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Catherine Zinger is an American expat based near London, England. Her blog explores modern anthropology and women’s interests.

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What A Dead Russian Composer Teaches Us About the Opinion of Others

(4) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 1:14 PM


This morning over coffee my husband told me about a broadcast he'd listened to on the BBC--about the story behind Sergei Rachmaninov's First Symphony.

It took the young musician two years to compose and was first played in St. Petersburg...

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How a Stranger's Parenting Story Made Me Realize How Life Perspectives Can Change

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 3:42 PM

Sometimes out of the blue when we're at the kitchen table or on long road trips which seem seldom now that my kids are older, one of them will ask for a story and I'm always delighted and more than willing to oblige.

I am not sure...

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Compassion: Who Needs It Most Over the Holidays?

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 2:14 PM


Years ago, when I was living in Paris, I watched a short artsy film about a blonde woman in N.Y. who was young and beautiful and sexy -- the type of woman I imagine, is the stuff of many a man's fantasy.

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The Myth of Unconditional Love and The Case for the 1950s Housewife

(10) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 9:22 AM

I've been struggling with a piece for some time now on being a 1950s housewife or at least acknowledging that the foundation of how I manage my household and conduct myself personally in marriage is based on 1950s housewife principles - -that in order to maintain a strong and loving...

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Invisible Ink: What We Unknowingly Reveal About Ourselves on Social Media

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 11:09 AM

There's an expression in academia "Publish or perish," and today it very much applies to writers and in particular, bloggers. Except that the publishing world has changed biblically over the past twenty years with social media being a primary life-raft for survival.

According to blogging experts and my own...

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Parenting Teens: Should We Expect More From Them, or From Ourselves?

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 7:00 PM


I used to be THE perfect parent... before I had children of my own. My parenting skills were so beyond reproach that I could even tell other parents not only how to raise their kids, but explain to them exactly what they were...

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Notes From a Peripheral Hockey Parent: Appreciating My Son's Ice-Hockey Journey

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 11:56 AM

I'm at the ice rink watching my little girl attempt to skate with her friends. Awkward and unwieldy, they go about three feet before grabbing the wall or falling. They're laughing and look like they're trying to clean the floor -- like those...
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How Social Media Has Distorted Our Ability to Let Go of the Past

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 6:19 PM

The menus hadn't changed much since the last time I was there -- which was sometime back in the early '90s.

My sister-in-law Katya and I wanted a quiet GNO (girls' night out) away from the kids and husbands. We wanted "unfussy," where we didn't have to change out of...

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Yoga Pants Defiant: My Crusade Against the Cult of Casual

(7) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 11:08 AM

On a flight home to London from San Diego, I sat next to a well-dressed European woman, who, after several hours, felt comfortable enough to ask me a very pointed question.

"Why are so many American women always in yoga pants?"

I did a quick mental "street...

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