She warned us. “I see sharks here all the time. They come into the shallow. If you see fish jumping, that’s a sure sign. Get out!” Samantha and I looked at each other, eyes wide. Sharks? I mean, sure, it’s the ocean and there’s gazillions of wild sea critters – but right here? Right where […]

I refuse.

I refuse. Recently I’ve seen multiple articles where flying the flag is viewed as divisive. If you fly the flag, one person said, it screams racism, white privilege, elitism. Oh, heck no. My parents came to the US as immigrants. I watched them go through the process of becoming citizens and on the day it […]

After the Storm

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but this one holds a thousand stories. It was pouring down rain as we all got dressed in our carefully orchestrated earth-tone outfits. Children running everywhere, fighting over toys as parents snatched away any colorful foods that might smudge or stain. We were ironing, showering, fussing […]


I hate crying. The salty tears, the runny nose, the burning eyeballs. I especially don’t like how my contacts get all gunky and dry. Not to mention the embarrassment of being well, a crybaby. Sure, I was a little emotive as a kid. My brothers teased me, I cried. I fell and hurt myself, I […]

I saw a human face today…

I saw a human face today. Eyes, nose, mouth, chin – the whole shebang. It wasn’t even a family member, just some stranger I passed in a parking lot. She smiled. I like smiles. I like teeth. I’ve even gained a strange affinity for noses and chins. It made me realize how much I miss […]

“Big” Girls Can’t Climb… (or can we?)

Big. Took that little gem with me from my k-12 years. I was a full head taller and pounds bigger than most of my classmates. People always guessed me older and when they found out I was younger, they’d say, “Oh my, you’re a big girl!” Which I heard as… freakishly tall, fat, abnormal. And […]

No Matter What Happens, We the People….

No matter what happens on Tuesday We the people In our little corner of the world Can still love our God Reach out to our neighbors Shine our talents Care for our land Respect authority Defeat racism Embrace the lonely Live as one Fight for those not seen Serve our poor Notice beauty Honor our […]

Strip Padiddle?

It’s a Padiddle! We used to smack each other when we saw one. My college friends and I would be out driving and spot a car with only one headlight. “Padiddle!” Whoever saw it would yell it out – and then proceed to smack everyone else in the car who wasn’t quick enough. Things have […]

An Olympian and a Gentleman

They love to swim and I wanted to join them. This strong group of men and women swim a mile along the ocean shore in Maui. I’ve been swimming a lot at home so while I knew I wouldn’t be in front of the pack, I was hoping I’d be able to keep up. They […]