The Extraordinary Childhood of a Third Culture Kid

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I grew up on a corner lot with a huge backyard across the street from a giant park. The world was our plush, Kentucky bluegrass playground. Our kids grew up surrounded by concrete. The nearest decent patch of grass was a solid mile away across a busy street. One day, when they were littles, I lamented this fact to God. …

What I’ve Learned About Orlando

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After just over a year in Orlando, I’ve learned a bit about my new surroundings: 1. There are not many palm trees. I thought I was moving to a tropical location, but it’s populated by pine trees (especially our area, aptly named Isle of Pines) and deciduous trees. I could believe I’m in northern Minnesota, unless I’m at the beach …

The Words that Linger

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People often ask me if I am fluent in Mandarin. The short answer is “no.” To me, fluency means “I can say everything in that language” by which definition all those people who say they are fluent in Spanish after their 4 years of high school classes are mistaken. I cannot say many things in Mandarin, like ceiling or fertilizer …

No Substitute for Relationships

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Truth be told, I’ve started dreaming of the day when we say to one another, “Remember when social media was so popular? Yeah, that was nutty. Thank God it’s over.” Realistically, I suppose it never will be, but lately I’ve found myself so aware of the downside of these interactions. They are communication rich but relationally poor. Yes, I know …