A Country Divided

The Western Wall, JerusalemIt is difficult these days to think about anything but the mess US-Americans are making of the country. I wanted to write a humorous, entertaining post about my trip to Israel, but I’m not going to do that. Instead, I’m going to tell you about a country deeply divided by resentment and […]

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Expat Author Interview with Alex Pruteanu

Author Alex PruteanuAlex M. Pruteanu emigrated from Romania to the United States in 1980. He has worked as a journalist, a television news director, freelance writer, and editor. He is the author of the novella Short Lean Cuts (Amazon Publishing) and Gears: A Collection (Independent Talent Group, Inc.). Alex lives with his family near Raleigh, […]

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A Whirlwind Weekend in NYC

Not the one in ParisWould you like to fly ten hours to New York and ten hours back . . . for the weekend? Heck yeah. Why not? It takes me four or five days to get over jetlag when I travel to the US, so last weekend was, in every sense of the word, […]

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English as a Foreign Language

(Important! If the bottom of this post is cut off by the homepage pictures, try reloading the page. This usually works.) Something you may not have known about me: I teach EFL. Yes, I do. And I’ve taught English as a Foreign Language for the last 16 years. How time flies when you’re drilling the […]

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Lost in Translation — >Language >Place Blog Carnival Edition 13

(Important! If the bottom of this post is cut off by the homepage pictures, try reloading the page. This usually works.) _____________________ The >Language >Place Blog Carnival is all about language and how humorous or just plain hard it is to understand when it’s foreign. For my post on the theme of “Lost in Translation” […]

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Mackinac Island: Americana made in China

Mackinac Island (pronounced mack-i-naw, um, eye-land) is at the top of the Michigan mitten. Except for a couple of emergency vehicles and snowmobiles, cars are banned from the eye-land. This peculiarity brings millions of tourists to Mackinac–that and the fact that Somewhere in Time was filmed there. If you want to enter the Grand Hotel, […]

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