The Hand You’re Dealt

Episode 31: We accept one more Chris as a "walk-in" on the podcast where we delve into privilege, COVID's continuing effects on schools, talking with teens, and dealing with people as individuals... it's a lot to unpack and we're glad to have Dylan Malone of the "Movies & Chill with Zak and Dill" podcast to … Continue reading The Hand You’re Dealt

Great (and Not So Great) Expectations

Episode 30: We start with secret sour gummy treats and paradoxical blankets, and end up playing chicken with the airlines in court. Chris and Jerry unpack expectations with low bars and high hopes... and design some tombstone epitaphs along the way. We'd love to hear from YOU! Send thoughts, reactions, or topics you'd like to … Continue reading Great (and Not So Great) Expectations

The Anti-RAFT

Tbilisi, Georgia Summer is nearly upon us – and for many people that means transition of some sort. In the international and expat community people will be leaving, relocating, perhaps visiting home or relatives. Even in the not-so-expat or international community, summer often means the transition period between grade levels at school, or between high-school … Continue reading The Anti-RAFT

Two Systems of Thought

Portland, Oregon, USA In general, most of us take a lot for granted… and it’s good advice to try not to: to instead be intentional about recognizing the good things we have going for us, and be grateful for them. Strangely enough, though, there are circumstances where taking things for granted is actually a … Continue reading Two Systems of Thought

Leaping into the unknown with Sundae Schneider-Bean

Episode 11: Chris and Jerry get to delve into the unknown with the marvelously talented Sundae Schneider-Bean ( to decide whether or not planning is overrated, and explore the losses (both good and bad) as well as the gains that come with moving into the expat lifestyle - all seasoned with an occasional Scottish brogue!

Home for the Holidays

Oregon, United States We’re nearing the end of what much of Western culture considers the holiday season… and I have been on the ground, in the same country, for THIRTY-SEVEN DAYS. That’s a really long time for me. I learned a while ago that change almost always causes some degree of stress – but … Continue reading Home for the Holidays