Tagged with " international family"
Creative Characterization with Author Jan Morrill
By     |    May 28, 2015
Posted in: Editing, Guest Blog, Jan Morrill, Spirit Lady, Writing     |    4 Comments

Creative Characterization with Author Jan Morrill

How often do you stare at a blank screen, pulling your hair out, gritting your teeth as you curse your muse? Maybe you’ve even crossed over into guzzling coffee (or martinis?) because you can’t figure out what to write next? It used to happen far too often with me. Then, one day, rather than trying to figure out the story myself, I began to ask my characters to help me, […]

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Our Malaysian Indian American Dream
By     |    Jul 3, 2014
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Our Malaysian Indian American Dream

My husband, though now Christian, was raised Hindu in the Muslim country of Malaysia. Ha! Does that make your head spin? In this week’s post, I’m going to take you with me to the foreign land of Malaysia. To the country where my husband lived before pursuing his American Dream with me. Malaysia is a modern country and an amazing place to visit. The food is INCREDIBLE...just ask Anthony Bourdain. The scenery […]

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My Experience with World Religion: Islam
By     |    Jan 16, 2014
Posted in: Family, Religion, Spirit Lady, Travel     |    6 Comments

My Experience with World Religion: Islam

Disclaimer: This was an incredibly difficult post to write. First off, Islam has so much controversy surrounding it: Jihad, 9-11, suicide bombings, and the list goes on. These terrible things are perpetuated by bad people. Secondly, I have Muslim friends (both in America and abroad) and I love them. They are good people. With that said, I feel compelled to speak out against the extremist factions of Islam that perpetuate […]

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My Experience with World Religion: Buddhism
By     |    Dec 19, 2013
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My Experience with World Religion: Buddhism

When I envision a Buddhist, I always think of someone very centered, in the moment, and peaceful. And I can relate to the need for inner balance because I have always been naturally drawn to Eastern practices like meditation and yoga. I grew up in the Midwest where I had very little exposure to other cultures, so I have no idea where that tendency came from. Every time we visit […]

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My Experience with World Religion: Hinduism
By     |    Dec 5, 2013
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My Experience with World Religion: Hinduism

I’ve been married three times. Yep, three times to the same man. The first ceremony was at the courthouse to get our marriage license. The second was a Catholic ceremony at Paradise Cove in Malibu because I always wanted a beach wedding. The third was a Hindu one when we visited Malaysia for the first time. PS–I’d never met my husband’s family until that trip two years after our first […]

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World Religions: Let’s Explore
By     |    Nov 7, 2013
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World Religions: Let’s Explore

My husband and I have been seeking out new churches. We are Catholic, but since we had kids, we realize that Catholicism doesn’t support us as a family. We have energetic kids who cannot control the volume of their voices and do not want to sit for an hour straight (isn’t this every kid?). We walked away from the church when we were kicked out of Mass because our son […]

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Family Closeness: How Do You Bridge Two Continents?
By     |    Aug 8, 2013
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Family Closeness: How Do You Bridge Two Continents?

Six. Weeks. My in-laws visited for six weeks! My two reactions: 1) Yay! I’ll have extra help and I can, thank you God, actually leave the house without a kid and an infant. Which equals freedom to write, freedom to visit friends, freedom to go grocery shopping without a million requests for snacks or toys. 2) Oh. That means I’m in charge of anticipating and fulfilling the needs of two […]

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