The mystery of the boomerang generation, to me anyway

I’ve always thought of myself as a pretty typical kid. As a little girl, I didn’t like wearing dresses, but I liked playing with dolls – I even made clothes for them – as well as hopscotch, jump rope, marble games, and an imaginary game called “House” with the neighborhood boys. (You can guess how … Continue reading The mystery of the boomerang generation, to me anyway

Raising kind kids, one step at a time

I’m not usually the superstitious type. Sure, I believe in the Chinese zodiac and its predictions on personality, relationships and success in life, but things like phases of the moon or Friday the 13th or 666 being unlucky numbers are simply beyond me. But somehow, for the past few weeks, I’ve stumbled on several articles … Continue reading Raising kind kids, one step at a time

Someday you’ll understand–and other wisdom from my mother

There is a picture of my mother and I standing in front of a cactus that sits directly in front of our house in Vietnam, next to the wrought-iron gate. I must’ve been around seven or eight years old, so this was in 1992 or 1993, several years before my family and I came to … Continue reading Someday you’ll understand–and other wisdom from my mother

I came, I conquered, and I’m here to tell: the story of my twenties

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. - Joseph Campbell This year in February, I turned 33. Exactly ten years ago I graduated from college--the first in my family, in fact. It was a proud moment of my life. … Continue reading I came, I conquered, and I’m here to tell: the story of my twenties

What no one tells you before you become a parent

Confession of the day: I am notorious at almost finishing articles. If you’re a parent, you know what I mean. You browse the ‘net and you see an interesting article that you want to read. But as many parents face this all-too-common dilemma, time doesn’t allow you to finish. Rather, your kids don’t allow you … Continue reading What no one tells you before you become a parent