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As we approach the year mark of living in Oman, I’m stunned by how much time has passed, and how quickly this place has become “normal,” even routine. My initial fears of driving and getting lost (and never seeing my children again), are silly to me now. The sights and sounds—the constant battering of construction next door, the calls to prayer five times a day—have, for the most part, faded into the… Read More

A friend of mine recently told me, her nephew was getting married. With emotion in her voice, she added, I haven’t been to any of my brothers or sisters weddings. And now… I’m missing this. She’s been living outside her home country, the Philippines, for the last seven years, working in Hong Kong, Saudi, and currently, Oman. I understood what she’s feeling—that heavy weight of not ‘being there’ for the moments that… Read More

Pictured below is artwork from the free (yes free!) Maritime Museum in downtown Stockholm. The paintings evoke the words of a poem by Carl Sanburg, Young Sea, THE SEA is never still. It pounds on the shore Restless as a young heart, Hunting. If you’re at all like me, water, be it the ocean, lake, river, or even a puddle…what could be more irresistible…holds an allure that is hard to explain. Though… Read More