Scan Baby Scan!

I was having a Facebook conversation about minimalism with a fellow TCK who now resides in the US. She asked me what I did with photos, my kids’ school work, and other such items. My response was simple: “Scan Baby Scan!” But this requires more than just a pithy response now, doesn’t it? The Minimalists…

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My (Minimalist) Work/Play Wardrobe and Other Stuff

You remember Steve Jobs? Turtleneck, Levi jeans, New Balance tennis shoes? Yes, he made that simple, minimal wardrobe a classic. As a Global Nomad, being a minimalist makes my life a lot easier. I have a very simple, straightforward wardrobe that is easy to pack up and move to my next location. Here is what…

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Why Samwise Gamgee is a Hero

A couple of months ago I was having a conversation with Zenia about the water tragedy in Flint, Michigan. She looked at me and asked me why people didn’t just move out. I told her that it wasn’t that easy. She asked me why. To Third Culture Kids, moving is a very easy task. We…

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Hello. We probably have not met before…

I just turned 45 two days ago, and you probably have never met me before. I’m not just speaking to the people “out there”, I am also speaking to the almost 1,500 Facebook “friends” I have. That is because if you met me before 2016, you probably don’t know me. Why? Because that guy no…

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How I Rediscovered Writing

I spent much of my childhood trapped in hotel rooms (most TCKs can relate to this experience). Months at a time, while my father was working on projects in Brazil, Switzerland, or Germany, my mother had the very daunting task of keeping her son (me) occupied in a relatively boring environment. So she did what…

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Global Nomads and Minimalism (Part I)

It was December and good cheer was in the air. There in my Inbox was the e-mail with the contracts. We had been hired to teach at an international school in South Korea! Excited, we all went out to celebrate at our favorite restaurant (OK, I’m making this part up because collectively our favorite restaurant…

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Should My Job Define Me? NO!

You’ve been to parties, so you know how this conversation goes. You meet someone. You’re holding a drink, they are holding one as well. Someone has created a playlist of eclectic music which is buzzing in the background, providing ambience and an ambivalent sense of “cool” to the party. They introduce themselves, and you tell…

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The Best Rock Band You’ve Never Heard Of

It was the early in the summer of ’12. I had just accepted a position at the Interlochen Arts Academy in northern Michigan, and was hanging out in the US for a few weeks before traveling to South America. One of those nights, while waiting to fall asleep on my good friends Juanita and Jerome…

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Being a Parent and a Global Nomad

I was watching a movie the other day. I don’t watch movies often, but sometimes people con me into holding still for two entire hours of my life (which is why I avoid Bollywood as most Indian films last longer). And in this film there was a family picnic. You know, a weekend picnic with…

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A TCK Raising a TCK

Second generation Third Culture Kid. That is what my daughters are. I guess in my mind this was the only way to raise my children. People who had satisfactory childhoods want their children to share in their experiences, to be able to connect at that level. Psychologists will tell you that (unfortunately) those with unsatisfactory…

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