Monthly Archives: January 2013

Enabling vs Tough Love

In recent years, the term ‘enabling’, which is essentially something positive, has been overtaken and used negatively:  someone enables another person to misbehave.  I very much dislike this usage for a number of reasons.  First, it is the duty of, … Continue reading

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The Dreaded Question

When you live as an expatriate, the most common question you hear is, “Where are you from?”  This question always stumps me.  I am wondering if they want to know where I was born, where my family lives, or where … Continue reading

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The X Pat Factor

There are few experiences in life more humbling than living in a country as a foreigner.  One is immediately set back in all aspects of life to earlier times.  Even if you know the language already, you still are lacking … Continue reading

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Mercy Flows When…

  Flying internationally with small children is fraught with many different stressful occurrences.  I have several stories along those lines, but this one in particular stands out.  It was 2000, I was flying back to England from Tennessee with my … Continue reading

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You Shall Not Murder- Manage Your Anger

(This is a sermon I preached in 2008 in England.  It seems sadly appropriate at this time.) This is a no-brainer isn’t it?  A bit like ‘You shall not steal’.  It is obvious that society cannot function if people are … Continue reading

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The Feast

The first time we went to Germany was in 1986 on my husband’s Fulbright Grant.  When I stepped off the plane I knew only ‘Bahnhof’ and ‘Sprechen Sie Englisch?’  After several months of studying the language with a private teacher, … Continue reading

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Choosing Love

Family Stories time.  The photo taken in honor of my grandparents’ 50th Anniversary shows that they didn’t just endure each other, they were still very much in love.  There was a strong romantic spark between them.  When Grandfather passed away … Continue reading

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