I’ve found myself in a new season of life. One characterized by wings, wrestling, tears, and blessing.

Culture affects everything. I know this, but even after living in three countries besides my passport country, I am caught by surprise at what culture impacts. For example, recently I was reminded that the concept of corners is cultural.

What is something new you’d like to try this year? Visiting a new country? Starting a new hobby? Joining a new group? Starting a new relationship? Learning a new skill? Stepping into a new career? Or stepping into your current career in new ways?

I have just recently started to feel like I’m catching a glimpse of the “other side” of my loneliness after six long months here in my native-born country. My heart has been aching with loneliness: "New Situation," "I'm Different," "No Friends."

It’s like a switch deep inside me. I can turn it on, but it’s more common for me to turn it off.  

We first arrived in Morocco with two little boys, ages three and five, in tow. Imagine the scene — piles of suitcases, hungry children, sleep-deprived parents.

Greetings from the beautiful farmland of North Africa!

Did you know that thinking like a librarian has the power to transform lives?

When I first moved overseas fifteen years ago, I was told over and over, “You are going into a new culture.  Be a learner.  You don’t know this culture.  Be a learner.”  Over and over…