THIRD CULTURE KID on November 2nd, 2017

Just a Nowhere Girl Existing In shadows Not quite believing Just a Nowhere Girl No place to call home Nowhere To belong Just a Nowhere Girl I’ll fade away Like a spirit A ghost Just a Nowhere Girl No place Will remember When I’ve gone.   (I wonder if this poem resonates with other Third […]

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THIRD CULTURE KID on January 18th, 2010

Tweet Here’s one for the kids – nothing to do with being a TCK, but just ‘cos it’s fun and I feel like posting it! Monster-Man Last night, when I went to bed, I really did try to tell my Dad the awful truth – I hoped he wouldn’t cry. ‘Dad,’ I said, ‘A monster […]

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THIRD CULTURE KID on October 4th, 2009

Tweet ‘I’m a published writer!’ The shriek echoes through our house. No, I haven’t got a book contract with Penguin or Knopf Doubleday – or anyone else for that matter. I am very excited because my blog article ‘I don’t knit!‘ (re-titled ‘Crochet by any other name‘), has been published in Passionate Hookers, a magazine-book […]

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THIRD CULTURE KID on July 1st, 2009

Tweet Memories, you say? Well, I have plenty. But they are mixed up and out of focus. Besides, they aren’t all for public viewing. Like the one of the verandah bordered by leafy trees where the teachers used to gossip. This was the scene of a childhood misdemeanor, and one of the few times my […]

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THIRD CULTURE KID on December 29th, 2008

Minette Marin has written an excellent article on creative writers and political commentary.

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THIRD CULTURE KID on October 15th, 2008

Tweet Last Monday I was special fine hair fair skin I wished they wouldn’t touch, stare my mother made beautiful clothes with patterns from overseas. That wasn’t home. Today I am not special plain hair mottled skin now I wish they’d look in my eyes my mother makes outmoded clothes with patterns ten years old. […]

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THIRD CULTURE KID on September 26th, 2008

Tweet How reliable are memories? Africa empty sky dun earth plain dwellings few chairs broken cars hot sun dusty cities picked pockets Africa timeless space rolling plains shining faces cheerful voices jewel clothes open arms fragrant stew fading memories © 2008 S D Haydon Acknowledgment is made of the assistance received as an Adelaide Centre […]

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THIRD CULTURE KID on September 13th, 2008

How words can mean different things in different places. This is from my African childhood.

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