Category Archives: Sweden

The Second Annual Amalgamated Santerklucia Holiday Weekend

It was around this time last year that we first started playing with the idea of a Dutch / Swedish / American holiday mash-up. Looking back on what I wrote at the time, I’m surprised to discover that the tradition … Continue reading

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Santerklucia Weekend

We did a little Sinterklaas celebration on Monday night, around 9:30 PM. Pretty late for Marci, Cor, and me. But Elliot had a shift at Subway until closing. Olivia was busy with school work (until she took a little break … Continue reading

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The Ungrateful Refugee

I just finished reading Dina Nayeri’s book, The Ungrateful Refugee. It was published around this time last year, and it’s been on my list for even longer than that. The subject matter — refugee resettlement in Europe and North America — is … Continue reading

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Foreign to Familiar

I just finished a second reading of Sarah A. Lanier’s book, Foreign to Familiar: A Guide to Understanding Hot- and Cold-Climate Cultures. I got this book maybe ten years ago, when our family was living in the Netherlands. I remember appreciating the … Continue reading

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