Tag Archives: expat

IN BETWEEN

“I live in America now,” I say, my voice growing quiet and then rising at the end of the sentence as if it is a question. But I’m pretty sure this statement is a fact. Our grand home in Iceland … Continue reading

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HERE WE GO, AGAIN

I stood in the pantry and stared at the overcrowded shelves. Spilling with the detritus of the last two years, my eyes moved over the shelf that’s sort-of designated for wrapping paper and the one that’s sort-of designated for holiday … Continue reading

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NEW STORY: Saying Goodbye

Check out my story about saying goodbye in this new anthology. Particularly appropriate now as we gear up to soon say farewell to Iceland. But more on that later. . . http://www.amazon.com/Foreign-Service-Companion-Household-Without/dp/1484912365/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1368715520&sr=1-1&keywords=Foreign+Service+Companion

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ALL-INCLUSIVE

When I was a little girl we took a lot of family vacations. My parents were both teachers and they love to travel, so we took full advantage of our summers. Mostly, a family vacation meant piling in the car … Continue reading

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ICELAND’S MOST POPULAR THINGS: Going to Feed Ducks

A guest blog by my daughter, R, age 6 1/2 I was with my mom and we walked to the ducks and we found lots of interesting things. And in this story, you’ll find lots of them. And if you … Continue reading

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DO I KNOW YOU?

I couldn’t figure out why everyone was talking to me. Complete strangers wanted to discuss a potential afternoon cold spell, my shoes, the menu. During a long walk along the shore I could barely complete a sentence because I was … Continue reading

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WRINKLE

Somewhere there is a wrinkle. A sheet flips in a breeze. A hand brushes through the air. And with that, it is as if nothing has skipped or moved. Nothing jumped or caught. As if, in a linear manner, life … Continue reading

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BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP: Lambing Season in Iceland

We entered the barn to the sound of hundreds of bleats. Small voices, loud moans, baa, bleat, baa, baa. Sheep were everywhere. Ewes with massive, swollen bellies. Tiny, newborn lambs. White. Black. Spotted. “Can you grab me a rope?” The … Continue reading

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ODE TO THE WHALE

When I was a girl, I slept with the whales—above my pillow hung an oversize photographic poster of a pod of orcas and across the room swung a large paper mobile of seven whales: grey, blue, minke and so on. … Continue reading

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ICEBERGS! REINDEER & GLACIERS! OH MY! Adventures in South East Iceland

Tonight the sun sets at 9:24pm. Tomorrow we get seven more minutes of daylight. After our ridiculously long dark winter, a shift to stretched out bright days means that everything has changed. Not only have the low grey clouds lifted … Continue reading

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