Monthly Archives: December 2015

Cultural rituals

Not long ago, Matt and I were lighting candles for Hanuka. We were sort of helter-skelter about it. I missed a night or two to go out to supper with friends. Some nights, we gave each other presents; other nights, nothing. Here … Continue reading

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Speaking Swedish in Select Settings

A few weeks ago I managed to get through a doctor’s appointment mostly in Swedish. It felt like a watershed. But it only happened because my doctor was young and patient and willing to speak Swedish with me. That is … Continue reading

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Jultid-Halloween-Black-Friday-Madness

Back at the end of October, I noticed some holiday confusion at our local mall. Over at the kids’ clothing store, Halloween ruled. The fancy grocery store had a carved pumpkin. Meanwhile, over at the Body Shop, they had rolled out … Continue reading

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