There was a back-to-school commercial for an office supply store a few years back that I always enjoyed. Perhaps you've seen it - it shows a father dancing behind a shopping cart as he pushed it around the store, tossing in new school supplies. The background music is the Christmas favorite, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year". The best part is you then see two school-age children, a boy and a girl, dispiritedly following their dad as he...

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Recently I wrote an article for International Living dealing with the issue of homesickness. Someday, they may even publish it - if not, it will eventually find it's way here. Anyway, homesickness can be a very real issue for expats. For those of you not familiar with the malady, homesickness is not missing your friends and family, as much as missing the things you associate with home. For many of us who live in foreign countries, a big part of that...

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I wonder if I know what I'm getting myself into? I've been writing off and on for most of my adult life, in one form or another. I've written local columns for a small newspaper, ad copy for radio and TV (local only), flyers for realtors, course work and instructional materials, and even some stand-up comedy. I've been writing for International Living Magazine freelance for a couple of years, and now that I've retired from being a network/computer tech, I work for...

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