Reconnecting with Home

Looking back over the blog posts I've written in the past twelve months, more than a few things surprise me: First, and maybe most surprising, is that I actually kept my commitment to write and post something on this blog once a week. Some posts ... Read More

The Art of Coming Home – Part Two – “Choose Learning”

Most people expect it to be difficult to adjust to living in a foreign country, so they prepare themselves and expect to experience some degree of culture shock. But most of us expect returning home to our own culture to be relatively easy. After ... Read More

The Culture of Composting

This small plastic pail showed up in our driveway several weeks ago, along with a helpful step-by-step brochure titled "Include the Food: Your guide to successful food scrap collection." The new Portland Composts! program had apparently worked well ... Read More

Culture Shock and The Yoga Effect

A few years ago I asked the graduate business students in my Intercultural Competence and Communication class to bring a copy or description of one of their favorite resources to share with their classmates: a book, article, film or website that had ... Read More

The Seasons of Culture Shock

Today we woke up to the first really dark, wet, gray, cool morning in Portland in a while. Days like this don't stop me and my friends from exercising outside. We're native Oregonians and we know how to layer our fleece and waterproof shells to stay ... Read More

“Welcome to the U.S. Here’s your desk…” Part 2

A few weeks ago I wrote about the way that many new employees are greeted in U.S. workplaces, with a friendly "welcome," a brief tour of their new workspace, and a request from their boss or colleague to "let me know if you need anything else." I ... Read More

The first day…

...of school, or work, or life in a new home, a new city, a new country. Excitement, anticipation, confidence, anxiety, happiness or dread. A jumble of emotions and a head full of questions. "Will my teachers (or boss or new colleagues or ... Read More

“Welcome to the U.S. Here’s your desk…”

"...and your phone, and computer, and a list of phone numbers and e-mail addresses for people you'll be working with. Let me know if you need anything else." If, like many of my clients and former colleagues, you transferred to a U.S. office of ... Read More

Adjusting to Home Again (Every Time)

Yesterday was a "re-entry" day for me. Unpacking bags. Washing clothes. A little grocery shopping. Settling back in at home after 2 1/2 weeks away. Feeling jet-lagged, without even changing time zones. I travel a lot, so should probably be used to ... Read More

The Art of Coming Home

Our friendly UPS driver just dropped 25 more copies of Craig Storti's practical book, The Art of Coming Home, on my front porch.  For the 8th year in a row I look forward to giving this book to a group of people preparing to return home to their ... Read More