I’ll be back to Maine next week for Thanksgiving with my husband’s folks. It should be fun. The day after Amos* and I got married, I met my new Aunt Beth. She brought out binders and charts, rolling out a long genealogy
Steven Gray’s article, Can the Black Middle Class Survive, has stuck with me. I remember his excellent work as a reporter on Detroit for TIME magazine. Yet after a painful layoff, he lays out the challenges that middle-class Blacks faced in the recent economic tremors of America:
Having written on Kazakh weddings for American readers, I’d also like to cover a Real American wedding for my Kazakh readers. Three months after the Kazakh wedding, I attended a family wedding in America. (See also the way comedian Stephen Colbert officiated a wedding
As I’ve written before, I get curious whenever someone offers a “great opportunity” for shakes, vitamins, candles, or dishware. Usually, it means they’ve joined a direct-selling company (aka MLM, or multi-level marketing)–the kind that recruits buyers and sellers through friendship networks,
Eating with people is clearly the way to get to know people here. Sitting at a nearby cafeteria one day, I found Gulnar sitting in a corner and asked to sit with her. A pretty professional woman in her middle
“What are those? We don’t watch movies.” “What?” Lianne asked, distracted. She was supposed to be sorting, and there was a pile of videos on her left — of Anne’s first birthday, Jake’s second … Christmas? “Who’s Jake?” Lianne paused.