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Culture of One

Culture can be thought of as a set of behaviors or beliefs distinct to a group, and so trick or treating on All Hallows’ Eve, burning effigies for Guy Fawkes’ Day, Black Friday and/or Boxing Day shopping. Cuisine is definitely cultural as cooking styles and ingredient staples differ and religion or traditions have shaped celebrations and holidays all over the world. But where do these cultural behaviors come from? how do they get so ingrained that they become the expected and the normal?

Some cultural differences can be attributed to location and/or isolation. People living near the coasts are more likely

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The Good, the Bad and the Oily

The Deepwater Horizon tragedy and BP’s Tony Hayward will probably be remembered as two of the world’s worst man-made environmental and PR disasters of the 21st century — and we’re only 10 years in! The pollution and damage to the Gulf coast goes beyond the tar balls washing up onto the beaches. The livelihoods of coastal dwellers are being destroyed and likely will not soon recover as sea life, spawning grounds, bird and fish migratory routes are all being affected. Who wants to swim in

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A Taxing Day

“The only things certain in life are death and taxes” and April 15th is the due date for the latter in the United States. Both federal and state tax returns are due at 12 pm midnight. If you’re getting a refund, you may have filed early (though certain U.S. states will likely not process refunds any time soon), or you may be procrastinating like millions of others. Regardless, it’s a day spent of dusting off the calculator (or the accountant), collecting financial records and receipts and preparing that tax return. If you’re an expat, it may be several days as you may have to do more than one return for more than one country or

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Ellis Island of Dreams

For many, history is a collection of dry and boring facts and figures. For others, history can be a self-reflection and revelation especially when it comes to one’s ancestry. For expats and immigrants, there is probably no greater historical tribute in the United States than Ellis Island, which served as the United States immigration station between 1892 and

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