Say What?

Maybe the key to understanding is assuming you don't.

A World of Stories

A few months after I arrived in Saudi Arabia, I found myself at dinner with a group of teachers. You know, school teachers. Ladies that taught English at Saudi girls’ schools. Old maid school teachers. You got that picture squarely in mind? Good. Now flush it. Whatever scars you still carry from that time you … Continue reading A World of Stories

The Necessity of Unnecessary Things

When I arrived in my new home in Riyadh, it looked like this: This is the sum total of what I brought with me to the party: Most of which was swallowed by the closets and a single kitchen drawer. So even after I moved in, it looked exactly the same. These are in-progress pictures … Continue reading The Necessity of Unnecessary Things

Make New Friends, but Keep the Old

This is me and my friend Chris. We've known each other for close to 20 years, and have been taken for sisters time and time again. Back when we both had teenagers, my own daughter, seeing Chris bent over something, came up behind her and said, "Mom?" Chris has only sons, and was delighted to have … Continue reading Make New Friends, but Keep the Old

Home Is Where Your Stuff Is

I had a terrible time getting to sleep last night. And it wasn't jet lag. No, it was more like this: And what, pray, could make me that excited? I'm HOME. And by that I don't mean my home-home. That's where I'd just been. No, I was in my now-home. I've been away for … Continue reading Home Is Where Your Stuff Is