Monthly Archives: January 2012

Screw your courage

We have had a string of cold, dreary January days and I’m in a winter slump. The glitter and adventure of the fall feels like a lifetime ago. I never thought I would feel like hibernating in a desert climate, … Continue reading

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Shapetown

I have been fortune to have life experiences that have given me a high bar for diversity. When we lived in London, we attended a British school with an incredibly international student body. On our first day of 5th grade … Continue reading

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Ordinary life, extraordinary place

Terence came out here last spring break to do some reconnaissance and met a friend-of-a-friend whose young daughter had grown up here. As they drove around the city, discussing the political and historical context, this five-year-old piped up from the … Continue reading

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Small pleasures

This is such an intense, larger-than-life city. I’m still trying to take pleasure in the little things, like strawberries in season in January, or the used bookstore in our neighborhood that Hannah and I went to yesterday after our weekly library … Continue reading

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The middle of the story

I went to a coffee date this week intended for “newcomers to Jerusalem.” I walked in and was greeted by an acquaintance from my book group: “Hilary! You’re not new here anymore!” I swear that I was invited. I wasn’t … Continue reading

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Nabi Saleh

This post is a reminder that we’re not spending our Year in Provence or in any other normal environment. My neighborhood feels like a civilized, peaceful place, what with its espresso bars and used bookstores and gigantic park. Certainly most people who live here … Continue reading

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Trailing Spouse

I have written before about how my parents are role models for me this year. Here’s another reason: they were and are so honest about the stresses of expatriate life on a family. I vividly remember a book that sat on our shelves … Continue reading

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