Entries by Editor Tulip Talk

AWCA Budget 2018-2019

Below is the AWCA 2018-2019 budget that has been approved by the Executive Board. This budget will be voted on at our May 7 General Meeting. Should you have questions or would like clarification, please contact Robin Ford prior to Sunday, May 6, as the meeting agenda does not include discussion of the budget, only voting […]

Minutes: Advisory Board Meeting March 28, 2018

These minutes have been approved by the Executive Board Attendees: Martha Canning, Christine Rigby-Hall, Traci Hortinela, Rhonda Jimenez, Mary Beth Holland, Meg Brew, Beth Massa, Lauren Mescon, Audrey Mezas, Lisa Janisch, Christine Collins, Kristin DeLong, Beth van Amerongen, Helene Garofalo, Danielle Tomich President Martha Canning called the meeting to order at 10:15 a.m. FAWCO Interim […]

Minutes: General Meeting and Elections, April 9, 2018

These minutes have been approved by the Executive Board. April 9, 2018 Present: 41 members Meeting called to order by President Martha Canning at 12:15 p.m. A motion was made to approve the slate by Christine Rigby-Hall. Linette Burgess seconded the motion. The vote included the 39 members present plus 65 proxy votes submitted to […]

Caring from Abroad: Emotions

by Phyllis Larkin, Psy.D Geriatric and Family Psychologist XPATSIA.com   This is the first in a series of articles about ways to deal with the challenges of caring for an aging parent from abroad. Often it’s a call in the middle of the night. Sometimes it’s a long-anticipated decline. Mom or Dad can no longer […]

Fashion-Forward? Think Green.

by Marloes van Raamsdonk of Lena Library According to an article in the Daily Mail from 2011, the average woman has 22 garments hanging in her wardrobe she has never worn. Does this stop us from shopping till we drop? Apparently not. Seventy percent of Dutch women buy something they never wear every month. But […]

Board Corner – March, 2018 (Advisory Board)

ADVISORY BOARD MEETING March 28, 2018 Attendees: Martha Canning, Christine Rigby-Hall, Traci Hortinela, Rhonda Jimenez, Mary Beth Holland, Meg Brew, Beth Massa, Audrey Mezas, Lisa Janisch, Christine Collins, Kristin DeLong, Beth van Amerongen, Helene Garofalo, Danielle Tomich, Lauren Mescon President Martha Canning called the meeting to order at 10:15 a.m. FAWCO Interim Meeting - Martha […]

Commemorating the Past: Liberation Day in the Netherlands

by Jennifer van Lent Bevrijdingsdag (or Liberation Day) in the Netherlands is a unique experience, in part because so many Dutch citizens still remember that day on May 5, 1945, when the Allied Army liberated their country from German occupation. Gatherings are held across the Netherlands beginning May 4 (called Dodenherdenking, or Remembrance of the […]

A Modest American in Europe

by Allison Ochs, M.S.W. Edit Change Management My first year in Europe was a real shocker. I was so naive and so unprepared for what I was doing. I could write 10 stories just on the topic of nudity (and maybe I will one day), but today let us focus on the basics. The fact […]

Three Ways to Expand Your Literary Horizons

by Jennifer Van Lent As the tulips and daffodils start to bloom, my thoughts turn to one of my favorite ways to spend a lazy, sunny afternoon: lounging in my garden with a good book. For those of you who would like to expand your reading list, participate in lively literary discussions or find a […]

Dating A Man From Another Country

by Allison Ochs, M.S.W Edit Change Management "Should we go get some dinner?" My heart was pounding when he said this.  I was an 18-year-old freshman at university, and this charming, handsome German man was asking me on a date — or so I thought. He had told me he wanted to go to a […]

FAWCO Corner – February 1, 2018

by your FAWCO Reps, Lauren Mescon & Julie Lehr Interim Meeting - March 23-25 in The Hague The FAWCO Interim Meeting, to be held in The Hague March 23-25, is full.  If you would like to be put on the waiting list, please email the registrar. Every year since 1995, FAWCO members around the world have […]

Board Corner – Feb. 1, 2018

BOARD CORNER - SUMMARY OF EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING January 29, 2018 EB Members Present: Beth van Amerongen, Martha Canning, Kristin DeLong, Audrey Mezas and Christine Rigby-Hall Guests: Rhonda Jimenez (Youth Programs) and Lauren Mescon (Parliamentarian and FAWCO Rep) A. Approval of the Minutes - minutes of the previous meeting were approved. B. Member Report - […]

Bad Days Abroad

  by Allison Ochs, M.S.W Edit Change Management When I first moved to Europe some 28 years ago, I struggled. I was young, hip, and daring and chose this step myself.  Yet I found myself making cultural faux-pas, struggling with the language and being ultimately homesick. On a great day, I would sit in a […]

Board Corner – Jan. 1, 2017

BOARD CORNER - SUMMARY OF EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING December 12, 2017 EB Members Present: Beth van Amerongen, Martha Canning, Kristin DeLong, Robin Ford, and Christine Rigby-Hall Guests: Phyllis Larkin and Danielle Tomich I. Guest Topic: Phyllis Larkin, Public Relations Phyllis shared that she recently met with our Web Coordinator, Alicia Puig, and they will be […]

Ask Allison: Bad Days Abroad

  When I first moved to Europe some 28 years ago, I struggled. I was young, hip, and daring and chose this step myself.  Yet I found myself making cultural faux-pas, struggling with the language and being ultimately homesick. On a great day, I would sit in a café with a friend, sipping my drink, […]

From Lisa Kuller

My words will not do justice to my friend, Catherine – a woman I so admired, respected and felt so blessed to have in my life. I may never fully be able to describe the hole in my heart – the piece that is missing now that she’s gone. And yet, I feel so full […]