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Posted on May 24, 2015 |

The Unreal Joys of Domesticated Life- Feeling at Home Within- Israel

The Unreal Joys of Domesticated Life- Feeling at Home Within- Israel

Kobi’s still out and about backpacking the world as the man on a mission to be just by himself and we’re settling into normalcy with grace and joy and wisdom. We’re enjoying our home, not going anywhere much, doing tons of art activities, and falling in love (over and over again) with our beloved Kitty Cat. We’re also finding great joy and inspiration, great strength in inner calmness and purpose in working in the garden. We’ve got all sorts of exciting things happening in our domesticated slice of heaven. In the fruit tree department, we’ve added red pomela, pomegranate, and one other I can’t recall to the peach and apricot trees that will bring us fruit for the first time this summer, and the lemon, mandarin, and clementine trees that we’ve enjoyed this year. We’ve got flowers of such grace and beauty that bring us joy daily as we awe in their constant growth and change, their color, and how they, and everything else in that yard, sways in...

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Posted on May 15, 2015 |

Middle School Sucks and Finally, When Your Head’s Above Water- K8, Israel

Middle School Sucks and Finally, When Your Head’s Above Water- K8, Israel

She walks into that middle school a mere shadow of who she is. She fidgets and pulls at her clothing, here and there, pulls her hair back tight, like she does to her personality- tightly wound, within, unable to breathe and express herself, and, yes, the second she walks into her den, she tears all them walls down. She roars and marks her domain and will fight to the death anyone who dares even walk near her when she feels she can let herself out of her own self-inflicted cave. Middle school sucks. I never really shared the details of the bullying she faced, the ugliness of pre-teen girls sometimes, and how badly she was thrown into clueless misery when she walked in so innocently, naively excited to make new friends and find fellow kin to love life with. It hurt too much. I love her so. She is so creative, sincere, smart, beautiful, and brave. So god-damn brave, and still, it hurts me to witness her journey through...

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Posted on May 2, 2015 |

Being a Single Mom, Shifts in Life, & Other Midnight Oil Thoughts- Kibbutz Hanita, Israel

Being a Single Mom, Shifts in Life, & Other Midnight Oil Thoughts- Kibbutz Hanita, Israel

It’s so late and I can’t believe that now, now, at 23:34 I’m sitting down to write. Somewhere between the third dish of charoset (this sweet apple-nut Passover delight), seven kids screaming as they play zombies in this very room, and my eyelids closing; I’m finally writing. Well, at least, I’ve started to. The truth is I must go load the dishwasher, no, (practicing my mental power of positive, meaningful living), no, no, I want to go load the dishwasher and so, I’m off the computer. But, hey, I wrote my first few lines and I want you to know that I have missed writing and have fallen asleep over the last few weeks with many things to tell you on my mind. Four and a half weeks, a parenting breakdown and a half, and losing sight of the tendency of where North might be later; I’m back, and still, with oceans to tell you. Waves of insightful, beautiful, desperate, and simple things have come and gone as I’ve...

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Posted on Mar 20, 2015 |

Fascinating, Fun, Unknown Facts About Brazil – The Country Fun Fact Friday Series

Fascinating, Fun, Unknown Facts About Brazil – The Country Fun Fact Friday Series

Who knew, when we started the Fascinating, Fun, Unknown Facts series that it would become something so fun, so easy-to-gain-snippets-of-wisdom-around-the-world sort of thing. Well, actually, as much as I’d like to think that we brought this out of the world, life-changing new thing to the net; the one and only article that for whatever odd and magical reason remains of the most (if not the absolutely most popular of all time) article on The Nomadic Family World Travel Blog is the Fun, Fascinating, Unknown Facts about Ireland. Not sure why the world is googling Ireland Fun Facts but weekly we get tons of new hits from this one. And so, we decided to bring many more fun facts articles out to keep bringing fun and knowledge out there- otherwise, if you’re not into our endless emotional drama nor desire to learn anything about the world, what’s the point? 🙂   One of my all-time favorites in the series is the Korea one, featuring fan death! (I know!) This one...

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Posted on Mar 15, 2015 |

12 Days Back Home in Israel, 10 Insights from the Home Front- Nomadic Family Reunited

12 Days Back Home in Israel, 10 Insights from the Home Front- Nomadic Family Reunited

12 days back home in Israel and 10 insights that are screaming at me to listen. They have to scream cuz it’s louder here than it was in my home alone in Goa, but not really because my neighbors were this huge mass of vibrating, pulsating, emotional disaster and I would chose my own family chaos (though I am emotionally involved) over their mess any day. So it screams because the decibels in my mind have shifted and sometimes you have to raise your voice (the true one) to be heard over all the other competing chatter. I am in a calmer state than I have been for many years. Yes, I still got chokingly offended and wanted to escape in those two enormous fights Kobi and I managed to get into; yes, I cried and had a panic attack when all three kids whined/begged/demanded of me at the same time when we walked in the door and I didn’t know how to handle that much ‘being wanted’ after...

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Posted on Feb 22, 2015 | 3 comments

Ten Answers to Top Asked The Nomadic Family Questions- World Travel Family Divided

Ten Answers to Top Asked The Nomadic Family Questions- World Travel Family Divided

Life rushes, gushes, crashes, whirls and flows like powerful waves and river currents colliding, and I sit here, observing my own tingling excitement in my chest rise and fall, and I realize that for my last four days in India, I would rather be within, than “without”. I would rather spend time alone in my room, soaking up aloneness than be out there with the lovely community of Goan family and friends I now have. I am about to leave the only time in my life that I have lived alone, for my loud, dramatic, and perfectly buzzing family, and four weeks after that, as Kobi goes backpacking for two months, to single motherhood. I believe the best way for me to embrace that shift is to be silent. In between these last errands, shipping, saying goodbye; I will spend as many moments, no hours, alone, with music, with writing, with being in silence. So, I’ve had more time to be online lately, and have discovered that there are...

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Posted on Jan 30, 2015 | 3 comments

Hate, Judgement, & Wild Rashes- Unexpected Twists of Spiritual Healing Journeys- India

Hate, Judgement, & Wild Rashes- Unexpected Twists of Spiritual Healing Journeys- India

So my face rash is going down, but other things have come up. I haven’t shown you the rashes for my ego freaked out against it. Every cell of my vanity (and there are oceans of em) was against actually posting me looking totally beaten up and deformed. And yet, true to form, if I walk this talk of sharing “the sweaty, teary, and beautiful” than here we go. [Photos in the second half of the post.] I remind myself of the guy from Mask (not the Jim Carey one, the one from 1985 that portrays the true life story of Rocky Dennis , a red head with a massive facial deformity who had a blind girlfriend, and he dies right after he removed the tacks from his map of dreams because the parents forbade her to see him again, and he finally understood that the fight he was fighting to be accepted for who he was, was not going to happen. Oh, such a hard movie!) So, I look like...

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