Kristin’s Blog

Friends and family in California are curious about “life in Holland.”
That curiosity, paired with my penchant for writing, led to the creation of this blog.
Feel free to follow along as the blogging journey continues.


Have you ever had that experience where something in a novel crosses over into your world? I’m currently reading Autumn, by Ali Smith, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2017, and I had one of those crossover moments today: All across the country, there was misery and rejoicing . . . AllContinue reading “Bubbles”

When the Lights Went Out

It was a typical Friday night. My son was gaming online with friends, I was reading–in this case Raynor Winn’s The Wild Silence–and Schagen’s city center just three hundred meters away was anything but silent. The restaurants and bars were filled with people, the pleasant hum of their conversations wafting through our windows as ifContinue reading “When the Lights Went Out”

If you wait long enough

How do you get a teenager to talk? The usual questions—How was your day? Did you learn anything new—haven’t been so rewarding these last few years, and more often than not, yield curt, monosyllabic responses. I’ve tried other approaches, like sharing information I think will be interesting, or asking about the online games he’s playing.Continue reading “If you wait long enough”

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