You asked, and we listened. When we recently ran a poll in the Life in the Bay Community Facebook Group, asking ‘Which religion are you most curious to learn about?’ You overwhelmingly responded with requests to learn about the Muslim faith, or ‘Islam’.
Halloween is celebrated in America on 31 October each year. It tends to kick off the winter holidays, and is celebrated by kids and adults alike. Traditionally, Halloween is preceded by a trip to the supermarket, or pumpkin patch, to pick out a pumpkin to be carved shortly before the holiday. If you are planning on dressing up in a costume, it’s also good to plan ahead. Thift stores can be a great resource for finding gently used costumes, or unique items to make your own costume. Halloween Parties, Haunted Houses, Carnivals, and Parades are other popular activities, and then […]
When you are planning to go abroad for any length of time, you probably expect to experience some degree of culture shock when you arrive in your new city. Your mode of transportation may change. You’ll probably have to find a new supermarket and bank. Some new experiences will be exciting….like finding your new favorite restaurant, bar/pub and Saturday afternoon hangout spot, while others will just be a pain! I certainly experienced some culture shock when I went abroad, but I did not realize that I would have to go through the same thing when I finally came home! I […]
For Americans this level of positivity appears to come naturally, whereas when I attempt to smile genuinely at someone I don’t know, it comes off as more of a grimace. I am outgoing and, shall we say, unafraid to share my voice, but even for me this is hard work.
Are you sitting on a gorgeous beach somewhere, sipping a fancy fruity drink? Are you on a wild adventure off the beaten path in Nepal, eating an amazing dinner with the locals? No? I bet you want to be though, and so do I! Not that living in California isn’t awesome, it is, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t long to get away and travel again, like I did pre kids and a mortgage… If you’re looking for a little taste of the exotic, a trinket to inspire your next vacation, or a reminder of your past international wanderings, […]
The book ‘Loving an Alien’ opens the door into the private lives of around 25 multicultural couples, and asks the question ‘what is it like to love someone from a culture so different to yours that they are almost an alien?’
‘My doctor in Singapore was a perfectionist and very focused on her patients. She was also very busy, as many OB-GYN are, and because of that, I think sometimes she forgot to smile. ‘
The IRC offices in Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento and Turlock (Northern California) offer many opportunities to assist with refugee resettlement. Whether you have time to act as a professional mentor, or even just help with a trip to the grocery store. You can make a difference.