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WHY I WRITE*

  As the author of two memoirs, I have gotten accustomed to people being curious about how I manage to deal with the embarrassment/shame/guilt of recording such personal information about my life, for all to see.  Why do I want to write all that stuff down? For...

MALIN means SMART!

When Malin Miller moved to Madrid in 2004 because of her husband's job, she took advantage of the break from her own professional life in the Swedish Foreign Affairs Office to study that which she had been dreaming of for years: Interior Design. And thus the first...

Who can take tomorrow, dip it in a dream?

The Candyman can, of course! Meet Vicente Irigoyen of Geneva's very own CANDYFOLIE.  Vicente Irigoyen is originally from Mexico City, and has worked for more than 15 years in the services industry before moving to Switzerland with his family.  As he discovered...

The Badass Militant Library Activist Speaks!

Today I am featuring Lori Rivas, a dear friend from Mount Holyoke College days, who will be hosting us in her Santa Clarita home as we make our way down the California coast.  As a Christian, home schooling mother of four, and radical defender of the Public Library,...

Got Coffee, Mama?

I met  Neslihan Grasser, the owner of Valmandin Coffee, on a cold winter day as I walked the gorgeous streets of Carouge, looking for some lifeblood (caffeine).  Now, I love many things about Geneva, but I have to say, it is a real hit or miss when it comes to getting...

Nothing can be changed until it is faced

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” -- James Baldwin One of my objectives in taking my children across the United States this summer is to introduce them to fellow Americans who represent the aspect of...

The Journey Back Always Reveals Something New

Killing a Turkey on the 4th of July led to an outpouring of messages from new and old friends about which places in the USA should comprise the itinerary for This Land Is Your Land (the name I have given to the fabulous voyage we are planning across the USA!).  I was...

Killing a Turkey on the 4th of July

One of my absolute favorite "Mom stories" comes from a hot 4th of July, when my daughter, Carmen, now 16, was 8 years old.  We were still living in Paris at the time, and I had just gotten out of the shower and was getting dressed, chatting to the kids through the...

The Editing of Life: How Writing Has Made me a Better Therapist

Whenever I give talks about my first book, Trailing: A Memoir, at least one member of the audience will ask me how my professional background as a psychotherapist has influenced my writing.  I'd be lying if I said it hasn't at all, because of course my interest in...

THE DISOBEDIENT WIFE by Annika Milisic-Stanley

Annika Milisic-Stanley was born in 1975 to Swedish and Anglo-German parents, grew up in Britain and has strong family connections with Dorset.  After graduating in Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, she worked with humanitarian...

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