What Do We Value?

It has been said that language is the cornerstone of society because it reflects the way we communicate. I think it is also a reflection of what we value. Consider classical romance languages. I’m learning French right now, and I have noticed that the language does not change to include new words; instead, keeps the […]

My boss, the cat

I have a furry boss. She is sweet and jet black, with one white whisker. She tells me when it is time to get out of bed and is a snooze alarm that nibbles on my fingers if I linger too long in bed. She also leads me to each family member who should be […]

It’s been a long day

Originally posted on Live & Learn:
Don’t be afraid to suffer—take your heaviness and give it back to the earth’s own weight; the mountains are heavy, the oceans are heavy. – Rainer Maria Rilke, from The Poetry of Rilke; “Sonnets to Orpheus” Notes: Photo: A man swims in the Maschsee lake in Hanover, Germany, on Monday.…

For Dad

A little more than three weeks ago, my mother called me to say that Dad had fainted and was in the ER. Then he was in emergency surgery. Then he was diagnosed with stage three cancer. Then he was back in surgery and had sepsis. My cousin called to say that the time had come […]

Emergence from the wilderness 

My self-imposed Facebook diet has concluded. I found myself reluctant to return, not because I’m antisocial but because I don’t miss the needless drama. However, my dad had a serious medical issue this past week and I need to use the site to communicate with family members. I did cull the list of people I […]

Lent without Face: Status update

It is now four and a half weeks without using Facebook, and I am finding that I don’t miss it. I’m noticing more peace and less drama in my life. My mind id more calm. I’m able to focus on things that really matter to me: family, professional writing, etc. I get my news from […]

Finding peace in the tumult

Each day, I encounter people who are uncomfortable with the political situation here. Quite often, it’s a student who is trying to understand the milieu of social media and journalistic posts. Sometimes it’s a stranger I encounter while waiting somewhere. Then there’s my immediate family, two of whom are budding Yao aunt ladies trying to […]