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Donna Gorman
I'm a freelance writer, mother of four and foreign service spouse who moves every few years because of my husband's job. We've been posted to Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, the United States, China and Jordan. Right now we're midway through our second tour in Russia. It's a crazy sort of lifestyle, but it's working for us so far. I blog the details at

Entries by Donna Gorman

Crossing Continents: How to Move a Marriage

(6) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 10:12 AM

"Never take a damaged marriage overseas," they told me at the spouse orientation the year my husband joined the Diplomatic Security Service.

Diplomatic Security, or DSS, is a little-known branch of the State Department that is responsible, as the name suggests, for keeping diplomats and other Americans safe overseas. DS...

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The Evil and the Good

(14) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 1:37 PM

It's hard to know what to say in the face of such senseless barbarism as the world witnessed this week, when ISIS released their video showing the murder of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh.

As someone who spent 4 years in Jordan and counts many Jordanians amongst my friends, I found...

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364 Days Until My War in Iraq is Over

(47) Comments | Posted July 4, 2013 | 3:56 PM

He left this morning.

It's been six months since we learned that the State Department planned on sending my husband Bart to Baghdad for a yearlong tour of duty, leaving the kids and me behind here in Amman, Jordan, where we are living for the next twelve...

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