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How do we raise “global citizens” ?

“Global citizen” is a phrase I’m hearing a lot lately. That’s what we’re all supposed to be aiming towards–at least, those of us who didn’t vote for “Brexit” or aren’t in favor of the Trumpian wall.  It’s what is supposed to happen when you move to another country and raise your kids outside their “own” culture (whatever that means); it’s supposed to be what happens to the so-called “third culture …

Trying to talk to a Teenager…

I write for a great blog called WorldMomsBlog, which brings together writers from around the globe to talk about life in their part of the world. Sometimes, as you might imagine, events and issues are culturally specific but more often than not, there are shared connections, sometimes in unexpected places. My post for WMB last week is one of those universal things, I think, at least for parents in relatively …

Revolutionary boobs?

Things have been busy over here – the end of the semester, the end of the teaching year, some traveling – and this poor blog has been sitting here untouched for weeks. I know, I know, my silence has rendered your lives devoid of meaning, and for that I apologize.  I did write something about the FEMEN protests a month ago, for the World Moms Blog (which you should be …

Saturday’s Snapshot (surat al-sabat): لقطة السبت

Sidelines at Caleb’s soccer football match last week: I think we classify this image under “the new normal.” (Plus that little kid in the jacket looks like he’s developing some mad skillz) When I wasn’t standing on the sidelines watching Caleb play, I wrote a post for the World Moms Blog about female heroines in YA literature.  Which is to say, the surprising lack of female heroines in YA literature, …