Rhythm and Blues

I’ve started this post about five different times over the past four weeks, and every time, the focus of my thoughts shifts. Writing about transitions is tricky because everything is in constant flux, and how we feel from one day to the next changes dramatically as we either master a new routine or massively fail … More Rhythm and Blues

Are We Excited?

I’ve been getting this question more and more as our departure to Malaysia inches ever closer, “Are you excited?”  or “Are the kids excited?” It’s a hard question to answer, because it offers only a binary choice for a response, an either/or, a yes or a no. If people ask me this on the fly, … More Are We Excited?

Will ALL the Stuffed Animals Move to Malaysia?

The changing of the clock from 11:59 pm on December 31, 2017 to 12:00 am on January 1, 2018 marked a titanic shift from “We’re moving to Malaysia next year” to “We’re moving to Malaysia this year.” It’s remarkable how one short minute can move the needle on something that seemed so distant and bring … More Will ALL the Stuffed Animals Move to Malaysia?

Why We Serve

The State Department has been in the news a lot lately, and it hasn’t been good, with mounting concerns over proposed cuts to the work force and growing worry over the departure of many seasoned and senior diplomats. On my way to pick up Dan from the airport a few weeks ago, I listened to … More Why We Serve

Why We Move

Dan brought home the bid list last week with its columns of cities and job types and language requirements and hardship differentials. It has been a fixture on our dining room table, and I have been combing through the list over and again, wondering what life might be like in Ulan Bataar or Yerevan or … More Why We Move