Third Culture

Third Culture
August 24
M is a copywriter in the Bay Area. In addition to writing riveting copy, she loves old buildings and cooking, although not necessarily in that order. She and her husband became first time parents in January 2010, when their extremely energetic daughter, P, was born. The name of the blog was inspired by the fact that M and A are raising their P in the U.S., although neither was born here. “Third-culture” is a term used for kids who grow up in a foreign country, and don’t feel a sense of belonging to their passport country. She blogs at


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MARCH 1, 2013 2:05PM

The Bet

A's best friend, Ettore, became the proud papa' of a girl today. Aida was born in Venice, Italy, and although I don't have any information other than a text announcing her entrance into the world, I'm sure she is a breathtaking little free spirit. How else would you… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 11:58PM

On Music

If you thought that you couldn't be moved to tears (tears of pain, not laughter) by a cartoon, then you've never been an Iranian expat watching Persepolis.The movie-length cartoon, based on the graphic novels (or comic books?) of the same name, tells the story of a young… Read full post »

JULY 3, 2012 1:21AM

I'll Put it on My Eyes

My family had been living in the U.S. for just over a year when we moved into an incredibly cute duplex in a working class town 20 miles south of San Francisco. The house had a front yard filled with wood chips, a sunny eat-in kitchen, and hardwood floors throughout.

We… Read full post »

MAY 19, 2012 1:49AM

As American as Peanut Butter

I have no idea who came up with the phrase "as American as apple pie," but I can assure you that no one outside of the U.S. considers apple pie to be as American as Americans think it is.

Peanut butter...well, that's a completely different story. I don't think there's anywhere… Read full post »

APRIL 8, 2012 11:42PM

Thanksgiving in April

The other day I was walking to work when a bus drove by, the side of it practically screaming the new spring Gap ad with the following slogan: “Be Bright.”

The ad made me think of the Christmas cards we sent out a couple of years ago (which said “Be Merry,… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 3, 2012 5:05PM

Natale con i tuoi

[NB: I actually started writing this on January 1. I then got distracted.]

The Italians have a saying: “Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi.” A rough translation goes something like this: Christmas with your parents (or family), Easter with whomever you want.

As a good Italian, A has l… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 15, 2011 10:45PM

An Italian Thanksgiving

I’ve already written a fair amount about my least favorite American holiday. So it’s only fair that I dedicate as much blog space to my favorite one: Thanksgiving.

What’s there not to love? The whole holiday is about food (and that whole being thankful thing). I love it al… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 4, 2011 2:34PM

Marathon Pants

My marathon pants are one step away from total disintegration. And it makes me sad. The pants in question are not pants used to run a marathon. They’re the jeans that I fit into after I completed my first (and so far, only) marathon. That was almost three years ago, or more than/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 28, 2011 5:09PM

My Brilliant Second Career

Within a few weeks of starting as a freshman in college, I became my dorm’s go-to person for editing papers. It all started with a paper for my roommate, who then spread the word. Soon enough, random acquaintances would stop by with a printout in their hand (oh, those days before… Read full post »

OCTOBER 25, 2011 1:10PM

Green Thumb?

When A and I were looking for a house, we were generally in agreement on the majority of the details we hoped it would possess, but none more than this: we didn’t want a big yard.

I mean, really. It’s so much work. Who wants to be shackled to their homeRead full post »

OCTOBER 17, 2011 11:20PM

Golden Gates

I repost my blog posts here on Open Salon as a way to drum up business on my blog, Third Culture. A while back, I saw the Open Call for submissions titled “I was bullied,” (or something similar). In it, poignant blog posts talk about the pain of being bullied as a child,/Read full post »

OCTOBER 11, 2011 1:48PM

A Loop

What happens when your granny-nannies, for some reason or other, can’t take care of your offspring? You scramble to find last minute childcare. As every parent knows, this is not a fun experience.

We were thrown for a loop last week when my dad hurt himself, forcing us to rethink ourRead full post »

OCTOBER 5, 2011 1:34AM

Keeping Up

For some people, keeping up with the Joneses means buying a new Lexus, a $5,000 range, or the latest in lawn-mowing technology. We are apparently not those people. Nope. For us, keeping up means buying deer.

Before you start thinking that we live on some sort of nature preserve with aRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 11:30AM


When I met A what seems like eons ago (aka 1998), he didn't speak a word of English. I was studying abroad in Venice, he was my Italian adventure, and thankfully my Italian language skills were good enough that having conversations weren’t incredibly difficult.

After we gotRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 19, 2011 11:42AM

Food Lessons from My Italian Mother In Law

My suocera at home.

A is in no way, shape, or form a mammone (ma-mo-neh). What, you may ask, is amammone? He would be the stereotypical Italian male who is practically attached to his mamma by the umbilical cord. He loves her above all else (at times, including his wife), loves her/Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2011 10:40PM


One of the best parts of living in the Bay Area is a thing called Casual Carpool. Here’s how it works: in various parts of the East Bay (Berkeley, Oakland, etc.), there are designated Casual Carpool pick-up spots. You wait in line at the spot, and pretty soon a car willRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 5:56PM

Moving On, One Last Time

I know I’ve made a big brouhaha about this whole moving thing. Yes, it is a big deal to buy a house (I have to pay for water, garbage, and taxes? How’s this a good deal again?), and it is a big deal to finally move to the ‘burbs.

But here’s why thRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 3:09PM

Unexpected Side Effects of Home Ownership

My little fam moved into the new digs a little over a week ago, and I can already feel a difference. This list will probably be updated pretty regularly as I come to realize what home ownership does to you, but at least it’ll be a start.

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SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 6:15PM

Hating Halloween

It’s not even October yet and I’m already starting to fret about Halloween. I can’t help it. Halloween is my least favorite holiday. Ever.

I should say that my first ever Halloween started off with a bang. Twenty-five years ago on October 31, my family immigrated to the United StateRead full post »