Holding Lightly: A triptych about living, loving and letting go

Scene I “I’m going to let you practice relaxing. I’ll be back in about 20 minutes”. My acupuncturist closes the door, leaving me lying on a table with tiny acupuncture needles sticking out of various parts of my body, like a human pin cushion. Ambient, spa-like music softly plays in the darkened room, lit only […]

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Raising a Reader

“Mom, will you read to me tonight?” That request, now an uncommon occurrence, feels very special. At 3rd grade, my son mostly reads to himself, but every now and then he joins in for a bedtime story I read to his little sister. So when he asked me to read to him from his current […]

The Return

After a long blogging hiatus, I’m back! We recently moved to my hometown, a place that feels both familiar and new. It’s been an uncovering of old haunts and childhood memories. And it’s been a process of rediscovering a city that’s transformed over two decades and seeing it through the fresh eyes of my kids. […]

The Middle

Reflections inspired by a recent milestone birthday. “The middle is messy but it’s also where the magic happens.” -Brené Brown My belly is soft, but my heart is full. My mind is scattered, sometimes forgetful, but focused. I care less about what people think. In fact, I care less about a lot of things. And […]

What’s your weather report?

Right after I finished college, armed with a degree in Cultural Anthropology and a lingering travel bug, I got a job teaching English in Singapore.  It was a great opportunity to try out teaching and a fabulous launching pad from which to explore Southeast Asia (not to mention four national religions translates to a lot […]

What I Learned in Kindergarten the Second Time Around

I haven’t posted in awhile.  Our family was plagued with multiple illnesses over the last 6 weeks, and with both parents juggling careers, our household has gone through some moments of chaos, exhaustion and well…ugliness (But as my son would readily remind me, we’ve had lots of opportunities to use the “life skill of flexibility”). […]