Category Archives: Culture

Meet John Kang, my Online Chinese-American Friend.

After publishing Tiger Tail Soup, my novel about WWII China, I’ve made quite a few online connections with writers with a focus on China. John Kang is one of them. Born in the US, John had to grow  into his … Continue reading

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Mall Shopping on a Saturday before Christmas

“You’re not going shopping tomorrow, are you?” My hairdresser swung the scissors away from my head and gave an open-mouthed look of incomprehension to our reflections in the mirror. “Not the best plan,” I admitted. Sure enough, when I left … Continue reading

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“Loving,” the Movie, and the Crime of Interracial Love.

  I had no idea. In June of 1967, Eugene and I were putting the finishing touches on our wedding plans. At the same time, the United States Supreme Court was preparing to release its decision in the case of … Continue reading

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Whoops! I Missed UN Day.

United Nations Day was October 24. I’d forgotten all about it until I turn the page on my calendar. And there it was: UN Day. For many years–thirteen to be exact–it had been the biggest school celebration for my three … Continue reading

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The Pleasures of a Summertime Farmers’ Market

Last weekend my daughter and I visited the Edmonds Summer Market. No grocery cart at the market. No checkout stands. Just fresh produce, crafts, music, and a festive atmosphere. This bakery table had some yummy looking cupcakes for sale, don’t … Continue reading

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The National News Is Not My Life.

June 12, 2016. My clock radio wakes me to news of a terrible tragedy in Orlando, Florida: the worst mass murder in US history, fifty people killed, as many injured. A hate crime committed by a terrorist. Oh, my god! … Continue reading

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Do “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors”?

On a recent walk, huffing and puffing my way uphill and down, I found myself noticing fences and walls and the frequent lack thereof. If you haven’t read Robert Frost’s poem, Mending Wall, since high school or middle school, you … Continue reading

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Narcissus, an Ancient Myth with Modern Significance.

Narcissism is much in the news of late, so I decided to brush up on the myth. The classic version of the story of Echo and Narcissus is found in Book III of the Metamorphoses, a Latin narrative poem written … Continue reading

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Reverse Culture Shock & PTSD

 When we lived overseas, we didn’t talk much about culture shock. At first, we were newcomers busy adjusting to the new country. After a year or two we were old hands. When someone did bring up culture shock, almost invariably, … Continue reading

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Partying at the Art Gallery

My favorite art gallery is in the center of town, right next door to my favorite book store and two doors down from Starbucks. I pass it all the time. Every few weeks I go inside to soak up the … Continue reading

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