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Three Secrets to Being a Happy Working Mom

“Wash the dishes to wash the dishes.” –Thich Nhat Hahn By Deanna Shoss, President, Intercultural Talk, Inc., and mom to Lucca, 15. 1. Teach everyone to cook and do laundry One red sock in my husband’s white load and a missed iPhone left in a pocket, and I am officially banned from washing anyone’s clothes…

Use these Communication Techniques for a Happier Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day comes love, and with love comes communication and its counterpart, miscommunication. In honor of Valentine’s Day I’m sharing helpful tips for communicating with loves ones. I hope these will come in handy. The “Is this on?” response. You say something to your darling sweetie and there’s no answer.  For example: “Honey, my…

The Women’s March, Take 17

I sit stroking the hair of my two year old granddaughter Katia. She was born when personal choice was banned and family planning was defunded at the same time, coincidentally coinciding with my son’s ‘coming of age’. I sob as I read the form letter just received from the government, telling me that my son…

Re-imagined Stories

My husband, son and I sat at our table on the patio overlooking Piazza Navona. It was alive with life and history—people walking and talking, magicians performing to passing crowds, wine and good food. However, I couldn’t help but notice out of the corner of my eye the gentleman sitting at the table next to…

Dad’s 1st Un-Birthday

My dad died last May and every time there is a holiday or significant date it exacerbates, fuels or reawakens the grief and sense of loss. So far we’ve had my parents’ first wedding anniversary last June, the first Thanksgiving, the first new year… And now we have his first birthday since dying, coming up…