Category Archives: Foreign exchange students

Some Words of Grief and Hope

  This morning a song (isn’t it always a song?) brought a tsunami of walled up grief down on me, and I sat in my kitchen and cried, and cried, and cried. Me, the queen of tears, hasn’t cried in … Continue reading

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When The U.N. Dissolves… So Do I

Note to new readers:  Our family took in two foreign exchange students for the 2011-2012 school year. Denmark was a 17 yr old girl. China was a 16 yr old boy. The U.S. is our son (Little Man) and was 15 yrs old … Continue reading

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Blog Tour Interview: My Writing Process

My name is Dawn Quyle Landau, and my blog is Tales From the Motherland.  When Rochelle Wisoff-Fields contacted me a few weeks ago, to ask if I would participate in a “blog tour,” I said yes, and then… forgot about … Continue reading

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Daily Post: Forgive and Forget… Possible?

The prompt for Today’s Daily Post is Forgive and Forget. Check out other posts, here. It struck me as so ironic when I saw it, because I instantly realized that I’ve just spent six days thinking about this. This prompt comes … Continue reading

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The U.N. Expands, and Fractures My Heart… Again.

Note to new readers:  Our family took in two foreign exchange students from August 2011 until June 2012. Denmark is a 17 yr (now 18) old girl. China is a 16 yr (now 17) old boy. The U.S. is our 15 yr … Continue reading

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The Middle: Gratzi, Tak, Xie-xie, Mercí, Gracias, Dunca Shein, Thank You!

Like so may people, it is easy to get swept up in the little things that annoy me, or make me roll my eyes back into my head: the wet weather, keeping up with meals and household chores, dogs that … Continue reading

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The Middle: This Is Not About the Election.

This is The Middle. The Middle of the week, and the day I try to write a shorter post. Not today. I’m exhausted and have no time… no time as in, I’m taking time from the things I really need … Continue reading

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365 Regrets, Blessings, Lessons.

All week I’ve found myself tearing up as I drive past the road that leads to the nursing home where my mother lived. I pass the road to Hospice House, where she died December 31, 2011, far more often and … Continue reading

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30,000: Arrogance Abounds, and That Should Be At Least A Bronze!

Another detour, not because I’m tired of blogging about Peru, but because I miss blogging about other things, and hitting 30,000 hits on my blog today is well worth celebrating! Last night I almost posted something about hitting 30,000, but … Continue reading

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Lessons in Loss and How The U.N. Really Did Dissolve… Into Puddles.

Note to new readers:  Our family took in two foreign exchange students last August for the entire school year. Denmark is a 17 yr old girl. China is a 16 yr old boy. The U.S. is our 15 yr old son (Little … Continue reading

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