Welcome to my blog. I write about fitting in, sticking out, and missing the motherland as a serial foreigner.

June 22nd, outsourced

Here's a thoughtful look at American children who accompany their deported parent(s) to Mexico and have trouble adjusting.

When your kid behaves well on an airplane, luck/whim/chance has just as much to do with it as your own time-consuming preparations. So true. [HT Suzanne]

So much common sense in this Mormon-slanted article about naming babies. [HT Jennifer]

In Russia, every other janitor and taxi driver had a PhD. Here's more stories of really educated people working jobs that are technically below their skill level.

I'm not done reading it yet, but I want to share this article too badly to delay it until next week: Why Women Still Can't Have it All. I keep coming across a sentence or a paragraph to excerpt for you here to entice you to read it, but there are too many. I lost the author for a few paragraphs in the beginning when I found out that she left her "position of power" (as a director at the State Department) not to devote herself to being a SAHM for her two children...but to resume her career as a tenured professor at Princeton where she "[teaches] a full course load; [writes] regular print and online columns on foreign policy; [gives] 40 to 50 speeches a year; [appears] regularly on TV and radio; and [is] working on a new academic book." WELL. OK, so she's not exactly an everywoman but she doesn't claim to be, either. Anyway. Read the article and then we can discuss it. Oh, just one quote:
"Ultimately, it is society that must change, coming to value choices to put family ahead of work just as much as those to put work ahead of family. If we really valued those choices, we would value the people who make them; if we valued the people who make them, we would do everything possible to hire and retain them; if we did everything possible to allow them to combine work and family equally over time, then the choices would get a lot easier."

The beauty of summer

Movies my kids love, and don't love