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Observations of a recent expat trying to repatriate in Washington DC: *Cicadas are loud. And when they are dead, I’m totally fascinated by their shiny fat heads. *Clouds form on the horizon when it is super hot, not because it … Continue reading

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“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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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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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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There are a few choice days in Iceland when the sun appears, clouds dissipate, and this rock in the Atlantic transforms into paradise. This summer, we had so many of these clear, sunny days that folks around here started actually … Continue reading

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Reykjavik Top 5

The Foreign Service is full of bloggers, both spouses like me and employees of the Department of State, that chronicle our crazy, nomadic life. The FS bloggers do a regular round-up of posts and, while I’ve participated, I almost never … Continue reading

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Westman Islands / Vestmannaeyjar

  Today we played hookey – taking a mid-week escape from our computers, our work, kids’ summer camp, and everything else – to follow the sun to the Westman Islands off the southern shore of Iceland. Under nearly cloudless skies … Continue reading

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Our house is whistling. It sounds like the wind will yank it up from the foundation and pitch it across the fjord. Someone told me that today the winds reached sixty miles an hour. After our very long winter, I … Continue reading

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My days are dark. In Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital, we move from one black space to another. Snow falls, hail is intermittent, wind howls, clouds part and soar, sometimes there is rain, and always there is the absence of light. … Continue reading

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