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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Italian Heritage Week

This week is self-proclaimed Italian Heritage week in the Rana Household. I know, it’s a perfectly inspiring name. (Feel free to give me a better suggestion!). When my Grandma passed away this Spring, I spent hours with my sister and my Mom sorting through Grandma’s belongings, reminiscing, and digging through artifacts of an 89 year … Continue reading »

Categories: celebrations, customs, family, Italy | 7 Comments

The Difference(s) Between Southern Virginia and Ontario

Sometimes, even going “home” to the USA can be confusing. Last week I went to Lynchburg, Virginia to be a bridesmaid in my dear friend Kristina’s wedding. A typical Northerner, I thought to myself, “Virginia. I’ve been there. Arlington, Washington, D.C.*, yup, I can do Virginia, I am American“. And then I spent the majority … Continue reading »

Categories: Canada, confusion, food, hilarious, language, love, travel, USA | 7 Comments

We Do Not Hate

Good Morning! Today’s post is a message and link from my brother Mark. Please read the following and join us in showing love to our Muslim brothers and sisters! The last eight days have been for all of us a lesson in the power of hate and the power of social media. A spiteful American … Continue reading »

Categories: friends, injustice, love | 2 Comments

I Dreamed In Hindi!!!!!!

Every once in a while there comes a moment when something so epic happens that you basically get a Pass for the rest of the year. For me, that was last night. Buddies, I dreamed in Hindi!! As in, my own brain constructed enough Hindi to speak a FULL sentence in distress while sleeping. We … Continue reading »

Categories: communication, Hindi, sleep | 7 Comments

Many Villages::The Depths of Cultural Differences

This semester I’m taking a course on Cross-cultural counselling. Part of the coursework is a weekly journal reflecting on anything I’ve learned, thought about or found challenging from the course material. I decided to post parts of these reflections in a weekly series called “Many Villages”. I didn’t realize how much I like talking about/processing … Continue reading »

Categories: awkward, confusion, customs, family, love, manners, neighbours | 3 Comments