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By Michele Phoenix

Michèle Phoenix, international speaker and writer on issues related to Third Culture Kids, highlights her most popular and helpful articles in a format you can consume on the go.
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MKs, Missionaries and Disordered Work Ethics
MKs, Missionaries and Disordered Work Ethics
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. ··· This episode is based on an article by the same name: MKs, Missionaries and Disordered Work Ethics Resources: Sabbath by Wayne Muller The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer Embracing Rhythms of Work and Rest by Ruth Haley Barton ... More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: 1. My most-read articles listed on my website. 2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. 3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. ··· Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: 1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. 2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) 3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. 4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. ··· Helpful definitions: · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
23:36
November 16, 2022
Understanding Trauma in the Lives of MKs
Understanding Trauma in the Lives of MKs
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. ··· This episode is based on an article by the same name: Understanding Trauma in the Lives of MKs Resources: The rest of the resources mentioned in the podcast might be most easily accessed by clicking on the links embedded in the article above. If you prefer to see them individually, they are here: Aundi Kolber definition of trauma How trauma impacts the brain About the CDC/Kaiser study on Adverse Childhood Experiences Negative future outcomes of high ACEs scores TCK Training's findings on ACEs among TCKs TCK Training's findings specific to MKs The "shoulds" that keep MKs from reporting Six Permissions MKs Need Suffering and the Heart of God (Diane Langberg) Try Softer (Aundi Kolber) Artistic rendering of Aundi Kolber interview (Morgan Harper Nichols) The Body Keeps the Score (Bessel van der Kolk) More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: 1. My most-read articles listed on my website. 2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. 3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: 1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. 2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) 3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. 4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
29:33
November 01, 2022
Hearing Jesus' Voice in the Chaos of Our Pain
Hearing Jesus' Voice in the Chaos of Our Pain
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. ··· To view the graphics/pictures associated with this talk, visit its page on my website: Hearing Jesus' Voice ... More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: 1. My most-read articles listed on my website. 2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. 3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. ··· Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: 1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. 2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) 3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. 4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. ··· Helpful definitions: · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
49:10
October 02, 2022
The Tyranny of Shoulds
The Tyranny of Shoulds
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. ··· This episode is based on an article by the same name: The Tyranny of Shoulds. More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: 1. My most-read articles listed on my website.  2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. 3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. ··· Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: 1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. 2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) 3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. 4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. ··· Helpful definitions: · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
24:24
May 31, 2022
Seven Lessons (from missionary parents) on Loving Well
Seven Lessons (from missionary parents) on Loving Well
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. ··· This episode is based on an article by the same name: Seven Lessons on Loving Well ··· More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: 1. My most-read articles listed on my website. 2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. 3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. ··· Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: 1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. 2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) 3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. 4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. ··· Helpful definitions: · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
20:19
April 19, 2022
MKs IN A NUTSHELL: Interview with Amplify Podcast
MKs IN A NUTSHELL: Interview with Amplify Podcast
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. ··· This episode is based can also be found on my website: www.michelephoenix.com ··· Amplify is produced by Friendship Church: https://friendshipcrc.org/ And the podcast's other episodes are here: https://amplify.castos.com ··· More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: 1. My most-read articles listed on my website. 2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. 3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. ··· Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: 1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. 2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) 3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. 4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. ··· Helpful definitions: · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
43:24
April 06, 2022
DECONSTRUCTION – The Crucial Questioning of People Raised in Christian Environments
DECONSTRUCTION – The Crucial Questioning of People Raised in Christian Environments
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. ··· This episode is based on an article by the same name: DECONSTRUCTION – The Crucial Questioning of People Raised in Christian Environments ··· Two related articles: MKs & Faith Distortions  /  Five Ways to Protect Your MKs' Faith Related novels: The Space Between Words Of Stillness and Storm ··· More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: 1. My most-read articles listed on my website. 2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. 3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. ··· Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: 1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. 2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) 3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. 4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. ··· Helpful definitions: · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
25:53
January 31, 2022
How Imprecise Language About Pain Harms Faith
How Imprecise Language About Pain Harms Faith
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. ··· This episode is based on an article by the same name: How Imprecise Language About Pain Harms Faith ··· Related articles: The Semantics of Grief For the Hurting – Lessons from a Wall Related novels: The Space Between Words Of Stillness and Storm ··· More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: 1. My most-read articles listed on my website. 2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. 3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. ··· Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: 1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. 2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) 3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. 4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. ··· Helpful definitions: · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
14:49
January 11, 2022
Ten Helpful Practices for Parenting MKs
Ten Helpful Practices for Parenting MKs
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. ··· This episode is based on an article by the same name: Ten Helpful Practices for Parenting MKs ··· More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: 1. My most-read articles listed on my website. 2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. 3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. ··· Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: 1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. 2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) 3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. 4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. ··· Helpful definitions: · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
14:32
August 25, 2021
MKs and Faith Distortions
MKs and Faith Distortions
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. ··· This episode is based on an article by the same name: Common Faith Distortions Among MKs The book by Skye Jethani is here: With. ··· More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: 1. My most-read articles listed on my website. 2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. 3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. ··· Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: 1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. 2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) 3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. 4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. ··· Helpful definitions: · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
14:26
June 16, 2021
PLEASE DON'T WALK AWAY: An Open Letter to the Rightfully Cynical
PLEASE DON'T WALK AWAY: An Open Letter to the Rightfully Cynical
Why are so many young adults and teens leaving the faith they were raised in? There's one overwhelming reason. Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. ··· This episode is based on an article by the same name: Please Don't Walk Away - An Open Letter. ··· More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: 1. My most-read articles listed on my website. 2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. 3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. ··· Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: 1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. 2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) 3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. 4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· Helpful definitions: · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
09:38
May 18, 2021
It's an INTERVIEW!
It's an INTERVIEW!
Welcome to Pondering Purple, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs/TCKs and those who are MKs/TCKs. This episode is different from the usual fare--not the audio version of an article I've written, but an interview I did with the Transformed and Transformational podcast, hosted by Heather and Keane for TeachBeyond. We cover a lot of territory in these forty minutes. I hope you'll find it interesting and enlightening! ··· In the interview, I reference an article about grief: Nine Steps to Living Well in a Season of Grief. You can listen to more episodes of the Transformed and Transformational podcast on your usual platforms or by clicking HERE.  Learn more about TeachBeyond HERE. ··· More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: 1. My most-read articles listed on my website. 2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. 3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. ··· Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: 1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. 2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) 3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. 4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. ··· Helpful definitions: · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck
41:32
March 08, 2021
MKs and Mental Illness
MKs and Mental Illness
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. ··· This episode is based on an article by the same name: A Primer for Parents on MKs and Mental Illness The other resources and articles I mention are: My own struggle with depression: An Open Letters to MKs Thinking of Suicide. An overview of the Adverse Childhood Experiences diagnostic tool. The ACEs quiz. The quote about consequences of scoring 4 or more on the ACEs test is here. A chart of signs to look for that indicate emotional/mental struggles. My article on God and pain - a theology of grief: He Wasn't in the Storm. My article on leaving the field for the of a child: Shame or Courage? ··· More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: 1. My most-read articles listed on my website. 2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. 3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. ··· Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: 1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. 2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) 3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. 4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. ··· Helpful definitions: · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
17:60
February 24, 2021
TCKs - The Cluster Busters
TCKs - The Cluster Busters
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. ··· This episode is based on an article by the same name: TCKs - The Cluster Busters. ··· More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: 1. My most-read articles listed on my website. 2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. 3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. ··· Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: 1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. 2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) 3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. 4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. ··· Helpful definitions: · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
13:19
January 03, 2021
For MKs Who Have Suffered Abuse
For MKs Who Have Suffered Abuse
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. This episode comes with a trigger warning. There is nothing graphic about it, but it does discuss abuse. ··· This episode is based on this article by the same name/ ... IF YOU NEED URGENT HELP -  UNITED STATES: National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1 (800) 656-4673 Teen Dating Abuse hotline: Hotline: 1 (866) 331 – 9474 or text: 22522 If you’ve experienced sexual assault while living abroad, call the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services at +1-202-501-4444. CANADA: Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 (For young Canadians between 5 & 25) See THIS LINK for hotlines by province. AUSTRALIA: See THIS LINK for hotlines in Australia. FRANCE: Violence against minors (children): 119 Violence against women: 3919  OTHER COUNTRIES: Do a search for "abuse hotline" or "sexual assault phone numbers" in the local language to find your best contact. ··· More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: 1. My most-read articles listed on my website. 2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. 3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. ··· Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: 1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. 2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) 3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. 4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· Helpful definitions: · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
11:58
December 15, 2020
GUILTITUDE: The Guilt of Having in a World of Sacrificing
GUILTITUDE: The Guilt of Having in a World of Sacrificing
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. ··· (NOTE: If the formatting of these notes looks messy, it's that the app you're using doesn't recognize the original layout... Sorry about that! 😀) ··· This episode is based on an article by the same name, which was posted this week on A Life Overseas. You can view the article there. ··· More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: 1. My most-read articles listed on my website. 2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. 3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. ··· Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: 1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. 2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) 3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. 4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. ··· Helpful definitions: · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
10:55
December 02, 2020
MKs & The Risk of Need
MKs & The Risk of Need
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. ··· (NOTE: If the formatting of these notes looks messy, it's that the app you're using doesn't recognize the original layout... Sorry about that! 😀) ··· This episode is based on an article by the same name: MKs & THE RISK OF NEED. ··· More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: 1. My most-read articles listed on my website. 2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. 3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. ··· Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: 1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. 2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) 3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. 4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. ··· Helpful definitions: · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
13:16
November 11, 2020
TRANSITION PART III - Top Ten Most Valuable Mindsets for MKs & TCKs (Transition Part III)
TRANSITION PART III - Top Ten Most Valuable Mindsets for MKs & TCKs (Transition Part III)
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. ··· This episode is based on an article by the same name: Top Ten Most Valuable Mindsets for MKs and TCKs The first installment of the series on transition is here: Transition Part I - Preparing to End Well The second installment of the series on transition is here: Transition Part II - Entering Well ··· More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: 1. My most-read articles listed on my website. 2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. 3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. ··· Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: 1, Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. 2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) 3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. 4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the "share" links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. ··· Helpful definitions: · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
14:20
August 18, 2020
TRANSITION PART II - Entering Well
TRANSITION PART II - Entering Well
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. ··· This episode is based on an article by the same name: Transition Part II - Entering Well The first installment of the series on transition is here: Transition Part I - Preparing to End Well ··· More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: 1. My most-read articles listed on my website. 2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. 3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. ··· Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: 1, Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. 2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) 3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. 4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the "share" links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. ··· Helpful definitions: · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
16:59
August 05, 2020
TRANSITION PART I - Preparing to End Well
TRANSITION PART I - Preparing to End Well
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. ··· This episode is based on an article by the same name: Transition Part 1: Preparing to End Well ··· More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: 1. My most-read articles listed on my website. 2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. 3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. ··· Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: 1, Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. 2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) 3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. 4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the "share" links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. ··· Helpful definitions: · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
17:47
July 21, 2020
MKs & Marriage
MKs & Marriage
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. ··· This episode is based on an article by the same name: MKs & MARRIAGE - Our Unique Challenges ··· More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: 1. My most-read articles listed on my website. 2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. 3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. ··· Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: 1, Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. 2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) 3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. 4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the "share" links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. ··· Helpful definitions: · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
13:31
June 01, 2020
Four Tiny-Small Questions for the Quarantine-Weary
Four Tiny-Small Questions for the Quarantine-Weary
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. ··· This is a "bonus" episode, a response to the COVID-19 virus that has upended our lives. Previous podcasts related to COVID are: The Emotional Impact of College Closures Nine Tips for Living Well in a Season of Grief This episode is based on an article by the same name: Four Tiny-Small Questions for the Quarantine-Weary ··· More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: 1. My most-read articles listed on my website. 2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. 3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. ··· Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: 1, Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. 2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) 3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. 4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. ··· Helpful definitions: · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
16:03
May 12, 2020
Six Permissions [Most] MKs Need
Six Permissions [Most] MKs Need
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. ··· (NOTE: If the formatting of these notes looks messy, it's that the app you're using doesn't recognize the original layout... Sorry about that! 😀) ··· This episode is based on an article by the same name: Six Permissions Most MKs Need. The books by Skye Jethani are With and Futureville. ··· More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: 1. My most-read articles listed on my website. 2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. 3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. ··· Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: 1, Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. 2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) 3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. 4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. ··· Helpful definitions: · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
19:08
April 28, 2020
MKs and Relationships - The Time/Depth Dilemma
MKs and Relationships - The Time/Depth Dilemma
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. New episodes will release every other Tuesday. ··· (NOTE: If the formatting of these notes looks messy, it's that the app you're using doesn't recognize the original layout... Sorry about that! 😀) ··· This episode is based on an article by the same name: MKs and Relationships.  The graphic representing the two approaches to friendships is embedded in the top portion of the article linked above. The spoken word by Caleb that I reference in the episode is here: Going To Be Gone. ··· More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links:    1. My most-read articles listed on my website.   2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube.   3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. ··· Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode:   1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice.   2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.)   3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them.   4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this new resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. ··· Helpful definitions:   · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries.   · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
15:20
April 14, 2020
Nine Suggestions for Living Well in a Season of Grief
Nine Suggestions for Living Well in a Season of Grief
Thank you, friends, for listening to the Pondering Purple podcast. This is a bit of a different episode. I usually cover topics that offer information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. But with COVID-19 upending our world, my Nine Suggestions for Living Well in a Season of Grief will apply to a much broader audience. Grief in its many forms is everywhere these days. So...most of this episode will be applicable to anyone who is going through a period of sadness and upheaval. And when we come to the short segment in which I speak to just MKs, I'll let you know exactly how far to skip ahead if you're not in that community. Today's episode is based on an article by the same name: Nine Tips for MKs in a Season of Grief. The segment on "shelving" the grief was inspired by the teaching of Family Resilience Coach, Becky Matchullis (beckymatchullis.com). If you're a student whose school year has been abbreviated and/or graduation cancelled, you might also be interested in this previous episode: The Emotional Impact of Campus Closures. This is the list of MK- and TCK-aware international mental health professionals I mention in the episode. ··· More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: 1. My most-read articles listed on my website. 2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. 3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. ··· Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: 1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. 2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) 3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. 4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this new resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. ··· Helpful definitions: · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
19:24
March 31, 2020
BONUS EPISODE: The Emotional Impact of Campus Closures
BONUS EPISODE: The Emotional Impact of Campus Closures
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this bonus episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. COVID-19 and the closing of schools around the world--which have upended the lives of so many young people--prompted me to address how to love them well in this season of loss and why MKs and TCKs might feel the upheaval more acutely than others. (NOTE: If the formatting of these notes looks messy, it's that the app you're using doesn't recognize the original layout... Sorry about that! 😀) This episode is based on an article by the same name: The Emotional Impact of Campus Closures. More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: My articles on her website. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this new resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also commented on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. As some of you have asked, I feel like I ought to explain the title of the podcast. It's a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. Helpful definitions: MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
10:57
March 24, 2020
MKs and the Ache of Unbelonging
MKs and the Ache of Unbelonging
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. (NOTE: If the formatting of these notes looks messy, it's that the app you're using doesn't recognize the original layout... Sorry about that! 😀) This episode is based on an article by the same name: MKs and the Ache of Unbelonging. More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: My articles on her website. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this new resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also commented on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. As some of you have asked, I feel like I ought to explain the title of the podcast. It's a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. Helpful definitions: MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
12:56
March 17, 2020
The Five Cs That Define [Most] MKs
The Five Cs That Define [Most] MKs
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this episode of the Pondering Purple podcast, a source of information, insight and inspiration for those who love MKs and those who are MKs. This episode is based on an article by the same name: The Five Cs That Define MKs. ··· More of my MK-related resources can be found at the following links: 1. My most-read articles listed on my website. 2. My playlist of video "nuggets" on Youtube. 3. My novel about a missionary family, Of Stillness and Storm. ··· Four ways to make sure you don't miss an episode: 1. Click subscribe after you find Pondering Purple on the podcast platform of your choice. 2. Friend and follow me on Facebook--I'll announce new episodes as they release. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" under the "Follow" tab.) 3. Join The MK Hub, a group on Facebook solely devoted to sharing new materials as I produce them. 4. Receive email notifications by writing “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com. (I promise--that's all you'll receive. No newsy epistles or cat pictures!) ··· Please use the media links included with the podcast to share this new resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. I'd love it if you also left a comment on whatever platform you use, so Pondering Purple can be less of a monologue and more of a conversation. ··· The title of the podcast is a nod to the complex, beautiful, sometimes confounding, always life-shaping and ideally life-enhancing effects of growing up in the color swirl of cultures and worlds. ··· Helpful definitions: · MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. · TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. ··· Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
13:42
March 03, 2020
INTRODUCING: The Pondering Purple Podcast
INTRODUCING: The Pondering Purple Podcast
Thank you, friends, for clicking on this introduction to the Pondering Purple podcast! I hope this will be a place of information, insight and inspiration for those of you who are MKs and those of you who love MKs. Please use the media links below to share this new resource in your missionary, MK and TCK circles. The first official episode will be posted next week. Make sure you subscribe through your podcast platform so you don’t miss any new posts. I'll be posting all new episodes on Facebook as well, so you can friend me there to see the announcements. (Make sure you hit "Follow first" so they don't get lost in your newsfeed.) If you’d rather receive an email from me when new episodes appear, simply write “subscribe to podcast” in the subject line of a message you send to shellphoenix@gmail.com.  All episodes will be based on articles published at www.michelephoenix/top-reads. Helpful definitions: MK or Missionaries' Kid - the child of missionaries. TCK or Third Culture Kid - someone who has spent a majority of his/her formative years in a culture other than his/her passport culture. This includes missionaries' kids, military kids, business kids, diplomats' kids, etc. Music: Bethany J. Dueck.
06:19
February 24, 2020