Category Archives: Cultural Observations

Learning Gratitude from Other Cultures

August 30, 2018

Today, my article about learning gratitude is featured in The Redbud Post‘s issue on learning from other cultures. You can read the article here. I recount one of my memories from my time in Romania that is dearest to my heart. Taryn R. Hutchison, Writer writes, “I’ve learned that all people are the same. Everyone […]

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A New Strategy: Understand & Forgive

August 9, 2016

I wrote this article for my small town paper’s Faith & Values page. (I know, we are in the South.) Some of the references are local ones. My cross-cultural training to become an international missionary took place in a community vastly different than my own. But I didn’t need a passport to get there. America is […]

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Southern Sayin’s

June 25, 2014

It’s been more than four years since Steve and I descended on our sleepy Carolina town and took up residence. Four years of cultural faux pas prompting eyes to roll and voices to whisper, “She can’t help it. She’s from California.” The news that I actually originated in Maryland (technically south of the Mason-Dixon line […]

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Some Words are Just Better

February 11, 2014

Westerners who dared to travel to Sochi for the Olympics have been tweeting about the problems they’ve encountered in their hotel rooms. Things like rusty water; things which every Russian has to deal with every day. To Russians, it’s their life. And it’s not funny. My hackles rose when I read some of the tweets. […]

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