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Explaining the health care debate

Every time I try to explain the health care debate to Dutch people I am faced with the same wrinkled-brow, gaping-mouth, puzzled expression that the Japanese president’s wife, Miyuki Hatoyama, … Continue reading

September 25, 2009 · Leave a comment

Things I Like about Holland

I’ve received a couple of complaints – one from Albert, my husband, and one from Robert, a colleague and friend – that I complain too much about Holland in my … Continue reading

September 23, 2007 · 1 Comment

The Polder Model in Action

Have you ever heard of the Dutch polder model? It’s really a political term referring to consensus decision-making. However, here in Holland, it is used within organizations as well. The … Continue reading

March 4, 2007 · Leave a comment

How to be Dutch

Here’s something I wrote about five years ago, but it still applies! How to Be Dutch There’s been a lot of talk in Holland lately about immigrants and about how … Continue reading

March 4, 2007 · 3 Comments