Culture

July 08 2014

nevermind the gap

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Women not employed by the beauty industrial complex will tell you that your thirties are better than your twenties, due to increased confidence and comfort in one's own skin. It's counter-intuitive, perhaps, for a culture …

Culture

July 07 2014

Blue Valentines

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The other day, I suffered a heartbreak. Nothing major--put away the bonbons. Just the kind that makes you walk with your shoulders rounded, your chest a little caved in. There were phone calls, with words traded …

Becoming Allies and Working for the Good: On #NotYourAsianSidekick

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A friend emailed me about #notyourasiansidekick. I had only heard about it maybe four hours into it trending worldwide, and had barely heard of @suey_park but something about the conversation drew me in. It reminded me …

Family

July 03 2014

The Poetics of Home

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Home. Is it defined by where you’re from or where you currently live? Is it the physical hall or the feet running through it? Is it the dining room table or the people eating at …

Culture

July 03 2014

The Guest

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It was after closing time when the guest walked in.  I was cleaning up the dining room, resetting the tables, wiping down the line, emptying the trash cans. The kitchen was already cleaned, the grill turned …

Leaving Church, Coming Home

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  If church is a nest, I am the baby bird pushed out of it. Not once but over and over. Hop-scotching the map of these United States, I have always sought a church just like …

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