The New Fear: Beware of FOPO

There’s a new kind of fear rearing its head these days. Actually, that’s not completely true. The fear has been around for...well, forever. But the acronym that describes it is new. Actually, that might not even be completely true. But I just recently learned about it, so it's new to me.  And it’s really important. It’s FOPO. Fear of Other People’s ...
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How to Handle the Other B.S.

Well, my current city of Paris and my beloved, Italian mother just collided. I invited her to visit after experiencing some of the best things Paris has to offer. While Mama was excited about exploring both the culinary and non-culinary wonders of the City of Lights, her enthusiasm was accompanied by another emotional phenomenon: the worries. Those of y...
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How to Fit In…Without Being Put Out

With a month of living in Paris now behind me, I can definitively say that this city has got a few things figured out. They know good art, they know good pastry, they know good coffee. It’s made fitting in not just fairly easy, but also a pretty great learning experience. I mean, who would have known that this… ...beats this? (Mon dieu - did I really...
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