Accent politics – part 1

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Since I arrived in Europe, especially as I started seeing Stuart, I became increasingly conscious of my accented English. Because of a stint in California, my accent was tinged with […]

How to spend Christmas alone

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When my friend recently asked me what I was doing for Christmas, and I answered, “nothing,” she gave me a look of concern and said, “that is hard.” I told […]

That night

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I sensed relocation to Germany was going to be a stepping stone rather than a destination. I was 27 years old single woman who’d coil at a sight of a […]

Wrath of the Founder the Great

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Those who got the place overseas started preparing for the move. The first group left to start the California office. This included one of the apostles as the head of […]

Negotiation

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As the new trading deal project progressed and I communicated with the European office more frequently, I gained the confidence of Mr. N, who was known to distrust and shunned […]

New life

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I took some of the furniture, including the TV, a shelf, washing machine, and microwave, but treated myself new ones, too, such as a semi-double size bed, a coffee table, […]

New apartment

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My sister and Takashi’s relationship was a committed one, so there was no scream of joy when they told me they were getting married and moving in with my sister’s […]

European work-life balance

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Mr. N invited me to the December sales conference again. I felt more useful than in the previous years because of the project. There was also the office Christmas party, […]

An avuncular mentorship

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Mr. N was known in the company as a difficult person. The men suspected Mr. N must be hiding critical information from the HQ for his gain. My impression was […]

Disgraced apostles

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A few people fell under the spell of the Founder the Great and cited his maxims as if they were the revelation from the above. The men of the management […]