither of those. Married with kids (one grown, one almost-grown), I am nevertheless preparing for two solo trips. And I feel guilty. The first one will take me to the Caribbean, New…

Feeling sentimental on Valentine’s Day

I’m feeling uncharacteristically sentimental today, so I can’t resist writing a short Valentine’s Day post.  You see, early in our relationship, my now-husband told me he didn’t believe in Valentine’s Day. In his view, Valentine’s Day is nothing but a fake holiday, dreamed up by commercial interests to fill the gift-buying lull after Christmas. I…

An instruction manual for deodorant use

For all our sakes, please pass this on to the teenagers and young adults in your life! Antiperspirants are designed to prevent you from sweating under your arms and, unless you are taking part in active sports or it is sweltering hot, they do the job quite well. Notice that I said prevent. That implies…

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