Courageous or Crazy

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Courageous or Crazy
Celeste is an American Expat currently living in Leiden, The Netherlands with her husband, two small children, and two large dogs.
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  • To Be With You 3 months ago To Be With You (Mr. Big)    A childhood nightmare flashes.  Standing alone, but in a crowded courtyard.  Aging brick walls suffocate, paned glass mocks, trees whisper.  Faces stare.  Silence prevails.  I’m naked.  My eyes plead to the crowd for help.  No familiar face will extend a...
  • ABC, Easy as One, Two, Three 3 months ago ABC - Jackson 5August 2011 - The three of us glisten in the late evening sun.  North Texas has cooled to a balmy 88 degrees at 7:30 p.m.  “We’re close to the record – 60 days of over 100-degree heat.  I think we’re at day 56 or so,” V pants for air.  I nod.  Brace myself to speak. ...
  • Thanksgiving 6 months ago Note: Yes, I know it's April. . . and it's a post about Thanksgiving.  Told you I was behind :)  Either way, the next few weeks I'll be posting flashbacks mixed with current events so you'll just have to keep up, Time Travelers Wife style.  But isn't it always a good time of year to feel the...
  • Stand By Me 6 months ago View of Big Ben from Nelsons Column & National GalleryStand By Me (John Lennon)V is hesitant.  “What is it?” I ask.  “Well. . . I’m supposed to be out of town for work.  For three weeks,” he calculates. I gasp. “But not three weeks straight,” he rushes to reassure. “Just a few...
  • A Little Party Never Killed Nobody 8 months ago A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (Fergie)“Well I don’t care, he gives large parties and I like large parties, they’re so intimate. Small parties there isn’t any privacy.” Jordan Baker, The Great Gatsby. “Alone. . . and a little embarrassed. . . I decided to get roaring drunk,” Nick...

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  • Top 5 What The. . . ??? Moments. . . Since Moving to The Netherlands Writing Contest March 2013 After moving our family to The Netherlands 14-months ago, there have been at least 18-handfuls of oh-my-I-don’t-know-if-I-can-do-this-moments. My husband and I moved excitedly and exhaustedly. Our two large dogs moved apprehensively. Our...
  • La Vie En Rose Expat Culture Shock The high dive represents a rite of passage. Mine was at Jack Carter pool in Plano, Texas, but irregardless of where you grew up, the high dive at your community pool terrorized your small, but important, youthful world. You gazed for months with...
  • All I Really Need Education and International Schools The overwhelming task that lay before me – each step to be approached and passed like mile markers on a stretch of highway in the desert – prevented me from indulging myself in too many heartfelt, tearful, fully-aware goodbyes. It was a sunny...
  • Am I becoming European, or not? Top 10 signs Expat Blog Awards 2013   My college roommate and best friend squints her eyes and leans towards the refrigerated rows of plastic, cardboard, and glass containers.  Happy oranges, green fonts, and sunshiny citrus groves smile and wave back to her – begging for...

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