These stories originally appeared on my blog Enjoy Living Abroad.
For more, see my new book, Women of the American Resistance: You Are the One We Have Been Waiting For.
The Astonishing Power of Peaceful Resistance
Like many Americans, Erica Chenoweth was convinced that the quickest and most effective method of changing a political regime involved picking up a gun. Challenged to prove it, she began a systematic study of every violent and non-violent conflict since 1900. The results were astonishing. Read more
Do Immigrants Make American Less American?
Our nation was founded by people who chose to leave the old country and build a new life for themselves in a foreign land. Where would America be without immigrants and their families — people like Steve Jobs, Ariana Huffington, John Oliver, Natalie Portman, the guys who started YouTube, Serge Brin who founded Google, to say nothing of Albert Einstein? Read more
I'm a Foreigner Here Myself
Living in a foreign country is always a delicate business. Moving to Seville, Spain taught me a lot about finding the balance between fitting in and honoring your roots. I am forever surprised that I must look at everything — whether or not ham lowers cholesterol, for instance — from a totally fresh perspective. Read more
7 Things You Can Do for the Resistance
According to the emails arriving my inbox, the main focus of Resistance is signing online petitions, calling your representatives, and donating to the cause. But that's really just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many other high-impact ways to get involved. Like what? I'm so glad you asked.
Launching the #VirtualTaxMarch
When I heard about the protests planned for April 15, I knew marching in Seville was impossible as the date fell in the midst of our centuries-old Holy Week processions. Then I had an idea for an online tax march, and people around the world jumped in on the fun. Read more
Is Travel a Political Act?
When I'm struggling to understand what's happening at home, sometimes the best solution is a road trip to lands that have weathered even more chaotic times. Hearing how others have survived in unimaginable circumstances can be illuminating, terrifying, and comforting all at once. It always sends me home with a fresh, more global perspective. Read more