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Thoughts on the Immigrant Experience
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accent on communication

“Papa,” I said, “you must have lice.” It was still early afternoon in this Nordic country, but the day had already turned to dusk. My...

IT BEGINS WITH A SINGLE LETTER

My earliest memory of learning to read and write in school is of learning the alphabet. I can still see the small blackboard my dad put...

the gift

I saw the homeless man as I rounded the corner. He was standing in front of the bus stop while a hostile rain pelted down. He was middle...

Hello, sunshine!

Like an old friend, the sun returned today after an absence of many days. City sidewalks came alive with joggers. Dogs on leashes pulled...

kiosk

I had just gotten off the train from Oslo and was on my way home, but first I wanted to buy some mints. There was nothing special about...

winter sage

The view outside my window reminds me of a snow globe. I can almost feel the wind that swirls those beautiful snowflakes in their...

The Power of Words

My first marriage took me to Norway, a land of spectacular beauty, a citizenry wary of foreigners, and a language over a thousand years...

Welcome to 2020!

As the sun goes down on this, the first day of January, 2020, I hope you are filled with the enthusiasm and hope that every new year...

Season's greetings

Hello Friends, As the days tick by on the calendar, we find ourselves surrounded by the sights and sounds of the holiday season. For...

Welcome!

I have to admit to being a little nervous. After all, this is my first blog, and with so many veteran bloggers out there, I worry that I...