Author Archives: Nicki Chen

About Nicki Chen

About Nicki Chen Nicki Chen is a writer living in Edmonds, WA. Her first novel, Tiger Tail Soup, is set in China during the Japanese invasion and occupation, 1937-1945. She's working on a second novel set in Vanuatu, a South Pacific nation where she and her late husband lived in the early '90s.

A Sunday Walk along the Edmonds Waterfront

The Edmonds waterfront is a five-minute drive from my house, so I walk here often. Last Sunday I parked a little north of Anthony’s Beachfront Cafe, somewhere in the middle of the waterfront walk. Anthony’s serves seafood and surrounds itself … Continue reading

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Identity: Digging Deep & Expanding Horizons.

  Deep diving into the identity I inherited. It was a sunny afternoon. I was sitting on the grass at the University of Washington after a writing class and feeling insecure about my ability to write. What, I wondered, ever … Continue reading

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Expatriates. Why Do They Do It?

Expatriates. Why Do They Do It? Why do they leave family and friends and a country they love to live in a place that’s foreign to them? A place where they in turn will be considered foreign? The answer is … Continue reading

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Are Online Friends Really Friends?

  Most of the bloggers listed in the blogroll on your right are people I’ve never met in the flesh. We’ve never hugged or shared a cup of coffee. And yet, through our blogs, we know each other pretty well. … Continue reading

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My Husband’s Hometown Named a World Heritage Site.

  Kulangsu is known for its beaches, its mild climate, and its longstanding prohibition on the use of wheeled vehicles. They don’t allow cars or even bikes on the lanes of Kulangsu (also known as Gulangyu). But UNESCO had something … Continue reading

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The Hundredth Anniversary of the Ballard Locks

 My sister lives nearby, so I’ve been to the Ballard Locks dozens of times. Usually we walk through her neighborhood and down the hill. Then we join the crowd of gawkers standing around, watching boats arrange themselves inside one of … Continue reading

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Summer Spotlight

Today I’m a guest on Jill Weatherholt’s “Summer Spotlight.” Jill is a real inspiration. Despite the fact that she has a full-time job, she’s found time, working only in the evening and on the weekend, to write and publish a … Continue reading

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Iris varieties. Which Is Your Favorite?

During my trip back East to celebrate my granddaughter’s college graduation, I stayed with her other grandparents for a few days. Ever since my daughter and their son became engaged, we’ve been friends, so it was nice to spend some … Continue reading

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Ring in Summer with an Arts Fair

Today is the Summer Solstice. In Seattle that means almost sixteen hours of daylight. This morning the sun came up at 5:11 am, and it won’t be setting until 9:10 pm tonight. This is our reward for having suffered through … Continue reading

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Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey.

A swamp in New Jersey? I suppose you could call it a swamp. But if the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge had been named today instead of in the 1960s, we might be calling it a wetlands. In fact, the … Continue reading

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