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Only in Japan

No matter what the country of origin, religious preference or family upbringing, there are certain irrefutable facts about boys. 1) They always take unnecessary risks, 2) stay dirty until the age of 18 3) prefer eating with fingers and using … Continue reading

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Backstage in Borneo- Adventures with Bear Grylls

Not wanting to appear a name dropper, I purposely avoided using Bear Grylls` name (Man vs Wild- the Discovery Channel) while recounting the adventures of Borneo. Certainly Bear would show Offspring #2 and me in several shots from “Man vs … Continue reading

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We Interrupt Our Usual Programming to Provide This Emergency Message- Typhoon

An emergency message from the US Embassy is always an unwelcome addition to one`s inbox. Next came an email from school announcing its closure and the imminent arrival of the elated Offspring and their celebrating compadres. This was more distressing … Continue reading

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Borneo Sounds Great! Now where the Hell is it?

A long time ago, in a land far away, Spouse and I concocted yet another scheme designed to pique the interest of our Offspring in lands and people beyond the cul-de-sac. Offered at the feet of these future UN leaders … Continue reading

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Hoist the Sails- Kentucky`s Not Just for Horse Lovers

What do two tired middle-aged sisters do when faced with the dilemma of entertaining 4 kids each capable of rendering an adult speechless in under 60 seconds and too big for confinement within a dog crate? Hoist the sales and … Continue reading

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A Re-Cap- The Previous Year in 7 Posts

One of the awards I enjoy when other bloggers are basking in its radiance is the “7 Posts” Award. This esteemed and coveted honor famed in blogging lore requires the author to highlight 7 posts of note- or not- depending … Continue reading

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The Day of Zen Buddhism That Almost Killed Grandmama – Too Much Kyoto For One Day

A wise man for whom I worked shared insight in to my flawed personality during a performance appraisal for the previous year during which all objectives had been successfully achieved. Although worthy of banner waving, he gently explained a concept … Continue reading

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Hurdling Down the Hozu-gawa River- Grandmama and Offspring In Tow

Every day for the last 14 years, Spouse and I methodically perform a daily ritual known as “coffee talk.” Coffee talk obviously derives its name from the ritualistic consumption of the caffeinated beverage which enables each member to hoist his … Continue reading

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Runners- Oh And You Clampitts- Take Your Mark

Eleniloporto from “Cross Cultural Insights” outlined the differing hierarchy of needs between ExPat progeny and their parents during the time long after the moving boxes have been recycled and all can locate the drawer containing the silverware, provided the family … Continue reading

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No Matter What Country You’re In…

parents are embarrassing. Even when not trying. Like swimming parents, track parents must camp out for days waiting for the seconds Junior will either sprint, lope or lumber by. Spouse and I have become experts in the years that the … Continue reading

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