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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…

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…

My increasingly empty nest

My oldest child, Anne, left for San Francisco yesterday, leaving a not-yet-empty nest. But it feels emptier than before. When I say “child,” I don’t really mean “child.” Anne is a mature 21-year-old, so she’s no longer a child, but she’ll always be my child, if you see what I mean. All week I was…

Children at the Beach

[:en]Every sentence the under-sixes utter is about themselves: “I wanna …. (fill in the blank)”, “Look at me!”, and so on. [:]