How Do You Start a New Tradition?

When my son was a toddler I read an article that said if you wanted your child to have nostalgia for family traditions when they grew up, you needed to start them now. In other words, anyone can create a beloved family tradition. That was enough for me to claim Thanksgiving.   Do something. Tell…

Brazil Exchange:  Not our “Poor Brethren to the South”

For anyone who knows me, reading this title you are probably thinking “what the H.E-double hockey sticks…your husband is from Brazil!” Yes, but historically US State Department programs, such is this one coordinated locally through World Chicago, and in particular one’s from Partners of the Americas, (which focuses on exchanges just in this hemisphere), have been…

Middle East North Africa: One Size Does Not Fit All

I love, love, love, Thanksgiving. So when World Chicago said they needed Thanksgiving hosts for a “multicultural group,” we were in. World Chicago “promotes citizen diplomacy.” Essentially, World Chicago makes the local arrangements for travelers who are on professional and educational exchanges (“to advance national security, economic development and social justice”) funded by the US…

Person to Person Intercultural from World Chicago

  Somewhere between the roasted chicken and the chocolate chip cookies, we abolished global poverty and achieved world peace. And Ange found a wedding dress. It was an amazing dinner. Intercultural Parenting: Values in Action You would think with us already being a Brazilian/USAmerican and Jewish/non-Jewish family, that embracing values of intercultural and interfaith appreciation would…