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December 2014

Scaring the Bejeezus out of Your Teen Through Travel: An Experiment in Progress — By Jennifer Shipp
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Scaring the Bejeezus out of Your Teen Through Travel: An Experiment in Progress — By Jennifer Shipp

When I was a teenager, I always thought I was missing the party. It really bothered me. I was obsessed with being wherever the action was. Sometimes, I’d sit in my little bedroom and wonder, “is this as good as it gets?” Then I’d feel depressed and hopeless. Later, I’d go out and raise some kind of hell doing something completely dangerous and stupid. Each time I survived, I’d come home feeling better. If I ...
Livin’ on the Edge…of Total Boredom — By Jennifer Shipp
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Livin’ on the Edge…of Total Boredom — By Jennifer Shipp

There’s a part of me that would like it if everyone at home thought that we lived our lives on the edge. If they thought that every moment of our journey was filled with suspense and excitement as we travel the globe…Globetrotters …that’s what we are! We live for excitement and our days are filled with it!... But no one can live like that. The Law of Diminishing Returns says that the more excitement I get ...
Standing in Line with Terrorists and Ebola Victims — By Jennifer Shipp
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Standing in Line with Terrorists and Ebola Victims — By Jennifer Shipp

I’ve never watched the news or read newspapers religiously. Periodically, when there’s an important story that interests me, I’ll follow it, but generally speaking, if it doesn’t affect me, my family, friends, or neighbors I believe I don’t need to know about it. Important news finds its way to me without me pursuing it. There’s enough to grapple with inside my personal social circle to keep me thoroughly ...
Loved and Praised, Hated and Rejected…in Arabic:On Learning a New Language — By Jennifer Shipp
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Loved and Praised, Hated and Rejected…in Arabic:On Learning a New Language — By Jennifer Shipp

I’ve been studying Arabic very “lightly” for quite some time. Over the past two years, whenever we were stationed at home and I was bored in the evenings, I’d sit and write Arabic letters over and over. Occasionally, I’d read a little bit of Arabic or learn a new word. Bit by bit, in small, insignificant steps over the course of these two years, I’ve learned the Arabic alphabet and acquired a respectable ...
Tampons as the Measure of Modern Societies — By Jennifer Shipp
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Tampons as the Measure of Modern Societies — By Jennifer Shipp

What are tampons? Feminine hygiene products, yes, but they’re more than that. They symbolize, very succinctly, the feminist movement and the equality that women in the United States have worked so hard to achieve. Most women, if they were educated about the various feminine hygiene products that have been invented through the years, would probably choose to have all the safe and healthy options that are ...
Working to Relax in Tunisia — By Jennifer Shipp
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Working to Relax in Tunisia — By Jennifer Shipp

Since we have the ability to work remotely, from anywhere in the world, travel has an interesting effect on our productivity. Instead of becoming less productive when we’re away from home, we delve into our work enthusiastically as an escape from the Unknown. At home, we spend most of our time trying to entertain ourselves by stirring things up to make the boring-ness more interesting but overseas, we try ...
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