Category: Psychology

The Craft of Reading and the Stalking of Dinty W. Moore

The Craft of Reading and the Stalking of Dinty W. Moore

As I’m sitting at the cafe this morning, writing my latest Expat Focus column, I keep telling myself “I’m working. I’m working.” I used to tell myself (and others) “I’m writing. I’m writing. I’m writing.” The simple shift in words seems to have finalized a shift in attitude I’ve been trying to maintain, and I …

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There Was a Little Girl…

There Was a Little Girl…

Do you have a nursery rhyme or poem, or saying from childhood that still stays with you? In my case, I internalized a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: There was a little girl By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow There was a little girl,             Who had a little curl, Right in the middle of her forehead.             When …

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Making Sand Angels in the Arabian Desert, Traveling Marla-Style

Making Sand Angels in the Arabian Desert, Traveling Marla-Style

Do you know one of those people who have to look good in every photo he/she takes, or won’t put it online? I am not one of those people. Whether it’s a blog, or a social media site, I have acquaintances who post a stream of selfies in which they just “happen” to look their …

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What Literary Character Are You?

What Literary Character Are You?

I hate those quizzes. Have you seen them on social media? Which Downton Abbey character are you? Or, which Jane Austin heroine are you? Which Duck Dynasty star is your twinsie? (Stay with me ’til the end and you can take a quiz to find out which of Marla’s siblings you are…) Then they proceed …

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Honeycomb, Won’t You Be My Baby? Wait…You Want HOW MUCH??

Honeycomb, Won’t You Be My Baby? Wait…You Want HOW MUCH??

Er, I just re-read my title and realized it might sound like I was soliciting a box of Honeycomb. Finding our favorite American foods in South Africa, as I’ve told you in previous posts, can be difficult, and sometimes impossible. But it really hasn’t been a big problem for us. We’ve adapted pretty well, I …

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Rainbow vs. Garieb: Thoughts on The New South Africa

Rainbow vs. Garieb: Thoughts on The New South Africa

It’s Writer Wednesday, friends, and this week I’m taking a look at Professor Neville Alexander’s Thoughts on The New South Africa. One of the great democratic strengths of the new South Africa is the fact that matters such as ‘race’  and gender continue to be discussed in public and openly, often with great passion, in …

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