The scent of home

So I work in a retail shop that sells a wide variety of items, including candles.  And we always have the scent called “Home Sweet Home”.  But the scent is completely foreign to me.  Apparently, it's the "heartwarming blend of cinnamon, baking spices, and a hint of freshly poured tea." Anyway, it makes me think… the… Continue reading The scent of home


“Mock Funeral”

A well-written poem I found by Alex Graham James.  Alex does a great job of capturing a common experience of TCKs.  Did you know, according to David Pollock and Ruth Van Reken, unresolved grief is one of the greatest challenges in a TCKs life? "Mock Funeral" There was no funeral. No flowers. No ceremony. No… Continue reading “Mock Funeral”


A City with Culture

I’ve been living in a moderate size town in Pennsylvania for the past 14 years.  The town is mostly composed of white Americans with a few interspersed African Americans and a few Hispanics.  If anything, I would describe it as bland… nothing to really challenge your worldview. But for the past two summers, I have… Continue reading A City with Culture

Featured TCKs

Rapunzel: A featured TCK

You’ll learn very quickly that I am a HUGE fan of Disney movies. Since I posted a picture of Pascal in the last post, let’s keep the Tangled theme.  Rapunzel is the featured TCK this week (I’ll get to REAL people in later posts).  If you don’t know the Disney version of the story, you… Continue reading Rapunzel: A featured TCK


The Accidental Chameleon

I think people easily forget that when TCKs return to their “Home Culture” (or their passport culture), they often experience culture shock.  I think I mentioned before that I was 8 when we returned to the US, but I had never lived in the US for more than a month (that I remember). When a… Continue reading The Accidental Chameleon


Resolution of an Alien at Home

I'm not one for making new year resolutions.  I usually give up pretty quickly anyway.  but THIS year.... well, I'm HOPING this year will be different.  My resolution is to keep a blog regularly updated.  But not just any blog... MY blog.  A website where I can share what I'm really passionate about.  And hopefully,… Continue reading Resolution of an Alien at Home