Category Archives: Foreign Service

AUTUMN IN ICELAND

Snow dusts the top of the great mountain and the wind howls something fierce. Air whistles and screams through the chimney as the gusts blow sheets of rain. Waves of water move sideways in the grey world outside. Grateful to … Continue reading

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BLUEBERRIES IN A LAVA FIELD: Early Impressions of Iceland

First I notice the earth—black boulders and small rough pebbles, volcanoes, a conical mountain, and the enormous expanse of tall, brown barren land that lays slumbering across the bay. In Iceland, the land rises and falls sharply, exposing tectonic plates, … Continue reading

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HOME LEAVE

From inside the lake house I hear small waves crash against the shore and the soft patter of a light rain. My sister-in-law’s donkey, Zack, is tucked into his stable and on the counter behind me sits an over-sized bucket … Continue reading

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STALIN’S SNOW

Puffed white seedlings float through Moscow’s hot summer streets, alighting on park benches, gathering on corners, or flitting through crowds, before a gust forces them onward. Often, the millions of ever-present puffs hang, suspended in mid-air as if they are … Continue reading

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TEA WITH THE LADIES

Entertaining neighbors is always a good idea. Here’s a shout out to the ladies who came to the tea today and to those not anywhere near us who thought the menu sounded tasty. So glad everyone liked the food. As … Continue reading

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READING CHEKOV IN ANTALYA

“Both our children have scarlet fever,” I told my husband. As the sentence escaped, I too felt light-headed, as if a wind blew in beneath my feet and I were hovering a few inches above the Bukhara carpet in the … Continue reading

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PANTIES IN A PERIHOD

Moscow is melting. Slush and puddles fill our yard. Everywhere I hear the glorious drip, drip, drip of SPRING! But that also means our time is running out. After two years of exploring, we only have three more months before … Continue reading

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THIS ISN’T SEX IN THE BIG CITY, THIS IS LOVE IN A SMALL ROOM (ALMOST)

The ballroom of the United States ambassador’s grand residence in Moscow was dark. On the ceiling, above the ornate crown molding and the arched windows, yellow and blue geometric patterns swirled and then faded in their weak attempt at a … Continue reading

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DENTAL-EVAC

I know my overseas life is crazy. But needing to travel to another country simply to visit the dentist confirms that my situation has entered the realm of the absurd. The back of my mouth is killing me. Pain shoots … Continue reading

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My Life With Monkeys

I am convinced that I live with monkeys. Take today, for example: Me: M, please sit down and eat your breakfast. M: Ooh, oohh. Aahh. Ahh. Seconds later M is standing and jumping and running up the stairs. All the … Continue reading

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