Category Archives: Second Sino-Japanese War casualties

December 7, 1941: “A Date Which Will Live in Infamy.”

Seventy-five years ago today, The Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. President Franklin D. Roosevelt called it, “A date which will live in infamy.” The following day, the United States declared war on Japan. Three days later, it declared war … Continue reading

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Translation: Is That What I Wrote?

My novel looks so different in translation. I look at all those Chinese characters and I wonder, is this really my novel? If only I could read Chinese! I did study it for a while. But that was years ago, … Continue reading

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If You Were in a Horror Movie, How Long Would You Survive?

  A few weeks ago, my oldest daughter sent me an email. The subject line read: “Have you retained Daddy’s training?” She’d taken an online fun quiz called “How Long Would You Last in a Horror Movie?” and she was … Continue reading

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My Friend, Gretchen, Loves to Read.

  Every time I see her, Gretchen is reading a new “wonderful” book and carrying another one in her oversized handbag. I’m not sure when she reads them all, probably late at night. She’s too gregarious and fun-loving to spend … Continue reading

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Villains: The “Bad Guys” We Love to Hate

Gone Girl. Who’s the villain here? Gone Girl, the movie starring Ben Affleck and based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn, hit theaters on October 3. I knew it was coming and couldn’t wait to see how the novel … Continue reading

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How I Met My Chinese Husband, Part 1

              When people ask how I met my late husband, sometimes I simply give the short answer: “We were introduced by my parish priest.” But then, invariably, the questioner will look at me, waiting … Continue reading

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