As a child, I was the target of my mother’s wrath. Verbally, emotionally and physically abused, I was sent to bed without dinner because I wasn’t smiling at the dinner table. No tamales for me. I got the silent treatment, the cold shoulder, the emotional blackmail. On a good day, I was left alone. On … More The Reluctant Daughter
My novel “The Polar Bear and the Palm Tree” continues its journey around the world…here in Denmark. Thank you for that photo, Dorte, it brightened my day!
It all started in 2017, when my husband Tom and I were getting ready to leave Saudi Arabia to settle in New York. This happened after 20 years living and working in Europe, Asia and the Middle-East. I knew the power of the expat community and of social media, so I sent messages to various … More The Reunion of Strangers
Since we left Saudi Arabia in 2017, I see my friends post pictures of parties, cinema openings, live concerts…something unimaginable a few years ago. Women have now the right to drive in the kingdom and the abaya is no longer compulsory. The story below, from my first novel The Polar Bear and The Palm Tree … More The Religious Police
The snow is falling hard in Vermont, where my family and I have chosen to spend the last days of 2019. The chalet is quiet, my husband Tom, our two kids and son in law are out on the slopes. I am listening to the Mozart requiem, sipping a cup of spicy Chai from India … More What Road Tripping With My Global Family Has Taught Me