Cross-Cultural Interaction, Holidays, Seasonal Activities

The symbolism of the advent wreath

One of my favorite Christmas decorations is the advent wreath. Every year as a child, I would look forward to unwrapping my parent’s wreath, the one with all the angels carved around the edges. When Michael and I got married, a new advent wreath for our home was one of the first things I purchased.… Read More The symbolism of the advent wreath

Cross-Cultural Interaction, Holidays

What I’m looking forward to this Advent season

Advent – the four weeks before Christmas – is a time of expectation and excitement. It is a time to reflect on the past and anticipate the future. Since the first day of Advent begins this Sunday, I’m dedicating this week’s articles to the occasion. One of the things I love about Advent is that… Read More What I’m looking forward to this Advent season

Cross-Cultural Interaction

Don’t fall prey to the mystique of a glamorous life

Last year I hired a marketing consultant. Let’s call her Melanie. Initially she was quite helpful, but lately she’s been harder and harder to reach. Every time I ask her how she is, I always get some variant of “I’m good, just super busy – I’m always working these days!” At first, I fell prey… Read More Don’t fall prey to the mystique of a glamorous life