THE LONG WAY HOME

2019-07-01T10:02:38-04:00

Photo by Jordan Heath on Unsplash By Stella Orange Twenty years ago, I took a trip I called “The Long Way Home” with my friend Rachel. She and I had met while living and working as English teachers in Japan. It was our first year out of college, and the Japanese government had hired us to work in their public schools. So I’d spent that first year out of college living and teaching in a rural village—population 3,500—in southern Japan, on the island of Kyushu. I did not speak Japanese. I knew very little about Japanese culture. What I did know [...]

THE LONG WAY HOME2019-07-01T10:02:38-04:00

ROLLING IN IT

2019-07-01T10:02:45-04:00

Photo by Peter Feghali on Unsplash By Morella Devost Perhaps humans are a bit like baked goods… I’ll admit it, I binge The Great British Baking Show, the great ode to all things biscuity, spongey, and bready. I’m obsessed with the beauty of their creations, their English accents, and the idea that I, too, could bake like them. I especially love seeing a reality TV show where contestants are kind and supportive of each other, and where judges are fair rather than gratuitously critical. And I’ve learned a lot about gluten! Interestingly, even though a growing number of people must avoid [...]

ROLLING IN IT2019-07-01T10:02:45-04:00

BACK TO THE BASICS: THE PEOPLE’S SUPPER, REMINDING AMERICA OF HER GREATNESS

2019-07-01T10:02:55-04:00

Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash By Robyn Afrik In my family, the supper table was more than just a time to eat. It was a symbol for non-negotiable times of day when kid and parent come together. No matter how busy, tired, or distracted one felt, physical presence was expected. And if weekly dinner time wasn’t enough, Sundays stepped it up a notch. The lead matriarch, my grandma, dutifully prepared a homecoming feast for all. She did this representing a Dutch-German blooded father’s side, carrying a quiet but stubborn strength in all her movements.   Before pulling up in the [...]

BACK TO THE BASICS: THE PEOPLE’S SUPPER, REMINDING AMERICA OF HER GREATNESS2019-07-01T10:02:55-04:00

WHEN THE GAME OF LIFE BECOMES A TEST

2019-06-05T13:33:02-04:00

Photo by Wynand van Poortvliet on Unsplash By Gail Barker, B.A., C.P.C.C. I’ve been accused of being an optimistic visionary. I say “accused” because these descriptors are often thrown my way with a sneer, a suggestion that somehow my outlook on the world isn’t rooted in reality. Generally, I choose to respond to these accusations with a smirk of my own, a wave of my hand, or a verbal “pshaw;” whatever has me stand solidly in my truth. And my truth is that I like to approach life with a certain joie de vivre, as if it’s a game. Not a [...]

WHEN THE GAME OF LIFE BECOMES A TEST2019-06-05T13:33:02-04:00

NOT YOUR BOOK CLUB’S CHIANTI

2019-06-05T13:24:57-04:00

Photo by Kelsey Knight on Unsplash By Liz Crowe Ah…Vino. Fruit of the Vine. Plonk (if you’re British. More on this later). The Bubbly. Mama Juice. No matter what you call it, wine is…well, fine. I’m a big fan. Always have been. One of my favorite English ex-pat stories is when my kid’s private school held a “sports day.” This is when each house competes with the others in weird games like “rounders” (funky baseball), “netball” (kind of, but not really basketball—only for girls, btw), and, to my surprise, games that were more or less PTO’d out of existence in the [...]

NOT YOUR BOOK CLUB’S CHIANTI2019-06-05T13:24:57-04:00

FOR PERSONAL & PLANETARY THRIVING

2019-06-05T13:20:15-04:00

Photo by Saksham Gangwar on Unsplash By Morella Devost Testing… testing… 1…  2… 3… Test… test… Few things excite me more than the prospect of getting mic-ed up to speak in front of a live audience. The larger the audience, the more excited I get. Public speaking—apparently the single most common fear for people everywhere—is a source of joy and a thrill for me. I come to life speaking from a stage. I was in my twenties when I began to discover this. At the time, I had graduated from college and entered a career in marketing that I hated. Feeling [...]

FOR PERSONAL & PLANETARY THRIVING2019-06-05T13:20:15-04:00
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