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Everyday trials and tribulations, debacles and successes, tips and travelogues, from an American bumbling around Germany. This is my expat adventure, which I share with my daughter, Sequoia; my husband, Paul; and my dog, Flash.
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  • It's Not Just That One Bigot 2 months ago Yesterday, my husband and I had to conduct a business transaction that involved spending a couple of hours with a saleswoman. During the course of conversation, she talked about her wife and son. She mentioned their son’s traveling baseball team. Then she went on to tell us a story about their...
  • I'm Just Not Nice Anymore 1 month ago Over the past few months, people have mentioned, in various forms, that maybe I should take a softer approach when talking with fellow White people about racism.  I get it–really, I do–but here’s the thing: I’ve been taking a soft approach for years. I started out on social media by...
  • How Do Kids Become Racist if Racism isn't a Current Thing? 2 months ago I keep getting told that racism isn’t a thing. That there are very few actual racists. That racism is a thing of a past that people should let go. That “in these times” there isn’t racism. This morning while driving, I asked my daughter, a White middle-schooler: In your personal life—not...
  • Dear Trump Defenders: Here's How I Feel about You 3 months ago I used to try to find common ground. I used to think everyone’s opinions were worth hearing and we should try to compromise. Trump changed that. I don’t feel the need to compromise with Trump supporters. I just don’t. At first, it was the 2016 campaign season. I watched people explain away...
  • Expat or Immigrant? - Thoughts on an Unstandardized English Podcast 2 months ago I recently listened to my first podcast ever (I’m a little behind the times). I listened to the first episode of Unstandardized English (Twitter: @UnstandardizedE). The episode is called ‘Expats’ and, if I link this correctly, can be found here: https://lnns.co/_JbkYar7BdL. ‘Expats’...

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